Green Conversations: Andrew Steer
November 16, 2010 – "Why Developing Countries Urgently Need a Global Climate Deal... and why they shouldn't wait for one"
Andrew Steer, Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank
John Briscoe, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering, Harvard University Schools of: Engineering and Applied Sciences, Public Health and Kennedy School of Government
Daniel Schrag, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering; Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment
Dr. Andrew Steer became Special Envoy for Climate Change at the World Bank in July 2010. He is responsible for guiding the Bank Group's work on climate change and further advancing its internal capabilities in this area. In his post, which ranks at the level of Vice President, he will also oversee the multi-billion dollar Climate Investment Funds and help mobilize climate financing.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Steer served for three years as Director General, Policy and Research at the UK Department of International Development in London. In earlier years, he held a number of positions at the World Bank including Country Director for Indonesia and Vietnam, and Director of the Environmental Department. He was also Staff Director of the 1992 World Development Report on Environment and Development, the Bank’s Flagship report to the Rio Earth Summit. Dr. Steer has three decades of experience working on development issues at the country level in Africa and Asia, and on global development issues. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, has written widely on development issues and has taught Economics at several universities.
Green Conversations are sponsored by the Harvard University Center for the Environment with generous support from Bank of America. This lecture is co-sponsored with the Harvard University Center for International Development Sustainability Science Program. Free and open to the public.