Jim Yong Kim

Former President of the World Bank

A former president of the World Bank that is also one of the world’s most notable physicians and anthropologists, Jim Young Kim is a household name that is held in the highest regard around the world. A global figure of Korean origin, Jim Yong Kim’s moved to America when he was aged just five and the notable personality has gone on to become a global health leader.

A former Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Jim Young Kim is also a co-founder and executive director of Partners In Health as well as a past President of Dartmouth College, a post which saw him become the first Asian American president of an Ivy League institution. Such is Jim Yong Kim’s stature and reputation globally, Kim was named the world’s 50th most powerful person by Forbes Magazine‘s List of The World’s Most Powerful People in 2013 and is available to hire for your next event as a speaker through the Champions Speakers agency.

Beginning his college education at the University of Iowa before deciding to switch to Brown University in his second year, Jim graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in human biology before going on to attend the prestigious Harvard University for graduate work in both medicine and anthropology. At Harvard he befriended Paul Farmer, who was in the same academic programs and shared Kim’s interest in global health issues. In 1987 they and several others cofounded the Boston-based organisation Partners in Health (PIH), which provided medical care in poor regions around the world, including Haiti. Kim also led the group’s pioneering work with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) patients in Carabayllo.

Having successfully led a campaign for a drastic reduction in the cost of MDR TB treatments by pharmaceutical companies, an effort he later also applied to AIDS treatments, Jim Young Kim was an adviser to the director-general of the World Health Organisation and as well as holding the position of director of its department of HIV/AIDS. During his time in the position, Jim led the “3 by 5” initiative to provide antiretroviral drugs to three million new HIV and AIDS patients around the world by 2005.

Famously nominated by the then President Barack Obama for the position of World Bank president, despite Jim Young Kim’s limited background in finance, his experience in working with poor communities and his familiarity with development issues were considered as invaluable assets. Aiming to help developing countries make progress against poverty during his tenure at the helm of the World Bank, Jim Young Kim also set out to create more support programs for the poor and to identify and foster emerging markets, especially in Africa.

A recipient of a fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation, Jim Young Kim is without doubt one of the most influential, thought-provoking and reputable financial and political speakers that is available to hire through the Champions Speakers agency.

To book Jim Yong Kim as the finance speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Jim Yong is known to speak on the following topics:

  • Economics & Banking
  • Politics & Policy
  • Leadership & Teamwork
  • Dealing With Pressure
  • Decision Making