In support of Obama's World Bank pick
Dr. Jim Yong Kim stands between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. (Getty Images)
April 2nd, 2012
01:00 AM ET

In support of Obama's World Bank pick

Editor's NoteTerra Lawson-Remer is a Fellow at The Council on Foreign Relations and Assistant Professor at The New School. She was formerly Senior Advisor for International Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

By Terra Lawson-Remer – Special to CNN

Obama's dark horse nominee for World Bank President-medical doctor, PhD anthropologist, Ivy League college professor, hip-hop impresario, and Dartmouth University President Jim Yong Kim (JYK) took many power-broker insiders by surprise.

JYK is not a politically connected international diplomat, as were his predecessors Robert Zoellick and Paul Wolfowitz, nor a globally renowned financier like former World Bank President Sir James Wolfensohn.

Instead, through Partners in Health, the NGO that he co-founded with Paul Farmer, Kim earned his chops forging a new paradigm in community-based health care that cost-effectively targets the root causes of diseases in the world's poorest countries. JYK will come to the Bank as a lifelong health specialist, educator, and visionary development practitioner. FULL POST