Friday, March 23, 2012

Obama nominates Dartmouth president Jim Yong Kim for World Bank president (but has he seen the video of him as a rapping spaceman?)

Today, President Obama named Dartmouth president Jim Yong Kim as the White House’s nominee to lead the World Bank, thought by some to be an unconventional pick.

Mr Obama said Dr Kim, a Korean-born physician and pioneer in the treatment of HIV, AIDS and tuberculosis, has the breadth of experience on development issues needed to carry out the financial institution's anti-poverty mission.

But despite the seriousness of the role, Dr Kim is well known at the New Hampshire Ivy League school for his sense of humour. Only last year, he debuted as a rapping spaceman for the school’s annual talent show. Read More