Connecting for Climate Program

June 27 2012

The World Bank’s Managing Director Caroline Anstey, Sustainable Development Network Vice President Rachel Kyte, External Affairs Vice President Cyril Muller, and the Global Environment Facility’s Deputy CEO Andre Laperriere to participate in an evening of inspiration, creativity, and action to celebrate the ‘Apps for Climate’ competition winners and the launch of the Connect4Climate/MTV ‘Voices4Climate’ Global Photo, Video, and Music competition. Learn about the outcomes of the Rio+20 conference, the latest creative solutions to climate issues, and close out the night at a reception with Kenyan hip-hop star and environmentalist Juliani.

You can join us via the livestream or on Twitter with the hashtag #c4cNewseum. See the full program and short biographies for the speakers below!




Femi Oke, International Correspondent, WNYC Radio

Femi Oke is an international broadcaster and a special correspondent for the syndicated American news radio show "The Takeaway".  Femi became known around the world for her reporting on Africa after joining CNN International in 1999. She also hosted CNN's award-winning African affairs program "Inside Africa" and was a founding member of CNN’s world weather center.  Her work has been recognized by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Communications Agency, InterAction and the Peabody Awards Committee.  As well as her national radio commitments on The Takeaway Femi also reports for UNICEF Radio and the BBC.

Twitter: @femioke

Cyril Muller, Vice President - External Affairs, World Bank

Cyril Muller joined EXT as VP in November 2011.  Previously, he was the Director for Banking and Debt Management in the World Bank Treasury, responsible for modernizing the financial products available to member countries, and providing public debt management advisory services.  From 2005 to 2010, he served as the World Bank’s Special Representative for Europe, based in Paris.  His main responsibilities were managing the dialogue with European governments and institutions.  Mr. Muller held a range of positions across the World Bank since 1991, with an external break in service from 2000-2005.  Mr. Muller holds economics degrees from Neuchatel University in Switzerland and from New York University.

Caroline Anstey, Managing Director, World Bank

A UK national, Caroline Anstey, joined the World Bank in 1995 after an earlier career in politics and journalism. She worked as Political Assistant to the Rt. Hon. James Callaghan MP, and as Editor of the BBC weekly current affairs program "Analysis". Caroline also served as Secretariat member of the InterAction Council, a group of former Heads of Government that develops recommendations on political, economic, and social issues. Caroline holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from Nuffield College, Oxford.

Since 1995, Caroline has worked in various positions in the World Bank including: Country Director for the Caribbean; Director of Media Relations and Chief Spokesperson; and Assistant and Speechwriter to World Bank President, James D. Wolfensohn. In November 2007, she was appointed by President Robert B. Zoellick to the position of World Bank Chief of Staff. Then on July 1, 2010, Caroline was appointed as Vice President, External Affairs. She held that position until her appointment as Managing Director on September 19, 2011. As Managing Director, Caroline has special responsibility for the Bank’s operational services, policy and systems and its modernization drive, continuing her commitment to make the Bank an open, results-based and effective organization. She also has special oversight on gender issues.

Rachel Kyte, Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank

Rachel Kyte is Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank. She has overall responsibilities for the organization’s global work in climate change, agriculture, environment, infrastructure, urban development, disaster management, and social development. Rachel chairs the MLT. She has held the VP position since September, 2011.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Kyte had been Vice President for Business Advisory Services at the International Finance Corporation since 2008. From 2004, Ms. Kyte served as IFC’s Director for Environmental and Social Development, where she led efforts to develop new sustainability performance standards. Through the Equator Principles, adapted by 70 commercial banks and 34 export guarantee agencies, these standards are now a global benchmark illustrating that improved environment and social standards can raise financial performance in emerging markets. Prior to joining IFC, she was a member of the management team of the World Conservation Union. She has held elected positions in Europe, and founded and led non-government organizations focusing on women, the environment, health, and rights.

Ms Kyte was recently appointed as Professor of Practice in Sustainable Development at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston. Ms. Kyte holds a MA in International Relations from The Fletcher School, and a BA in politics and history from the University of London.

Twitter: @rkyte365

Seth Borenstein, Science Writer, Associated Press

Seth Borenstein is a national science writer for The Associated Press, the world's largest news organization, covering issues ranging from climate change to astronomy. He is the winner of numerous journalism awards, including the National Journalism Award for environment reporting in 2007 from the Scripps Foundation and the Outstanding Beat Reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists in  2008 and 2004. He was part of an AP Gulf of Mexico oil spill reporting team that won the 2010 George Polk Award for Environment Reporting and a special merit award as part of the 2011 Grantham environment reporting prizes. He was part of a team of finalists for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Columbia space shuttle disaster. A science and environmental journalist for more than 20 years, covering everything from hurricanes to space shuttle launches, Borenstein has also worked for Knight Ridder Newspapers' Washington Bureau, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. He is the co-author of three long out-of-print books, two on hurricanes and one on popular science.  He has flown in zero gravity and once tried out for Florida Marlins (unsuccessfully).

Twitter: @borenbears

André Laperrière, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, The Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Mr. André Laperrière joined the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in February 2011 as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in Washington D.C., USA. Mr. Laperrière was born in Canada, where he completed graduate studies in Administration and in Industrial Relations.

During his career, Mr. Laperrière has led/managed numerous large scale projects on behalf of Private Corporations and subsequently, within the United Nations.  He has extensive work experience in the Americas, Caribbean, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, in particular in developing countries and in conflict/post conflict environments.

Before joining the GEF, Mr. Laperrière was Director General of the Global Trust Council (GTC), a Sweden-based international organization.  Prior to GTC, Mr. Laperrière has held various senior management positions in the United Nations Common System.  In this context he played a senior role in the design and the implementation of major reforms within a number of agencies such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. Among other positions, Mr. Laperrière has been the first Executive Director of the Trust Fund for Victims at the ICC, Director of the Administration and Finance Division in WHO, and Coordinator for all reconstruction and rehabilitation activities under the responsibility of UNICEF in Iraq. Mr. Laperrière also held high level management positions in Ethiopia, Guinea, Gabon, Haiti, and led numerous missions in neighboring countries.

Prior to his career in the UN, Mr. Laperrière was Director in the International Services of Price Waterhouse.  In this position, he led numerous development, privatization, mergers and structural reform projects in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Caribbean. Mr. Laperrière is an expert in international development.

John Jackson, Vice President of Social Responsibility, MTV Networks International

John Jackson is Vice President for Social Responsibility at ViacomInternational Media Networks where he oversees partnerships and strategy for audience engagement around social issues. For the past two decades he has run international human rights and development campaigns on a range of issues including: Burma, HIV/AIDS, international trade, poor country debt, child labour, and anti-personnel land mines. He also covered stories on survivors of conflict in Burma, Cambodia and the Philippines.

John has been a regular commentator on national and international news programmes including the BBC, CNN and Sky News, and has been published in the Guardian, Independent and Huffington Post. He is co-author of Small Acts of Resistance, a collection of stories which show how courage, tenacity and a bit of ingenuity can change the world. http://www.smallactsofresistance.com

Twitter: @johnjackson5

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