Creating Energy Solutions for a world with less poverty and more opportunity
Ahmad Ghamarian, PhDPresident Dr. Ghamarian is the President and a founding member of the Energy Markets Group. Dr. Ghamarian has over 25 years of management, engineering and teaching experience in the energy sector, largely dealing with energy and sub-sector issues in developing and emerging market countries. EMG provides markets advisory services to the global energy sector. Previously, as Executive Director of the Energy Group at the Institute of International Education (IIE), he managed all of IIE’s energy related programs. Specifically, Dr. Ghamarian has designed, managed and supervised a series of capacity building/training projects for the energy sectors, including national to utility-level policy and planning, in countries of Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America, from the needs assessment stage to training implementation and evaluation. To do this he has collaborated closely with a wide range of clients, including multilateral and bilateral donor organizations, in-country government ministries, private firms, and NGOs.
Dr. Ghamarian went to IIE from the Exxon Research and Engineering Company, where he performed research and development, and provided consulting services to promote energy efficiency in Exxon’s refineries and chemical plants worldwide. Previously, he served as a Project Engineer with the Combustion Energy Company in Tehran, working on the design of several power-generation projects for the Iranian onshore/offshore oil industry. Dr. Ghamarian has served as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, in the areas of energy and power, and as Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University, teaching Least-Cost Utility Planning and Power System Economics. He is the author or co-author of over two-dozen technical reports and papers on energy and power that focus on efficiency and planning for sustainable development. His last report is titled “Best Practices in Electricity Regulation in Latin America”.
Dr. Ghamarian holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Energy Technology and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Power Systems. His native language is Farsi, which he speaks fluently along with English, and some Arabic.
James B. Sullivan, PhD Chairman Dr. Sullivan is a founding member of the Energy Markets Group. In the last several years, Dr. Sullivan’s consulting practice has focused on energy sector restructuring and reform in developing countries for a number of international firms and development agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Energy, the World Bank, the U.S. Energy Association and others. He has served as an Associate Assistant Administrator to USAID (1998 – 2000), the senior U.S. Government career official responsible for environmental and energy issues in developing and transition countries. As such he helped develop strategy and design foreign policy for U.S. assistance programs abroad. He was also was the senior energy advisor to USAID as well as direct supervisor for the Agency’s global programs in energy and environmental technology, natural resources, urban programs and global climate change. Energy topics treated by his programs included privatization and corporatization of the power sector, regulatory reform, technology transfer, environmental regulatory reform in the energy sector and others. This was a Senior Executive Service Position.
Previously, Dr. Sullivan was the Director of the USAID Office of Energy (1986-1997) (and Deputy Director 1984 -1986). In this position he directed a team of 25 engineers, economists and energy specialists who created and implemented energy and environmental assistance programs for developing countries. As Director, he built a $4 million program into a $34 million program recognized within the development community as preeminent in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and environmental protection and in private investment in the energy sector abroad. He has extensive in-country experience in Asia, Latin America and Europe, covering the entire range of energy technology, from efficiency and renewable energy to advanced fossil technologies. In 1982-1983, Dr. Sullivan was posted to the USAID Mission in Islamabad, Pakistan where he served as design team leader for a $30 million Energy Planning and Development Project and a $125 million Lakhra Coal Mining and Power Generation project. Dr. Sullivan holds a PhD in geophysical hydrodynamics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1970) and a B.C.E. in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College. He is conversant in French and can understand Spanish and German.