Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim nominated to lead World Bank,African nations put forward candidate
President Obama will nominate Dartmouth College president Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank beating out other high-profile candidates, including Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and Larry Summers. Even former Republican presidential candidate and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman was approached for the position.
According to news reports, the president took a strong personal interest in the selection and interviewed more than a dozen candidates, but settled on a nominee with broad development experience. Kim is a physician by training and a prominent figure in global health and development circles.
Also on Friday morning, several African nations – Angola, South Africa and Nigeria – offered the nomination of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Nigerian finance minister and former World Bank official.
Another candidate – José Antonio Ocampo, former finance minister of Colombia, was also nominated for the president’s role. Neither, however, are expected to secure the votes needed to win, but the challenge to tradition is noteworthy in itself.