iOS app Android app

Jim Yong Kim
GET UPDATES FROM Jim Yong Kim
 
Follow Jim Yong Kim on LinkedIn

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., became the 12th President of the World Bank Group on July 1, 2012.

A physician and anthropologist, Dr. Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than two decades, helping to improve the lives of under-served populations worldwide. Dr. Kim comes to the Bank after serving as President of Dartmouth College, a pre-eminent center of higher education that consistently ranks among the top academic institutions in the United States. Dr. Kim is a co-founder of Partners In Health (PIH) and a former director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization (WHO).

As President of Dartmouth – an institution that comprises a liberal arts college and professional schools of medicine, engineering and business, as well as 19 graduate programs in the arts and sciences, a staff and faculty of 3,300, and a budget of $700 million – Dr. Kim earned praise for reducing a financial deficit without cutting any academic programs. Dr. Kim also founded the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, a multidisciplinary institute dedicated to developing new models of health care delivery and achieving better health outcomes at lower costs.

Before assuming the Dartmouth presidency, Dr. 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, Dr. Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a Boston-based non-profit organization now working in poor communities on 4 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, Dr. 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.

Dr. 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).

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

He is married to Dr. Younsook Lim, a pediatrician. The couple has two young sons.

Entries by Jim Yong Kim

The World's Refugee Crisis Needs Both A Humanitarian And Longer-Term Response

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2016 | 11:40 AM

Denham and his family have been refugees living in this tent for the last four years. © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

The world's greatest risks...

Read Post

It's Time for Action on Universal Health Coverage

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 2:30 PM

2015-12-16-1450303732-2322159-nurseslookafternewbornsprincesschristianmaternityhospitalfreetownsierraleone.jpg

Nurses look after newborns in Freetown Sierra Leone. © Dominic Chavez/World Bank


TOKYO, Japan — In 1961, Japan established universal health coverage, a remarkable achievement for a post-conflict country. Broadly accessible, affordable, quality health care has helped the residents...

Read Post

The Ambition of Paris: A Path Toward Clean Economic Growth

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 8:31 AM

The Paris climate talks offer a once in a generation opportunity to send the clear signal: We can build prosperity and support economic growth without carbon polluting the earth, and we must act with urgency because of a volatile, warming planet.

I believe political leaders from around the world...

Read Post

Now Is the Time to Put a Price on Carbon

(42) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 5:18 PM

project syndicate

WASHINGTON -- In just six weeks, world leaders will meet in Paris to negotiate a new global climate change agreement. To date, some 150 countries have submitted plans detailing how...

Read Post

Sommes-nous préparés à faire face à la prochaine épidémie mondiale ?

(9) Comments | Posted August 15, 2015 | 9:04 AM

Trop souvent, dans les milieux diplomatiques et scientifiques, on s'accorde à penser que le grand public ne sait pas ce qui est bon pour lui quand il s'agit de politique étrangère ou de faire face à des menaces planétaires. C'est trop complexe, disent les experts: le public ne comprendrait pas....

Read Post

Sommes-nous préparés à faire face à la prochaine épidémie mondiale ?

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 1:18 PM

Trop souvent, dans les milieux diplomatiques et scientifiques, on s'accorde à penser que le grand public ne sait pas ce qui est bon pour lui quand il s'agit de politique étrangère ou de faire face à des menaces planétaires. C'est trop complexe, disent les experts: le public ne comprendrait pas....

Read Post

次なる感染症の世界的流行への備えはできているか? 世論は否定的

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 8:03 AM

韓国の体験が示すように、最新の保健医療システムをもってしても、感染症の流行に備えるためにはより一層の努力が必要なのである。

Read Post

¿Estamos preparados para la próxima epidemia mundial? El público cree que no

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 4:57 PM

2015-08-05-1438795184-4020352-pandemicsebolasurvey.jpg

Una enfermera revisa la temperatura de una paciente en un hospital de Monrovia, Liberia.
© Dominic Chavez/Banco Mundial


Muchas veces, en los círculos diplomáticos o científicos, el pensamiento convencional es que el público en general no sabe qué le...

Read Post

Are We Prepared for the Next Global Epidemic? The Public Doesn't Think So

(6) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 3:36 PM

2015-08-05-1438795184-4020352-pandemicsebolasurvey.jpg

A nurse checks the temperature of a patient at Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.
© Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Too often, the conventional wisdom in diplomatic or scientific circles is that the general public doesn't know what's good for them when...

Read Post

We Must Be Bold to Improve Learning in Classrooms

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 10:33 AM

2015-05-18-1431982226-3889781-jykwemustbeboldtoimprovelearninginclassrooms.jpg

© Ami Vitale/Word Bank


Education is one of the surest means to end extreme poverty in our time. Yet, 121 million children today remain out of school. These young people are the hardest to reach, due to poverty, gender...

Read Post

Tackling Climate Change -- For Our Kids

(57) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 3:41 PM

If you have children or grandchildren, you probably have wondered what the world will be like for them in 20 or 30 years. Will it be a better place? Will climate change upend their lives?

It's something I have thought about a lot since I became the president of the...

Read Post

A Year of Opportunity to Combat Climate Change -- and Transform Economies

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 11:43 AM

2015-01-21-glacierchile.jpg

© Curt Carnemark/World Bank

Scientists declared this past year as the warmest year on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, and a series of scientific reports found glaciers melting and extreme weather events intensifying. There can be no doubt that...

Read Post

Universal Health Coverage: A Smart Investment

(2) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 11:55 AM

Just as a patient with a weak immune system is more susceptible to disease, the Ebola crisis reminds us that a nation with a weak health system is more susceptible to epidemics. This lesson is on our minds not only because of the crippling impact of the worst Ebola outbreak...

Read Post

Universal Health Coverage: A Smart Investment

(4) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 10:27 AM

Just as a patient with a weak immune system is more susceptible to disease, the Ebola crisis reminds us that a nation with a weak health system is more susceptible to epidemics. This lesson is on our minds not only because of the crippling impact of the worst Ebola outbreak...

Read Post

Las estrellas del fútbol pueden ayudar en la lucha contra el ébola

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 12:13 AM

2014-12-03-ebola.jpg
© John James/UNICEF

Antes de asumir el cargo de presidente del Banco Mundial, yo era un médico especialista en enfermedades infecciosas. Sé de primera mano que detener una epidemia requiere la coordinación de esfuerzos de muchas personas y organizaciones. El ébola...

Read Post

"11 gegen Ebola": Wie Fußballstars beim Kampf gegen Ebola helfen

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 9:08 AM

Bevor ich Präsident der Weltbank wurde, war ich als Arzt spezialisiert auf Infektionskrankheiten. Ich habe aus erster Hand erfahren, dass viele Menschen gut abgestimmt und organisiert zusammen arbeiten müssen, um eine Epidemie zu stoppen. Ebola ist da nicht anders.

Heute und morgen werde ich nach Guinea, Liberia und Sierra Leone...

Read Post

In Broad Fight Against Ebola, Football Stars Can Help

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 8:47 AM

A health worker wearing personal protective equipment helps another health worker with his protective gear during a training session on Ebola in Sierra Leone. At least 100 health staff have died this year from Ebola in Sierra Leone alone. © John James/UNICEF

...

Read Post

USA-Cina, una svolta per il pianeta verso una nuova crescita economica

(2) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 9:07 AM

Le previsioni meteo per il cambiamento climatico sono mutate dalla mattina alla sera, ci sono buone notizie per il pianeta e per la crescita economica.

Il presidente degli Stati Uniti Barack Obama e il presidente cinese Xi Jinping, i leader delle due economie più grandi del mondo, nonché...

Read Post

China y EEUU dan un gran paso a favor del planeta y de un nuevo crecimiento

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 12:08 AM

El pronóstico para el cambio climático ha cambiado sin lugar a dudas de la noche a la mañana, con ciertas noticias positivas para el planeta y para el crecimiento económico.

Los presidentes de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, y de China, Xi Jinping, demostraron que, en conjunto, están impulsando...

Read Post

A US-China Breakthrough for the Planet -- and New Economic Growth

(15) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 4:57 PM

The forecast for climate change has been undeniably altered overnight -- positive news for the planet and for economic growth.

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the leaders of the world's two largest economies and two largest emitters of pollutants into the atmosphere, demonstrated that,...

Read Post