Ricardo Lagos is a Lawyer from University of Chile, with a Phd in Economics from Duke University. During the 80’s he played a predominant role in the process to recover the democracy in Chile. 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.
Prior to becoming president, Mr. Lagos was Minister of Education under Patricio Aylwin’s term, (1990) and Minister of Public Works under Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle’s term (1994). He has also received the Honoris Causa distinction 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.
During 2008 and 2009 Former President Lagos hel the position of President of the Club of Madrid, and was one of the United Nations’ Special Envoy on Climate Change. He currently is President of the Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo in Chile, created after he left the presidential term in 2006.