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Lagos, Ricardo

Lagos, Ricardo

President of Chile (2000 – 2006) • Former President of the Club of Madrid

Ricardo Lagos

President of Chile (2000 – 2006)  • Former President of the Club of Madrid



Mr. Lagos was born on March 2, 1938. Lawyer from University of Chile, Phd in Economics from Duke University. President of the Republic of Chile between 2000 and 2006.


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.

His latest publications include:

- El Future Comienza Hoy 
- 100 Años de Luces y Sombras
- El Siglo que Despierta (Conversations with Carlos Fuentes)
- El Chile que se viene: Perspectivas y Sueños para el 2030 (editor with Oscar Landerretche)
- Así lo Vivimos (The Southern Tiger)
- Mi Vida. Desde la infancia hasta la lucha contra la democracia.
- En Vez del Pesimismo.


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