Jeffrey Sachs is the leading voice for combining economic development with environmental sustainability, and leads large-scale efforts to promote the mitigation of human-induced climate change.
Prof. 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 a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and President and Co-Founder of Millennium Promise Alliance - a nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty.
He was Director of the UN Millennium Project (2002 - 2006) and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015. He was also the first holder of the Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Chair in Poverty Studies at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.
Prof. Sachs has been an advisor to the IMF, the World Bank, the OECD, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Development Program. He was also Chairman of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health of the World Health Organization, and served as a member of the International Financial Institutions Advisory Commission established by the U.S Congress.
Prof. Sachs is widely considered to be the leading international economic advisor of his generation. For more than 20 years he 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 well-being.
He is internationally renowned for his work as economic advisor to governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia and Africa, and his work with international agencies on problems of poverty reduction, debt cancellation for the poorest countries, and disease control.
Prof. Sachs' syndicated newspaper column appears in more than 50 countries around the world, and he is a frequent contributor to major publications such as the Financial Times of London, Scientific American and Time magazine. He is author of hundreds of scholarly articles and many books, including the New York Times best-sellers "The Price of Civilization" (Random House, 2011), "Common Wealth" (Penguin, 2008) and "The End of Poverty" (Penguin, 2005).
Prof. Sachs was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2004 and 2005, and as one of the 500 most influential people in the U.S in the field of foreign policy by the World Affairs Council of America. He was cited in The New York Times Magazine as "probably the most important economist in the world" and in the French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur as "one of the world's 50 most important leaders on globalization".
Prof. Sachs is the recipient of many awards and honors, including membership in the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Society of Fellows, and the Fellows of the World Econometric Society. He is also the recipient of the Sargent Shriver Award for Equal Justice (2005), and the Centennial Medal from The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University for his contribution to society (2007).
He has received honorary degrees from many universities including Pace University, State University of New York, Cracow University of Economics, Ursinus College, Whitman College, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Ohio Wesleyan University, the College of the Atlantic, Southern Methodist University, Simon Fraser University, McGill University, Southern New Hampshire University, St. John's University, and St. Gallen University in Switzerland, among others.
His research interests include the links of health and development, economic geography, globalization, transition to market economies in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, international financial markets, international macroeconomic policy coordination, emerging markets, economic development and growth, global competitiveness, and macroeconomic policies in developing and developed countries.
Prof. Sachs was born in Detroit in 1954. He received his summa cum laude BA from Harvard College in 1976, and his MA and Ph.D from Harvard University in 1978 and 1980 respectively. Prior to his arrival at Columbia University in July 2002, he spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development and Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade.