Staff

Andrew M. Herscowitz

Coordinator

Andrew M. Herscowitz

Andrew M. Herscowitz is Power Africa's Coordinator. Prior to this appointment, he served as USAID's mission director in Ecuador from 2011 to 2013, and as deputy mission director in Peru from 2009 to 2011.

In 2008, Herscowitz served as USAID’s supervisory regional legal adviser for Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. From 2002 to 2007, he was regional legal adviser for the Caribbean, providing services to Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti and Jamaica.

After joining USAID in 2001, Herscowitz served as the lawyer for USAID’s Office of Development Credit, which has leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars in private sector funds through its Development Credit Authority loan guarantee program. He also worked with the USAID legal team that designed the original framework for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He began his career in international development as a consultant with Probe International.

Following graduation from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Herscowitz spent a year as a Georgetown volunteer in Nicaragua. After earning a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, he worked for the law firms of Piper & Marbury (now DLA Piper) and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in Washington, D.C. While at Piper, he was named pro bono lawyer of the year for running a Boy Scouts of America Law Explorers program for inner-city youth and for successfully helping victims of political persecution obtain asylum in the United States.

In 2005, the Federal Bar Association recognized Herscowitz as one of the five most outstanding lawyers under the age of 35 in the U.S. Government.


Sean Jones

Deputy Coordinator

Sean Jones
A member of USAID's Senior Foreign Service, Sean Jones is the Washington-based Deputy Coordinator of Power Africa, a Presidential Initiative and whole-of-government public private partnership that aims to bring electricity access to Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to his current position, Sean held various leadership positions within USAID. In Mexico, Sean led the Agency's investments there as the Mission Director, focusing programming on partnerships, justice reform, citizen security, and global climate change. In Yemen, he led the Mission’s technical program, designing and initiating a stabilization strategy that integrated health, education, economic reform, governance, and rapid response investments to help strengthen formal and informal governance structures. In Colombia, Sean oversaw the robust alternative development program that refocused interagency resources under a USG-wide regional consolidation strategy that yielded significant gains in control over ungoverned territories and reductions in illicit crop production. In Iraq, he directed the Agency’s economic growth and agriculture reconstruction program. In Jordan, he managed new program designs and economic policy and youth engagement initiatives. He began his USAID career as a Presidential Management Fellow at USAID Headquarters in Washington, working on development project finance and the development of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). 
 
Before joining USAID, Sean was a strategy consultant for the Owens Corning Corporation in Shanghai, China; a business operations specialist for several private companies, including Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin; and an international trade analyst at the White House's Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and for the State of New Jersey. 
 
Sean is married with two children and lives in Washington, DC. He speaks Spanish and is conversational in Arabic and Japanese. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan's Ford School and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Ursinus College.
 

Karl Fickenscher

Deputy Coordinator

Karl Fickenscher

Karl Fickenscher is the Deputy Coordinator for Power Africa based in Pretoria, South Africa. He leads our energy technical, policy, and transaction teams on behalf of the initiative.

Karl has worked with the US Government in multiple capacities, including as Resident Country Director for Tanzania on behalf of MCC, Mission Director and Deputy Mission Director in Armenia for USAID, and as a Regional Legal Advisor for nearly 15 years with USAID.

Before shifting to a career in international development, Karl worked for several years in the private sector as an attorney with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, London, and Tokyo. In this capacity his focus was on international business transactions and intellectual property rights, with a significant amount of pro bono litigation for the poor and legal advice for non-profit organizations as well.

Karl received his J.D. from Harvard Law School (1986) and holds a Masters degree in African Area Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles (1993). He also studied under a Rotary International fellowship in the M.Sc. in International Relations program at the University of Zimbabwe (1987-88), and has a Bachelors degree in Government and Politics (Soviet studies) from the University of Maryland at College Park (1982).

Karl is married to economist Amy Carr and they are at post with their three children.

Last updated: December 09, 2016

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