Rachel Kyte, a British national, became Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank in September, 2011. As such, she has overall responsibilities for the organization’s global work in agriculture, environment, energy, infrastructure, urban, and social development, along with global public goods issues in those areas. Prior to her appointment, she was the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) Vice President for Business Advisory Services and a member of IFC's Management Team.
Ms. Kyte joined the IFC in 2000 in the office of IFC’s Compliance Advisor/Ombudsman. From 2004, Ms. Kyte served as IFC’s Director for Environmental and Social Development, where she led efforts to develop new sustainability performance standards. Through the Equator Principles, these standards are now a global benchmark, demonstrating IFC’s leadership in sustainable business and illustrating that improved environment and social standards can raise financial performance in emerging markets.
Ms. Kyte was Vice President of the IFC since 2008. 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.
She led IFC’s efforts to support inclusive business models, including women's businesses. She also spearheaded adoption of the IFC Development Goals, the first set of development goals specific to the private sector.
Prior to joining IFC, Ms. Kyte 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.
Ms. Kyte holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Bachelor of Arts in politics and history from the University of London.
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