Ricardo Lagos

Former President of Chile (2000 - 2006); United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change

Mr. Ricardo Lagos President of Chile between 2000 and 2006. Prior to becoming president , Mr. Lagos held position within the government asMinister of Education (1990) and Minister of Public Works (1994).

During the 80’s he led the Democratic Alliance and the Independent Committee for Free Elections. He was the founder and first president of the Party for the Democracy.

Lawyer & Phd in Economics at Duke University, he has also received the Honoris Causa from a large number of prestigious universities in the world, such as the Universidad Autónoma de México, Universidad de Salamanca, amongst many others. He was granted the “Berkeley Medal”, top distinction of the Berkeley University in California.

Former President of the Club de Madrid. Lagos was one of the United Nations’ Special Envoy on Climate Change. He is also President of the Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo in Chile and teaches at Brown University (United States), amongst others.

Lagos was born on March 2, 1938. He is married and has 5 children and 7 grandchildren.

Lagos was previously a member of the 21st Century Council.