Jeffrey Sachs – Keynote Speaker

Renowned Development Economist, Director of Earth Institute Columbia University

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Specialist Subjects

  • Sustainable Development
  • Globalisation
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Economic Reform


  • English


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 globalisation.

In 2004, and again in 2005, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. The New York Times 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 globalisation.

Sachs is the author of two landmark books on enlightened, sustainable global development, 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, Sachs offers an inspiring big picture vision of the keys to economic success in the world today.

Jeffrey Sachs is also 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 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and has held several other high-level advisory positions in the international sphere. 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.

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