David Sweet

David SweetDavid M. Sweet, Executive Director of the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE). Prior to joining WADE, Mr. Sweet served as a Director of the United States Energy Association, the US arm of the World Energy Council, as Executive Director of the International LNG Alliance, Vice President of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, an attorney in private practice, and as an expert witness on financial, rate and permitting issues at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Mr. Sweet serves as president of the Natural Gas Roundtable, an advisor to the U.S. Energy Security Council, Secretariat to the Global Gas Council, a member of the Natural Gas Council and the North American Energy Standards Board, a vice chairman of the ABA Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law and its gas committee, on the board of directors of CADER – Communities for Advanced Distributed Energy Resources, a member of the World Energy Council Committee on Cleaner Fossil Fuel Systems, and on the Board of Advisors of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security.

Mr. Sweet also serves as a U.S. representative to the International Gas Union and headed up the IGU study on regulation of the natural gas industry. He received his law degree with honors from George Washington University, an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, and a B.S. degree magna cum laude also from the University of Maryland.

Phillip Bennett

Phillip BennetPhil serves as Africa’s Energy Association Advisory Board Member. He is also Of Counsel Mogel and Sweet. Mogel & Sweet is a D.C. based law firm specializing in energy. Each of the Firm’s six members have significant experience in matters dealing with natural gas, oil and natural gas pipelines, LNG, electric power and renewables. That experience has helped our clients achieve success. See www.mogelsweet.com.

Mr. Bennett has a unique understanding of the technical and legal challenges that energy companies must confront in an ever increasing complex work environment. With the abundance of shale oil and gas, pipeline companies are challenged to upgrade and expand their infrastructure in a regulatory climate with often vague and ambiguous regulatory interpretations, increased civil penalties and potential for criminal indictments. He has personally lead or provided legal counseling for emergency situations including NTSB pipeline investigations, OSHA employee injury, and EPA spill responses; developed testimony for hearings before the United States Congress; and litigated in Federal District Courts and Court of Appeals.

Mr. Bennett recently served as senior managing counsel for the American Gas Association (AGA). The AGA represents more than 200 investor owned utilities. Prior his 14 years at AGA he held various positions at Kinder Morgan and the DuPont Chemical Company.

Mr. Bennett has a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, was licensed as a Professional Engineer in Texas, and received a law degree from the University of Houston.