Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Author, Common Wealth and The End of Poverty
expert on global development.
Widely considered to be the leading international economic advisor of his generation, Jeffrey Sachs has pioneered innovative approaches to economic development, poverty alleviation, and enlightened globalization.
- In 2004, and again in 2005, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. The New York Times Magazine called him "probably the most important economist in the world." The French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur named him one of the world’s fifty most important leaders on globalization.
Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet warns that global economic collapse lies ahead unless we embrace a new economic paradigm that is inclusive, cooperative, and environmentally aware—all achievable goals.
In his New York Times bestseller The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, professor Sachs offers a thrilling and inspiring big- picture vision of the keys to economic success
Dr. Sachs turns his attention to the world economies and the current crisis in his new book, The Price of Civilization: Economics and Ethics After the Fall. Jeffrey 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 Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and has held several other high-level advisory positions in the international sphere.
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.
We are running up against the realities of a crowded planet and they are upending many of our basic assumptions about economic life. In Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, one of the world’s most respected economists challenges us to stabilize our global population, work toward prosperity for all, and develop new economic models that are environmentally sustainable over the long term. Though we are currently headed toward a worldwide collapse of unprecedented severity, Professor Sachs insists that these are not unattainable utopian goals. Common Wealth and the presentations based on the book point the way toward a prosperous and sustainable future through efforts that are completely within our reach.
The End of Poverty
Combining brilliant analysis with vivid stories from Jeffrey’s own work around the world, The End of Poverty explains why wealth across the globe has diverged so much and offers an integrated set of solutions to the problems that hold societies back. An elegant work of profound moral and intellectual vision that grows out of unprecedented real-world experience, The End of Poverty makes clear how solvable the world’s problems are—and why making the effort is a matter both of moral obligation and strategic self-interest.
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
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