President Santos

President of Colombia

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón is the 32nd and current President of Colombia and sole recipient of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the protracted war with the Marxist guerrilla organization FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia; “Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia”).

President Santos began his career in journalism at ‘El Tiempo’, but always had an interest in politics. He embarked on a political career in the 1970's when he represented ‘National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia’ in London. He returned to Colombia in 1981 and began working at the family newspaper. Ten years later, he was appointed to his first major political post, when he became Colombia's Minister of Foreign Trade. He served a number of different Presidents in different capacities until he was elected President himself in 2010. During much of his career, he has sought to stamp out terrorism and bring prosperity to Columbia by promoting economic growth.