Mr. Josť Antonio Ocampo

Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

Josť Antonio Ocampo holds a BA degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Economics and Sociology from Yale University. Former Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), he became the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs on 1 September, 2003. As such, he heads the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), which is located at UN headquarters in New York, and he chairs the UN Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs. With this appointment by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, he became the highest-ranking Colombian official in the history of the United Nations.

Prior to assuming his present position in the United Nations, he held a number of posts in the Government of Colombia, including those of Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Director of the National Planning Department and Minister of Agriculture. His academic pursuits have included service as Director of the Foundation for Higher Education and Development, Professor of Economics at the Universidad de los Andes and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and Visiting Professor at Cambridge, Yale and Oxford Universities. He has written and published extensively on subjects such as international financial and monetary issues, international financial architecture, foreign capital and international trade, employment, and Colombian economic policy and economic history. He is the author or editor of a number of books and monographs, has contributed chapters to many books, and has written scholarly articles, research studies, official publications, UN documents and newspaper articles. He has served on the editorial boards of academic journals.

Mr. Ocampo holds a number of personal honours and distinctions, including the Alejandro Angel Escobar National Science Award.