Transcript of oral history interview with James D. Wolfensohn held on June 5 and 14, September 25, and December 3, 2006

In June, September, and December 2006, James D. Wolfensohn was interviewed on behalf of the World Bank Group Archives oral history program by William Becker. During his tenure at the Bank from 1995 to 2005, Mr. Wolfensohn served as the ninth president of the World Bank Group. He is known for pushing through reforms that made the organization more inclusive of the younger generation, civil society, indigenous peoples, faith-based groups, and other non-government stakeholders. His transcript discusses primary education, basic health, HIV/AIDS programs, the environment, biodiversity, and banking corruption. During his presidency, Mr. Wolfensohn also called for a renewed focus on poverty reduction to help the world's poor live a better life and a better future. He was born in Australia in 1933 where he was educated in law and became a member of the 1956 Australian Olympic Fencing Team. Then as a naturalized American citizen, he earned a business degree at Harvard and became a successful international investment banker before his appointment as president for two consecutive terms.

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English
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114pp
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1 of 1
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The transcript of this interview is public. Portions of the interview have been redacted according to the provisions of the World Bank Access to Information Policy.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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Transcript of oral history interview with James D. Wolfensohn held on June 5 and 14, September 25, and December 3, 2006
Interviewer: 
William H. Becker