Director, Earth Institute
"The Age of Sustainable Development"
February 26, 2015
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Jeffrey Sachs is a professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, and bestselling author. Twice named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders, he is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. The director of the Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and professor of health policy and management at Columbia University, he also serves as special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Sachs is director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, cofounder and chief strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and director of the Millennium Villages Project. He is also one of the Secretary-General’s MDG advocates, and a commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. His work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices has taken him to more than 125 countries, where he has advised dozens of leaders and worked closely with many international organizations.
A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Sachs has received more than 20 honorary degrees and many others awards and honors around the world. He holds a PhD from Harvard University.