Asian Americans in Energy, the Environment and Commerce

Asian Americans in Energy, the Environment and Commerce (AE2C) connects Asian American and like-minded professionals to share knowledge and foster opportunities at the intersection of the energy, environment and commerce sectors globally.

  • 05 Nov 2021 9:38 AM | Susan Hess (Administrator)

  • 07 Sep 2021 1:01 PM | Susan Hess (Administrator)

    A great way to kick off the fall season is by celebrating the International Day of Clean Air. This holiday was presented at the United Nations’ 74th General Assembly and adopted on Dec 19, 2019. It supports the importance of worldwide cooperation toward the prevention of air pollution since air pollution does not respect political boundaries.

    For AE2C, clean air speaks to the three tenants of our organization – energy because to have clean air globally, we need a clean and diverse energy supply; environment because everyone in the world deserves to breathe clean air and live in healthy and sustainable communities. Finally, clean air is the product of open space and cross-border cooperation where commerce and sustainable development are linked throughout the world.

    If you want to know more about Asian Americans in Energy, the Environment and Commerce (AE2C), consider following us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, and becoming a member by going to our website at

    In the meantime, let’s all go outside and take a deep breath to celebrate the second International Day of Clean Air.


  • 17 May 2021 11:01 AM | Rasheq Rahman (Administrator)

    In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander heritage month, and as the first of a series, Asian Americans in Energy, the Environment and Commerce (AE2C) is co-hosting a virtual roundtable with Dentons Global Smart Cities & Connected Communities Think Tank on May 20, 2021 at 12 noon EDT. Enhancing Asian American Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Energy and Environment Sectors – Stories from Mid-Career Professionals will highlight experiences from several AE2C leaders – Rasheq Rahman (DC), Caitlin Smith (Austin), Saadia Sultan (Houston), Puja Vohra (Boston) and Charles Yeung (Houston) – while discussing the benefits of a diverse workforce and suggestions for affecting positive change in the energy and environment industries. The discussion will open with remarks from AE2C VP Jeanette Pablo. Emma Hand, Dentons' Partner will moderate the discussion.

    Opening Remarks
    • Jeanette Pablo, Resident Senior Fellow, Clean Air Task Force

    • Emma Hand, Partner, Co-Chair of Global Energy Sector, Co-Chair of the Global Smart Cities & Connected Communities Think Tank, Dentons  

    • Puja Vohra, Director of Business Strategy, Slipstream
    • Rasheq Rahman, Chief Operating Officer, BEM Controls
    • Caitlin Smith, Energy Policy Advisor, AB Power Advisors
    • Saadia Sultan, Founder and Managing Partner at Sultan Global Group (SGG); Executive Search Consultant, The McCormick Group
    • Charles Yeung, Executive Director Interregional Affairs, Southwest Power Pool

    Closing Remarks
    • Jeanette Pablo, Resident Senior Fellow, Clean Air Task Force

    Registration required. A link to the webinar will be sent to all those who register using the link below.

  • 06 May 2021 1:28 PM | Rasheq Rahman (Administrator)

  • 01 Jul 2020 3:25 PM | Rasheq Rahman (Administrator)

    The events precipitated by the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd and of others, which remain under investigation, have compelled the leadership of our organization to issue this public statement of sentiment. Asian Americans in Energy, the Environment, and Commerce (AE2C) was founded to create opportunities for Asian Americans and like-minded individuals on the basis of a common ethnic affinity. For that reason, we strongly adhere to the precepts of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of professional and civic life. We also condemn all forms of discrimination, both public and private. The death of Mr. Floyd has moved us to reaffirm these beliefs, but we conclude that more must be done.

    We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Floyd, and hope that justice will be served following their loss. Cognizant that many others in our country – and indeed throughout the world – have also been moved, we share with them anguish over this tragic event, and support peaceful expressions demanding change, consistent with the First Amendment. But more must be done beyond assembly and demonstration. We urge our local, state, and federal leaders to address long-standing social injustices and inequities, especially those experienced by the Black community. And we urge all leaders to commit to pursuing equality of economic opportunity, equal protection and justice under the law. Although AE2C’s principal mission is to advocate on behalf of the Asian American community, unless all groups are accorded the same degree of fairness and equality, our mission remains unfulfilled.

    At this time of reflection and introspection, we ask all Americans to look inward to see how their own attitudes and acts might better serve one another, free of prejudice and discrimination. AE2C’s activities and initiatives will continue to engage across diverse communities with the conviction that the mutual exchange of knowledge and insight benefit ourselves, our communities and the world at large. We are inspired by the protests against racial and social injustice and the aspirational words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

  • 01 Jan 2020 8:20 AM | Rasheq Rahman (Administrator)

    We are proud that this year the number of AE2C member-oriented activities in Washington grew significantly, thus giving our members and other energy and environment professionals more opportunities to learn from and interact with one another. We increasingly strive to provide value to our members, so we encourage those who have not yet joined AE2C to please do so to be able to take advantage of what our membership offers.

    I want to welcome to our leadership team Jeanette Pablo who was elected our new Vice President. Jeanette was not a stranger to the AE2C family as she was one of our Founding Members. A seasoned climate and energy policy expert, Jeanette has been a law firm attorney, a federal and state government relations professional, a member of DOE senior management, and is currently General Counsel and Senior VP for a major E & E non-profit. Even with her current obligations, she has graciously agreed to assume AE2C leadership responsibilities, and we are exceedingly fortunate to have her on board. You will see and hear more from Jeanette in the future!

    The year 2020 will see more activities not only in Washington, but also at our Texas chapters in Houston/Austin and in Boston, so please stay tuned. Please read our full newsletter below.


    Happy holidays to all!

    Bob Gee
    President, AE2C

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