Valerie Hickey

World Bank Group
Practice Manager, Environment and Natural Resources in LAC


Valerie joined the World Bank as a technical specialist in East Asia and the Pacific, working on environment and rural development projects in Cambodia, China and Lao. Valerie has since worked across the Bank’s regions providing design and implementation support to a variety of operations, including in fragile states, where she led the Bank’s environment portfolio in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. After joining the World Bank’s global team, Valerie became chair of the blue economy, biodiversity and wildlife crime communities of practice and convened the Bank’s deep technical expertise in pursuit of providing policy advice and implementation support to accelerate the role of natural resource management in poverty alleviation.

Now, following a role managing the World Bank’s environment portfolio across Europe and Central Asia, Valerie is the Practice Manager for Environment and Natural Resources in Latin America and the Caribbean. In LAC, Valerie manages a cross-sectoral team that provides technical assistance, convening services, and capital at scale to governments, communities and companies on issues related to the blue economy, forests and biodiversity, pollution management and environmental health, environmental economics and environmental risk management.

Before joining the World Bank, Valerie worked for World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society and the US National Park Service where she managed invasive species programs in Lake Mead, the reservoir to the Hoover Dam. Valerie holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.