Ellie Farahani, PhD, MBA

CEO and Director, Safara Sustainability Solutions


Ellie Farahani is the co-founder of Safara Sustainability Solutions, and is expert in sustainability training, planning and implementation. Most recently, she acted as consultant for the development of Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District’s Energy Management Plan and as leader in the design and development of Toronto Hydro’s Sustainability and Energy Management Plan.

Ellie is a Joint Research Fellow at the Centre for Environment and the Physics Department of the University of Toronto where she is leading energy conservation research at the interface of human factors engineering and social sciences; overseeing development of a policy-relevant climate change impact prediction system in collaboration with medical scientists; and coordinating international scientific activities for the UN World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). Ellie has been working on climate change issues for the past decade during which she has led 5 field campaigns to monitor climate changes in the Canadian high Arctic. She has also contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) models of the Earth’s atmosphere, which received recognition from Nobel Peace Prize committee in 2007.

Ellie’s recent projects include development of innovative interdisciplinary research into Conservation Demand Management, building a unique policy-relevant framework to assess the impact of future UV decreases on human health using the IPCC climate models and exploring the predictability of the polar climate in several time scales. She has directed communication and outreach activities during the International Polar Year (2007-2009) including interaction with the media and delivery of public lectures. Ellie has been working on climate change issues in the high Arctic for the past 10 years and has led 5 field campaigns in the Canadian high Arctic (80N). She has monitored greenhouse gases and contributed to the IPCC climate models.

Ellie obtained her Ph.D. in Experimental Atmospheric Physics from the Department of Physics, University of Toronto (Canada) and her M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (U.S.A.) and Schulich School of Business, York University (Canada). She has received numerous awards and scholarships.