Women in Clean Energy Symposium
How can innovative technology, business models and policy be combined to bring modern energy to the more than one billion people who live without electricity and clean cooking fuels?
Moderator: Christine Eibs Singer
Ms. Christine Eibs Singer is the co-founder and former CEO of E+Co, a pioneer in the energy access sector, which invested in more than 190 clean energy enterprises in the developing world. A member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, Christine is now advising a number of public-private initiatives focused on innovative finance for energy access, including the Global LPG Partnership and the UN Capital Development Fund’s Local Finance Initiative.
Ms. Monali Ranade works with the Carbon Finance Unit of the World Bank as a Specialist focusing on methodologies for quantifying Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reductions from energy efficiency initiatives; and on programmatic approaches for GHG mitigation activities. Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Ranade worked on climate change and energy issues with United Nations Development Program (UNDP-India) and as a consultant to the Ministry of Environment & Forest, Government of India. Ms. Ranade started her career with a NGO coalition and a social marketing company, after which she moved completely into energy efficiency, working for several years with the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) in India. Ms. Ranade’s educational background is in Environmental Economics and Mathematics.
Ellen Morris, @EmbarkEnergy
Dr. Ellen Morris teaches Energy and Enterprise Development Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and is the former Director of the Energy and Environment Concentration. At Columbia, Ellen served as a mentor in the 2012-2013 Women’s International Leadership Program and is the faculty advisor for the Women in Energy student group at SIPA. In addition to her faculty appointment, Ellen is a Founding Partner of a new social enterprise called Embark Energy (embarkenergy.com) that is focused on radically increasing the scale of energy access by empowering thousands of clean energy entrepreneurs in low-income countries. Their mission is to create clean energy enterprises using a web-based portal that is centered on experiential learning, business coaching, supply chain management, links to financing and access to high quality energy products. Ellen also is the President and Founder of Sustainable Energy Solutions, a 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.
In 2007, Ellen was the co-founder of Arc Finance, an organization that promotes and expands access to end-user finance for modern energy. Since 1996, Ellen has been actively engaged as a senior consultant for the United Nations Development Programme on sustainable energy, where her work focuses on technical and programmatic support for countries seeking to advance energy as a means for poverty reduction, gender equity, and enterprise development. Ellen also 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 is the Energy Program Advisor for the Clinton Global Initiative.
Ellen started her career in clean energy working for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In the early part of her career, she worked as a Science Advisor to the U.S. Congress and as an exploration geophysicist for Texaco. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.
Katherine Lucey, @Solar_Sister
Chief Executive Officer
Katherine Lucey is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Solar Sister, an innovative social enterprise that is creating a green energy revolution in Africa powered by women’s enterprise. Solar Sister combines the breakthrough potential of micro-solar lighting and energy with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network. Women become Solar Sister entrepreneurs, earning income to lift themselves and their families out of poverty and providing access to clean, affordable solar light to their communities.
After a successful 20-year career on Wall Street, Katherine decided to give back and brought her business acumen and passion for empowering women to Africa, creating a sustainable, market-based social enterprise that provides light, hope and opportunity to women and their communities. Katherine is a graduate of Santa Clara Univeristy’s Global Social Business Incubator (GSBI), an Ashoka East Africa Fellow and a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur. Her undergraduate degree is from University of Georgia and she earned an MBA from Georgia State University.