Report Launch: Transforming the Power Sector in Developing Countries

October 21, 2016 - 9:00 am

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

Report Launch: Transforming the Power Sector in Developing Countries

Welcoming Remarks by:

Richard Morningstar 
Founding Director and Chairman, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council 

A conversation with:

Charles Feinstein
Former Director, Energy and Extractives Global Practice
The World Bank

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

Melanie Nakagawa
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation, Bureau of Energy Resources
US Department of State

Branko Terzic
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council 

Moderated by:

Thomas Cunningham
Deputy Director, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council 

To achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, a fundamental transformation of the energy sector toward more efficient, more urgency and ambition to shift to lower-carbon systems is needed. Electricity is the fastest growing energy subsector and developing countries are expected to account for the majority of global electricity demand growth over the next twenty-five years.  In addition, 1.1 billion people, largely in South Asia and Africa, still lack access to electricity.  Based on these challenges, Dr. Ichord will lead an effort to address the challenges to creating a conducive environment for augmenting investment in sustainable energy.  Join us for the launch of Dr. Ichord's strategy and a discussion with leading experts and policy makers on this timely and important issue. 

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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. 

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Thomas Cunningham is deputy director of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council. He joined the Council following a thirteen-year career at the US Department of State, where he most recently served as Energy Diplomacy Team Lead for Europe at the Bureau of Energy Resources (August 2013–May 2016). In that role he advised the Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs and other senior US government officials on the intersection of energy and foreign policy in Europe and lead the department’s responsibility for organizing meetings of the US-EU Energy Council. He has also served at the State Department in the Bureaus of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, European and Eurasian Affairs, Economic and Business Affairs, and Diplomatic Security. Mr. Cunningham also worked on climate and energy legislation in the US Senate as a Brookings Legislative Fellow in 2009. He holds an MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown University and a BA in English/Creative Writing and French from Colorado College. Mr. Cunningham is an Adjunct Instructor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. 

Charles Feinstein's career focus has been on the energy, development, and environment nexus. He commands core expertise in energy and environmental economics, renewable energy, and climate change mitigation. Mr. Feinstein's work builds on his service as a recognized energy expert, and his role as co-author of the World Bank's landmark Environmental Strategy for the Energy Sector strategy paper “Fuel for Thought”, the author of the World Bank working paper on “Economic Development, Climate Change and Energy Security” which presaged by over a dozen years the challenge posed by the current “Energy Trilemma.” He combines these technical competencies with strong organizational and people management skills that have been developed over the course of a nearly forty-year career in international development.
Mr. Feinstein recently retired as Director of the World Bank's Energy and Extractives Global Practice. In this role he was responsible for the operations and day to day management of the World Bank's combined energy, mining and oil and gas investment, analytical and advisory portfolio, valued at some $7 billion annually in loan and grant financing. He was additionally responsible for business development and ministerial level relations in the East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean regions.

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.

Richard Morningstar is the Founding Director and Chairman of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council. He served as the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan from 2012 to 2014 and as Ambassador to the European Union from 1999 to 2001. Additionally, Ambassador Morningstar was Ambassador and Special Adviser to the President and the Secretary of State on assistance for the New Independent States of the Former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, where he oversaw all US bilateral assistance and trade investments from 1995 to 1998. Prior to his appointment in Azerbaijan, he was the Secretary of State's Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy. Ambassador Morningstar served as Special Adviser to the President and the Secretary of State for Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy, where he coordinated within the executive branch and with other governments and international organizations to promote US Policies. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Senior Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Ambassador Morningstar has lectured at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and at Stanford Law School. He was also a Senior Director at Albright Stonebridge Group.

Melanie Nakagawa serves as the deputy assistant secretary for energy transformation in the Bureau of Energy Resources at the US Department of State. Ms. Nakagawa is responsible for promoting the shift toward a low carbon economy as integral to economic development and addressing global energy and climate change challenges. She directs the Bureau’s efforts to reform electricity and power systems, and develop more efficient and reliable municipal, national, and regional electricity markets. She also leads the Department’s efforts to assist countries as they work toward implementing their energy commitments to address global climate change, focusing on sustainable energy policy, addressing institutional reforms, and supporting business opportunities as essential components to a global energy transition. From June 2013 to December 2015, she served on Secretary Kerry’s Policy Planning Staff as a strategic advisor to the secretary. Previously, she served as the senior energy and environment counsel on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee for then-Chairman John F. Kerry. Prior to her government service, she was an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She received her JD and MA in international affairs from American University’s Washington College of Law and School of International Service, and AB from Brown University.

Branko Terzic is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center and managing director at Berkeley Research Group (BRG) LLC in Washington, DC. Mr. Terzic has held numerous positions in the international and national energy sectors. He served as a commissioner on the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, commissioner on the State of Wisconsin Public Service Commission, and as CEO of Yankee Energy System. He has been a member of the National Petroleum Council, National Coal Council, and is a former chairman of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Production. He has published articles in numerous energy and finance publications, and has appeared as a commentator on numerous TV news programs including CNN, CNBC, Fox Business, PBS, Voice of America, and Al-Jezeera. He holds a BS in Energy Engineering and an honorary Doctor of Sciences in Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.