Alfredo Sfeir-Younis

Alfredo Sfeir-Younis, candidate for President of Chile, 2014, is a Chilean economist, spiritual leader and healer, Founder and President of the Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation. He retired after 29 years of service from the World Bank where he was the focal point for human rights. His last position was Senior Advisor to the managing directors, and the Institutional Focal Point on human rights. He developed a new paradigm based on the linkages between spirituality and economics and on the role that values play in decision-making processes, both nationally and globally. Previous to this position, from 1999 to 2003, he was the Director of the World Bank Office in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Special Representative to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization and, from 1996 to 1999, he was the World Bank Special Representative at the United Nations in New York. He regularly participated at the Commission of Human Rights as well as many international meetings on issues related to trade, globalization, indigenous rights, poverty, women and justice both in New York and Geneva.

Alfredo 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).

Recognized as a healer and spiritual authority by many masters from different faiths, Alfredo publishes and lectures worldwide on spirituality and global issues. He serves on the Advisory Board of Kosmos Journal.

My Experience Running a Spiritually-Based Political Campaign

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Politics and Spirituality Come Together I was a candidate for the presidency of Chile. Was it a dream or a […]


Globalization: Reconciling Economics and Spirituality

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The general public embraces two extreme notions of globalization. One, that right now it is an inevitable phenomenon – an uncontrolled process that no one can influence, the other that we indeed can change the direction of globalization. There are many possibilities in between.


Embracing Spiritual Economics

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In every era of human history humanity has faced a unique challenge. Not long ago, the challenge was to reconcile science and religion. And, as we all know, that reconciliation process was not problem free; e.g., in fact, many people died because they argued that the Earth was round!


The Alfredo Sfeir-Younis Story

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Kosmos is honored to salute Alfredo Sfeir-Younis, a beloved member of the Kosmos Advisory Board and deeply respected and dedicated Global Citizen. Recently retired from twenty-nine years at the World Bank, he has devoted his life to alleviating the misery of poverty on a macro-scale and to embracing each individual who crossed his path with compassionate concern.