Kwang Kim


Adjunct Instructor - Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
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Kwang Wook Kim is a global expert in competitiveness at the World Bank Group, who is often asked to act as a change manager in some of the world’s most challenging environments. His most recent roles include the Regional Lead for SME and Value Chain Advisory Solutions at the International Finance Corporation, covering Latin America & the Caribbean while supporting global projects, and with a particular focus in Haiti.

Through his World Bank Group and management consulting career, Kwang has advised on strategy and competitiveness challenges at the enterprise, industry, and national level to leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as to cabinet ministers in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and in Latin America and the Caribbean. He has been leading corporate advisory engagements to strengthen supply and distribution chains for consumer goods in the context of IFC investment operations in a fragile and conflict-affected country. Kwang also led competitiveness initiatives in Guatemala, a multi-year initiative in the Caribbean (in residence), a team of advisors on value chain strategies in tribal areas of Pakistan, conducted public-private dialogue in Kyrgyzstan and Jordan, and advised on commodity supply-chain risk management strategies in Africa and Central America.

Mr. Kim is a principal author of a sector prioritization reference guide (2013), and a practical guide for developing cluster initiatives (2009), both for the World Bank. Other recent publications include "How Firms Cope with Crime and Violence" (2014), a chapter and a blog article on growth strategies in fragile and post-conflict states for In the River They Swim: Essays from Around the World on Enterprise Solutions to Poverty (2009), and the Pakistan’s Competitiveness Report (2008). He is a member of the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP), a leadership network affiliated with the Aspen Institute.


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  • Spanish (speak, read, write)