Media outlets are invited to cover remarks from world-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs who will speak at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke, Virginia. The New York Times called Sachs “probably the most important economist in the world,” and Time magazine called Sachs “the world’s best-known economist.” A survey by The Economist ranked Sachs as among the three most influential living economists.  

What: Sachs will discuss his work at the research institute’s Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture in a free public presentation, “Achieving Sustainable Development in the United States and throughout the World.”

“Dr. Sachs is a passionate leader who champions new ideas to improve the health and well-being of people around the world,” said Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and Virginia Tech’s Vice President for Health Affairs. “He has been the special advisor to the three top leaders of the United Nations of this century, and his work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, and fighting hunger and disease has taken him to more than 125 countries.”

When:  Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.  

Where: The Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, 2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA

RSVP: Members of the media who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to Bill Foy, at; or John Pastor at;

Background:  Economist, UN advisor Jeffrey Sachs to discuss world’s 'most important agenda'

Contact:  John Pastor | 540-526-2222 |