Jim Yong Kim

12th President of the World Bank Group, 2012 - 2019

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Jim Yong Kim, 1959 -
Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., was the 12th President of the World Bank Group. Prior to being named World Bank Group President, Kim's career revolved around health, education, and improving the lives of the poor. A physician and anthropologist, Kim previously served as the President of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003 to 2005, as director of the World Health Organization's HIV/AIDS department, he led the "3 by 5" initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which helped to expand access to antiretroviral medication in developing countries. In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization that now works in poor communities on four continents.

Jim Kim became World Bank Group President in July 2012. Soon after he assumed the position, the organization established two goals to guide its work: to end extreme poverty by 2030; and to boost shared prosperity, focusing on the bottom 40% of the population in developing countries. In September 2016, the World Bank Group Board unanimously reappointed Kim to a second five-year term as President.

World Bank / IMF 2017 Spring Meetings Opening Press Conference: World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. Photo: Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank
President Kim speaking at the Annual Meetings in 2018.
During his first term, the World Bank Group supported the development priorities of countries at levels never seen outside a financial crisis and, with its partners, achieved two successive, record replenishments of the World Bank Group's fund for the poorest. The institution also launched several innovative financial instruments including facilities to address infrastructure needs, prevent pandemics, and help the millions of people forcibly displaced from their homes by climate shocks, conflict, and violence.

Kim has received a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, was recognized as one of America's "25 Best Leaders" by U.S. News & World Report, and was named one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World."