Jim Yong Kim

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Jim Yong Kim

In April 2012, US nominee Jim Yong Kim was chosen as the new president of the World Bank. "Dr Kim will succeed Robert Zoellick, serving a five-year term beginning on 1 July, the World Bank said in a statement." [1]

He was "the 17th President of Dartmouth College. He has been a Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine and 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, Director of the Francois Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights, and is a former director of the World Health Organization HIV/AIDS department. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit medical organization Partners in Health. Kim has been a critical player in the development of a new field focused on improving the implementation and delivery of global health interventions. This new field will rigorously gather, analyze, and widely disseminate a comprehensive body of practical, actionable insights on effective global health delivery. In order to develop this field, Kim co-founded the Global Health Delivery project, a joint initiative of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Social Medicine and the Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness." [2]


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  1. BBC US choice Jim Yong Kim is new World Bank chief, organizational web page, accessed April 18, 2012.
  2. About, Health Impact Fund, accessed February 16, 2010.
  3. About, Health Impact Fund, accessed February 16, 2010.