Jeffrey Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He has twice been named among TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. The New York Times called him “probably the most important economist in the world”; TIME called him “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.
In addition, Jeff is one of the Leigh Bureau’s finest speakers. His knowledge, experience and passion for what he does are both informative and inspiring.
Jeff is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. 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 with more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more than a quarter century he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
Professor Sachs has advised governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia and Africa, as well as a host of international development agencies.
He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past seven years: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011). The End of Poverty offers a thrilling and inspiring big-picture vision of the keys to economic success in the world today. Common Wealth warns that global economic collapse lies ahead unless we embrace a new economic paradigm that is inclusive, cooperative, and environmentally aware — all achievable goals. Jeff turns his attention to the U.S. in his book The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity, a look at the inadequacy of American capitalism and his bold plan to change it.
His most recent book is To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (2013), an inspiring look at the historic foreign policy triumph of John F. Kennedy’s presidency — the crusade for world peace that consumed his final year in office.
Professor Sachs serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project. Jeff is also one of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development.
Jeff 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 has received more than 20 honorary degrees, and many awards and honors around the world. Professor Sachs is also a frequent contributor to major publications such as the Financial Times of London, the International Herald Tribune, Scientific American, and TIME magazine.
Prior to joining Columbia, Jeff spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development and the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.
- The United Nations: Jeffrey Sachs has been a Special Advisor to the two most recent Secretaries-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon.
- Latin America: As an advisor to the President of Bolivia, Professor Sachs helped to design and implement a stabilization program that reduced inflation from 40,000% a year to 10% and successfully cut Bolivia’s commercial bank debt by half. He’s also advised the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela.
- Poland: Sachs advised Poland’s Solidarity movement on economic reforms and, after the end of Soviet rule, advised the first post-communist government on its radical economic reforms, for which he received the Commanders Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland from Poland’s president.
- Russia: Jeffrey advised Russian President Boris Yeltsin on a wide range of issues and founded the non-governmental research unit, the Institute for Economic Analysis in Moscow.
- Eastern Europe: He advised the Slovene and Estonian governments on the introduction of their new national currencies, helping them successfully reestablish monetary stability. He also advised the Mongolian government on macroeconomic reforms and privatization.
- The Vatican: Professor Sachs met with Pope John Paul II as a member of a group of economists invited to confer with the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace in advance of Papal Encyclical Centessimus Annus. He also served as an Economic Advisor to the Jubilee 2000 movement.
- Director, The Earth Institute
- Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University
- Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
- Author, The Price of Civilization, Common Wealth, and The End of Poverty
- Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals
- President and co-founder, Millennium Promise Alliance
- Advisor to governments and international agencies worldwide
- Foreign Policy’s 2009 Top 100 Global Thinkers
- Member: Institute of Medicine, Brookings Panel of Economists, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Society of Fellows, Fellows of the World Econometric Society, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research
- Several distinguished lecture series and honorary degrees
- Recipient, Commanders Cross of the Order of Merit, Republic of Poland
- Economic Advisor to the Jubilee 2000 movement
- Former Director, Harvard Institute for International Development & the Center for International Development; Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade — Harvard University
- Former Director, Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, World Health Organization