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World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim to step down

Staff Writer | Washington, D.C., USA | January 8, 2019
Jim Yong KimWorld Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim announced that he will be stepping down from his position February 1, 2019, after more than six years.
Mr. Kim, M.D., Ph.D., is the 12th President of the World Bank Group.

Soon after Mr. Kim assumed his position in July 2012, the organization established two goals to guide its work: to end extreme poverty by 2030; and to boost shared prosperity, focusing on the bottom 40% of the population in developing countries.

In September 2016, the World Bank Group Board unanimously reappointed Mr. Kim to a second five-year term as President.

Mr. Kim's career has revolved around health, education, and improving the lives of the poor.

Before joining the World Bank Group, Mr. Kim, a physician and anthropologist, served as the President of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.

From 2003 to 2005, as director of the World Health Organization's HIV/AIDS department, Mr. Kim led the "3 by 5" initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which greatly to expand access to antiretroviral medication in developing countries.

In 1987, he co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization that now works in poor communities on four continents.