Jeffrey D. Sachs
Date of Birth 5 November 1954
Place Oak Park, Michigan (USA)
Nomination 28 September 2021
Title University Professor, Columbia University
Most important awards, prizes and academies
Positions: University Professor, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.; Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, 2002-16; Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.; President, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, New York, N.Y.; SDG Advocate under Secretary General António Guterres, United Nations; Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for the Millennium Development Goals; Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon for the Millennium Development Goals; Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon for the Sustainable Development Goals; Special Advisor to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for the Sustainable Development Goals; Special Advisor to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell; Co-Founder and Director, Millennium Promise Alliance; Honorary Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development, Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur; Chairman of the Jeffrey D. Sachs Center for Sustainable Development at Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur; Chair, Lancet COVID-19 Commission; Chairman of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health at WHO, 2000-01; Key role in conceptualizing and designing the Global Fund to Fight Aids TB and Malaria, 2000-01; Director of the UN Millennium Project 2001-06.
Awards: Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor, by decree of the President of the Republic, France, June 14, 2021; Alexander Rüstow Award for the Advancement of a Humane Economy, the Alliance for the Social Market Economy, April 8, 2021; Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, Third Class, Eesti Pank, Estonia, January 2019; World Sustainability Award (2017), Cape Town, January 27, 2017; Blue Planet Prize, Asahi Glass Foundation, 2015; Padma Bhushan Award, Government of India 2007; Sargent Shriver Award for Equal Justice, 2005.
Honorary Degrees (most recent); Honorary Degree, Doctor of Economics and Public Policy, ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan, March 2019; Honorary Degree, Honorary Doctorate of Ivane Javakhishvili, Tbilisi State University of Georgia, March 2019; Honorary Degree, Doctor of Economics, University of Lodz, Poland, May 24, 2019; Honorary Degree, Doctor of Peace, University of Cambodia, January 10, 2020; Honorary Degree, Doctor of Sustainability, Amrita University, Kerala, India, 2021.
Summary of scientific research
Professor Sachs has conducted ground-breaking research and published extensively on topics spanning the challenges of globalization and sustainable development, including the relationship of international trade and economic growth; management of debt crises and methods of debt relief; the resource curse and extractive industries; global public health and the provision of public health in low-income settings; strategies for the eradication of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria; strategies to combat COVID-19; the history, geography, and practice of economic development; international financial markets and macroeconomic policy; climate change; education for sustainable development; and the eradication of extreme poverty through integrated investments in skills, local infrastructure, and business development.
Ages of Globalization, Columbia University Press, New York, 2020; The Age of Sustainable Development, Columbia University Press, New York, 2015; The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity, Random House, New York, 2011; Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, The Penguin Press, New York, 2008; The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, The Penguin Press, New York, 2005.
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Education and Inequality (2020)