President of the World Bank to speak at College of Business CEO Speaker Series

Ames, IA – The Iowa State University College of Business is pleased to announce the World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, will be the next featured speaker during the college’s CEO Speaker Series.


His lecture, “From Muscatine to the World Bank,” is free and open to the public. It will be held from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 13 in the Richard and Joan Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building.

Kim is the 12th president of the World Bank, an international financial institution founded in 1944 that offers loans, advice, and a variety of resources to more than 100 countries. The World Bank’s goals are to push extreme poverty to no more than 3% by 2030 and promote shared prosperity and greater equity in the developing world.


After graduating magna cum laude from Brown University, Kim earned a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University. As a physician and anthropologist, Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than two decades, helping improve the lives of populations worldwide.  


Previously, Kim served as president of Dartmouth College. He was a co-founder of Partners In Health, and director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved with his family at age 5 to the United States. He grew up in Muscatine, Iowa.


“It’s a tremendous honor for us to have someone of Dr. Kim’s caliber join our new CEO Speaker Series,” said Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding. “This is a unique opportunity for our students to learn about a journey that began in Muscatine, Iowa, and went all the way to the World Bank. I encourage students to take advantage of this inspirational opportunity. There will be time for students to ask questions.”

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This event is sponsored by the College of Business CEO Speaker Series and World Affairs Series (funded by Student Government).


The Iowa State University College of Business is among the top 50 public business programs in the country. The College offers a wide variety of programs to maximize student potential, connects students with professionals through case competitions, interactive learning, study abroad, internships and ultimately successful employment. Learn more at:


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