He was born in Bogotá on August 1, 1976. He is a lawyer from Sergio Arboleda University, with major studies in philosophy and humanities. Expert in economic issues, with executive studies at Harvard, and with master’s degrees from Georgetown, in Public Policy Management, and from American University, in Economic Law.
He has served as a columnist and professor. He was the head of the Culture, Creativity and Solidarity division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), leading themes of social innovation, entrepreneurship, youth, and creative economy. He was a consultant to the IDB presidency and a principal advisor for Colombia.
As Senator he took forward five laws of the Republic: the Orange Law, which promotes the creative industries and culture as a motor of development; the Law of layoffs, which allows the use of layoffs to prepay the education of children and dependents; the Law on Defibrillators, which requires the installation of rescuers in public places and in emergency transport in Colombia; the Law of ‘Empresas B’, which provides the conditions to create and develop commercial societies of Benefit and Collective Interest, and is co-author of the Law that extended maternity leave from 14 to 18 weeks.
He is the author of the books IndignAcción, ideas for Colombia del Futuro; Monetary Sins; Machiavelli in Colombia; Orange Effect; The Future Is in the Center; Archeology of my Father; and is co-author, along with Felipe Buitrago, of the book La Economía Naranja.
Iván Duque, in addition to his legislative activity, has distinguished himself in several areas of the country’s political current affairs. He was the one who drafted, presented and defended the lawsuit against the Legislative Act for Peace, before the Constitutional Court, which limited the fast track and allowed the Congress to make changes in the implementation of the agreements with the Farc. In 2016 he was chosen as one of the most outstanding leaders in the country by the Semana magazine and the Colombia Líder Foundation, and during his three years as a congressman he was elected as the best Senator by his own colleagues and by several local organizations that stand out and measure the work of Colombian legislators.
President Duque is married to Mrs. María Juliana Ruiz, with whom he has three children: Luciana, Matías and Eloísa.
On June 17, 2018, Iván Duque was elected President of Colombia for the constitutional period 2018 – 2022, with 10’398.689 votes, with a government program based on Legality, Entrepreneurship and Equity