Rachel Kyte

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


At SEforAll we work to ensure that by 2030 there is universal access to reliable, affordable and clean energy, that the revolution in renewable energy technologies has been captured in energy transitions that benefit everyone and that we are able to use energy more productively, increasing rapidly the rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

We do this by helping partners and allies, in a broad movement around Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7), achieve speed and scale.

SDG7 is an essential component for success in the broader struggle to end poverty and to manage the impacts of climate change by decarbonizing our economies. Clean, affordable and reliable energy allows a health clinic to service its community without interruption and allows a child to concentrate in school in a warm and well lit classroom with a computer at hand. Energy will allow refugees and displaced people to start putting their economic futures back together again and a vaccine to be delivered safely to an infant across country. Decentralized, digitalized, and decarbonized energy, will drive the economic transformation towards a net zero carbon future. 

With this vision in mind - an SDG realized, lives transformed, and no one left behind – SEforALL focuses on the things that help us move further, faster, together.


Rachel Kyte is the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy.

Before taking up her role with SEforALL in January 2016, Rachel Kyte served as World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, leading 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.

A recipient of numerous awards for leadership for climate action and sustainable development, she is a Professor of practice in sustainable development at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.