Juan Manuel Calderon Santos

Juan Manuel Calderon Santos

Job Title: Visiting Professor
Social Media: @JuanManSantos


Juan Manuel Calderon Santos is the former President of Colombia and a Nobel Peace Laureate. He is a Visiting Professor at OPHI and supports the use of Multidimensional Poverty Indices (MPIs) to guide policies aimed at reducing poverty. During his first term as President he incorporated a national MPI into his government’s National Development Plan. 

Santos’ has a long-running history in Colombia’s politics, serving as Colombia’s first Foreign Trade Minister, as well as the Finance Minister and National Defense Minster. In 2005, he founded the Partido de la U political party and went on to be elected President in June 2010, and again in 2014. 

In August 2012, he publicly announced that his government was working on a peace process with the FARC. In 2016, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring the armed conflict to an end. In 2017, he received the Global Statesman award during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and later in the year he was included in the 2017 Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential public figures in the world. He joined The Elders in 2019, an independent group of global leaders working together for peace, justice and human rights. 


Post-graduate studies at London School of Economics (LSE) and Harvard University
Economics and Business Administration, University of Kansas 

Selected Publications 

Santos, J.M. (2019). La batalla por la paz, Planeta Colombia.