Iván Duque Márquez
President of the Republic (2018-2022)
Born in Bogotá on August 1st, 1976. He received his Lawyer Degree from the Universidad Sergio Arboleda, where he majored in philosophy and humanities. He is an expert in economic affairs, with executive studies in Harvard, and a Masters in Public Policy and Public Management from Georgetown University and a Masters Degree in Economic Law from the American University.
He has worked as a columnist and professor. He was Head of the Culture, Creativity, and Solidarity Division at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where he worked on social innovation, entrepreneurship, youth, and creative economies. He acted as consultant to the IDB presidency and as senior advisor for Colombia.
As a Senator he put forward several Laws of the Republic: the Orange Law that promotes creative industries and culture as an engine for development; the Law on Severance Funds, that permits parents use their severance funds to pre-pay their children’s education and that of their dependent persons; the Law on Defibrillators, that provides that all public places and emergency transport be equipped with resuscitation equipment in Colombia; the Law on “B Companies” that provides the conditions for creating and establishing commercial companies of Collective Benefit and Interest; and, is co-author of the law that extended maternity leave from 14 to 18 weeks.
He is the author of several books: IndignAcción, ideas para el futuro de Colombia (“IndignAcción: ideas for the Colombia of the future”); Pecados Monetarios (“Monetary Sins”); Maquiavelo en Colombia (“Machiavelli in Colombia”); Efecto Naranja (“Orange Effect”); El Futuro Está en el Centro (“The Future Lies in the Center”) ; Arqueología de mi Padre (“Archeology of My Father”); and, coauthored with Felipe Buitrago the book Economía Naranaja (“Orange Economy”).
Ivan Duque, besides his legislative activity, has stood out in several of the country’s political developments. He drafted, submitted, and defended the suit against the Legislative Act for Peace, before the Constitutional Court, that limited the fast track and allowed Congress to make changes to the implementation of the peace agreements with the FARC. In 2016 the Semana magazine and the Fundación Colombia Líder (“Colombia Leader Foundation”) elected him as one of the most outstanding leaders of the country and during his three years as congressman he was elected best Senator by his peers and by several local organizations that spotlight and measure the work of Colombian legislators.
The President is married to Ms. María Juliana Ruiz, and is the father of three children: Luciana, Matías, and Eloísa.
On June 17, 2018, Ivan Duque was elected President of Colombia for the 2018-2022 constitutional term with 10,339,689 votes and a government program based on Legality, Entrepreneurship, and Equality.