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NCAC-USAEE November 2023 Webinar - COP28 Preview

  • 17 Nov 2023
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom (Eastern time zone)
  • 458


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NCAC November 17 Webinar: COP28 Preview

Energy will be at the center of attention during the COP28 climate conference in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) kicking off in a few short weeks. Please join us on Friday, November 17 from 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern for a COP28 preview discussion with Diep Nguyen-van Houtte, Senior Manager for Climate Business, International Finance Corporation (IFC), and Phillip Cornell, Principal for Energy and Sustainability, Economist Impact. The conversation will highlight top issues on the agenda and both US and global implications. NCAC President, TJ Conway, will moderate the webinar.

Speaker Bios:

Diep Nguyen-van Houtte is Senior Manager for Climate Business at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). In this role, she is also Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Operations Officer for key portfolios across industries at the IFC, including EDGE ( Green Buildings (real estate portfolio), APEX Green Cities, energy transition, energy efficiency, and transport and industrial decarbonization. She also developed the Early Project Development line of business for Infrastructure and Natural Resources at IFC.

As a member of IFC’s management team, Ms. Nguyen-van Houtte leads the development, dissemination, implementation, and monitoring of IFC’s Climate Strategy across industries and sectors. Diep is a Nominee Board Director for the IFC. She serves on the Boards of several organizations dedicated to environmental conservation, energy transition, and community service.

Before joining IFC, Ms. Nguyen-van Houtte worked for 17+ years as Lead Technical Specialist and Chief Investment Officer at the World Bank for infrastructure and sustainable development sectors. Prior to the World Bank, Ms. Nguyen-van Houtte spent 10 years in various private sector leadership roles. Diep holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College and a master’s degree in public policy and management, from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School. She speaks fluent English, French, and Vietnamese, and some Spanish and Portuguese.

Phillip Cornell is a principal at Economist Impact, where he leads the global energy and sustainability practice of The Economist's consulting business. He is also a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, specializing in energy economics, foreign policy, and global energy markets. He chairs the Clean Energy Ministerial initiative on energy interconnection, and advises the World Bank and other private and public institutions.

Prior to joining The Economist Group, Phillip held senior advisory and management positions at Saudi Aramco, the International Energy Agency, and NATO. He held research positions at the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey), the Royal United Services Institute (London), and the Center for International Security and Cooperation (Stanford). He is the author of various published works on international energy security, transition, economics, and governance. Phillip holds Master’s degrees with distinction in International Economics (energy) from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and received his BA cum laude in International Relations from Stanford University.

This event is free for NCAC-USAEE members. The Zoom link will be at the very bottom of the confirmation email from NCAC-USAEE, after you register. Non-members can either pay $10 for the event or sign up for NCAC-USAEE membership at: and then sign-up for the event for free on the website calendar. 2023 membership entitles participation for the remainder of the year. 

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