Recognising the achievements, addressing the challenges and getting back on track to achieve the MDGs by 2015


JIM YONG KIM- Professor Harvard Medical School, Co-Founder, Partners in Health

Jim Yong Kim holds appointments as François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Social Medicine and Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is chief of the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a major Harvard teaching hospital; director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights; and chair of the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kim served as Adviser to the Director General and Director of the HIV/AIDS department of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 2002 to 2005.

Dr. Kim has 20 years of experience in improving health in developing countries. He is a founding trustee and the former executive director of Partners In Health, a not-for-profit organization that supports a range of health programs in poor communities in Haiti, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, and the United States.

An expert in tuberculosis, Dr. Kim has chaired or served on a number of committees on international TB policy. He has conducted extensive research into effective and affordable strategies for treating strains of TB that are resistant to standard drugs. While at WHO, Dr. Kim was responsible for coordinating HIV efforts with the TB department.

Dr. Kim trained dually as a physician and medical anthropologist. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Dr. Kim is the recipient of a number of professional awards, including a 2003 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He was named one of America's 25 best leaders by US News & World Report; and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. He was a contributing editor to the 2003 and 2004 World Health Report, and his edited volume Dying for Growth: Global Inequity and the Health of the Poor analyzes the effects of economic and political change on health outcomes in developing countries.