Rachel Kyte


Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy; and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll)

Rachel Kyte is Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) initiative, and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy. Until December 2015, Ms. Kyte served as the World Bank Group’s Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, where she oversaw work on climate change adaptation, mitigation, climate finance, and disaster risk and resilience across the institutions of the World Bank Group, including IBRD, IDA, IFC and MIGA. Ms. Kyte also served as World Bank vice president for sustainable development and was the International Finance Corporation's vice president for business advisory services and a member of IFC's management team.

She is a professor of practice in sustainable development at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She holds a master's degree in International Relations from Tufts University, and a bachelor's degree in history and politics from the University of London.

"We need to reframe the way we think about the food and nutrition needs of the current and coming generation where agricultural systems are going to come under increasing stress."