Dr. Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization that works in more than 50 countries, with offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and Europe. WRI’s 450 experts work closely with leaders to address six urgent global challenges at the intersection of economic development and the natural environment: food, forests, water, climate, energy and cities.
WRI is the secretariat of the Food Loss and Waste Protocol and is spearheading development of the Food Loss & Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard (along with the Consumer Goods Forum, FAO, UNEP, EU FUSIONS, WBCSD, and WRAP).
Dr. Steer joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2010 – 2012. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Director General at the UK Department of International Development (DFID) in London.
Dr. Steer serves on the Executive Board of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy For All initiative; is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Trustees for Environment and Natural Resource Security, the Energy Transitions Commission, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), and the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network; and is on sustainability boards of IKEA and Bank of America.
“Cutting food loss and waste is a no-brainer. Food loss and waste hurts people, costs money and harms the planet. If food loss and waste were a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world. Thankfully, we are embarking on a journey where business, government and other leaders can use their voices to make a tangible difference to reach Target 12.3. These Champions have the power to convert momentum into a global movement.” — Andrew Steer