P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Valerie Hickey, 2005

Practice Manager, World Bank Group's Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice

Valerie Hickey is an immigrant from Ireland

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Environmental Studies at Duke University

Valerie Hickey is Practice Manager of the World Bank Group's Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice. Previously, she managed the World Bank's global biodiversity portfolio. She is based in Washington, DC.

Valerie was born in Cork, Ireland, and became a US citizen in early 2009 almost a decade after first setting foot in the US.

Valerie received a BA in history and political science from Trinity College Dublin, with First Class Honors and an MA in international peace studies, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame. She received her PhD from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. While at Duke, Valerie taught graduate courses in conflict resolution and negotiations at Duke's Sanford Institute of Public Policy.

Valerie has worked for World Bank for over 8 years. In her previous role, she was an Environment Specialist and worked on greening the Bank's operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a particular focus on providing support to emergency interventions in Haiti.

  • PhD Environmental Studies | Duke University 2009
  • MA International Peace Studies | University of Notre Dame 2000
Work History
  • World Bank Group's Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, Practice Manager
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