Rachel Kyte

Rachel Kyte

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Biography

Rachel Kyte is the 14th dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Kyte is the first woman to lead the United States' oldest graduate-only school of international affairs, which attracts students from all corners of the world and at all stages of their careers. 

Prior to joining Fletcher, Kyte served as special representative of the UN secretary-general and chief executive officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL). She previously was the World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change, leading the run-up to the Paris Agreement. She was also vice president at the International Finance Corporation responsible for ESG risk and business advisory services.

In her UN role and as CEO of SEforAll, a public-private platform created by the UN and World Bank, Kyte led efforts to promote and finance clean, reliable and affordable energy as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

She served as co-chair of UN Energy. 

In the 2020 UK New Year Honours, Rachel was appointed as CMG for her services to sustainable energy and combating climate change.

Kyte is a member of the UN secretary-general’s high-level advisory group on climate action and an advisor to the UK presidency of the UN climate talks. Kyte is co-chair of the Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI), and chair of the FONERWA, the Rwanda Green Fund. She serves on the boards of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), the Climate Policy Institute and CDP. She advises investors, governments, and not-for-profits on climate, energy, and finance for sustainable development.

A British citizen, Kyte earned ​her undergraduate degree from University of London and ​a Master of Arts in International Relations (GMAP)  from The Fletcher School. She is a regular contributor on global media. Kyte has received numerous awards for leadership in climate and sustainable development and was named by Time magazine as one of the 15 women that were leading climate action.

Rachel Kyte in the Media

Comment: Kerry's shuttle climate diplomacy caught between a rock and a very hard place

We must get a handle on integrity in voluntary carbon markets - and fast

While Europe burns, leaders go shopping for gas

Failure of US climate leadership compounds fears for COP27 summit

With Climate Agenda Stalled at Home, Biden Still Hopes to Lead Abroad

As the World Heats Up, the Need for AC Makes the Situation Worse

Six months on from COP26: Where to find progress on climate in a more dangerous and divided world

6 months after the climate summit, where to find progress on climate change in a more dangerous and divided world

If you’re worried about Russia, embrace net zero

OPINION: Here's how to make ‘climate-neutral’ claims mean something

Rachel Kyte Q&A: “My carbon footprint is a source of deep discomfort”

COP26 left the world with a climate to-do list: Here are 5 things to watch for in 2022

In Tigray, Sexual Violence Has Become a Weapon of War