Come join AEE/NCC as we learn about various perspectives related to energy reform and electricity access in emerging markets around the world.  We will discuss (among other things) how energy reform advances public and private sector interests around the world. How do entrepreneurs and companies play a role? How does energy drive global economic opportunities? This event will be a fascinating and enlightening primer on this very important topic from several experts.

Kathleen O’Dell, Principal with Deloitte’s Government & Public Services Energy practice, leads a portfolio of global energy reform programs across sub-Saharan Africa, India, and Latin America. Kathleen is Board Member and International Committee Chair of AEE’s Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership, and covers smart energy/cities, energy efficiency, energy analytics, and the gender-energy nexus.


Non-Members of AEE - $40
AEE Professional Chapter Members - $30
AEE Student Chapter Members - FREE

Adam Newman



11:00-11:30 Registration and networking

11:30-12:30 Lunch (boxed lunches provided by Jason’s Deli)

12:30-2:30 Panel discussion

2:30-3:00 Q&A/Networking/Conclusion

Allison is president of EarthSpark International, a non-profit organization incubating businesses that solve energy poverty. EarthSpark has built two town-sized, solar-powered smart grids in rural Haiti and has spun off a smart meter company, SparkMeter, which is now enabling grid operators in more than 20 countries to expand energy access to low-income customers. EarthSpark’s ‘FeministElectrification’ approach to microgrid development won a United Nations Momentum for Change award in 2018, hailed as a 'practical example of what real climate action looks like.' Allison has consulted to clean energy companies, governments, and advocacy groups. She previously worked with 3TIER on large-scale renewable energy siting and integration and with GridPoint, an early clean tech company combining distributed energy storage, solar PV, and energy management. She holds a B.A. (hons) from Tufts University and a Master of International Public Policy degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Panel Moderator: 

Crissy Godfrey

Principal Technical Advisor, Energy Regulation - International Programs
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

Nadia Rhazi Khawar


Friday, January 25th, 2019


Deloitte - Rosslyn
1919 North Lynn Street
10th Floor
Arlington, VA 22209

In her role as Program Manager, Nadia directly engages with project sponsors to determine their eligibility, terms, and structuring for OPIC debt financing, provides research and analytical support to deal teams structuring clean energy projects, and manages external and internal reporting for energy deals and programs across the agency. Nadia joined OPIC in 2015 from the Department of Energy’s Office of International Affairs, where she spent three years as a Senior Advisor on Latin America and Caribbean. Nadia has also worked in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer and the Department of Justice’s Law and Policy Office in the Environment and Natural Resources Division.  Nadia has a Masters of Public Policy degree from U.C. Berkeley, where she focused on energy and environmental policy, and a Bachelors in Political Science/International Affairs from UCLA. 

​Energy Reform and Access in Emerging Markets Panel Discussion & Luncheon​

In his role as home office Project Manager Mr. Newman supports the execution of SAEP, including analyzing the market opportunity for renewable energy project development in Southern Africa. He led an analysis of the cost effectiveness of battery storage for a distribution company in Namibia and led the development of a strategy to electrify per-urban areas in Windhoek, Namibia.  Adam joined Deloitte in 2012. Prior to that he was a legislative aide to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 111th and 112th Congresses.

Crissy joined NARUC in August 2015. In her role as the Principal Technical Advisor, she supports International staff in customizing partnership work and shepherding technical consultancies on a multitude of regulatory themes including cost-reflective rate design, energy efficiency and renewable energy and competitive wholesale and retail markets to maximize practitioner experience into results-driven and actionable results. As a former regulatory practitioner and energy policy expert, her past work includes the Maryland Public Service Commission, Maryland Energy Administration, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, as well as federal energy contracting work.  Ms. Godfrey earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Affairs from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master’s of Science Degree in Environmental Sciences & Policy from the Johns Hopkins University. She is also accredited by the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

Kathleen O’Dell: Principal Deloitte Consulting LLP

Lauren Culver is an energy specialist at the World Bank where she develops energy sector solutions with governments in developing countries to alleviate energy poverty while limiting climate changing emissions. From 2012-2014, Lauren served as an advisor within the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources advising U.S. policymakers on energy markets and technologies.  Prior to her work at the State Department, Lauren was a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she counseled the Undersecretary for Energy on innovation and manufacturing. Lauren holds a PhD in Management and Science and Engineering at Stanford University, an MS in Technology and Policy from MIT, an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT, and a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida.

Lauren Culver

Program Manager for the Global Energy Group Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Program Manager for the Global Energy Group

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Manager | Deloitte Consulting LLP

Project Manager for the USAID Southern Africa Energy Program (SAEP)

Allison Archambault  

EarthSpark International