Asian Americans in Energy, the Environment and Commerce

  • 01 Jun 2015 2:04 AM | Rasheq Rahman (Administrator)
    Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Management
    International Atomic Energy Agency

    Asian Development Bank

    North American Representative Office
    900 17th Street NW, Suite 900
    Washington DC 20006

    Thursday, May 14th
    12pm - 1:30pm

    12 - 12:30pm Lunch and Networking
    12:30 - 1:30pm Remarks and Discussion 

    Asian Americans in Energy, the Environment and Commerce (AE2C) is honored to host Ms. Janice Dunn Lee, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Management at the International Atomic Energy Agency. North American Representative to the Asian Development Bank, Mr. Craig Steffensen will engage with Ms. Dunn Lee in a wide ranging conversation on her long career in the nuclear energy policy arena and a behind the scenes look at the international nuclear regulatory processes of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    Brief Biography of Ms. Janice Dunn Lee

    Janice Dunn Lee is the Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Management. She was appointed to the position on 1 January 2012.

    Prior to this, Ms. Dunn Lee was the Deputy Director-General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA) in Paris, France. Earlier, Ms. Dunn Lee was the Director of International Programs for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) where she managed international cooperative programmes in nuclear safety, technology, and materials, the import and export licensing of these materials and radioactive waste safety.

    Ms. Dunn Lee joined the NRC in 1975 and held a number of progressively responsible positions. These included: Senior Assistant for international nuclear policy to four successive NRC Chairmen; Licensing Review and Policy Analyst in the Office of International Programs; and Chief for International Safeguards, Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards where she participated in programmes to assist countries to protect, control and account for nuclear materials. She was selected for the Senior Executive Service in 1998. She was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Office of International Programs in 1998 and as Director in 1999.

    Ms. Dunn Lee participated in several special assignments and programmes while at the NRC. From 1989 to 1991, she served as a Congressional Fellow in the Office of Senator James A. McClure of Idaho. In 1993, she was on assignment to the Office of Senator Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming, where she served as a staff member on the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Ms. Dunn Lee graduated from the NRC Supervisory Development Program in 1995 and the Federal Executive Institute in 1991.

    Ms. Dunn Lee received a B.A. degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973 and an M.A. degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in 1975.

  • 16 Sep 2014 1:37 AM | Rasheq Rahman (Administrator)

    Starting with Texas State Representative Gene Wu and ending with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, AE2C energized students, professionals, friends and members on September 5th at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston. Over 120 people attended the conference event that launched the AE2C Texas Regional Chapter.

    The conference kicked off with an employment analysis overview by AE2C’s Platinum Partner, the American Petroleum Institute. Discussion of the various employment opportunities within the oil and natural gas industry set the stage for the rest of the day’s sessions that underscored the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the role of technology in boosting economic growth, and the importance of innovation in the energy sector.

    Texas State Representative Gene Wu highlighted the increased trade potential between the United States and Asia, owing to its growing need for energy, and cited China as an example. He also urged expediting the export licensing of US liquefied natural gas to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. Drawing attention to the importance of cultural understanding and eliminating stereotypes as our industry, Representative Wu observed that our city, state, and country have become more global.

    Houston Mayor Annise Parker touched on the importance of cultural understanding and noted that one could spend all day in Houston and speak exclusively Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Hindi, to name a few of the many cultures that thrive in the city. She stressed the importance of investing in intellectual capital and encouraged students and young professionals to seek opportunities and to step outside of their comfort zone to succeed.

    The forum ended with an energizing call to action by AE2C President, Bob Gee, who encouraged everyone to help us build a successful Texas Chapter.

  • 01 Mar 2014 1:59 AM | Rasheq Rahman (Administrator)

    Galloping into 2014

    Over 60 AE2C members and guests galloped into the lunar new year on Feb 5th while overlooking Franklin Square and the Washington Monument.  Sponsored by Dentons in the East Penthouse, attendees listened to panelists discuss what 2014 - The Year of the Horse - might hold in store in the energy and finance sectors in the U.S. and Asia.  This was the second event in our series "Energy and the Environment in the U.S and Asia: What's Next?" and featured panelists David Elkin from Green World Capital and Subodh Nayar from Aclara with Rayola Dougher from API as the moderator.  Of course, AE2C Board Officers Bob Gee, Margaret Chu and Jenny Hou also talked about what AE2C hopes to accomplish in the fast paced year ahead.   Following the program, attendees celebrated with a variety of food and drinks and thoughts of their own on what 2014 could provide in energy, environment and business throughout the United States and Asia.  A special thanks to Clint Vince of Dentons for helping to make this event happen. 

  • 28 Nov 2013 1:44 AM | Rasheq Rahman (Administrator)
    The first session in our series, 
    Energy and the Environment in the U.S. and Asia: What's Next?

    On November 13, 2013 AE2C held a roundtable discussion at the law offices of Arnold and Porter in DC. The topic surrounded the business factors of LNG in global markets, potential economic consequences, export trade issues as well as other LNG matters.

    Bill Loveless, Editorial Director for U.S. Energy Policy at Platts and host of the weekly 
    energy-news program Platts Energy Week 

     moderated the panel of industry, trade, 
    and foreign policy experts:
    • Tristan Abbey, Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
    • Bill Allen, Manager, Gas Business Development, Dominion Resources
    • Jane Nakano, Fellow, Energy and Security Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies
    • Robin Rorick, Director Marine and Security, American Petroleum Institute
    • Michael Shor, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

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  • 24 May 2013 2:30 AM | Rasheq Rahman (Administrator)

    On May 13th, the Energy Bar Association’s International Energy and Transactions Committee and AE2C co-sponsored a brownbag seminar to review and discuss China’s Energy Policies. Jones Day hosted the event in downtown Washington DC, just blocks from the Capitol. AE2C president, Bob Gee, served as the moderator for the group of expert panelists including Kevin Jianjin Tu, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Harry Vidas, Vice President of ICF Consulting, Mingda Zhao, Senior Associate in Vinson & Elkins Corporate Department, and remotely, Michael E. Arruda, Partner in Jones Day’s Energy Group. 

    The discussion centered on China’s comprehensive energy supply system, and the challenges the country faces as energy consumption continues to increase.
    Mr. Kenneth Barry provides an overview of the discussion in his article – Increasingly Linked: China and U.S. energy Markets, Aspirations 

    You can also review the presentations covering drivers that underline national coal consumption in China and prospects for US-China coal trade; China’s shale gas potential, shale-gas development challenges, and the implications for U.S. shale gas markets; and acquisition and joint venture transactions with Chinese and U.S. companies.

    Many thanks to AE2C member Marvin Liang whose law firm Jones Day hosted this event.
  • 23 Mar 2013 2:13 AM | Rasheq Rahman (Administrator)

    AE2C and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) held a conversation on the Presidential Appointments Process on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, in Washington DC. 

    The featured speaker was Jeremy Bernton, Outreach and Recruitment Director, White House Office of Presidential Personnel.

    The event was by invitation only and limited to AE2C members and invited guests. 

  • 28 Nov 2011 2:20 AM | Rasheq Rahman (Administrator)

    AE2C hosted a Networking Reception and Dinner on November 9 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. The featured speaker, David C. Jones, Senior Vice President, Back End Business Development, AREVA, Inc., addressed the nuclear remediation response in Japan at Fukushima Daiishi.

    Special thanks to AREVA, Inc., for sponsorship of this event.

  • 24 May 2011 2:24 AM | Rasheq Rahman (Administrator)

    On May 24, 2011, the first official organizational meeting of Asian Americans in Energy, the Environment, and Commerce (AE2C) was convened, in Washington, D.C., at the offices of the Edison Electric Institute, followed by a reception and dinner at the Army and Navy Club. This meeting drew over 25 participants from all over the United States (as well as from Hong Kong). The purpose was to finalize the organization’s charter and bylaws, and to elect officers. The following members were elected to lead the organization:

    • President: Robert W. Gee, Washington, D.C.
    • Vice President: Margaret Chu, Albuquerque, NM
    • Secretary: Judi Rhee Alloway, Philadelphia, PA
    • Treasurer: Jenny Hou, Washington, D.C.\
    At the dinner, the attendees heard remarks from Colin Tam, Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Vision Group, Limited, a Hong Kong-headquartered global energy investment fund. Mr. Tam discussed the competition between the Peoples Republic of China and the United States in advanced energy technologies.

    The entire event concluded on a warm note, with all participants taking away a sense of emerging opportunities for this new organization.

AE2C is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

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