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Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, Named Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (April 8, 2019) – Rachel Kyte, who has led United Nations efforts toward greater access to clean, affordable energy as part of action on climate change and sustainable development, has been named dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Kyte is the first woman to lead the nation’s oldest graduate-only school of international affairs, which attracts students from all corners of the globe and at all stages of their careers.

Currently the chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and special representative of the UN secretary-general for Sustainable Energy for All, Kyte previously was the World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change, leading the Bank Group’s efforts to shift its operations and campaign for the Paris Agreement.

A graduate of Fletcher’s Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) and a professor of practice at the school since 2014, Kyte will assume the deanship on October 1, 2019.

Upon being selected as Fletcher's 14th dean, Rachel Kyte took some time to sit with us for a wide-ranging conversation in which she shared a great deal about her background, her values, what inspires her, and how she views the importance of a Fletcher education - and what makes it so unique. 

For more videos like the one below, visit The Fletcher School's YouTube page and watch our series of vignettes, "Meet the New Fletcher Dean."