Come join AEE/NCC as we learn about various US government agency perspectives related to energy reform and electricity access in emerging markets around the world.  We will discuss (among other things) how energy reform advances the US government’s interests around the world. What are the United States’ priorities? How do US 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 US Interagency 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

David Riposo



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

Panel Moderator: 

Faith Corneille - Senior Regional Energy Advisor
Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State

Samuel R. Kwon


Friday, January 25th, 2019


George Washington University
District House – Room B205
2121 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Samuel R. Kwon is acting Practice Lead for Energy at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US government agency providing grants to well-governed developing countries for projects designed to reduce poverty through economic growth. He oversees the development and implementation of all MCC investments in the energy sector in countries including Malawi, Indonesia, Ghana, Benin, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania. Sam began his career at the law firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP in Washington, DC, where he advised foreign governments, equity and tax equity investors, as well as export credit, and aid agencies in the development and financing of power projects. He later focused on representing developers and lenders to solar, wind and gas-fired power projects as well natural gas liquefaction projects. Sam received his LL.M. and J.D., from Georgetown University Law Center. He received his B.S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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

As the Finance and Implementation Manager for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency’s sub-Saharan Africa team, Mr. Riposo helps energy ventures in sub-Saharan Africa achieve financial close and commercial operation. Before joining USTDA, Mr. Riposo led donor-funded energy access programs in Africa and South Asia for five years. Previously, he was a strategy consultant advising companies and governments on clean energy markets and technologies. His professional experience also includes establishing a renewable energy consulting business in India and helping hundreds of wind and solar project developers define the pre-construction energy generation potential of their projects. Mr. Riposo earned an M.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Ms. Corneille advises the U.S. Government and U.S. missions on energy issues in Central America, Mexico, and Colombia, and regional electricity integration efforts in Mesoamerica and the Andean Region.  In this role, Ms. Corneille served as the coordinator in Central America for the Presidential initiative, the U.S.-Caribbean and Central American Energy Security Task Force, developing policy recommendations approved by leaders in a May 2016 Energy Summit in Washington DC.  In this role, Ms. Corneille is working with the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation to identify clean energy investment opportunities.  Ms. Corneille holds master’s degrees in Public Administration and International Affairs from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University and earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire.  

Kathleen O’Dell: Principal Deloitte Consulting LLP

Acting Practice Lead/Senior Director Energy, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

Finance and Implementation Manager, US Trade & Development Agency