Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist. Professor Sachs serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, and held the same position under former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, as well as co-founder and director of the Millennium Villages Project. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on sustainable economic development and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices, has taken him to more than 125 countries with more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more than a quarter century he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past 7 years: The End of Poverty, Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, and The Price of Civilization. His most recent book is To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace.
Emmanuel Guerin is a Senior Advisor of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Emmanuel advises the SDSN work on energy and climate policies and manages the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP). He is also a Senior Staff Associate at the Earth Institute of Columbia University. Before joining the SDSN and Columbia, Emmanuel was the Director of the Energy and Climate Programme at the French Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), one of the world leading think tanks on global environmental issues. He was also a Lecturer at Sciences Po University, and gave classes on the economics of climate change in the Master of Economics of Public Policies (EPP), and on the global governance and public policies of sustainable development in the Master of Public Administration (MPA). Emmanuel is also a Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute of the London School of Economics. His research focuses on macroeconomics of green growth. Emmanuel was the Advisor of Michael Zammit Cutajar, the Chair of the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) during the two years leading to the Climate Summit in Copenhagen in 2009. He has advised many governments, including the French government, the European Commission and the Chinese government, on their energy and climate policies. Emmanuel was first trained as a physicist and chemist, and has an undergraduate degree from the University Pierre and Marie Curie. He then turned to environment and development economics, and political science and international relations, and received a Master Degree Cum Laude from Sciences Po.