Thematic Champion

Dr. Jim Yong Kim

No society can reach its full potential if half of the population is left behind. Gender equality is essential to ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity. At the World Bank Group, diversity and inclusion are core values in our work in developing countries and across our institution. We are committed to creating an environment of openness, trust, respect, and innovation – and ensure that diversity and inclusion are embedded in all that we do.

Thematic Commitment


Reach parity at senior leadership across the World Bank Group by 2020


The World Bank Group takes as its starting point that no country, community, or economy can achieve its potential or meet the challenges of the 21st century without the full and equal participation of women and men, girls and boys. Working with public- and private-sector clients to close gaps between males and females globally for lasting impact in tackling poverty and driving sustainable economic growth, World Bank Group acknowledges gender balanced teams is essential to working efficiently and adapting interventions to local context.

As an inaugural HeForShe Thematic Champion for International Financial Institutions, the World Bank Group commits to achieve parity at senior leadership across the organization globally by 2020.