Report Launch: Indonesia's Diversification Challenge

September 13, 2017 - 12:30 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th ST NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC
Report Launch: Transforming the Power Sector in Developing Countries: Indonesia’s Diversification Challenge

Opening remarks by:

Ambassador Richard Morningstar (Ret.)
Founding Director and Chairman, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

A conversation with:

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

Fei Yu
Deputy Representative, North American Representative Office 
Asian Development Bank

Tim Williamson
Chief Executive Officer

Robert Fee 
Chief of Staff and Acting Senior Vice President, External Affairs
Cheniere Energy, Inc.

Moderated by:

Benjamin Soloway
Assistant Editor
Foreign Policy

Please join the Global Energy Center and the Brent Scowcroft Center’s Asia Security Initiative on Wednesday, September 13 for the launch of the Global Energy Center’s latest report, Transforming the Power Sector in Developing Countries: Indonesia’s Diversification Challenge by Robert Ichord, Jr. 

While often overshadowed by significantly larger energy systems in India and China, Indonesia is assuming an increasingly important role in international energy markets and global efforts to address climate change. Panelists will discuss how Indonesia’s rapidly growing electricity needs can be met in a clean, efficient, and affordable manner.

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record.



Richard L. Morningstar is the founding director and chairman of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council. He served as the US ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan from July 2012 to August 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was the secretary of state's special envoy for Eurasian energy (2009-2012). Previously, he lectured at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Stanford Law School. From June 1999 to September 2001, he served as US ambassador to the European Union. Prior to this, Morningstar served as special adviser to the president and secretary of state for Caspian Basin energy diplomacy. From April 1995 to July 1998, he served as ambassador and special adviser to the president and secretary of state on assistance for the new independent states (NIS) of the former Soviet Union, where he oversaw all US bilateral assistance and trade investment activities in the NIS. From 1993 to 1995, he served as senior vice president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Morningstar received his BA from Harvard in 1967 and JD from Stanford Law School in 1970.

Robert F. Ichord, Jr. is currently a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and chief executive officer (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 his work at State, he managed and supported large energy assistance programs in Asia, the 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 in 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.

Fei Yu is a senior partnership and coordination specialist in the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s representative office in Washington, DC. Before her current assignment, she led the ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative, and processed and managed ADB's investment and technical assistance projects in the environment, natural resources, and agricultural sectors of the People’s Republic of China. For four years prior to joining ADB, Fei Yu was an assistant professor of economics at Mount Holyoke College and Colby College. She also consulted with the World Bank and held positions with the United Nations Development Programme and Chinese government. Fei is an economist specializing in development and environmental economics, with publications in high-ranking peer-reviewed economics journals on environmental regulation and the health impact of pollution.

Tim Williamson is an experienced project developer with 36 years business management experience in public and private sectors, government operations and energy management, with and a record of providing systematic financial, energy, design and construction solutions for the U.S. Government, utilities and independent power producers. Tim has successfully completed over $3 billion in major projects for the U.S. federal government and the private sector. 

Mr. Williamson currently serves as CEO of FedP3, LLC. FedP3 capitalizes on the emerging trends in public private partnerships and third-party finance for repairs and alterations, capital asset improvements, infrastructure upgrades, energy efficiency improvements and new renewable energy.  Prior positions include Deputy Director at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Energy Resources, Deputate for Energy Transformation, Office of Alternative and Renewable Energy.  Tim retired from 26 years of Federal Service in March, 2017.   

Robert Fee is the chief of staff at Cheniere Energy, Inc., a Houston-based energy company primarily engaged in liquefied natural gas (LNG)-related businesses. As chief of staff to the chief executive officer, he is engaged with strategy development and execution.

Robert is also currently acting senior vice president of external affairs at Cheniere Energy, Inc., leading federal, international, state, local, and regulatory engagement efforts.

Before joining Cheniere, Robert was chief of staff and senior adviser in the Office of Fossil Energy at the US Department of Energy. In his various roles, Fee helped manage the oversight of the office’s research and development program and major policy and regulatory responsibilities, including over $3 billion carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects, hydraulic fracturing, climate regulation, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and LNG exports.

Fee previously served as the liaison between business and advocacy communities on energy and environmental issues at both the White House Office of Public Engagement and the US Department of Energy. 

Fee received a BA in history and Italian studies from Miami University in Ohio.

Benjamin Soloway is an assistant editor at Foreign Policy. He worked previously in Indonesia as a web editor and Princeton in Asia journalism fellow at the Jakarta Globe. He has also lived in Brazil and Turkey. His work has been published in the Boston Globe, the New Republic, USA Today, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He studied history at Wesleyan University.