Global Conference 2017

Speaker's Biography

Jim Yong Kim

President, World Bank Group

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., is the 12th president of the World Bank Group. Soon after he took the position in 2012, the organization established goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and boost shared prosperity for the poorest 40 percent of people in developing countries. Kim's career has revolved around health, education, and delivering services to the poor. Before joining the World Bank Group, Kim, a physician and anthropologist, served as 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 global goal for AIDS treatment. In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners in Health, a nonprofit medical organization that works in poor communities on four continents. Kim has received a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and was listed among America's 25 Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report. Time magazine named Kim among its 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2006.


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