Michael Biddison is an international energy policy expert, expert on development of electricity markets and the opportunities for renewable energy, and consultant to U.S.AID and other donors on energy policy. He has advised governments in Central Asia for 13 years on national and regional energy policy. He was the energy regulatory expert on the T/TI Feasibility study for the USTDA funded solar energy project in Pakistan for the Beaconhouse Schools.
Mr. Biddison was the senior energy adviser to the Minister of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan on the implementation of efficient and cost-effective reforms. In 2012 J. served as Chief of Party of the USAID-funded Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Assistance Program with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners as the contractor. Prior to that, Mr. Biddison was appointed and served as the Deputy Director of Resource Conservation for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He has over 32 years of diverse technical, management, operational, and administrative leadership experience in complex public and private sector environments. He serves as Senior Advisor and International Consultant in oil and gas, electric power, water resources management, and utility challenges, specializing in legal, regulatory, institutional, policy, and procedural reforms with host governments and industry in Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Georgia, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. As a resident of Central Asia for over the past 13 years, Mr. Biddison managed a variety of projects in the region. He encouraged close cooperation with donors, international financial institutions, industry and private investors, central and local governments, communities, NGO’s, and citizens to achieve timely project milestones and strategic objectives. Prior to moving overseas, Mr. Biddison was appointed by the Governor as Commissioner on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and Chief of the Ohio Division of Oil and Gas. He began his career as a geologist and manager of field operations in the oil and gas sector, drilling and producing over 300 wells.
He holds an MBA from Kent State University and BSc in Geology and Mineralogy from the Ohio State University.