Ellen Morris

Energy and Environment Faculty, Columbia University, and President, Sustainable Energy Solutions


Ellen Morris teaches Energy and Enterprise Development at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. At Columbia, she served as a mentor in the 2012–2014 Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group.

In addition to her faculty appointment, Morris is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, an international consulting 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. She was also a founder of Embark Energy, a social enterprise that trains and mentors energy entrepreneurs, and Arc Finance, a non-profit that links microfinance and clean energy. Morris serves as an Advisor and Board member for Social Enterprises focused on clean energy, including Simpa Networks (India), Earth Spark International (Haiti), and Empowered by Light (Zambia), and she is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative.

Morris started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She also worked as a Science Advisor to the U.S. Congress and as an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. Morris holds a BS in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Doctoral degree in Marine Geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.