Read Dr. Jim Yong Kim’s full remarks.

Jim Yong Kim has ded­i­cated him­self to improving the lives of the world’s poor, as World Bank Group pres­i­dent, as an edu­ca­tional leader, and as a physi­cian and anthropologist.

As the twelfth pres­i­dent of the World Bank Group—a posi­tion he has held since July 2012—Dr. Kim leads an inter­na­tional finan­cial insti­tu­tion ded­i­cated to reducing global poverty by pro­moting invest­ments in eco­nomic devel­op­ment. He has advanced the World Bank’s strategic ini­tia­tives through an emphasis on collaboration—not just with gov­ern­ments and other insti­tu­tions, but also with indi­vid­uals. By lis­tening to people—their ques­tions, ideas, and opinions—Kim believes the Word Bank can make its pro­grams even more effective.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Kim served as pres­i­dent of Dart­mouth Col­lege, becoming the first physi­cian to hold that pres­ti­gious post. Kim suc­cess­fully led the uni­ver­sity through the global finan­cial crisis of 2009 and 2010, and was the guiding force behind the Dart­mouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science—the first inter­na­tional net­work of researchers and prac­ti­tioners ded­i­cated to devel­oping new models of health­care delivery and achieving better health out­comes at lower costs.

As director of the World Health Organization’s Depart­ment of HIV/​AIDS, he led the “3 by 5” ini­tia­tive, which sought to treat three mil­lion new HIV/​AIDS patients in devel­oping coun­tries with anti­retro­viral drugs by 2005. Launched in Sep­tember 2003, the ambi­tious pro­gram ulti­mately reached its goal in 2007.

Before that, Kim teamed up with another pio­neering physician-​​anthropologist, Dr. Paul Farmer, to found Part­ners In Health, a Boston-​​based non­profit orga­ni­za­tion now working in impov­er­ished com­mu­ni­ties on four con­ti­nents. Part­ners in Health proved that first-​​class health­care can be deliv­ered to the poorest sec­tions of the poorest countries.

Born in 1959 in Seoul, South Korea, Jim Yong Kim moved with his family to the United States at the age of five and grew up in Mus­ca­tine, Iowa. He grad­u­ated magna cum laude from Brown Uni­ver­sity in 1982, earned his med­ical degree from Har­vard Med­ical School in 1991, and received a Ph.D. in anthro­pology from Har­vard Uni­ver­sity in 1993.

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, in Boston. He also served as director of Harvard’s François-​​Xavier Bag­noud Center for Health and Human Rights.

Among his many awards and honors, Kim received a MacArthur “Genius” Fel­low­ship in 2003, was named one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report in 2005, and was selected as one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influ­en­tial People in the World” in 2006.