Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Who Is Jim Yong Kim, Nominee for World Bank President?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Who Is Jim Yong Kim, Nominee for World Bank President?

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The selection of Jim Yong Kim took many by surprise since he is not well known in Washington circles and wasn't an expected candidate for the World Bank position.

President Obama has nominated Jim Yong Kim, a global health policy expert and the president of Dartmouth College, to run the World Bank.

The selection took many by surprise since Mr. Kim is not well known in Washington circles and wasn't an expected candidate for the position. At least one other person had openly campaigned for the position, which was a break in protocol.

Before taking the reins at Dartmouth, Kim was active in health issues in developing countries for much of his career. Between 2004 and 2006, Kim was director of the World Health Organization's HIV/ AIDS Department. He was a co-founder of Partners in Health, which provides health care to the poor, and has worked on international tuberculosis policy.

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Kim gained fame among Dartmouth students for his rapping, dancing spaceman routine during a school version of American Idol. (http:// www.ivygateblog.com/2011/03/dartmouths-prez-kim-debuts-as-a-rapping- spaceman/)

Since the White House traditionally selects the president of the World Bank, Kim is now expected to take the helm. The current president, Robert Zoellick, will step down on June 30 after a five- year term.

"Jim has spent more than two decades working to improve conditions in developing countries around the world," said Mr. Obama in a statement. "The World Bank is one of the most powerful tools we have to reduce poverty and raise standards of living around the globe, and Jim's personal experience and years of service make him an ideal candidate for this job. …

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