GF 2017 Experts
Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the UN; Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University (2002-2016)
Since 2002 Professor Sachs has been the Director of the Earth Institute of Columbia University, as well as Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Health Policy and Management. 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 also Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Since 1995, Professor Sachs has been deeply engaged in Africa’s escape from poverty.
In 1991-1993 he served as advisor to Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar and Finance Minister Boris Federov on macroeconomic policies.
In 1991 and 1992 he helped Slovenia and Estonia to introduce new stable and convertible currencies.
From the mid-1990s till today, Prof. Sachs has been involved with economic reforms in many parts of Asia, including India and China.
In the mid-1990s he worked with senior officials of the Clinton Administration to develop the concept of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
In 1989, Professor Sachs advised Poland’s anti-communist Solidarity movement. Sachs’s ideas and methods of transition from central planning were successfully adopted throughout the transition economies.
From 1980 to 1983 he served as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and then Full Professor at Harvard University.
Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. He championed the new Masters of Development Practice (MDP), which has led to a consortium of major universities around the world offering the new degree. 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 received more than 20 honorary degrees, and many awards and honors around the world.