Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, delivered Georgetown’s inaugural Global Futures lecture, which kicked off a semester-long conversation about the “Global Future of Development” at Georgetown and is part of the university’s new Global Futures Initiative.
The World Bank Group has been at the forefront of the international response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and Kim has helped mobilize unprecedented financing for the countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis. His talk connected ongoing efforts to stop the spread of infection in West Africa with longer-term efforts to improve public health systems that support economic and social development in countries vulnerable to future pandemics.
This event was sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement and the Office of the President.
Jim Yong Kim is the twelfth president of the World Bank Group and the former president of Dartmouth College.