Rachel Kyte to Lead the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative

Ms. Rachel Kyte of the United Kingdom has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative.

Ms. Rachel Kyte of the United Kingdom has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative. Currently serving as the World Bank Group's Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, Ms. Kyte will succeed Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, who, in March this year, announced that he will be returning home to Sierra Leone.

Ms. Kyte‘s appointment comes at a time of change, when the SE4All program, which originally started as an initiative of the UN Secretary-General, is transitioning to a new institutional structure that will be lead by an international NGO headquarted in Vienna, Austria.

Rachel Kyte is a longtime advocate for sustainable development and has led the World Bank's endorsement of SE4All as its own energy strategy. As the World Bank Group’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, Ms. Kyte is leading the Bank Group’s efforts to campaign for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC this December. 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.

Her appointment is effective 1 January 2016. GFSE is delighted to welcome Ms. Kyte and is looking forward to continue the cooperation with the SE4ALL initiative.

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