Rachel Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank, and Andrew Steer, President of the World Resources Institute, have been named Professors of Practice at CIERP. Their engagement strengthens the Center's Sustainable Development Diplomacy and Governance program, offering faculty and students the opportunity to engage with top leaders in the field. Kyte and Steer join current CIERP Professors of Practice Hans Hoogeveen, Director General of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, and Patrick Verkooijen, Special Representative for Climate Change at the World Bank. Professors of Practice spend time on campus participating in courses, seminars, and special events, as well as advising students.
Kyte, a Fletcher graduate, is Non-Resident Professor of Practice of Sustainable Development at CIERP. She has been Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank since September, 2011. In her position she has overall responsibility for the organization’s global work in agriculture, the environment, infrastructure, urban development, and social development. Prior to taking up her current post, from 2008 Kyte was Vice President for Business Advisory Services at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector focused arm of the World Bank Group, where she focused IFC’s Advisory Services to deliver more measurable impact for the world’s poorest people and in the most challenging environments, including countries affected by conflict. From 2004, Kyte served as IFC’s Director for Environmental and Social Development, where she led efforts to develop new sustainability performance standards, which – through the Equator Principles – are now a global benchmark. From 2000 to 2004, Kyte served in the office of IFC’s Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman. Prior to joining IFC, she was a member of the management team of the World Conservation Union—IUCN. She has held elected positions in Europe, and founded and led non-government organizations focusing on women, the environment, health, and rights. Kyte holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Fletcher's Global Master of Arts Program), and a Bachelor of Arts in politics and history from the University of London.
Steer, Non-Resident Professor of Practice of Climate Policy and Development at CIERP, is the third President of the World Resources Institute (WRI). He has three decades of experience working on international development on the front line in Asia and Africa, and at a senior level in international policy roles. Andrew joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as Special Envoy for Climate Change since 2010. In this role he guided Bank Group efforts on climate change in more than 130 countries, oversaw the $7 billion Climate investment Funds, and led the World Bank’s engagement on international climate negotiations. He was a member of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High Level Panel on Sustainable Energy for All and on the B20 Board on Green Growth. From 2007 to 2010 he served as Director General and Member of the Management Board at the UK Department of International Development (DFID) in London. In this capacity he was responsible for overseeing the development policy analysis and research for the UK Government. Prior to joining the UK Government, Andrew held several senior posts at the World Bank, including Director of the Environmental Department, where he oversaw a major expansion of the Bank’s environmental program, and a number of important innovations, including natural capital accounting and the introduction of carbon trading at the World Bank. For a decade (1997-2007) he was resident in East Asia, where he directed World Bank operations in Vietnam and Indonesia. In earlier years he was Head of the Bank’s Country Risk department, and was also Director and chief author of the 1992 World Development Report on Environment and Development, the Bank’s Flagship report to the Rio Earth Summit. Andrew was educated at St Andrews University, Scotland, the University of Pennsylvania, and at Cambridge University. He has a PhD in Economics, has written widely on sustainable development issues, and has taught at several universities.
Both Kyte and Steer visited Fletcher last spring and presented on critical issues in environmental diplomacy. Summaries of their talks can be accessed at the links below.
Rachel Kyte: From Rio to Rio: Moving towards Sustainable Development in a Multi-speed World
Andrew Steer: Climate Change & Sustainable Development Diplomacy: The Ongoing Process