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Jeffrey Sachs

University Professor and Director, Center for Sustainable Development

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475 Riverside Drive, Interchurch Building

Personal Details

Focus areas: Relationship of international trade and economic growth, the resource curse and extractive industries, public health, the history of economic development, economic geography, strategies of economic reform, international financial markets, macroeconomic policy, global competitiveness, climate change, the role of universities in economic development, the end of poverty

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 is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership, and has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders.

Professor Sachs served as the Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University from 2002 to 2016. During that time, he led a university-wide organization of more than 850 research scientists and policy experts in support of sustainable development, championed the Masters of Development Practice (MDP) program, which is now offered at 30 universities around the world, and helped to introduce the PhD in Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He was appointed University Professor at Columbia University in 2016 and also serves as Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals, and previously advised both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria.

Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development, global macroeconomics, and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, overcoming macroeconomic instability, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices has taken him to more than 125 countries. Over the past thirty years, he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He was among the outside advisors to Pope John Paul II on the encyclical Centesimus Annus and currently works closely with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on issues of sustainable development.

Prior to his arrival at Columbia University in July 2002, Professor Sachs spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, where he served as the Director of the Center for International Development and the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. Sachs was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1954. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Harvard College in 1976, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1978 and 1980 respectively.


  • PhD, Harvard University
  • MA, Harvard University
  • BA, Harvard University

Research And Publications

The New Global War on Malaria

Oct 2009

Swiss Human Rights Book Vol. 3 Realizing The Right To Health Swiss Human Rights

Jeffrey Sachs

Raymond G. Chambers

In The Media

Geopolitical Stability

Jeffrey Sachs spoke about the upcoming UN vote and the future of Palestine.

Apr 22 2024
Al Jazeera
Geopolitical Stability

Jeffrey Sachs said Hong Kong is ideally placed to benefit from a global shift towards sustainability, and to provide the financing needed for green projects.

Apr 03 2024

Jeffrey Sachs said: “The same tensions that led to the war in Ukraine are reflected in the strained relations between the United States and China.”

Mar 26 2024
GDN Online
Climate & Sustainable Development

Jeffrey Sachs said: “How can the whole world get a clean energy system? Because if the U.S. does it and the others don’t do it, forget it.”

Mar 18 2024

Jeffrey Sachs ​​noted that long-term affordable financing must be part of Africa’s strategy to achieve growth of 7 per cent or more per year.

Feb 20 2024
The Kenyan Wall Street