Jeffrey Sachs

Drawing by Elizabeth Wagele

Economist Jeffrey Sachs says, "The world's greatest shortage is not of oil, clean water, or food, but of moral leadership." Born in 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, he became a full professor of economics with tenure at Harvard at 29. Now he's director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Speaking to an Occupy Wall Street rally October 7, 2011, he said:

"The political parties are listening to the corporate lobbies right now."

"We're spending trillions on useless wars."

"You don't need big bucks to win an election."

"I'd like Obama to give up the $35,000 dinners and stop being bought."

"No more PAC!" and

"Obama brought Wall Street with him. When the administration came in, they hired the very team that made this mess."

I highly recommend you click here: Occupy Wall Street and listen to him speak on You Tube.

I couldn't find enough information about his personality to tell what Enneagram type he is. Maybe someone reading this blog knows. I doubt he's an Asserter, Helper, Romantic, Achiever, or Adventurer. That leaves Perfectionist, Observer, Questioner, and Peace Seeker to choose from. He was a math whiz in high school, then changed his focus to economics. In 2007, the Sachs for President Draft Committee was formed to encourage him to run for President; he claims he would refuse.

Sachs is a trained macroeconomist who works on environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation, debt cancellation, and globalization. He has advised governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union in the transition to market economies. He's Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and the founder and co-President of the Millennium Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty and hunger. He's a Commissioner for the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, and belongs to the scientific committee of the Fundacion IDEAS, Spain's Socialist Party's think tank.

His books include The End of Poverty and Common Wealth, New York Times bestsellers. His latest is The Price of Civilization. He's been named one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" twice, and one of the "500 Most Influential People in the Field of Foreign Policy" by the World Affairs Councils of America. New York Times Magazine called him "probably the most important economist in the world" and in 1994, Time Magazine called him "the world's best-known economist." Le Nouvel Observateur cited him as one of the world's 50 most important leaders on globalization. Sachs received the Sargent Shriver Award for Equal Justice, the Padma Bhushan, an honor bestowed by the Government of India, the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution International Advocate for Peace Award, and the Centennial Medal from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Sachs chaired the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health of the World Health Organization, was a member of the International Financial Institution Advisory Commission (established by the U.S. Congress); advised the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund (he's a harsh critic of it now), and the United Nations Development Program. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Society of Fellows, the Fellows of the World Econometric Society; the Brookings Panel of Economists, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Board of Advisers of the Chinese Economists Society.

Sachs writes a monthly foreign affairs column for Project Syndicate, a nonprofit association of newspapers circulated in 145 countries. He also contributes to the Financial Times, Scientific American, and Time Magazine and writes commentary in The Huffington Post .

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Elizabeth Wagele was the co-author with Ingrid Stabb of The Career Within You: How to Find the Perfect Job for Your Personality.

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