Jim Yong Kim
Jim Yong Kim became the 12th President of the World Bank Group on July 1, 2012. A physician and anthropologist, Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than two decades, helping to improve the lives of under- served populations worldwide.
Kim comes to the Bank after serving as President of Dartmouth College.
As President of Dartmouth, Kim earned praise for reducing a financial deficit without cutting any academic programs. He founded the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, a multi-disciplinary institute dedicated to developing new models of health care delivery and achieving better health outcomes at lower costs.
Before assuming the Dartmouth presidency, Kim held professorships and chaired departments at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of
Public Health, and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston. He also served as Director of Harvard's François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights.
In 1987, Kim cofounded Partners in Health, a Boston-based nonprofit organization working in poor communities on four continents. Challenging previous conventional wisdom that drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS could not be treated in developing countries, PIH successfully tackled these diseases by integrating large-scale treatment programs into community-based primary care.
As Director of the World Health Organization's HIV/AIDS Department, Kim led the "3 by 5" initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which sought to treat 3 million new HIV/AIDS patients in developing countries with antiretroviral drugs by 2005. Launched in September 2003, the ambitious program ultimately reached its goal by 2007.
Kim's work has earned him wide recognition. He was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship (2003), was named one of America's "25 Best Leaders" by U.S. News & World Report (2005), and was selected as one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" (2006).