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His Excellency Juan Manuel Santos Calderón

President of the Republic of Colombia | May 18, 2017

Event Details:

Location:  The JW Marriott Washington, D.C. Hotel, Grand Ballroom (1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW)


6:00 p.m. Reception

7:00 p.m. Dinner & Program

9:00 p.m. Adjournment


President Santos will present remarks on "The Transformation of Colombia and It's Opportunities in the Future," marking the Global Initiative’s first foreign head of state to address the membership of the Economic Club. 

In 2010, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón was elected President of the Republic of Colombia with more than 9 million votes, the highest in the history of Colombian democracy.  In 2016, during his second term, President Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long conflict to an end.

President Santos began as a cadet at the Navy Academy in Cartagena, going on to earn a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration at The University of Kansas. He then carried out graduate studies at The London School of Economics, Harvard University and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Later, he was appointed Colombia’s first Foreign Trade Minister in addition to being Finance Minister and National Defense Minister. President Santos has published several books including, "The Third Way", co-written with the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and "Check on Terror" ("Jaque al Terror"), where he describes the most important actions against the Farc terrorist group during his tenure as head of the Ministry of Defense.

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