Jim Yong Kim

Jim Yong Kim ( born December 8, 1959 in Seoul ) is a South Korean- American physician and medical anthropologist. From 1 July 2012, he is President of the World Bank.


Jim Yong Kim is the American name in the usual Western order of the first first name - first name second - to understand family name. His first first name Jim is not Korean, but English. In Korean it is called only 김용, ( preceded by name, as in East Asia usual) Kim Yong.


Youth, graduation

Jim Yong Kim came at the age of five with his family from South Korea to the United States and grew up in the small town of Muscatine on in the southwest of the state of Iowa. His father, a dentist, taught at the State University of Iowa in Iowa City, his mother received his PhD in philosophy. Kim first attended the Muscatine High School, studied and a half years at the University of Iowa and then moved to Brown University, a private Ivy League university in Providence, Rhode Iceland. There he reached in 1982 with Bachelor degree magna cum laude.

Partners in Health

Together with Paul Farmer, Todd McCormack, Thomas J. White and Ophelia Dahl (daughter of Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal ) he founded in 1987 in Boston, the nonprofit organization Partners in Health ( PIH; German: health partners ) and has at times been its Managing Director. PIH is dedicated to the world of preventive health care for the poor and discussed in the past, Haiti, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho and Malawi in the development of preventive health concepts, but also operates in the United States.


His medical doctorate (MD ) received Kim in 1991 at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, the research doctorate ( Ph.D.) in Anthropology in 1993, to its parent university, the private Harvard University in Cambridge.

World Health Organization

Jim Yong Kim is an expert in tuberculosis (TB). He was chairman of various committees on international TB policy and conducted research primarily on strategies to combat standard, medication - resistant TB strains. For the World Health Organization (WHO ), he worked as an advisor to the Director-General Lee Jong -wook active, who also came from South Korea and TB specialist was. From 2004 to 2006, Kim served under him as director of the WHO Department of HIV / AIDS. During this time, he called on an ambitious program to combat AIDS in life.

Professor, College President

From 2006 to 2009, Kim Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

On 2 March 2009 appointed Dartmouth College, which belongs to the so-called Ivy League elite colleges, Kim to his 17 President; the post he took up on 1 July 2009 and practiced there until the end of June 2012. He was the first native of Asia Americans, who became president of the U.S. elite universities of the Ivy League.

World Bank

On March 23, 2012 Kim was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to succeed Robert Zoellick in the position of President of the World Bank. The first time since the World Bank, however, were nominated from the group of emerging countries have their own candidates: the Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala and former Colombian Minister of Finance José Antonio Ocampo ( this withdrew his candidacy later). The Executive Council of the World Bank agreed in mid-April 2012, Kim. He was a favorite, because the U.S. had supported the largest share of the vote and were from Europe and Japan. The United States provided the current practice is always the World Bank President and Europe in return the Chairman of the International Monetary Fund.


Kim is married to a pediatrician, Children's Hospital Boston and has two sons.


Kim received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2003. The U.S. News & World Report named him in 2005 as one of "America's 25 Best Leaders". Time magazine listed him in 2006 among the 100 most influential people in the world. The Institute of Medicine, one of the U.S. National Academies, took him on as a member. In 2013 he received the Prince Mahidol Award.