Rachel Kyte

Former CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy
Rachel Kyte

Rachel Kyte joined Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) as the CEO, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy in January 2016. Under her leadership, SEforALL worked to focus global attention and action on the critical path to success in realizing Sustainable Development Goal 7 at events like the SEforALL Forum in New York City and Lisbon, as well as the Charrettes in Amsterdam.

Other key moments during her time at SEforALL include establishing SEforALL as an independent organization with strong ties with the UN, the launch of the flagship research series Energizing Finance and Chilling Prospects,  as well as working with Denmark and Ethiopia to lead the Energy Track at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit.

"By putting people at the heart of our energy plans, we can move our thinking past some of the traditional models – beyond just electrons running through wires - to what level of energy service delivery we need to provide electricity and clean cooking to everyone in a community, city or country." Rachel Kyte

Before taking up her role with SEforALL, Rachel Kyte served as World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading the integration of climate across the Bank Group’s work as well as support for an ambitious agreement at the 21st Convention of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP 21). She was previously World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and was the International Finance Corporation Vice President for Business Advisory Services.

In April 2019, she was named the first female Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and stepped down as SEforALL CEO in October 2019.