Rachel Kyte, Non-Resident Professor of Practice of Sustainable Development at CIERP and a Fletcher graduate, 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.