Ellen morris, Ph.d.

Program Lead on University Partnerships at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Ellen Morris, Ph.D., is a world-recognised expert on energy and international development, with a particular focus on policy analysis, research, strategy development, and writing on energy access, gender equality, and business models for the base of the pyramid. She teaches Energy and Development courses at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy.  At Columbia, Dr. Morris served as a mentor in the Women’s International Leadership Program and as faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group. Dr. Morris is an Ambassador for The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative that was launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial to close the gender gap in STEM fields and serves as a Technical Expert for the Clean Energy Solutions Center. In addition to her faculty appointment, she has taken on a new role at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), to expand and strengthen partnerships with leading universities and research institutions doing applied and basic research on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and advanced transportation.  Prior to NREL, she had a 20+ year career as President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, a professional services company that promotes the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries.  

Dr. Morris holds a Bachelor of Science in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.