Nurzat Myrsalieva

Nurzat Myrsalieva, International Expert
Over seven years of experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of sustainable energy policies and regulatory frameworks, including energy pricing, renewable energy and energy efficiency laws, incentive schemes, institutional arrangements, and sustainable energy governance. Solid understanding of energy policies in the Middle East and Central Asia.


2012, MSc in Environmental Management and Policy, International Institute for
Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, Sweden

2005, LLM in International and Comparative Law with Cum Laude, Indiana Law School, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

2004, BA in Law with Summa Cum Laude, American University of Central Asia

Project Experience

Sustainable Energy Expert, UNDP Bahrain, Sustainable Energy Unit

Duration: January 2017–present
Support Sustainable Energy Unit of Bahrain in implementing renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives.

Expert, National Renewable Energy Action Plan, UNDP Bahrain, Sustainable Energy Unit

Duration: November 2015–December 2016
Developed a National Renewable Energy Action Plan for Bahrain with indication of renewable energy targets, policies, projects, estimation of levelized cost of electricity, business models, institutional arrangement, and implementation schemes. Co-designed a National Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Bahrain, including energy efficiency policies and measures and estimation of high level budget requirements.

Project Manager, Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX), Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

Duration: June 2012–November 2015
Developed AFEX, a policy assessment and benchmarking tool that provides a comprehensive assessment of the current state of renewable energy and energy efficiency development in the Arab region. Countries are ranked under more than 30 indicators pertaining to key energy market aspects including energy pricing, strategies, policies, incentive mechanisms, institutions and investments.

Project Manager, World Bank Study: “MENA – Delivery Mechanisms and Institutions to Realize Energy Efficiency Potential,” RCREEE

Duration: June 2012–November 2015
Undertook gap analysis of MENA countries to identify institutional, policy, regulatory, pricing, financing, communication and awareness raising barriers and indicators to scaling-up energy efficiency. Estimated energy demand projections for 2020 and 2025; identified areas with the greatest energy efficiency potential; and identified priority sectors for tapping energy efficiency potential.


Regulation and Investments in Energy Markets, 1st edition (2015) Chapter 11: Power market structure and renewable energy deployment experiences from the MENA region, Publication of MedReg , chapter contributor

Myrsalieva N. & Barghouth A. (2015) Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX) Energy Efficiency, Publication of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

Emtairah T., Myrsalieva N. & Samborsky B. (2013) Arab Renewable Energy Index: Investigating the Investment Climate for Renewable Energy in the Arab Region, Paper presented at the Renewable Energy World North America Conference, Orlando, Florida, 11-14 November (won the best paper award)

Myrsalieva N., Samborsky B. &  Mahmoud M. (2013) Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX) Renewable Energy, Publication of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

Myrsalieva N. & Samborsky B. (2013) Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX) Energy Efficiency, Publication of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

El-Khayat M., Barghouth A., Mahmoud M. & Myrsalieva N. (2014) Pan-Arab Renewable Energy Strategy 2030, Roadmap of Actions for Implementation, Publication of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in collaboration with the League of Arab States and the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Emtairah T. & Chaaban F. (2013) Chapter 5: Energy Efficiency* in Abdel Gelil I., El-Ashry M. & Saab N. (Eds.), Arab Environment 6 Sustainable Energy: Prospects, Challenges, Opportunities, Arab Forum for Environment and Development, Beirut, Lebanon ISBN: 978-9953-437-47-7 *contributor

Samborsky B., Ligvall F., Lee M. & Myrsalieva N.  (2012) Re-imagining Klaipeda Port: Options and Pathways for Energy Security, Energizing Local Capacities: Seven Pathways Towards Resource Efficiency, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE)

Myrsalieva, N. (2004)  Jurisdictional Challenges in Investor-State Arbitration: Analysis of typical provisions of Bilateral Investment Treaties, with specific reference to the Treaty between the US and the Kyrgyz Republic” European Journal ofLaw Reform Volume 7 issue 3⁄4