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Reservations Required:

July 15-16, 2013

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Gas Technology Institute
1700 S Mount Prospect Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018
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Global energy demand and development is growing at a never-before experienced rate.  This workshop will highlight key issues across the energy value-chain, in supply, delivery and end-use. The World Bank alone is financing hundreds of approved and active projects related to natural gas across the developing world, representing more than $18 billion in lending.  Many of these projects are associated with overall initiatives in infrastructure development, environmental policy, pollution management, and land and water management.​

​The Energy Workshop
Tremendous global energy opportunities are available for the natural gas industry and allied fields, as developing countries seek to establish and improve the infrastructure for delivery of gas and other natural resources. As the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank and other development banks throughout the world, the Alliance has experience in helping Midwest businesses tap the resources of development banks, U.S. Ex-IM Bank and other groups to support Midwest businesses doing business internationally. Global Midwest Alliance is partnering with the Gas Technology Institute and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Energy Council to empower local companies to capitalize on these opportunities. We believe Midwest companies can provide a wealth of infrastructure resources, from innovative technologies, consulting, and analysis to production, implementation and operations. With GTI’s and GMA’s leadership, this is a unique opportunity to understand global project development -- from exploration, production and transmission to storage and distribution.

Join business leaders from the energy community for a two-day workshop hosted by Global Midwest Alliance and the Gas Technology Institute to explore business opportunities regarding natural gas development in emerging markets worldwide.  The Energy Workshop will focus on worldwide natural gas needs and the opportunities currently available for the U.S. gas industry to engage in multilateral-financed projects. The workshop will feature representatives from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, other multilaterals, the international community, and local and global government representatives.  

The learning and exchange session will include project-specific programming on natural gas needs, how broader industries can be involved, the sharing of best practices and opportunities for U.S. companies to expand business globally.  Participants will hear from expert in regional development needs, the IFI procurement process and funding, as well as specific project case studies in the broader energy context.  Energy sector partners attending this dynamic, results-oriented workshop will experience outcomes including:

  • Knowledge of new, specific global project opportunities in a number of regions; 
  • An understanding of the procurement process of multiple financing institutions;
  • Meeting with representatives from the World Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Asian Development Bank, United States and other government agencies;
  • Ability to partner with GMA for advanced notice of additional projects;
  • Understanding of GTI’s facilities and capabilities; and
  • Meeting with potential partners for collaborative bidding, project development and additional business opportunity.

Who Should Attend?
Companies in the energy industry and the natural gas industry supply chain should attend this workshop. From engineering and project consulting firms and installation contractors to the manufacturers of production and distribution hardware -- pipe, valves, fittings, pumps, sensing, control and monitoring, storage, and others -- all will have an opportunity to participate in project opportunities.

For more information contact Rebecca Riebe at

Participation in this workshop is limited.  Please register on or before July 12, 2013.


2013 World Bank and Multilateral-Financed Projects Energy Workshop
Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business. The Alliance offers educational and networking opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries.
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The Private Sector Liaison Network of the World Bank Group is a group of 139 business intermediary organizations in 94 countries around the world working to foster trade and investment between countries with the support of the World Bank Group’s products and services. Private Sector Liaison Offices (PSLOs) facilitate companies’ access to World Bank Group business opportunities, services and knowledge, and act as the voice of the private sector in advising the World Bank Group on how to better engage companies on development issues. 
November 5-8, 2013
Washington, DC & New York

The World Bank's Annual Energy Program brings private and public energy sector representatives from around the world  to meet with officials from the World Bank, the development banks and  other representatives from the United Nations, United States and other countries.  

The Energy Program will provide visibility and insight into the world opportunities for energy sector projects.


Global Midwest Alliance currently has a limited number of event sponsorships available for 2013. This is an excellent marketing opportunity that provides access and engagement with top decision makers, industry experts, and corporate executives in the manufacturing industry.

Sponsoring an Alliance event is a great way to maximize your marketing investment. Your company will receive prime positioning on Alliance industry promotions throughout the year and premier exposure at the event itself.

Aligning your company with the Global Midwest Alliance will enhance your brand recognition and give you the opportunity to network with leaders in the manufacturing industry. For more information on sponsorships and other opportunities, contact Gail Longmore at 312.286.0688 or
Monday, July 15, 2013

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking

9:00 - 9:10 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Rebecca Riebe, Director, Global Business Initiatives, Global Midwest Alliance

9:10 - 9:30 a.m. 
​Welcome & Industry Overview
Jack Lewnard, Chief Technology Officer, Gas Technology Institute

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Overview of World Bank Group and Millennium Challenge Corporation
Nancy Bikondo, Procurement Specialist, World Bank Group
Millennium Challenge Corporation

​10:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Morning Break

10:45 - 11:15 a.m. 
​Energy Opportunities at the World Bank Group
Oil & Gas Unit, World Bank Group

11:15 - 12:15 p.m.    
Overview and Energy Opportunities at the Asian Development Bank
Samuel Tumiwa, Deputy Regional Director, North American Regional Office,
​Asian Development Bank

​12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
​Networking Luncheon

1:15 - 3:00 p.m.
Procurement, Operations and International Financial Institutions (IFIs)
Nancy Bikondo, Procurement Specialist, World Bank Group
Samuel Tumiwa, Deputy Regional Director, North American Regional Office,
​Asian Development Bank
World Bank Group

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Break

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Global Energy Projects
Alberd Pardede, Economic Consul, Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia
Donnadelliah Maluleke, Trade Commissioner, South African Consul General
Consulate General for the People's Republic of China
World Bank Task Team Leader - Projects

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
United States Global Project Support
John Coronado, U.S. Department of Commerce
Debra Rogers, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce
Michael Howard, Midwest Regional Director, Business Development Division, Export-Import Bank of the United States
​U.S. Trade Development Agency/U.S. State Department

​10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Morning Break

11:00  - 12:30 p.m. 
​Natural Gas Technology & Related Industries:  Global Case Studies
Jack Lewnard, Chief Technology Officer, ​Gas Technology Institute
Rod Rinholm, Executive Director, Business Development and Education,
Gas Technology Institute

​12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
​Networking Luncheon

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Financing Global Projects
McGladrey, LLC
World Bank International Finance Corporation
Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.
Tour of Gas Technology Institute 

3:45 - 4:00 p.m.
Session Review and Action Steps

4:00 p.m.
Workshop Adjourns