Steve Wilson has over 25 years experience working on sustainable international development and resilience. He recently retired from the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C., where he launched programs that promote private sector climate resilience and sustainable business models in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). He is internationally recognized for his work on private climate resilience through the “PROADAPT” program, which he designed (with co-financing from the Nordic Development Fund) and that builds climate resilience in LAC and promotes related business and investment opportunities. He has designed and led projects on clean energy, energy efficiency and has designed and managed successful venture capital funds that invest in clean energy and energy efficiency projects. He also coordinated all Climate Investment Funds for the private sector windows of the Inter-American Development Bank from 2010-2012.
Prior to coming the IDB in 2000, he worked with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Vienna, Austria from 1992 to 2000, where he worked on environmental standards, accreditation and other aspects of conformity assessment. He was the Chairman of the first Greenhouse Gas Verification and Accreditation Committee at the American National Standards Institute, and has worked with national standards bodies on greenhouse gas accounting schemes. He is a adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where he teaches courses on global climate change and sustainable business models. He is active with private sector groups that are focused on sustainability and climate resilience, including Ceres, Risky Business, and the Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment Roundtable. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Economics from The University of Texas and a Ph.D. in Economics.