Building Human Capital: A Project for the World

Join Bill Gates, Jim Yong Kim and Penny Mordaunt as they discuss the urgent and critical importance of investing more and more efficiently in people to prepare countries for the economy of the future. They will highlight the powerful link between these investments and economic growth, stability and security. Shining a spotlight on human capital as a project for the world, this panel discussion wil... view more


Join the panelist to learn about what human capital is and why it matters.


Join the panelist to learn how human capital effects both developed and developing countries. Hear from Penny Mordaunt on how the U.K. is leveraging it's investments in development for maximum impact, hear from Jim Yong Kim on what to expect from the Human Capital Index and hear from Bill Gates on indicators in human capital development.


In this bite size video hear from World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on measuring human capital, Bill Gates on the role of the private sector and philanthropy in human capital increases,and Penny Mordaunt on what governments are looking for in order to attract investment. In addition hear from Bill Gates on what he believes is needed to scale the human capital conversation globally and closing comments from Jim Yong Kim on how to transform the human capital project into a global movement.

About the Presenters

Jim Yong Kim

President, World Bank Group

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D. is the President of the World Bank Group. Soon after he became president in July 2012, the organization established two goals: ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. In September 2016, the World Bank Group Board unanimously reappointed Kim to a second five-year term as president, beginning July 2017.

Kim's career has been focused on health, education, and delivering services to the poor. Before joining the World Bank, he served as President of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003-2005, as Director of the World Health Organization's HIV/AIDS Department, he led the "3 by 5" initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which helped to expand AIDS treatment in developing countries.

In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization now working in poor communities on four continents. Trained as a physician and an anthropologist, he has received several awards, including a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, and recognitions such as one of America's "25 Best Leaders" by U.S. News & World Report, and in 2006 TIME magazine named him as one of its "100 Most Influential People in the World."

Bill Gates

Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with co-chair Melinda Gates, he shapes and approves grantmaking strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization.

Bill and Melinda Gates work together to expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people by collaborating with grantees and partners. They also participate in national and international events and travel extensively to focus attention on the issues the foundation champions.

Gates began his major philanthropic efforts in 1994, when he created the William H. Gates Foundation, which focused on global health. Three years later, he and Melinda created the Gates Library Foundation, which worked to bring public access computers with Internet connections to libraries in the United States. Its name changed to the Gates Learning Foundation in 1999 to reflect its focus on ensuring that low-income minority students are prepared for college and have the means to attend. In 2000, to increase efficiency and communication, the two groups merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In 1975, Gates left Harvard University in his junior year to focus on Microsoft, the company he founded with his childhood friend Paul Allen. As chief software architect and chairman, Gates led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software, services, and solutions. In July 2008, Gates transitioned into a new role as chairman of Microsoft and advisor on some key development projects.

He is a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Gates grew up in Seattle with his two sisters. His father, William H. Gates Sr., is a co-chair of the foundation and a retired attorney. His late mother, Mary Gates, was a schoolteacher, University of Washington regent, and chairwoman of United Way International. The Gateses have three children.

Penny Mordaunt

Secretary of State for International Development, United Kingdom

Penny Mordaunt was appointed as the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development in November 2017.

She was previously a Minister for the Department for Work and Pensions, and for the Ministry of Defence. She has worked for Conservative Central Office and in 2000 served as Head of Foreign Press for George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign. She worked as an aid worker in post-revolutionary Romania before and during university, and has been a director of Diabetes UK, the Community Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.