Wolfensohn, Sir James D.

Sir James D. Wolfensohn



Areas of Focus

Humanities | Sciences | Arts and Culture

Over the course of many years, Sir James D. Wolfensohn has supported a range of organizations committed to the humanities, the sciences, and arts and culture. Beneficiaries include landmark institutions such as Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Institute for Advanced Study. In addition to his philanthropy, Sir James has a distinguished record of public service, including spearheading programs to combat global poverty and corruption as president of the World Bank from 1995 to 2005. He is a retired chairman of the Citigroup International Advisory Board and is currently the chairman of Wolfensohn & Company, LLC.

He is the recipient of many national and international medals and awards in recognition of his public service and his support for the arts. These include a knighthood of the Order of the British Empire (KBE), the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun of Japan, the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the award of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

Sir James holds a BA and LLB from the University of Sydney and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He was an officer in the Royal Australian Air Force and a member of the 1956 Australian Olympic Team.