WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council today named John E. Morton a senior fellow with the Global Energy Center. Morton previously served as the White House senior director for energy and climate change at the National Security Council, where he had overall responsibility for coordinating the Obama Administration’s policies and strategies on international energy and climate change issues.
“John has a wealth of expertise in the economic, finance, and energy sectors, and we are glad to welcome him as a senior fellow,” said Ambassador Richard Morningstar, founding director and chairman of the Global Energy Center. “He joins us at a fascinating time in global energy markets, as in 2015 renewable energy investments around the world exceeded those of fossil fuel generation for the first time. We look forward to working with John in a number of areas, but in particular to his helping bring policymakers, private sector actors, and top analysts together to better understand the economic and job-creation implications of this ongoing global energy transformation.”
Morton brings over twenty years of experience in emerging markets, investment finance, and economic and environmental policy. Prior to his White House posting, he was the chief of staff and chief operating officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), where he managed the Agency’s day-to-day operations, including its 250 employees and $20 billion investment portfolio in over one hundred countries. Prior, Morton was OPIC’s vice president for investment policy, responsible for overseeing the Agency’s focus on environmental stewardship and sustainability. He has also held positions as the managing director of economic policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts, director of national security policy for the John Kerry presidential campaign, an investment officer with Global Environment Fund, and a strategy consultant with Mercer Management Consulting.
“I am delighted to join the Atlantic Council as a senior fellow in the Global Energy Center,” said Morton. “The United States – and the broader international community – are at a critical moment in history in terms of energy and climate priorities, and I look forward to working with the Global Energy Center as it continues to engage key stakeholders to determine the best way to promote sustainable solutions to the energy challenges we face today.”
The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center works to promote global access to affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy. Alongside government, industry, and civil society partners, the Center devises creative responses to energy-related geopolitical conflicts, advances sustainable energy solutions, and identifies trends to help develop energy strategies and policies that ensure long-term prosperity and security. For more information on the Global Energy Center or to schedule an interview with John E. Morton, please email [email protected].