Jeffrey D. Sachs
Director of the Earth Institute and Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University

Jeffrey D. Sachs participated in the World Leaders Forum event, Taking a Stand: Challenges and Controversies in Reproductive Health, Maternal Mortality, and HIV/AIDS, in June 2006.

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 director of the UN Millennium Project and special adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed-upon goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015. Sachs is internationally renowned for his work as economic adviser to governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia, and Africa, and his work with international agencies on problems of poverty reduction, debt cancellation for the poorest countries, and disease control. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Sachs has been an adviser to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Development Program, among other international agencies. During 2000 and 2001, he was chairman of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health of the World Health Organization, and from September 1999 through March 2000 he served as a member of the International Financial Institutions Advisory Commission established by the U.S. Congress.

Professor Sachs was named as one of the hundred most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2004 and 2005, and the World Affairs Council of America identified him as one of the five hundred most influential people in the United States in the field of foreign policy. In February 2002 Nature magazine stated that Sachs "has revitalized public health thinking since he brought his financial mind to it." In 1993 he was cited in the New York Times Magazine as "probably the most important economist in the world," and he was called "the world's best-known economist" in Time magazine's 1994 issue on fifty promising young leaders. In 1997, the French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur cited Professor Sachs as one of the world's fifty most important leaders on globalization. His syndicated newspaper column appears in more than fifty countries around the world, and he is a frequent contributor to major publications such as the New York Times, the Financial Times of London, and the Economist magazine.

Sachs' research interests include the links between health and development, economic geography, globalization, transition to market economies in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, international financial markets, international macroeconomic policy coordination, emerging markets, economic development and growth, global competitiveness, and macroeconomic policies in developing and developed countries. He is author or coauthor of more than two hundred scholarly articles, and has written or edited many books.

Sachs is the recipient of many awards and honors, including membership in the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard Society of Fellows, and the Fellows of the World Econometric Society. He is a member of the Brookings Panel of Economists and the board of advisers of the Chinese Economists Society, among other organizations. He has received honorary degrees from many universities, including St. Gallen University in Switzerland, the Lingnan University of Hong Kong, and the University of Economics in Varna, Bulgaria, as well as an honorary professorship at Universidad del Pacífico in Peru. He has participated in distinguished lecture series in the London School of Economics, Oxford University, Yale University, Tel Aviv, and Jakarta.

Prior to his arrival at Columbia University in July 2002, Sachs spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as director of the Center for International Development and 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. He joined the Harvard faculty as an assistant professor in 1980, and was promoted to associate professor in 1982 and full professor in 1983.

Participated In

Taking a Stand: Challenges and Controversies in Reproductive Health, Maternal Mortality, and HIV/AIDS

Date: June 8, 2006 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall
A Symposium in Honor of Allan Rosenfield and His Four Decades of Bold Leadership in Public Health


This World Leaders Forum program addresses public health issues of profound global importance-issues directly related to the Millennium Development Goals. Dr. Allan Rosenfield, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, has pioneered innovative programs in reproductive health, maternal mortality, and the treatment of HIV-infected women, men and children. He has advanced the health and human rights of populations around the world. Presentations and discussions featured foremost public health and policy experts from major international health organizations, the United Nations, leading academic institutions, and distinguished faculty from the Mailman School of Public Health.