Iván Duque Márquez was born in Bogotá on August 1, 1976. He is a lawyer from Sergio Arboleda University, a Colombian politician and a writer.

He took office as President of the Republic of Colombia on August 7, 2018, and, for four years, ruled this South American country with his tenets of legality, entrepreneurship, and egality.

His public career began as an advisor at the Colombian Ministry of Finance in 2000, from where he left for Washington, DC as Colombia's senior advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) between 2001 and 2010. From there he joined the investigative panel on the incident between Israel and Turkey in relation to the Israeli incursion on the ship Mavi Marmara. He then returned to the IDB as head of the Culture, Creativity and Solidarity Division from 2011 to 2013. 

He became senator of the Republic of Colombia from 20 July 2014 to 10 April 2018, where he promoted five laws on the extension of maternity leave, promotion of electric mobility, availability of defibrillators in public places, creation and promotion of the figure of BIC companies (Benefit of Collective Interest), and promotion of creative industries (Orange Law). He resigned his seat in the Senate to devote himself to the presidential campaign that was taking place in the country, where he was ahead in all the polls, placing him as the main favourite to occupy the first administrative position in the country. 

On 17 June 2018, Iván Duque was elected President of Colombia for the constitutional period 2018 to 2022 with 10,398,689 votes, defeating Gustavo Petro by more than two million votes at the polls, giving him and his running mate, Marta Lucía Ramirez, an absolute victory. 

During his presidency, Iván Duque led the fight to solve the social and economic problems derived from the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with the difficult decision to decree mandatory preventive isolation throughout the country from March 2020. 

He is married to Mrs María Juliana Ruiz, with whom he has three children: Luciana, Matías and Eloísa.


Iván Duque is the author of Monetary Sins (2007); Machiavelli in Colombia (2010); Orange Effect (2015); IndignAcción (IndignAction) (2017); The Future Is at the Center (2018); Archaeology of My Father (2018); Humanism Matters (2019); and Road to Zero (2021).

He is also co-author, together with Felipe Buitrago, of books on the creative economy: The Orange Economy: An Infinite Opportunity (Inter-American Development Bank, 2013); and Orange Economy: An Infinite Reality (Ministry of Culture of Colombia, 2021).