"There's an African saying: When the elephants fight, the grass suffers."
Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim on the greatest challenge in global health, in a recent interview with Charlie Rose, pointing out that the "poorest of poor suffer the most."
Such wisdom will serve Dr. Kim well as he prepares to lead the World Bank, in response to President Obama's nomination. Dr. Kim is a physician and human rights advocate, whose research was initially bolstered by a major grant from George Soros to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis.
The recent interview by Charlie Rose also revealed:
His favorite book?
"Miracle of Mindfulness" by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh
His childhood dream job?
Play quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings or the Chicago Bears
Thank goodness he did not get his childhood dream job! I look forward to learning about how Dr. Kim can reform the World Bank into an institution whose mission is nothing less than elimination of global poverty.