Africa’s Emerging Energy Economy: The American Lawyer’s Role

Africa’s Emerging Energy Economy: The American Lawyer’s Role

Feb 4

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


WCC Milstein West AB

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Keynote Speakers:

  • Sean Long, CEO, Endeavor Energy
  • Ahmed El-Gaili, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP, United Arab Emirates
  • David Wilkins, HLS Faculty Director, Program on the Legal Profession
  • Moderated by: Trey Grayson, Director, Harvard’s Institute of Politics

Sean Long

Mr. Sean T. Long, Chief Executive Officer of Endeavor Energy, has almost 20 years and over $14B worth of development, construction, financing and management experience in power-related industries. Mr. Long has been involved in various power-related businesses in Africa, U.S., Europe, Latin America, China and India. Mr. Long has extensive experience navigating political landscapes, particularly in Africa, where he has been involved in business activities since 1997. Mr. Long founded Exodus Crossing LLC, a specialty consulting and development firm, and most recently assisted in obtaining financial close of three renewable power projects (wind and PV solar) in South Africa. Mr. Long also served as Senior Vice President and Head of Africa with Enron International, where he oversaw all of its African business activities. Mr. Long, former Senior Vice President and head of Enron International Africa team, has served on various private company boards and executive management committees, including Consolidated Asset Management Services, LLC (CAMS), an asset management and operations and maintenance services company to the oil and gas, midstream and power industries. Prior to CAMS, Mr. Long was Senior Vice President of Universal Pegasus International, a global energy focused engineering, procurement and construction management firm, and was responsible for all of its international and power business. Mr. Long also served as an Officer in the United States Army resigning his commission as a Captain. He earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1987 and later earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1993. Mr. Long is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York.


Ahmed El-Gaili

Ahmed represents clients on complex cross-border, private and public M&A, private equity, and joint venture transactions in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S.  His M&A experience includes previously working at Morgan Stanley’s Global Energy Group in New York where he provided investment banking advice on mergers and acquisitions for major oil companies.  In addition, Ahmed has substantial experience advising on complex project finance and development matters in the Middle East and Caspian region, including multi-sourced financings, such as those involving ECA / multilateral and Islamic finance.  Ahmed has extensive knowledge of the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia, where he lived for more than 16 years.  Prior to joining V&E, Ahmed was resident in the London office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.


David Wilkins

Professor Wilkins is the Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, and the faculty director of the Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He is also a senior research fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a faculty associate of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. Professor Wilkins has written extensively on the legal profession in leading scholarly journals and the popular press and is the co-author (along with his Harvard Law School colleague Andrew Kaufman) of one of the leading casebooks in the field. His current scholarly projects on the profession include After the JD, a ten-year nationwide longitudinal study of lawyers’ careers, the Harvard Law School Career Study, a quantitative and qualitative examination of how corporations purchase legal services, an empirical project on the development of “ethical infrastructure” in large law firms based on a series of focus groups with leading practitioners and regulators, an examination of the practice of “offshoring” legal work to India, and over 200 in-depth interviews in connection with a forthcoming Oxford University Press book on the development of the black corporate bar. Professor Wilkins teaches several courses on lawyers and other related professionals, including the country’s first four credit Legal Profession course, and seminars on Legal Education for the Twenty-First Century: Global Perspectives on Preparing Lawyers for Global Careers, Cause Lawyers, and The Future(s) of the Large Law Firm. He is also one of seven Harvard Law School faculty members who will teach the school’s new required course for all first-year students entitled Problem Solving. Professor Wilkins is a principal faculty member in the Law School’s Executive Education program, where he teaches courses on Leadership in Law Firms and Leadership in Corporate Counsel. He has also served on several Law School and University committees, including the University-wide Task Force on Professional Schools. Professor Wilkins is a frequent speaker at academic institutions and conferences, bar organizations, and law firms and other professional service organizations in the United States and around the world. He has received numerous honors and awards, including being selected as the 2009 Commencement Speaker at the University of Iowa College of Law and the 2008 Distinguished Scholar by the Order of the Coif. In 2012, he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Trey Grayson

Trey Grayson has served as Director since January 2011, after previously serving six years on the IOP’s Senior Advisory Committee. Grayson is a recognized expert on civic education, the political beliefs of Millennials (18- to 29-year-olds), civility in politics and governing, and election administration, with a focus on presidential primary and voter registration reforms. Grayson served two terms as Kentucky’s Secretary of State from 2004-11. Upon his election in his first run for political office in November of 2003, he became the youngest Secretary of State in the country. During his tenure, Grayson was recognized as a national leader in business services and government innovation – modernizing the Secretary’s office by bringing more services online and enhancing Kentucky’s election laws through several legislative packages – and for reviving the civic mission of Kentucky schools by leading the effort to restore civics education in the classroom. Grayson served as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State from 2009-2010 and held a variety of other prominent national leadership positions, including serving as Chair of the Republican Association of Secretaries of State. An attorney prior to his election, Grayson graduated with honors from Harvard College (A.B., Government, 1994), where he was an IOP student leader. Grayson also holds graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky (J.D. / M.B.A., 1998). Grayson and his wife, Nancy, reside in Belmont, Massachusetts with their two daughters, Alex and Kate.