Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director-Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, the UN SDSN

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    Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director-Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, the UN SDSN

Jeffrey D. Sachs is an American economist, who advised countries throughout the world in economic reform and developed initiatives intended to eradicate poverty on a global scale. Mr. Sachs has been named as one of 100 most influential world leaders by Times magazine twice, and ranked among the top three most influential living economists by The Economist.

He is a University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016. He is also Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development. He has been the advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General, and currently serves as an SDG Advocate under Secretary General António Guterres.

Mr. Sachs has spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, where he also completed his Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees. He has authored numerous bestseller books. One of his most recent book is titled, The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions (2020). In one of his books, The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time (2005), Mr. Sachs has created a blueprint for the eradication of extreme global poverty by 2025. The book highlights how Western countries, particularly the United States, should honour their pledges to give 0.7 percent of gross national product to global development programs. Mr. Sachs’ advocacy for a bottom-up approach has been path-breaking for defining economic policies all around the globe, especially with reference to developing as well as underdeveloped countries.