MR. PRESIDENT

MR. PRESIDENT


by AUDrey | April 21, 2012

A few weeks ago, I filled you in on the World Bank Group and told you how President Obama had nominated Jim Yong Kim, President of Dartmouth College, for the position of new President of the World Bank Group.

Well, just today it was announced that Dr. Kim was selected for the position! Dr. Kim will take over on July 1 after the current president, Robert B. Zoellick, steps down at the end of his five-year term.

After Dr. Kim was nominated in March, he went on an around-the-world “listening tour” to rally support for his candidacy and won the support of countries including Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Japan and Russia. Dr. Kim wants to make the bank as inclusive as possible, while achieving its mission of eradicating poverty and supporting economic development. In addition, he hopes to make the bank more data-driven.

Dr. Kim is a global health expert, a physician, an anthropologist, co-founder of Partners In Health. He worked at Harvard University and the World Health Organization, where he spearheaded a program to deliver antiretroviral treatments to people living with H.I.V./AIDS.

The part I find most amazing about all of this is that he is also the first World Bank president to come from a developing economy and therefore can represent the opinion of the people who are being helped so much more than others have.

Read the article from the New York Times here.

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