Global lead for sustainability and standards, World Bank
Third year on the Committee
Reidar Kvam is the World Bank’s global lead for Social Sustainability and Standards. He serves as the World Bank’s lead technical specialist, advising management and employees on strategy and long-term interventions on policy and operational issues related to social sustainability and standards. In this role he coordinates a team around 160 social development specialists and represents the World Bank in external partnerships around the social sustainability agenda.
Prior to this position, Reidar was Senior Manager at IFC, the private sector part of the World Bank Group. He coordinated the development and stewardship of IFC's Sustainability Policy and Performance Standards, and led IFC’s engagement with the World Bank, Equator Principles financial institutions, export credit agencies, other development financial institutions, and civil society.
Reidar has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen, Norway. He joined the World Bank Group in 1996, after having worked in academia, the UN system, and with Norway’s bilateral aid program.