Team

The W2E International team is a group of professionals who have extensive experience in energy, technology, leadership, and growing small and big businesses. While the the company is headquartered in the U.S., our board has international roots.

Honorable Steven S. Honigman – Chairman of the Board of Directors

The Honorable Steven S. Honigman is an attorney whose primary areas of legal practice include government affairs and public policy, international business and financial institution engagements. Appointed by former President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Honigman served for five years as General Counsel of the Navy. He has served as a director of public and private companies in the national defense, intelligence and nuclear energy sectors.

Mr. Honigman received his law degree from Yale Law School and served as a law clerk to the chief judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

 

Kenneth DeRoberts – Chief Executive Officer, Board Member

Kenneth DeRoberts has extensive experience in finance and operations with both public and private companies. Mr. DeRoberts is the CEO of Progressive Capital International and the Government Strategy Group, which has specialized in corporate and government financial management advisory services since 1996. Clients have ranged from Fortune 100 firms, major international infrastructure investors, and county and local governments. Mr. DeRoberts also served as executive vice president of the Printon Kane Group, where he was in charge of Capital Markets investment banking operations, including profit responsibility for the firm’s European subsidiary.

Mr. DeRoberts recently founded and  launched a public charity for which he serves as Chairman – SoupKitchen411.com.

Mr. DeRoberts received his degree from Newberry College.

 

Edward “Ted” McNamara – Chief Operating Officer, Board Member

Ted McNamara has more than 20 years of experience in the energy, infrastructure and management consulting industries. He is currently managing director of Lansdowne Infrastructure Capital where he provides project finance and development consulting services to multiple energy and infrastructure companies.

Prior to Lansdowne, Mr. McNamara served as vice president of finance at SunDurance Energy, LLC, a utility-scale and distributed solar project developer focused on North and Latin America. Mr. McNamara’s responsibilities included managing the project finance, corporate finance and project development functions.

While working with American Water Works Company Inc., he developed, negotiated, structured and financed various types of water, waste water and bioenergy projects. He also developed, negotiated, structured and financed acquisitions and power projects for NRG Energy, Calpine Corporation and Columbia Energy Group. Additionally, Mr. McNamara was a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers for several years.

Mr. McNamara graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Economics and Computer Applications and received his MBA from Georgetown University.

 

Thomas S. Kim – Independent Board Member

Thomas S. Kim is founder and president of Thomas Capitol Partners, Inc., an international lobbying and investment advisory firm. Mr. Kim’s practice centers on representing and advising the Government of the Republic of Korea and the Korea International Trade Association on a wide variety of political, security, military, cultural, economic and trade matters before the U.S. Congress. He is also an advisor on investment deals to and from the Republic of Korea with specialized expertise in the sectors of energy, biotech and life sciences, and green technologies.

Prior to founding Thomas Capitol Partners, Mr. Kim was a partner and chair of the Asia Practice for Scribe Strategies & Advisors, Inc., a foreign government relations advisory firm. Prior to joining Scribe, Mr. Kim was founder and CEO of Silver Method, LLC, a new media company. Before entering the private sector, Mr. Kim began his career as a graduate student fellow working on foreign policy issues on Capitol Hill and then as a Special Assistant in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Mr. Kim is on the board of directors of The Mirae Foundation, Inc. and is also an advisor to several Korean-American organizations.

He has a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and an M.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

 

DLA Piper – Project Counsel

We have engaged DLA Piper, an international law firm, to counsel and represent us with respect to all aspects of W2E International’s projects. Mr. Joseph Tato, a partner of DLA Piper who will lead the engagement, represents equity investors, project sponsors, financial institutions and governments in the development and financing of power, waste management and other infrastructure projects in the U.S., Africa, Latin America and Europe.