R. Kyle Peters
Vice President Operations Policy & Country Services
Kyle Peters, a US national, assumed his current position in February, 2013. As Vice President for Operations Policy and Country Services, he is responsible for spearheading several institutional reform initiatives related to improving and streamlining the World Bank’s business policies, practices, and procedures for delivering lending products and knowledge services to client countries. They include the new approach to the World Bank Group’s country engagement, and the review and update of the Bank’s procurement and safeguards policies. Work is also ongoing to strengthen operational risk management, improve performance and results measurement and monitoring of Bank operations, including through the World Bank Group and World Bank Corporate Scorecards.
He brings 35 years of experience working in the field of development to the position. Prior to being appointed Vice President, he was Director, Strategy and Operations for Europe and Central Asia Region. Earlier, Mr. Peters was Director of Strategy and Country Services in the Operations Policy and Country Services Vice Presidency from 2006 - 2012. During this time, he coordinated the Bank’s response to the financial crisis of 2008-09, led the operational policy issues for IDA15 and 16 replenishments, and oversaw policy and reviews of country assistance strategies, development policy lending, and guarantees, as well as the aid effectiveness agenda.
He has held a range of positions including Senior Manager in the Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG); Sector Manager for economic policy in Eastern and Central Europe, with responsibility for the Bank’s early engagements on regional integration in the Western Balkans; and Macro Economist in two regions--East Asia and the Pacific and Eastern Europe. He served in the Bank’s country office in Jakarta from 1989-1992, working on macroeconomic, debt and poverty issues.
Mr. Peters received his BA in Mathematics and Economics from the College of William and Mary. He received a MA in Economics from State University of New York–Buffalo.