Alfredo Sfeir

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Alfredo Sfeir
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Sfeir in 2013
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Alfredo Juan Sfeir Younis

(1947-09-26) September 26, 1947 (age 71)
Santiago, Chile
Political partyGreen Ecologist Party
Domestic partnerMaría Camarena Orengo (1972-1985)
RelationsAlberto Nacif Sfeir Sfeir (father)
Inés Younis Mattar (mother)
ResidenceFundo Coroney,[1] Ninhue, Chile
Alma materUniversity of Chile
OccupationEconomist at the World Bank (1976-2009)
Known forCandidate for President of Chile (2014–18)

Alfredo Sfeir Younis (born 1947) is a Chilean economist, spiritual leader and healer, presently President of the Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation, founded in 2005 in Washington, DC.


Before opening the Institute, Sfeir had a twenty-nine-year career at the World Bank where he was hired as the World Bank’s first environmental economist in 1976 and later was appointed Director of the World Bank Office in Geneva, Switzerland. He served as Special Representative to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization from 1996 to 1999. In both institutions Sfeir worked in the general fields of human rights, peace, and social justice; within this broader context he initiated and promoted policy in such areas as poverty eradication, international trade and finance, financing of development, gender and women's issues, trade and development, role of indigenous peoples, sustainable management of forestry and fisheries, water management and irrigation, desertification, biodiversity, culture and spirituality in sustainable development, and alternative medicine.

He has received numerous awards from international organizations, including the Lifetime Ambassador of Peace (2001), Peace and Tolerance Award (2002), World Healer Award (2002), Messenger of Peace (2002), Peace, Mercy and Tolerance Award (2003), Supreme Advisor of the Buddhist Spiritual Forum Award, World Peace Mercy and Tolerance Award (2004), Diamond Peace Award (2005), and Peace Ambassador Award (2006).

Sfeir was a candidate for the 2013 presidential election as the leader of the Green Ecologist Party, but lost the election with less than 3% of the total number of votes.


  1. ^ Servicio Electoral, Padrón Electoral Auditado - Elecciones Minicipales 2012, Comuna Ninhue, pp. 76

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