James Wolfensohn has had a long and distinguished career in business, finance and public service, focusing primarily on investment banking and the economic development of emerging market economies. He currently serves as Chairman of Wolfensohn & Company LLC, a private investment firm that advises corporations and governments.
He was Chairman of the Citigroup International Advisory Board from 1995-2005, and an adviser to Citigroup’s senior management on global strategy and international matters. From 1995 to 2005, Sir James served as the ninth President of the World Bank Group. During his ten years in that capacity, he returned the spotlight to the Bank’s true purpose: fighting global poverty and helping the world’s poor forge a better life. He has participated in a wide range of cultural and volunteer activities throughout his life, particularly, the performing arts. He established the Wolfensohn Center, a research initiative at the Brookings Institution centered on global poverty, and serves as Chairman Emeritus at Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Sir James’ autobiography, A Global Life: My Journey Among Rich and Poor, from Sydney to Wall Street to the World Bank, was published in 2010. He is married to Elaine Wolfensohn, an education specialist, and they have three children.