Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs



  • Economic Development
  • Ending Global Poverty
  • Enlightened Globalisation
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainable Development

What he offers

Professor Sachs is widely considered to be the leading international economic advisor of his generation. For more than 20 years he has been at 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.

How he presents

An enlightening and engaging speaker, Prof Sachs’ presentations are well researched and filled with a wealth of useful actionable information.

Jeffrey D. 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. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.

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 was Special Advisor to former 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. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. He has been an advisor to the IMF, the World Bank, the OECD, the World Health Organization and the UN Development Program. During 2000-2001, he was Chairman of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health of the World Health Organization.

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 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.


  • The Age of Sustainable Development (2015)
  • To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (2013)
  • The Price of Civilization (2011)
  • Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008)
  • The End of Poverty (2005)
  • Poland’s Jump to the Market Economy (1994)


  • Co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, The Leading Global Prize for The Environment
  • In 2009 Princeton University’s American Whig-Cliosophic Society awarded Sachs the James Madison Award
  • In 2008 Vanity Fair magazine ranked Sachs 98th on its list of 100 members of the New Establishment
  • In 2007 Sachs received the S. Roger Horchow Award, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards
  • In 2007, he received the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution International Advocate for Peace Award
  • In 2007 Centennial Medal from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • In 2007 Sachs was awarded the Padma Bhushan, a high civilian honor bestowed by the government of India
  • In 2005 he received the Sargent Shriver Award for Equal Justice
  • In 2004 and 2005, he was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine
  • Named one of the “500 Most Influential People in the Field of Foreign Policy” by the World Affairs Councils of America
  • Leontief Medal of the Leontief Centre, St. Petersburg, for his contributions to Russia’s economic reforms
  • In 1999, The Government of Poland awarded Sachs with one of its highest honors, the Commanders Cross of the Order of Merit

Presentation Languages: English

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