Ricardo Lagos

Former President of Chile & Special Envoy on Climate Change for the UN

Ricardo Lagos (President of the Republic of Chile between 2000-06), has become known for his work defending democracy, human rights, development and equality. During his career he has practised as a lawyer, an economist, an academic and a researcher. As a politician he led his country forward in hard times, during which he was able to build consensus and arrive at a common position in the name of progress.

"One of Latin America's most important political leaders"

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  • World Economics
  • The Economic, Social, and Political Ramifications of Climate Change
  • The Economics of South America
  • Leadership
  • International Affairs and Security


He presents in English and Spanish.

How he presents

Ricardo Lagos' powerful presentations are memorable for his charisma, astuteness and his strength of character.

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Founder and President of the Foundation for Democracy and Development, which aims to promote sustainable economic growth, Mr Lagos is also a board member of the International Crisis Group, an independent, non-profit organisation that focuses on the prevention and resolution of conflicts. He has also been a UN Special Envoy for climate change and is a Professor at the Watson Institute for International Studies at the Brown University. At the same time, Mr Lagos is President Emeritus and member of the board of directors of Inter-American Dialogue, an institution that sets out to bring together leaders across the American continent to promote democracy, social equality and economic cooperation in America.


Ricardo Lagos is one of South America's most influential and successful economists. He has also enjoyed advising all the governments in the South American continent on the matter of employment. He offers in depth insights into South American politics and economics as well as providing in depth knowledge of the global effects of climate change on the world's leading economies.


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