President Obama has nominated Korean-born US academic Jim Yong Kim to be the next president of the World Bank. Dr Kim is a leading figure in global health. As well as his work at the WHO, he co-founded the health organization Partners in Health in 1987.The World Bank confirmed that there are three candidates with the other two coming from Nigeria and Colombia.
Paul Farmer, a friend of Dr Kim's and the chair of the Department of Global Health at Harvard University, praised the nomination. With the US holding the most votes at the World Bank, which has 187 members, the vote on the next president should be a formality. A US citizen has led the Bank since it was founded in 1944, but developing nations say it is time for change.