Andrew Steer, Ph.D., is the third president of the World Resources Institute. He has three decades of experience working on international development on the front line in Asia and Africa, and at a senior level in international policy roles. Steer joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as special envoy for climate change since 2010. In this role he guided bank group efforts on climate change in more than 130 countries, oversaw the $7 billion Climate investment Funds and led the World Bank’s engagement on international climate negotiations. He was a member of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High Level Panel on Sustainable Energy for All and on the B20 Board on Green Growth. From 2007 to 2010 he served as director general and member of the management board at the U.K. Department of International Development in London. In this capacity he was responsible for overseeing the development policy analysis and research for the U.K. government.
Prior to joining the U.K. government, Steer held several senior posts at the World Bank, including director of the environmental department, where he oversaw a major expansion of the bank’s environmental program, and a number of important innovations, including natural capital accounting and the introduction of carbon trading at the World Bank. From 1997 to 2007 he was resident in East Asia, where he directed World Bank operations in Vietnam and Indonesia. In earlier years he was head of the bank’s country risk department, and was also director and chief author of the 1992 World Development Report on Environment and Development, the bank’s flagship report to the Rio Earth Summit. Steer was educated at St. Andrews University, Scotland; the University of Pennsylvania; and Cambridge University. He has a Ph.D. in economics, has written widely on sustainable development issues and has taught at several universities.