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The Nexus of Energy Security and Climate Change: Perspectives from the U.S. Department of State

November 30, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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Location: Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall

Presented by Richard W. Westerdale II, P.E.
Director – Public Diplomacy and Policy Analysis, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State

With over twenty years of experience in the Energy Industry, Richard (Rick) W. Westerdale II is currently Director of the Energy Resources Bureau’s Policy Analysis and Public Diplomacy Office. Rick leads and directs efforts to identify, analyze, and evaluate the strategic importance of policies in international energy affairs including governance, access to energy, use of renewables and low carbon technologies, and increasing access to conventional energy resources. He represents the Department in a variety of senior-level engagements and carries out official visits to advance international engagement, forge cooperation with partner-nations and establish agreements on a range of energy security policy initiatives. Rick maintains liaison with key stakeholders in the U.S. and foreign media and private sectors, other USG and foreign agencies, public groups, NGOs, and organizations with equities in the international arena.

Prior to his current assignment in Washington, Rick was responsible for providing expert commercial & technical advice, guidance, and leadership in the oil and gas sector with a specialization in Energy at the United States Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Previously, with both Westerdale Holdings and GM Ryan International, Rick was responsible for new business development and identifying a suite of strategic growth opportunities; then implementing an aggressive strategy for pursuit and capture. This extended beyond traditional business development that is focused on project / program development and included the development of human capital.

During his tenure with ExxonMobil, Rick last worked within a small staff group that reported directly to the Chairman & CEO. Prior to that, he lived overseas, in the Middle East and Australia, and held multiple senior level positions. He gained extensive commercial and marketing experience by working with host governments and stewarding multi-cultural engagements. While in Abu Dhabi, his duties included initiation of commercial strategies, coordination of internal resources, and development of proposals that included competitive tender submissions as well as direct negotiations. While in Australia, Rick was responsible for overseeing marketing efforts into the Asia Pacific and developed the company’s first equity marketing strategy for LNG. Rick also managed and stewarded non-operator interests within multiple Joint Ventures.

Additionally, Rick has held a variety of positions in ExxonMobil’s downstream business which included Business Unit Manager, Support & Controls Manager, Operations Manager and Engineering Supervisor. These assignments provided both managerial and leadership experience including P/L responsibility, staff development and managerial oversight. Rick’s early assignments were primarily engineering related with construction, maintenance and environmental emphasis. Subsequent sales assignments broadened his knowledge of the industry and marketing, including retail sales.

A native of Winchester, Kentucky, Westerdale received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1991. He was awarded the honorary title of “Kentucky Colonel” for service to his state and community that same year. Rick earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Averett College in 1994. He is also a registered Professional Engineer. Rick is married and lives in Northern Virginia where he and his family are active in the local community.

Part of School of Policy & International Affairs Lecture Series


November 30, 2015
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall
ME 04469-5708 United States + Google Map
(207) 581-1835
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