2004 Conference Videos: Jeffrey Sachs
Opening Video Address
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. He is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.
Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Sachs spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Centre for International Development. He has been a consultant to the IMF, the World Bank, the OECD, and the United Nations Development Program. During 2000-2001, 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.
Dr. Sachs is internationally recognized for advising governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia and Africa on economic reforms. He is author or co-author of more than two hundred scholarly articles, and has written or edited many books.
As the recipient of many awards and honours Dr. Sachs has membership in the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Society of Fellows, and the Fellows of the World Econometric Society.
Dr. Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard University. He has received honorary degrees from many universities including St. Gallen University in Switzerland, the Lingnan College of Hong Kong, and Varna Economics University in Bulgaria, and an honorary professorship at Universidad del Pacifico in Peru.