Rich and Poor: Opportunities and Challenges in an Age of Disruption

WBG President Jim Yong Kim, gave a speech at American University Washington College of Law on April 10 entitled “Rich and Poor: Opportunities and Challenges in an Age of Disruption". In the presentation, he discussed efforts to solve the most pressing global challenges, and how innovation and technology are helping redefine the relationship between rich and poor countries in an era of rapid and transformational change.

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About the Presenters

Jim Young Kim

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."

Joshua Johnson

Joshua Johnson hosts 1A, a production of WAMU in Washington, DC and distributed by NPR.

Launched at a tumultuous time for news and inspired by the 1st Amendment, Joshua Johnson and 1A brings new insight and inquiry to the most pressing issues of our time.

“My professional passions have always centered on creativity, exploration and service,” Joshua notes. “This moment in history demands these attributes of us. It’s a chance to tell stories more creatively, to explore ideas beyond our own, and to refocus on serving others.”

Joshua was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL. He began his public radio career helping launch a unique regional news partnership between Miami’s NPR station, WLRN, and The Miami Herald. Then he served for over five years as morning news host for KQED in San Francisco.

Before joining WAMU, he co-created and hosted the provocative nationwide public radio series, Truth Be Told, which explored race in America. Joshua also taught podcasting at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Join the Discussion


- Oct 14, 2022
Supposedly we will be rid of extreme poverty (earning less than $2 a day) in 2030. However on the Newsy network, they reported that The World Bank wants to change the definition of "poverty". I don't feel one way or the other about it, just curious about the topic.

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