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."
Thikra Mohammed Jabir Alwash
Mayor of Baghdad and Chairperson of the women advancement committee in Iraq
Dr. Alwash became first female Mayor of Baghdad in February 2015. She is also the Chairperson of the women advancement committee in Iraq, the high Committee for Baghdad Creative City of Literature and the Makiya Engineering Consultant of Baghdad Development Foundation. Dr. Alwash was Acting Project Manager in the Ministry of Education (2010-14), managing the rehabilitation/construction of the Iraqi universities project. She also served as Site Engineer for the construction of University of Babylon. Dr. Alwash champions the rights of women and girls and advocates towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in all spheres of life. She holds a Ph.D. in construction project management.
John R. Allen
President, Brookings Institution
John Allen became president of Brookings in November 2017. Allen is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. In the latter role, Allen commanded 150,000 U.S. and NATO forced in Afghanistan from 2011-2013. Before retiring from public service, Allen served for 15 months as senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense on Middle East Security, as well as President Barack Obama’s special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. During his nearly four-decade military career, Allen served in a variety of command and staff positions in the Marine Corps and the Joint Force, including for three years as the principal director of Asia-Pacific policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He holds a B.S. in operations analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy, an M.A. in national security studies from Georgetown University, an M.S. in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and an M.S. in national security strategy from the National Defense University.
Minister of Economy and Finance, Mali
Dr. Boubou Cissé is the Minister of Economy and Finance of Mali. Dr. Cisse holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Aix-Marseille, France and a Masters in Economics and Development Economics from CERDI/University of Auvergne, France. Dr. Cissé joined the World Bank Group in Washington in 2005 as an Economist and was promoted to Senior Economist and Project Manager of the Human Development Division in 2009.
In September 2013, he was appointed Minister in charge of Industry and Mines of Mali and was reappointed in April 2014 to head the Mining Department. Dr. Cissé is Minister of Economy and Finance since January 2016.
Bruno Le Maire
Minister for the Economy and Finance, France
Bruno Le Maire, who was born on 15 April 1969 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, is a French politician and diplomat. He currently holds the position of Minister for the Economy and Finance in Edouard Philippe’s government under Emmanuel Macron’s presidency. An alumnus of the École normale supérieure, holder of a higher degree (agrégation) in French language and literature, graduate of Sciences Po Paris and former student at the École nationale d'administration (ENA), Bruno Le Maire began his career as Foreign Affairs Adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (known as the Quai d'Orsay). In 2002, he became Strategic Affairs Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs followed by Adviser to the Minister of the Interior in 2004. In 2005, he joined Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin at Hôtel Matignon, first as an adviser and then as his Chief of Staff from 2006 to 2007. In June 2007, he was elected as MP for the first constituency of the Eure département. In December 2008, he was named Minister of State for European Affairs in François Fillon’s government before being appointed Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries in June 2009. He held the latter position until May 2012. In 2012, he was re-elected as MP for the Eure département.
In October 2012, he resigned from the foreign affairs advisers corps of the senior civil service. In November 2014, he was candidate for the presidency of the UMP party and took part in the centre-right primary for the French presidential election in November 2016.
Deputy Editor, Financial Times
Roula Khalaf is Deputy Editor of the Financial Times. She has worked for the FT since 1995, first as North Africa correspondent, then Middle East correspondent and most recently as Middle East editor. Before joining the FT, she was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York. Roula oversees the FT’s network of foreign correspondents and bureaus. She writes regularly on global politics and business.