|Job Title: Visiting Professor|
Former President of Colombia and Nobel Peace Laureate
Born in Bogota on August 10, 1951. He was a cadet at the Naval Academy in
Cartagena; he studied Economics and Business Administration at the University
of Kansas and has also completed post-graduate studies at London School of
Economics and Harvard University.
He was Chief of the Colombian delegation to the International Coffee
Organization (ICO) in London; he was the last Designate to the Presidency, and
Colombia’s first Foreign Trade Minister. He also served as Finance Minister and
National Defense Minister.
Santos created the Good Government Foundation (Fundación Buen Gobierno)
and founded the Partido de la U political party in 2005.
As a journalist, he was a columnist and Deputy Director of El Tiempo newspaper;
he was awarded the King of Spain Prize and served as president of the Freedom
of Expression Commission for the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA). He
has published several books, Third Way, co-authored with former British Prime
Minister Tony Blair, and Check on Terror (Jaque al Terror), in which he describes
the most important actions against the FARC guerrillas during his tenure as
Minister of Defense, among other publications.
On June 20, 2010, he was elected as President of the Republic of Colombia for
the 2010 – 2014 term, with over 9 million votes. He took office on August 7th, 2010.
In August 2012, he publicly announced that his government was working on a
peace process with the FARC.
On June 15, 2014, with more than 7.8 million votes, he was reelected as
President for the 2014 – 2018 term, with a government plan based on three pillars:
Peace, Equity and Education.
As a result of his tenacity and dedication to achieve peace and reconciliation in
Colombia, in 2016 the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded him the Nobel
Peace Prize for his resolute efforts to bring the armed conflict to an end. The
Nobel Committee added that the distinction “is a tribute to the Colombian people
who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of a just peace,
and to all the parties who have contributed to the peace process”.
Peace has been a driver throughout Santos’ entire life. The Nobel Peace Prize
summarizes a path, his relentless pursuit for peace in Colombia.
The year 2017 was marked by several acknowledgments. On January, he
received the Global Statesman award during the World Economic Forum in
Davos, Switzerland, for his efforts to achieve peace in Colombia and for his
distinguished career as a world leader. Later that year, on April, Time magazine
included him in the 2017 list of the 100 most influential public figures in the world,
among other leaders such as Pope Francis and British Prime Minister Theresa
May. He was the only Latin American leader included in that year’s list.
Santos is married to María Clemencia Rodríguez, with whom he has three
children: Martín, María Antonia and Esteban.