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Katherine Sierra

Vice-President, Sustainable Development
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Katherine Sierra, Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank, has overall responsibility for strategies and work in agriculture and rural development, energy, the environment and natural resource management, social development, transport, urban policies, and water. She also chairs several international consultative groups, including the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).


Ms. Sierra, an urban planning specialist, joined the World Bank in 1978 and has worked principally in Latin America and East Asia, holding increasingly senior positions in operational units. She served as Vice President, Human Resources (2000-2004) and Vice President, Infrastructure (2004-2006) before assuming her current position.

Ms. Sierra, a U.S. national, holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional planning from Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Anthropology and Hispanic Civilization from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Updated 07-22-2008

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