Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank
Dr. Andrew Steer became Special Envoy for Climate Change at the World Bank in July 2010. As such, he is responsible for guiding the Bank Group's work on climate change (now in over 130 countries), and for advancing a strong pro-development climate agenda internationally. In his post, which ranks at the level of Vice President, he will also oversee the $6.5 billion dollar Climate Investment Funds and help mobilize climate financing.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Steer served for three years as Director General, Policy and Research at the UK Department of International Development (DFID) in London. In earlier years, he held a number of positions at the World Bank including Country Director for Indonesia and Vietnam, and Director of the Environmental Department. He was also Staff Director of the 1992 World Development Report on Environment and Development, the Bank’s Flagship report to the Rio Earth Summit.
Dr. Steer has three decades of experience working on development issues at the country level in Africa and Asia, and on global development issues. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, has written widely on development issues and has taught economics at several universities.