Blake letter In June 2012, when Presidnet Jim Yong Kim (a Korean American) took the helm of the World Bank, there were 10 senior executives reporting directly to him, including 5 Caucasians, 2 Asians, 2 Africans and a Mexican. The top brass included Managing Directors, Senior VPs and Selected VPs. The majority of the VPs report to the Managing Directors.
In 2014, a revealing article in Pambazuka News brought to light that the Asians were taking over the World Bank. The article revealed that "of the 12 top management brass, including the President and those who report directly to him, six are of Asian origin." The top brass included 6 of Asian origin, 4 Caucasians and 2 Africans.
The Article continued "The concentration of power in the hands of Asians is also evident in the portfolios they control. Sri Mulyani Indrawati of Indonesia was given an expanded portfolio as Chief Operating Officer, becoming second only to the President. Asians sit at the helm of the World Bank Group's two most important semi-autonomous agencies -- the International Finance Corporation and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency. Of the two senior vice presidents, one is Indian, who also serves as the Bank's Chief Economist and another Asian leads the President's reform agenda."
President Kim was not only increasing the influence of Asians in the World Bank, but he was also supporting the creation of China-led development Bank in Asia. In 2015, The Washington Times reported "Count the American head of the World Bank as one more major player ignoring Obama administration concerns to say he welcomes the creation of a major new China-sponsored development bank."
In 2015, after Dr. Biru's case triggered an international uproar, President Kim launched an aggressive affirmative action. In two years, he pushed out six white VPs and hired six black VPs in their places. The Bank's spokesperson heralded the PR ploy as a successful affirmative action to Breitbart News stating: "Nine of 31 VPs are from Sub-Saharan Africa or are African American. Two years ago, there were only 3.”
We need to look at President Kim’s affirmative action shenanigan with critical eyes. Sub-Saharan Africans and African Americans account for less than 14% of the world population and 29% of the Bank's VPs. As a report by a conservative group noted, in 2018, "the top-10 management brass reporting to Kim includes 4 Africans, 3 Asians, a Brazilian, Bulgarian and Danish, who was born in the former Yugoslavia." Not a single Caucasian. This is by design. In a letter to the editor of the Chicago Sun Times, President Jim wrote: "If you had come to the World Bank 25 years ago, you would have seen an institution led by a group of white men. That is not the World Bank Group of today."
The over-representation of Africans in the World Bank's senior management cannot be explained by diversity or proportional regional or racial representation. This is not affirmative action. It is a crime to fire one person to hire another one in order to cover up an institutional crime committed against a whistle-blower and racial discrimination claimant.