Report Launch: Transforming the Power Sector in Developing Countries

March 30, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th ST NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

Transforming the Power Sector in Developing Countries: The Critical Role of China in Post-Paris Implementation

A conversation with:

Jon Elkind
Former Assistant Secretary for International Affairs
US Department of Energy

Clara Gillispie
Senior Director of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs
National Bureau of Asian Research

Robert F. Ichord
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

Moderated by:

Charles Ebinger
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

Please join the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center on March 30 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. for a conversation about Robert Ichord’s new report on the critical role of China in post-Paris implementation, the latest in the Transforming the Power Sector in Developing Countries series. Ichord will be joined by experts Jon Elkind, former assistant secretary for international affairs for the Department of Energy and Clara Gillispie, senior director of trade, economic and energy affairs for the National Bureau of Asian Research, and the discussion will be moderated by Charles Ebinger. Join us to discuss policy directions for advancing China's power transformation, regional and global aspects of Chinese energy policies, and the implications for the Trump Administration's approach to China. 

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
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Jon Elkind is the former assistant secretary for the Office of International Affairs at the US Department of Energy, and previously served as the principal deputy assistant secretary. Prior to joining the Energy Department, Mr. Elkind worked as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, focusing on energy security and foreign policy issues. He also founded and headed EastLink Consulting, LLC, an independent consultancy focusing on energy, environment, and investment. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Elkind served on the staff of the US National Security Council as director for Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian affairs. Between 1989 and 1998, he served in a variety of other government positions on the National Security Affairs staff of the Vice President of the United States, at the US Department of Energy, and at the Council on Environmental Quality. Mr. Elkind received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Maryland. He also has a Master’s degree in Soviet history from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.  

Clara Gillispie is senior director of trade, economic, and energy affairs at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). In this capacity, Ms. Gillispie leads research, publications, and activities for a range of initiatives, including the Energy Security Program, the Pacific Energy Summit, and the organization’s programming on China’s intellectual property rights, standards, and innovation strategies. Prior to joining NBR in 2011, Ms. Gillispie served as a consultant for Detica Federal Inc. (now a part of BAE Systems), where she conducted program assessments and policy reviews for US government clients. She has also worked at both the US House Committee on Science, Technology, and Space and the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China. Ms. Gillispie graduated from the London School of Economics and Peking University with a dual MSc in International Affairs. Her academic and research interests focus on energy security questions, as well as technology and security in East Asia, including Sino-US technology transfer policies and the behavior of Chinese netizens. Prior to her graduate studies, Ms. Gillispie received her BS from Georgetown University and attended Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, for language training. Her research and analysis have been featured in both US and international media outlets, including NPR’s Marketplace.

Robert F. Ichord, Jr. is currently a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center and is CEO of Ichord Ventures LLC, a consulting company providing energy advisory services to both the private and public sectors. He has a distinguished forty-year career in the US government working on international energy security, development, and climate change issues. He served from 2011 to 2015 as deputy assistant secretary for energy transformation in the State Department’s Energy Resources Bureau, where he advanced US interests in sustainable energy development, electricity sector and market reform, nuclear safety, and renewable energy and energy efficiency. Prior to State, he managed and supported large energy assistance programs in Asia, Near East, Europe, and Eurasia for the US Agency for International Development. He also served at the Energy Research and Development Administration and the Department of Energy from 1976 to 1979 as point person for energy and developing countries. He holds a BA from Denison University, an MA of Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawaii, under a fellowship from the East-West Center Technology and Development Institute.

Charles Ebinger is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. He previously served as the director of the Energy Security and Climate Initiative at the Brookings Institution from 2008 to October 2014 and then as a senior fellow until 2016. From 1976 to 1979, Ebinger served as vice president of Conant and Associates, an international oil, gas, and electricity political risk consulting company. In 1979, he became the founding director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Energy and Strategic Resources Program and served as director until 1987.  From 1988 to 1999, he served as executive vice president at the International Resources Group. In 1999, Ebinger joined Stone Webster Management Consultants as the director of the International Energy Practice and from 2000 to 2004, he held several positions at Nexant. He is a former president of the national capitol chapter of the US Association of Energy Economists. In 2011, he was appointed as an adviser to the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Energy Innovation. Ebinger received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude from Williams College and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.