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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.