Professor Jeffrey Sachs
Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University
One of the world's leading economists, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, was the guest of honour at a dinner hosted by US Studies Centre chief executive Professor Geoffrey Garrett on 15 July 2008. Professor Sachs is Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
Professor Sachs is Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York and is widely hailed as a policy adviser on global development, poverty reduction and sustainability. Sachs is special adviser to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and headed of the UN's Millennium Development project. In the 1980s and 1990s he advised governments in Latin America on stabilisation, and in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union on how to transform their economies from socialism to capitalism. In the past decade his work has focused on public health, environmental sustainability, and ending extreme poverty in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.