Ellen is an international development professional whose focus has been clean energy, climate, and inclusive growth across emerging economies in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East for over 25 years. She started her career in the renewable energy space, concentrating on policy, finance, and rural access issues, and then shifted her focus to gender equality and social inclusion issues in that sector. She has since led the design and delivery of interventions geared at closing gender gaps in employment and skills, entrepreneurship, access to finance, and livelihoods and enhancing women’s and other historically excluded populations’ skills, and increasing their participation in decision-making. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion in business and communities and regularly advises organizations on topics relating to gender equality, women’s leadership, and building diverse and respectful workplaces.
Ellen serves on the board of the Council for Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership and co-leads the Events and Professional Development Committee of the Society of Gender Professionals.