WRI just announced that Andrew Steer will be our new president. Andrew is currently the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the World Bank, and he’s a well-known figure in the international environment and development community.
Just the third president in WRI’s 30 year history, Andrew brings a breadth of international experience to the table, as well as a deep commitment to our issues. In making the announcement to our staff, WRI’s Board Chair Jim Harmon wrote:
“As we launched this search, we knew we needed a president who would bring a strong vision, crisp communications, and superlative management skills to WRI. We needed someone who would bring energy and a real sense of urgency to the job. We needed someone committed to WRI’s mission and values, who would inspire people as the leader of an organization known for excellence and results.”
When Andrew met with WRI staff in Washington yesterday, these were precisely the qualities he demonstrated. At the welcome event, Andrew shared some of his initial thoughts and views on WRI and its goals. It was clear he will not only bring intellectual rigor to our organization, but also high energy and a positive outlook.
You can watch a snippet from his introductory remarks to staff, here:
Andrew brings an impressive track record to WRI. He has held leadership roles at the World Bank, where he has worked on the front line of development in major emerging economies. From 2007 to 2010, he was Director General for Policy and Research at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). He also served as the World Bank Country Director in Vietnam and Indonesia.
Here’s what his current boss, World Bank President Robert Zoellick, said about him:
“WRI has a distinguished record at the key intersection between development and the natural environment, and I am confident that under Andrew’s able leadership its future impact will be even stronger.”
As Andrew noted in his speech, the coming decade is going to be critical for addressing the world’s sustainability challenges: climate, water, forests, oceans, and more. WRI will have its hands full.
We are looking forward to Andrew’s arrival in August, and we welcome his leadership to ensure that we are successful in achieving our mission.