Professor Jeffrey Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and one of the world’s leading experts on sustainable economic development and the fight against poverty. In his academic roles at Columbia University, Professor Sachs serves as Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management. In his roles with the United Nations, Professor Sachs is also Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals. Closer to home, he is also Co-Chair of the One NYC Advisory Board, appointed by Mayor de Blasio to guide the OneNYC planning process.
Professor Sachs has over 25 years of experience advising dozens of governments on economic strategy in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Prior to his arrival at Columbia University, 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. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers, and was the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership.