Juan Manuel Santos was the President of Colombia, from 2010 to 2018, and the sole recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for “his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50- year-long civil war to an end”. Before being President, he was Minister of Foreign Trade, Minister of Finance and Minister of Defense.
Santos graduated with from the Colombian Naval Academy in Cartagena. He holds a Business and Economics degree from the University of Kansas and did post-graduate studies in the London School of Economics, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and in Harvard University, where he obtained a Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School.
His last book was “The Battle for Peace” on the peace process with the Farc. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of COMPAZ Foundation, which he created to promote peace, protect the environment and fight poverty. He is also a member of the board of the International Crisis Group, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Global Commission on Drug Policy and recently became part of The Elders. He is a visiting professor at Oxford University. Santos is married and has two sons, one daughter and one granddaughter.