President Barack Obama has nominated Dr. Jim Yong Kim to be president of the World Bank.
Obama taps physician as World Bank head
Kim, 52, would be the first physician to lead the global development and banking organization, according to a spokeswoman for the World Bank.
In his current role as president of Dartmouth College, Kim launched the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science and the National College Health Improvement Project. He is the first physician to serve as president of the Hanover, N.H.-based university, according to the Dartmouth website.
“Jim has spent more than two decades working to improve conditions in developing countries around the world,” Obama said in a news release announcing the nomination. “Jim’s personal experience and years of service make him an ideal candidate for this job.”
In addition, Kim is the co-founder of Partners in Health and a former director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS department.
He would succeed Robert Zoellick, a former deputy secretary of the U.S. State Department.
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