World-renowned professor of economics, Jeffrey D. Sachs, will visit University College Dublin to receive the UCD Ulysses Medal, the highest honour the University can bestow. Professor Sachs will give a talk ‘Universities in the age of Sustainable Development’ after the Ulysses Medal Presentation Ceremony followed by a Q&A session.
Please join us on Tuesday, 25 October 2016, from 1pm–2pm in UCD O’Reilly Hall, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.
Spaces are limited for this free event.
Refreshments and Sustainable Development Showcase from 12pm
Guests are invited to come along early, enjoy a light lunch, and browse our 'Sustainable Development Showcase' in the Conservatory of UCD O'Reilly Hall. UCD is ranked in the top 100 in the world for 'Development Studies' according to QS World University Rankings.
Tea, coffee, light lunch and 'Sustainable Development Showcase' in the Conservatory of O'Reilly Hall.
Presentation and Talk by Professor Sachs 'Universities in the Age of Sustainable Development' followed by Q&A.
UCD Ulysses Medal
The UCD Ulysses Medal acknowledges Sachs' outstanding global contribution as one of the world’s leading experts on economic development, global macroeconomics, and the fight against poverty. Named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders, he was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.
The UCD Ulysses Medal is the highest honour that University College Dublin can bestow. It was inaugurated in 2005, as part of the University’s sesquicentennial celebrations, to highlight the ‘creative brilliance’ of UCD alumnus James Joyce. It is awarded to individuals whose work has made an outstanding global contribution.
About Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. Professor Sachs served as the Director of the Earth Institute from 2002 to 2016. He was appointed University Professor at Columbia University in 2016, and also serves as Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.
Currently Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals, Sachs previously advised both UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. Sachs is Director of both the Center for Sustainable Development, and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He is also President of the Global Associations of Master in Development Practice Programs.
Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General’s SDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. He has authored five books, including three New York Times bestsellers (*), in the past decade years: The End of Poverty (2005*), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008*), The Price of Civilization (2011*), To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (2013) and The Age of Sustainable Development (2015).
Professor Sachs' 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 percent of the world’s population. For more than thirty years he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He was among the outside advisors to Pope John Paul II on the encyclical Centesimus Annus and in recent years has worked closely with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on the issues of sustainable development.
Sachs is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Blue Planet Prize, membership in the United States Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard Society of Fellows, and the Fellows of the World Econometric Society. His conversation with Tyler Cowen won the Quartz Podcast Award for best business/economics podcast of 2015. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees, and many awards and honors around the world. Professor Sachs is also a frequent contributor to major publications such as the Financial Times of London, the International Herald Tribune, Scientific American, and Time magazine.
Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, most recently as the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.