Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. From 2002 to 2006, he was Director of the United Nations Millennium Project and Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015.
Sachs is also President and Co-Founder of Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization aimed at ending extreme global poverty. He is widely considered to be the leading international economic advisor of his generation. For more than 20 years, Professor Sachs has been in the forefront of the challenges of economic development, poverty alleviation and enlightened globalization, promoting policies to help all parts of the world to benefit from expanding economic opportunities and wellbeing. He is also one of the leading voices for combining economic development with environmental sustainability, and as Director of the Earth Institute, leads large-scale efforts to promote the mitigation of human-induced climate change.
In 2004 and 2005, he was named among the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time magazine, and was awarded the Padma Bhushan, a high civilian honor bestowed by the Indian Government, in 2007. Sachs lectures constantly around the world and was the 2007 BBC Reith Lecturer. He is the first holder of the Royal Professor Ungku Aziz Chair in Poverty Studies, at the Centre for Poverty and Development Studies, University of Malaya.
He is the author of hundreds of scholarly articles and many books, including The New York Times bestsellers Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008) and The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time (2006). Sachs is a member of the Institute of Medicine and is the Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
He has received many honorary degrees, most recently from Cracow University of Economics, Ursinus College, Whitman College, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Ohio Wesleyan University, Trinity College Dublin, the College of the Atlantic, and Southern Methodist University. Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard University.