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James D. Wolfensohn


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James D. Wolfensohn is currently the chairman of the private investment firm Wolfensohn & Company, LLC, and from 1995 to 2005 he served as the ninth president of the World Bank. He was Special Envoy for Gaza Disengagement for the Quartet on the Middle East from 2005 to 2006. Wolfensohn is also a leading advisor to Citigroup, Inc. and the Wolfensohn Center for Development at the Brookings Institution. During his World Bank tenure he supported debt reduction, environmental sustainability, anti-corruption, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment initiatives, and he was instrumental in expanding the World Bank's religious and cultural competence. In 1995 he was awarded honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his contributions to the arts; he has chaired the boards of Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Born in Australia, he is a naturalized U.S. citizen.