Jim Yong Kim

Fellow (2019-30)

Jim Yong Kim, a 1982 Brown graduate originally trained as a physician and anthropologist, is vice chairman and partner at Global Infrastructure Partners, a fund that invests in infrastructure projects across the world. From 2012 to 2019, Kim served as the 12th president of the World Bank Group. Soon after he became president, the organization established goals 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 supported the development priorities of countries at levels never seen outside of a financial crisis. The group achieved two record replenishments of the institution's fund for the poorest countries and launched several innovative financial instruments, including facilities to address infrastructure needs, prevent pandemics and help millions of people forcibly displaced from their homes. Before joining the World Bank, Kim served as president of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003 to 2005, he served as director of the World Health Organization's HIV/AIDS department, leading the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which greatly expanded access to antiretroviral medication in developing countries. In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a nonprofit medical organization that now works in poor communities on four continents.