Jeffrey Sachs

Born 1954 in Detroit. Since 2002 he is the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University  and a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author – The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011) and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. Alongside numerous awards and prizes he has twice been named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders and the New York Times called him, “probably the most important economist in the world”.

Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development, global macroeconomics, and the fight against poverty.  Sachs is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals, and previously advised on both the Sustainable Development Goals and Millennium Development Goals. Sachs is currently Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development.