Dr Golbon Zakeri

BSc(Hons) in Mathematics, PhD in Mathematics and Computer Sciences

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Associate Professor


  • Associate Professor (US full professor equivalent)


  • I obtained my PhD in Computer Sciences and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995.
  • I have been a postdoc at  Argonne National Labs (USA), and the Department of Engineering Science at UoA. 
  • I started as a lecturer (US Assistant Professor equivalent) in 2000. 

Research | Current


My research broadly falls in the area of Operations Research and Mathematical Programming.

The primary focus of my research is developing mathematical programming and equilibrium models related to all participants in an electricity market. These problems often include uncertainty as a feature.

My current (2017) focus is on the areas of: 

  • Industrial demand response: I have been awarded a National Science Challenge MBIE grant (2016-2019; $854,000.00) on agile and resilient manufacturing. Our aim is to develop models, solution methodology and tools to allow manufacturers who are large consumers of electricity (i.e. price makers) to effectively participate in an electricity market.  This follows our related Large Scale Electrical Storage research that was supported by MBIE (2014-2017; $1,800,000.00 ). 
  • Market design to facilitate renewable generation: We have designed stochastic programming optimal power flow models that allow for more effective integration of intermittent renewble sources of electricity generation, such as wind power. My latest presentation at IPAM (2016, UCLA) can be accessed from IPAM.
  • Investment, contracts and transmission: I have various projects on contracting and investment under uncertainty as well as transmission planning; details of these projects can be found from the epoc website (see below). I would like to acknowledge the support of Transpower NZ for their generous support of a PhD project on contracting and transmission. 

For further information about my research area and recent publications, please take a look at Electric Power Optimization Centre.


Teaching | Current

Eng Sci 391 (Linear Programming)

Energy 721 (Electricity Markets)

Eng Sci 763 (Simulation and Stochastic Programming)

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD students:

  • Corey Kok 2014 – Electricity generation investment models under risk. (joint with Andy Philpott). 
  • Mahbubeh Habibian 2014 – Sector-wide Effects of Demand Response in Deregulated Electricity Markets . (joint with Geoff Pritchard), 
  • Regan Baucke 2015 – Contracting and risk over electricity markets. (joint with A. Downward). 
  • Kazem Abbaszadeh 2016 – Agile and resilient manufacturing. (Joint with Geoff Pritchard).

Past (completed) PhD students

  • Yue Wang completed 2016, Computational general equilibrium in electricity and agriculture. (joint with Steve Poletti and Basil Sharp.
  • Nigel Cleland completed 2015. Systems view of NZEM with emphasis on reserve. (joint with Brent Young (Chemical and Materials Engineering), Nigel is now a corporate finance and wholesale pricing analyst at AGL Energy, Australia. 
  • Athena (Tianran) Wu completed 2014. Expansion Models and Investment Decisions in Electricity Systems with Renewable-induced Uncertainties. (joint supervision with Andy Philpott). Athena is now a corporate finance analyst at Mercury, New Zealand. 
  • Javad Khazaei 2012.Mechanism design for electricity markets under uncertainty. (Main supervi- sor, joint with Geoff Pritchard). Javad started a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University immediately after graduation and has recently moved to EDF San Diego. 
  • Tony Downward 2011. Strategic behaviour in electricity markets. (joint with Andy Philpott). Tony is now an academic, University of Auckland. 
  • Man Bao Bassy Tam 2011. Optimisation approaches for robust airline crew scheduling. (joint with Matthias Ehrgott and David Ryan, M. Ehrgott the primary supervisor). 


  •  “Top 20 Teachers Award”, School of Engineering, University of Auckland, 2005.
  • Selected and awarded a travel grant for Association for Women in Mathematics Workshop, Math. Sciences Research Inst. Berkeley, July 1999.

  • Selected and awarded a travel grant for inaugural AMS Special Session on New Doctoral Work in Mathematics, October 1994.

  • “Excellence in Teaching Award”, Department of Mathematics, UW-Madison, 1993.

  • Dio Hall “Outstanding Senior Award”, Department of Mathematics, ISU, 1988-89.

  • Pi Mu Epsilon “Putnam Exam Award” for performance in the Putnam Exam, Department of Math- ematics, ISU 1987-88.

  • Marian Daniels scholarship, Department of Mathematics, ISU 1986-87 and 1987-88.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Evaluation committee member for Energy and Natural Resources (ENRE) section, INFORMS, Best paper, 2017-2019.
  • President of Operations Research Society of New Zealand since 2013 -2017.

  • Director Electric Power Optimization Centre (see EPOC). 

  • Deputy Director Energy Centre, Department of Economics, UoA.

  • Energy Systems cluster chair for International INFORMS, June 2016. 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Khazaei, J., Zakeri, G., & Oren, S. (2017). Single and multi-settlement approaches to market clearing under demand uncertainty. Operations Research10.1287/opre.2017.1610
  • Wu, A., Philpott, A., & Zakeri, G. (2017). Investment and generation optimization in electricity systems with intermittent supply. Energy Systems, 8 (1), 127-147. 10.1007/s12667-016-0210-z
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andy Philpott
  • Batstone, S., Pritchard, G., & Zakeri, G. (2016). Noninvasive Test Scheduling in Live Electricity Markets at Transpower New Zealand. Interfaces, 46 (6), 482-492. 10.1287/inte.2016.0865
  • Flores-Quiroz, A., Palma-Behnke, R., Zakeri, G., & Moreno, R. (2016). A column generation approach for solving generation expansion planning problems with high renewable energy penetration. Electric Power Systems Research, 136, 232-241. 10.1016/j.epsr.2016.02.011
  • Downward, A., Young, D., & Zakeri, G. (2016). Electricity retail contracting under risk-aversion. European Journal of Operational Research, 251 (3), 846-859. 10.1016/j.ejor.2015.11.040
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tony Downward
  • Cleland, N., Zakeri, G., Pritchard, G., & Young, B. (2015). Boomer-Consumer: a model for load consumption and reserve offers in reserve constrained electricity markets. Computational Management Science, 12 (4), 519-537. 10.1007/s10287-015-0241-2
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Geoffrey Pritchard, Brent Young
  • Suomalainen, K., Pritchard, G., Sharp, B., Yuan, Z., & Zakeri, G. (2015). Correlation analysis on wind and hydro resources with electricity demand and prices in New Zealand. Applied Energy, 137, 445-462. 10.1016/j.apenergy.2014.10.015
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kiti Suomalainen, Geoffrey Pritchard, Basil Sharp
  • Khazaei, J., Zakeri, G., & Pritchard, G. (2014). The effects of stochastic market clearing on the cost of wind integration: a case of New Zealand electricity market. Energy Systems, 5 (4), 657-675. 10.1007/s12667-014-0120-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Geoffrey Pritchard

Contact details

Primary location

Level 3, Room 315
New Zealand