Fair Trading Commission, Barbados
Director of Utility Regulation
Dr. Marsha Atherley-Ikechi has over eighteen years of environmental engineering and utility regulation experience having worked within the civil service, the private sector, academia and statutory organizations in both senior management and technical staff positions. Marsha is currently the Director of Utility Regulation at the Fair Trading Commission in Barbados and has guided a number of projects across a broad spectrum of environmental and energy issues, the most recent being the delivery of feed-in-tariffs for RE systems up to 10 MW. She maintains comprehensive industry knowledge relevant to the sustainable development of small island developing states in areas such as utility regulation, climate change mitigation and resilience strategies, integrated water resources management, wastewater treatment and disposal, solid waste management, energy economics, energy efficiency, renewable energy policy and adoption, and the water/energy nexus. Her professional development path has led to the sharing of her knowledge on ex ante and ex post regulation with nascent regional regulators, regulated utilities and post graduate environmental management students. She is an advocate of clean energy education and empowerment initiatives and has recently co-authored an article on the onshore wind energy potential of Barbados which was published in Energy for Sustainable Development in 2019. Prior to this, Marsha consulted on a study commissioned by the Commonwealth Secretariat which assessed the energy frameworks of seven Caribbean countries.