Alex Walker & Josh MaritzEconomics 12Block 6Jeffrey Sachs Biography:Jeffrey Sachs is an inspirational figure who has used his platform to positively contribute to the betterment of the world’s economy. He was born on November 5th 1954 in Detroit, Michigan. At Columbia University, Sachs is an American economics and director of the Earth Institute, and he holds the title of University Professor which is the highest rank achievable. He has contributed greatly to the fight against poverty and is one of the world’s leading experts on economic development. Prior to holding the position of Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sustainable Development Goals, Sachs additionally advised both Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan on the MDGs.Major Contributions: Sachs specializes in economic development, global macroeconomics, and the fight against poverty. His work on “ending poverty, overcoming macroeconomic instability, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices,” (Jeffsachs.org) has brought him to over 125 countries with more than 90 percent of the world’s population. In his best-selling book, “The End of Poverty,” Sachs explains how poverty and world hunger is absolutely solvable. I recently learned that fields of strawberries, cherries, and potatoes are often spoiled to keep the prices of produce high. 43 million gallons of milk have been dumped down the drain just this year, yet 795 million people in the world are unable to lead a healthy, active life because they do not have enough food.. 12.9% of people are undernourished Considering these facts, Sachs has made a goal of transforming the world as we know it by 2030. This includes the termination of world hunger, inclusive and equal education everywhere, ensuring healthy living with available and clean water, and absolute gender equality (“Sdgs .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform”).