Jeffrey D Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, bestselling author, innovative educator, and global leader in sustainable development. He is widely recognised for using bold and effective strategies to address complex challenges.
Sachs is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development, an SDG Advocate for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and serves as a Professor at Columbia University where he is also Director of the Center for Sustainable Development.
Sachs was formerly the Director of the Earth Institute from 2002-16 where he led a university-wide organisation of more than 850 professionals from natural science and social science disciplines in support of sustainable development.
Sachs has consistently advocated for the expansion of university education on sustainable development, and helped introduce the Ph.D. in Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He also championed the new Master of Development Practice, which has led to a consortium of major universities around the world offering the new degree.
Professor Sachs was the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, was twice named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders, and has received 28 honorary degrees. He's also been dubbed the most important and best-known economist in the world by The New York Times and Time magazine, and is ranked among The Economist's three most influential living economists.
Sachs’s work on ending poverty, overcoming macroeconomic instability, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices has taken him to more than 125 countries with more than 90 per cent of the world’s population.
Professor Sachs will be presenting at Ozwater’19 by hologram on 6 Transformations to Achieve the SDGs.