Prof. Jeffrey Sachs,
United Nations, The Earth Institute at Columbia University
Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of
Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at
Columbia University. He is also Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban
From 2002 to 2006, he was Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special
Advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the MDGs, the internationally
agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015.
Sachs is also President and Co-Founder of Millennium Promise Alliance, a
nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty. He is widely
considered to be the leading international economic advisor of his generation.
For more than 20 years, Professor Sachs has been in the forefront of the
challenges of economic development, poverty alleviation, and enlightened
globalization, promoting policies to help all parts of the world to benefit from
expanding economic opportunities and wellbeing. He is also one of the leading
voices for combining economic development with environmental sustainability, and
as Director of the Earth Institute leads large-scale efforts to promote the
mitigation of human-induced climate change.
In 2004 and 2005 he was named among the 100 most influential leaders in the
world by Time Magazine, and was awarded the Padma Bhushan, a high civilian honor
bestowed by the Indian Government, in 2007.
Sachs lectures constantly around the world and was the 2007 BBC Reith
Lecturer. He is the First holder of the Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Chair in
Poverty Studies, at the Centre for Poverty and Development Studies, University
of Malaya. He is author of hundreds of scholarly articles and many books,
including the New York Times bestsellers Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded
Planet (Penguin 2008) and The End of Poverty (Penguin, 2005).
Sachs is a member of the Institute of Medicine and is a Research Associate of
the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has received many honorary degrees,
most recently from Cracow University of Economics, Ursinus College, Whitman
College, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Ohio Wesleyan University, Trinity
College Dublin, the College of the Atlantic, and Southern Methodist University.
Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years at Harvard
University, most recently as Director of the Center for International
Development. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and
Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.