Andrew Steer, President of the World Resources Institute


Dr. Andrew Steer joined the World Resources Institute (WRI) as its third president in August 2012.  WRI is an independent research organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve peoples’ lives.


Dr. Steer has three decades of experience working on development issues at the country level in Africa and Asia, and a deep interest in economics and global development issues.


Dr. Steer joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as Special Envoy for Climate Change since 2010.  During his tenure, he co-chaired the Strategic Climate Fund, guided Bank Group efforts on climate change in more than 130 countries, led international negotiations, and promoted a pro-development agenda internationally. He also served on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All and on the B20 Board on Green Growth.


In 2007, Dr. Steer was appointed as Director General, Policy and Research at the UK Department of International Development (DFID) in London. In this capacity he was responsible for overseeing five departments charged with leading DFID’s policy and analytical work on growth and investment; climate change and environment; human development; governance and social development; and research.


Prior to joining DFID, Dr. Steer spent more than 30 years at the World Bank, where he held a number of positions, 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 a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, has written widely on development issues, and has taught Economics at several universities.