Zolaikha Strong

Director, Energy Policy, Copper Development Association

Zolaikha Strong serves as the North American Energy Advisor representing the Copper Development Association for the global Copper Alliance. Zolaikha is a Subject Matter Expert with 20 years of regulatory and legislative experience developing and promoting policies in key energy sector markets. She collaborates with electric utilities, developers and manufacturers of new technologies, wire and cable companies, and the natural resources industries building partnerships across platforms engaged in the growth of energy markets.

Zolaikha served as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee and a co-chair of the Outreach and Education Sub-Committee. She hosted the first Energy Summit for global Copper Alliance in Washington, D.C. entitled, “EVs: Navigating the Road Ahead, an industry event powered by CDA.” Zolaikha speaks across forums and among her many speaking engagements and presentations, she presented at the Annual Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO, Business Council on Sustainable Energy Clean Energy Forum, National Electrical Manufactures Wire and Cable Industry Forum, the Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Policy Forum and the GLOBALCON Conference. A regular contributor to many energy and policy publications, Zolaikha was recently published in The Hill, The Washington Times, ElectroIndustry Magazine, Renewable Energy World, Metal Center News, Wind Systems Magazine, IAEI Magazine and Energy & Mining International. She was also featured in in podcasts for BBC World Service and Wind Power Engineering & Development’s Wind Talks.

Prior to the Copper Development Association Zolaikha served as a regulatory expert on multifaceted issues impacting the interstate transmission of electricity, representing Investor Owned Utilities for Edison Electric Institute and as an energy regulator for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Zolaikha holds a graduate degree in Public Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Seton Hall University.