Alvaro Uribe Velez was born in 1952 Medellin, Colombia. He holds a degree in law from the Universidad de Antioquia and a post-graduate degree in management and administration from Harvard University.
His dedication to public service began at a young age. He served a town counselor for the city of Salgar´s in 1974, and consequently was appointed as head of the Real Estate Office of the Public Works Department of Medellín in 1976. In 1982, he was elected mayor of Medellín. Mr. Uribe continued his political trajectory and was elected and served two consecutive terms as senator for the periods 1986-1990 and 1990-1994. He was elected governor of the department of Antioquia in 1995, to 1997.
In 2002, Uribe launched his presidential campaign based on the conviction that a government whose first priority was moral accountability and a strong sense of leadership would most successfully confront Colombia’s biggest challenges. In 2006, an overwhelming majority reelected him to a second term.
Indeed, one of the most remarkable achievements of Álvaro Uribe’s time as leader of the country is the advancement of security. In an eight-year period (2002 to the first half of 2010) homicides per year dropped by 70%, and kidnappings dramatically reduced by 84%. The economy under President Uribe performed steadily. Gross Domestic Product growth went from 2.5% in 2002 to 4.3% to the first semester of 2010. In the same period of time, the Consumer Price Index gradually improved from 6.99% to 2.24% and the exports went from 11.975 million dollars to 19.249 million dollars.
He continues to be politically active within Colombia, and has also accepted various international positions, such as visiting professor at Georgetown University and vice-chairman of the UN panel investigating the Gaza Flotilla Raid. Additionally, President Uribe is a member of several international private advisory boards and continuously speaks worldwide in favor of the principles of liberty and democracy. These recurring themes of his political and personal career at further explored in his recently published memoir, “No Lost Causes”.
He currently serves as senator of the republic by the Centro Democrático (Democratic Center) party, which he formed in 2014.