Jim Yong Kim

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  • President, World Bank Group (2012-2019)
  • President, Dartmouth College (2009-2012)
  • Co-Founder, Partners in Health
  • Vice Chairman and Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners


12th President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim is a global visionary devoted to improving the lives of people in developing countries and championing the cause of global health. Renowned for his pioneering approaches to tackling global health issues, education, and economic development, at the World Bank, Kim re-defined the institution's work to amplify the voices of the world's poor, vowing to end extreme poverty by 2030.

Before his time at the World Bank, Kim served as President of Dartmouth College-- becoming the first Asian-American president of an Ivy League institution-- and as Executive Director and co-founder of the internationally renowned non-profit medical organization Partners In Health (PIH). At PIH, Kim helped launch a movement that changed global health forever, tackling some of the world's most difficult health problems, and proving experts wrong in what medical treatments and results are possible in communities of extreme poverty. Kim's work at PIH has now been replicated in more than 40 countries, and is chronicled in the award-winning documentary Bending the Arc, and bestselling book Mountains Beyond Mountains. Kim also served as Chief of the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the World Health Organization's HIV/AIDS department. At WHO Kim led the groundbreaking "3 by 5" initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment.

Sought-out to speak everywhere from TED to the World Economic Forum, Kim's ideas and efforts have changed the way the world thinks about global development. A physician and anthropologist, he is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, and has been recognized as one of America's "25 Best Leaders" by U.S. News & World Report, named to TIME's "100 Most Influential People in the World," and listed to Forbes' "World's Most Powerful People." Kim inspires people to change the world, and provides eye-opening and empowering insights on just how we can do it. 

 

 

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Jim has truly global experience.  He’s worked from Asia to Africa to the Americas-- from capitals to small villages. His personal story exemplifies the great diversity of our country and the fact that anyone can make it as far as he has as long as they're willing to work hard and look out for others. And his experience makes him ideally suited to forge partnerships all around the world

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Jim Yong Kim
  • TED
  • World Economic Forum
  • LinkedIn
  • Global Citizen Festival
  • Brown University
  • Global HR Forum
  • Brookings Institute
  • Global Philanthropy Forum
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • RESULTS International Conference
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Moving the World Through the Global Economic and Health Crisis of Covid-19

In this talk, Dr. Kim shares the experiences of his work at The World Bank, The World Health Organization, as a co-founder of Partners in Health, a nonprofit whose mission is to make long-term investments in some of the world's poorest and most desperate communities. He has been on the front lines o ...

In this talk, Dr. Kim shares the experiences of his work at The World Bank, The World Health Organization, as a co-founder of Partners in Health, a nonprofit whose mission is to make long-term investments in some of the world's poorest and most desperate communities. He has been on the front lines of fighting illness - and the next pandemic- for decades, and understands the best practices for containment, testing and safely re-opening. He also explains that in order to fully recover, long-term investements in human capital, education, infrastrucutre and healthcare systems are required. Dr. Kim understands the human and economic impacts of the pandemic and helps audiences understand the path ahead.

Investing in the World: A Conversation about Human Capital, Infrastructure and Global Economics with Dr. Jim Yong Kim

In this talk, Dr. Kim discusses the importance of investments in the poorest communities, and how modern financial and business models are transforming the effectiveness of investments in the developing world. As a former President of the World Bank and partner at Global Infrastructure Partners, Dr. ...

In this talk, Dr. Kim discusses the importance of investments in the poorest communities, and how modern financial and business models are transforming the effectiveness of investments in the developing world. As a former President of the World Bank and partner at Global Infrastructure Partners, Dr. Kim invests in infrastructure and human capital in emerging markets to tackle the complex and interconnected issues of global health, economic prosperity and climate change. His life's work has been to fund and execute innovative programs to address infrastructure needs, prevent pandemics, and help the millions of people forcibly displaced from their homes by climate shocks, conflict, and violence. 

Climate Change and Global Economics

After his tenure as President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim joined Global Infrastructure Partners to invest in emerging markets to improve quality of life, economic prosperity, and health, and to mitigate the effects of climate change in those communities. Addressing issues as varied as sustai ...

After his tenure as President of the World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim joined Global Infrastructure Partners to invest in emerging markets to improve quality of life, economic prosperity, and health, and to mitigate the effects of climate change in those communities. Addressing issues as varied as sustained drought, plagues, and internet access are all part of his mission to invest in human capital and the prevailing issues in develping countries. In this talk, Dr. Kim addresses how the right economic investments can combat climate change, and as a result improve the health, economic prosperity and security of the developing world.

 

Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor

In this talk, Former President of the World Bank Dr. Jim Yong Kim discusses the world's most pressing global health problems, which as we have seen with Covid, are also economic and global security risks. He shares his insights from his decades of work serving the world's poorest and most desperate ...

In this talk, Former President of the World Bank Dr. Jim Yong Kim discusses the world's most pressing global health problems, which as we have seen with Covid, are also economic and global security risks. He shares his insights from his decades of work serving the world's poorest and most desperate communities as a Co-Founder of Partners in Health, a global health non-profit whose mission is to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need and to serve as an antidote to despair. He inspires and challenges with the question that inspired his viral TED Talk: Doesn't everyone deserve a chance at a good life?

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<p>Virtual Programming: Public Health Expert and former World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim is a leading voice on our economic recovery after the pandemic, and how companies and communities can safely re-open</p>

Virtual Programming: Public Health Expert and former World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim is a leading voice on our economic recovery after the pandemic, and how companies and communities can safely re-open

Physician, public health expert, anthropologist and former President of the World Bank JIM YONG KIM is speaking out on how to treat and contain Covid-19, based off of his decades of experience treating some of the largest global health problems including HIV/Aids. Recently interviewed by Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The New York Times and more, Dr. Kim is sought after by audiences, governments and organizations for guidance on how to re-open economies and communities, how to effectively test and treat, and how to slow transmission. His is one of the clearest and most experienced voices using science – and our shared humanity – to guide us though the pandemic. He has received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, has been 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."  Dr. Kim is the co-founder of Partners in Health, a leader in transforming heath and healthcare systems in some of the world’s poorest and most desperate communities, and chronicled in the documentary Bending the ArcHis viral TED talk Doesn’t Everyone Deserve a Chance at a Good Life? helped to bring to the world’s attention the work that needs to be done and the underlying call we all have to answer.

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Jim Yong Kim (@JimYongKim), M.D., PhD, is Vice Chairman and Partner at Global Infrastructure Partners, a fund that invests in infrastructure projects across several sectors around the world.

From July 2012 to February 2019, Kim served as the 12th President of the World Bank Group. Soon after he assumed that 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 percent of the population in developing countries.

During Kim’s tenure, the World Bank Group supported the development priorities of countries at levels never seen outside of a financial crisis. Along with partners, the World Bank achieved two successive, record replenishments of the International Development Association (IDA), the institution’s fund for the poorest countries, which has enabled the Bank to greatly increase its work in areas suffering from fragility, conflict, and violence.

In 2018, the World Bank Group’s shareholders approved a historic capital increase for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), which offers sovereign loans to middle-income countries, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Bank Group’s private sector arm. The capital increase will allow the Bank Group to help countries reach their development goals while responding to crises such as climate change, pandemics, fragility, and underinvestment in human capital around the world.

The World Bank Group 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. The Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) made its first cash grant in 2018 to support frontline Ebola response efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As of January 2019, the Bank Group is working with the United Nations and leading technology companies to implement the Famine Action Mechanism, which uses technology such as artificial intelligence to detect warning signs earlier and prevent famines before they begin.

A physician and anthropologist, Kim’s career has revolved around health, education, and improving the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable. He was born in South Korea to parents who had fled the violence of the Korean War and grew up in Iowa, where his father was a practicing dentist and his mother was a philosopher and theologian. Kim graduated from Brown University, then became one of the first students to study jointly for a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in anthropology at Harvard University.

While at Harvard, Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization that provides healthcare to poor communities on four continents. With Partners In Health, Kim developed treatment programs for complex, deadly diseases such as multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis and AIDS in the poorest areas of Haiti, Peru, and several other countries. From 2003 to 2005, Kim served as Director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS department. He led WHO’s “3 by 5” initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which greatly expanded access to antiretroviral medication in developing countries.

Following his service at WHO, Kim was Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard School of Public Health. In 2009, he was named the 17th President of Dartmouth College, where he served until he was nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the World Bank Group. Kim was the first leader of the Bank Group who did not come from the financial or political sectors and the first who had personal experience tackling development issues in poor countries.

Kim holds a B.A. from Brown University, and an M.D. and PhD in medical anthropology from Harvard University. He received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, was recognized as one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” byU.S. News & World Report, and was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”