What Lessons Can Be Learned from Power Africa?

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The Obama Administration’s Power Africa Initiative was arguably one of the more intriguing innovations in development in recent years. Described as an initiative that brings “together technical and legal experts, the private sector, and governments from around the world to work in partnership to increase the number of people with access to power”, Power Africa has been an attempt to work more effectively between various government agencies.

It also operated under the assumption that Africa presented both development challenges and business opportunities for American workers and companies. Following the welcome remarks from Daniel F. Runde, and the opening remarks from Jennifer G. Cooke, our expert panelists will assess Power Africa’s progress and look for opportunities to scale and replicate the initiative to other sectors and geographies.

**Nilmini Rubin, Former Senior Adviser, House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Vice President, Tetra Tech
**Mima Nedelcovych, Former U.S. Executive Director, African Development Bank, and President & CEO, Initiative for Global Development
**Katherine Steel, Energy Director, Power Africa, USAID
**Leocadia Zak, Former Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency
**Del Renigar, Senior Counsel for Global Government Affairs & Policy, General Electric


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