A lunch discussion will be held Tuesday, June 23, about USAID’s PowerAfrica Program and potential opportunities for collaboration with Duke. The discussion will also present an opportunity to learn more about the global electricity access issue and the U.S. government’s progress and strategy in Africa related to energy development.

The discussion will be held in Gross Hall 100A from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Speakers are:

Andrew M. Herscowitz, coordinator for President Barack Obama’s Power Africa and Trade Africa initiatives

Prior to this appointment, he served as USAID’s mission director in Ecuador from 2011 to 2013, and as deputy mission director in Peru from 2009 to 2011. In 2008, Herscowitz served as USAID’s supervisory regional legal adviser for Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. From 2002 to 2007, he was regional legal adviser for the Caribbean, providing services to Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti and Jamaica. After joining USAID in 2001, Herscowitz served as the lawyer for USAID’s Office of Development Credit, which has leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars in private sector funds through its Development Credit Authority loan guarantee program.

Dr. Kate Steel, PowerAfrica’s Energy Sector Team Lead

Steel joined Power Africa at USAID in late 2014, where she leads the Energy Sector team in providing technical and policy expertise to create the right enabling environment for private sector investment in Africa. Before coming to USAID, she focused on renewable energy and energy access investments in Africa and South Asia at Google. She began her post-academic career at the World Bank, having been selected to the Young Professionals Program. As a program manager for Lighting Africa, she helped grow the program from pilots in Kenya and Ghana to a global program with activities across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

The event is co-sponsored by the Duke University Energy Initiative, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the Duke Center for International Development.

Please RSVP to Tanja Vujic at to reserve your spot. Lunch will be served.  

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