Jim Yong Kim

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Jim Yong Kim
Occupation President
Employer World Bank

Jim Yong Kim is the president of the World Bank. He has been at the helm of the World Bank since 2012, having been nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on March 23 and elected April 16.[1] Kim was re-elected for a second five-year term that began in 2017.

On January 7, 2019, Kim said he would be stepping down to join a firm focusing on infrastructure investment in developing economies. His resignation was unexpected, coming nearly three years before his term was set to expire. Kristalina Georgieva, the chief executive of the World Bank, will be interim president starting on February 1. [2]

During his tenure at the World Bank he scored a major victory in April 2018, when the Treasury backed a $13 billion funding increase for the Bank. He also achieved two replenishments of funding for the International Development Association, the fund at the World Bank established to support the world’s poorest countries.

He also presided over a controversial reorganization of the bank which drew some objections from both inside and outside the bank.


Kim was previously president of Dartmouth College. He began his tenure at the school in 2009. [3]

Kim served as a lecturer at Harvard Medical School from 1993 - 2009, eventually holding professorships in medicine, social medicine and human rights. In 2004, in recognition of his outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service, Kim was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He was also the former director of the World Health Organization's HIV/Aids department.


He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Brown University in 1982. He was awarded an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1991, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, Department of Anthropology, in 1993.[4]