- Also an author of many books
President Ivan Duque-Marquez of the Republic of Colombia was born on 1 August 1976. He has a law degree from Sergio Arboleda University in Bogotá, majoring in philosophy and humanities. He is an expert in economic affairs, with executive studies in Harvard, a Masters Degree in public policy management from Georgetown and in economic law from the American University.
|President Ivan Duque-Marquez of the Republic of Colombia|
He has worked as a university professor. He was Head of the Culture, Creativity and Solidarity Affairs Division of the Inter-American Development bank (IDB), as a leader in issues of social innovation, entrepreneurship, youth and creative economics. He was a consultant to the President of IDB, and its Principal Adviser for Colombia.
|President Iván Duque Márquez makes an oath for his Presidential term of 2018 to 2022.|
As a Senator, he has led the passage of five laws: the “Ley Naranja” ("Orange Law"), which encourages the creative industries and culture as a driving force for development; the Law on Severance, which allows employees to use their severance funds to prepay the education of children and dependents; the Defibrillators Law, which makes it mandatory to install reanimation equipment in public places, and emergency transport across the country; the "B Enterprises" law, which provides conditions to create and develop commercial ventures for collective benefit and interest; and he is the co-author of the law extending maternity leave from 14 to 18 weeks.
|President Iván Duque (left, foreground) at a ceremony of recognition of the troops.|
He is the author of several books: IndignAcción, Ideas para la Colombia del Futuro, (“Ideas for the Colombia of the Future”) Pecados Monetarios (“Monetary Sins”); Efecto Naranja (“The Orange Effect”); “El Futuro está en el Centro” (“The Future is in the Center”); Arqueología de mi Padre“ (“Archaeology of my Father”) and has co-written “La Economía Naranja” (“The Orange Economy” with Felipe Buitrago.
President Duque and First Lady Maria Juliana (center and left) hand out instruments to the children of Peace Band Hercules (Magui Payan, Narino).
In addition to his legislative activity, President Duque has distinguished himself in a number of areas of current political affairs. He wrote, presented, and defended objections to the Legislative Act for Peace before the Constitutional Court, which limited "fast-track" treatment, and allowed Congress to make changes in the implementation of peace agreements with the FARC. In 2016, he was voted as one of the country´s outstanding leaders by the magazine Semana, and the Fundación Colombia Líder; and for three years of his service as a Congressman, his own colleagues and a number of local organizations that appreciate and monitor the work of Colombia´s legislators voted him Best Senator.
The President is married to Maria Juliana Ruiz and they have three children: Luciana, Matías and Eloisa.
|President Ivan Duque (left, foreground) meets with the military leaders.|
On 17 June 2018 Iván Duque was elected President for the constitutional period 2018-2022, with 10,398,689 votes. His program of government is based on Legality, Entrepreneurship and Equity.
|President Ivan Duque is greeted by an entrepreneur from Cartagena.|
|“We continue to build country. We continue working and delivering results,” declares President Ivan Duque at the end of a workshop in Valle.|
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