On behalf of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, The Webster Group has been hired to arrange and manage the logistics and technical program of this event.  The following members of The Webster Group team will be supporting this effort.

Wendy Drake

Wendy Drake is the President and CEO of The Webster Group. She brings to her role more than 20 years’ experience working in fundraising, event management and production with government agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations.  Ms. Drake oversees more than 30 events each year, which have ranged in size from 10 to 43,000 participants. These events include trade missions, multi-day conferences and conventions, dedication and commissioning ceremonies, galas and concerts. She has worked with the U.S. Departments of State, Transportation, and Homeland Security; the U.S. Agency for International Development; the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; the U.S. Coast Guard, the USTDA, and numerous non-profits and corporations. She has worked with her team to complete USTDA trade missions, workshops, and conferences.

Phil Hargis

Phil Hargis, CMP, CGMP is the Vice President of Global Events with The Webster Group. He has over 25 years of experience in managing multiple programs and contracts of all sizes for a variety of clients. His event and project management portfolio of experience includes: United States Trade and Development Agency, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Department of State, Missile Defense Agency, Washington Headquarters Services, Department of the Navy, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Mr. Hargis has led all aspects of the USTDA Reverse Trade Missions (RTM), Workshops and Conferences for the past eight years.  He has managed or been involved planning over 50 USTDA events during this time.

Pamela M. Peseux

Pamela Peseux is a Technical Program Support and Marketing Lead with more than 30 years’ experience in marketing, business development, and international project development. She was worked in more than 30 countries.  She has played a leading role in the marketing and technical program development of more than 75 international technical workshops, conferences, trade missions, and business development programs designed to bring U.S. and emerging market stakeholders together for export development and project implementation.  She has organized multiple infrastructure programs in multiple African nations designed to highlight U.S. technology and best practices in key project areas, including banking infrastructure, transportation, energy/renewable energy, mini grids, and smart grid.

Doug Shuster

Doug Shuster is a Technical Program Development Expert with extensive experience with USTDA, in Africa and in financing infrastructure projects. Shuster has worked in over 50 countries, including over 25 African countries, and previously served as USTDA’s Sub-Saharan Regional Office Director in South Africa. He formerly served as Senior Trade and Investment Advisor for the US-Asia Environmental Partnership and has served as project manager for a number of technical assistance programs focusing on mini grids, smart cities, energy efficiency and renewable energy. 

Dana Reed Younger

Dana Reed Younger is an international clean energy and climate finance executive with over 40 years of professional experience. He has worked in more than 50 countries and extensively in North and Sub-Saharan Africa. For 30 years he was employed by the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) holding the position of Chief Renewable Energy Specialist for nearly 20 years. Since leaving IFC in 2019, he has performed assignments for financial institutions and private sector companies involving M&A related due diligence and finance mobilization in the international clean energy and climate finance arena. Throughout his professional career he has been associated with cutting-edge renewable energy and related technologies and innovative financing mechanisms including the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Prototype Carbon Fund (PCF), IFC-Netherlands Carbon Facility (NECaF), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF). Overall, he helped mobilize IFC and non-IFC financing for >7 GW of wind projects, >8 GW of solar PV projects, >1 GW of geothermal projects, and ~600 MW of CSP projects including equity, quasi-equity, long-term loans and concessional finance, and mobilized >$300M in GEF funding for climate change mitigation, often referred to as blended finance, as well as helped launch carbon finance facilities including Prototype Carbon Facility (PCF) and Netherlands Carbon Finance Facility, which is part of climate finance generally. Dana received an M.A. from the George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs in Science, Technology & Public Policy and a Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, A.B. Science, Technology & Society: Human Ecology.

Lillian Ozolins

Lillian Ozolins serves as an Event Associate at The Webster Group, leveraging less than a year of experience in the event industry. As a recent graduate from Radford University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Events and Tourism with a minor in Marketing. Her solid educational foundation aligns perfectly with her passion. Renowned for her ambition, motivation, and unwavering reliability, she approaches each project with dedication and enthusiasm. Demonstrating a talent for curating innovative and impactful events, she consistently surpasses expectations, driven by an unyielding commitment to delivering excellence.

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