The World Bank is a classic big bureaucracy. It’s rare for a single person to change the direction of this aircraft carrier (McNamara and Wolfensohn came close). Here’s the new front runner. Interesting choice by Obama:
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1959, Jim Yong Kim moved with his family to the United States at the age of five and grew up in Muscatine, Iowa. His father, a dentist, also taught at the University of Iowa, where his mother received her Ph.D. in philosophy. Kim attended Muscatine High School, where he was valedictorian and president of his class and played quarterback for the football team. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Brown University in 1982. He was awarded an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1991, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, Department of Anthropology, in 1993. He is actively involved in a variety of sports including basketball, volleyball, tennis and golf.