World Bank president James D. Wolfensohn speaks Nov. 3 on "The Challenge of Inclusion: How the World Bank Is Changing and Why." His appearance, scheduled for noon at Anderson Auditorium, Haas School of Business, is sponsored by the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy and the Clausen Center for International Business and Policy.
Wolfensohn, who has served as president since June 1, 1995, has a long record of involvement in development issues and the global environment. In the first year of his presidency, to deepen his understanding of challenges facing the bank and its member countries, he traveled widely in Africa, the Americas, the Middle East and East Asia, meeting with many sectors of society and visiting development projects sponsored by the bank.
He currently holds a number of key positions in the international community-as chair of both the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and the Finance Committee of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, steering committee member of the Bilderberg Group, honorary trustee of the Brookings Institution, member emeritus of the Population Council's board of trustees, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Century Association in New York.
Born in Australia in 1933, Wolfensohn is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Prior to joining the bank, Wolfensohn was an international investment banker and played a prominent role in support of the performing arts. He was also a member of the 1956 Australian Olympic fencing team.
Wolfensohn speaks earlier in the day at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. For a perspective on Wolfensohn's tenure at the World Bank, read Catherine Caufield's op-ed piece in the Nov. 2 San Francisco Examiner.