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Jonathan Ng


Attorney Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development; Counselor to Power Africa, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., B.S., University of Kansas; J.D., Notre Dame

Professor Ng has legal experience working in the private, NGO, academic and government sectors. He currently serves as the main attorney for Power Africa through...

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Professor Ng has legal experience working in the private, NGO, academic and government sectors. He currently serves as the main attorney for Power Africa through the U.S. Agency for International Development. In June 2013, President Barack Obama launched Power Africa, a U.S. government initiative with the goal of doubling access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa by adding 30,000 megawatts and 60 million connections by 2030. Power Africa is based on a partnership-driven model to leverage additional resources and investment from the private sector, African governments, and bilateral and multilateral development partners. Power Africa is driven by the view that international development is not simply charity, but a strategic investment in the security and prosperity of our country.

Prior to joining USAID, Professor Ng was the first in-house counsel and Global Legal Director for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, an international NGO based in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Ashoka started the modern social entrepreneurship movement in 1980 through its global fellowship program. Currently, there are more than 3,200 Ashoka Fellows who are some of the world's leading social entrepreneurs spanning more than 80 countries. While at Ashoka, Professor Ng oversaw all of its internal legal matters and coordinated with outside counsel to provide legal assistance to Ashoka’s 35 country offices.

Through his work with social entrepreneurs since 2008, Professor Ng has helped develop the nascent field of law and social entrepreneurship, which is focused on legal innovations through new legal forms for social enterprises and impact investing. Professor Ng frequently speaks and lectures at events around the country on social entrepreneurship and the law. Professor Ng started his legal career at White & Case LLP in its New York office in the energy, infrastructure and project finance practice group. He represented commercial lenders and sponsors on various infrastructure and renewable energy project financings. Through his pro bono work, he served as the legal representative at the United Nations for the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO), a permanent observer mission of the UN.

Professor Ng received a B.A. and B.S., with distinction, from the University of Kansas, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Professor Ng is licensed to practice law in New York State.

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