Peter Kyle
International Legal Consultant
After 16 years in the World Bank Peter has retired from his position as Lead Counsel but continues with the bank as an International Legal Consultant based in Washington D. C.
Peter hails from New Zealand and was educated at Victoria University in Wellington gaining a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and Bachelor of Laws with Honours. He qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1972 and clerked for the Chief Justice of New Zealand for 18 months. He was then awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship during which he completed a Master of Laws degree at the University of Virginia in 1974.
Returning to New Zealand he became a partner in the law firm of Watts and Patterson. He took leave from his firm to serve as Legal Counsel with the Asian Development Bank in Manila before accepting a senior position within the legal department of the World Bank in 1992.
He attended an Outward Bound course in 1966 and was actively involved in the administration of Outward Bound for many years, serving on all major Council and Board committees and chairing many of them. After moving to Washington he was instrumental in drafting the legal documentation which led to the establishment of the Outward Bound International Advisory Board – the predecessor of Outward Bound International (OBI). In 1996 he was appointed inaugural Chair of OBI, a position he held until 2002, when he was appointed Chairman Emeritus.
Peter was inducted into the Rotary Club of Wellington North in 1976 and is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill, Washington, DC and he served as the District Governor of District 7620 in 2013-14. He has served on many Rotary International and Rotary Foundation committees including Alumni, Partnerships and Rotarian Action Groups. He has chaired the Rotary Peace Centres Committee for the past three years and chaired the Peace Symposium in Sao Paulo in 2015. He has also served as an International Assembly Training Leader, RI Representative to the World Bank, COL Delegate and is a Board member of WASRAG.
In 2010, Peter was awarded the Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service Award to Humanity and he received the Citation for Meritorious Service in 2015. Peter and his wife have two children and one grandchild and live on the West River, south of Annapolis, MD, USA