Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


2008 Payne Lecture Series: Can the Poor Afford Democracy? A Presidential Perspective (Lecture 1)  
Lecture Series

Date and Time
January 24, 2008
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Open to the public
No RSVP required

Alejandro Toledo - Payne Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, CDDRL Visiting Scholar, and Former President of Peru

Dr. Alejandro Toledo was democratically elected President of Peru from July 2001-July 2006.

He was born in a small and remote village in the Peruvian Andes, 12,000 feet above sea level. He is one of sixteen brothers and sisters from a family of extreme poverty. At the age of six, he worked as a street shoe shiner and simultaneously sold newspapers and lotteries to supplement the family income.

Thanks to an accidental access to education, Dr. Toledo was able to go from extreme poverty to the most prestigious academic centers of the world, later becoming one of the most prominent democratic leaders of Latin America. He is the first Peruvian president of indigenous descent to be democratically elected in five hundred years.

He received a BA from San Francisco University in Economics and Business Administration. From Stanford University, he received a MA in Economics of Human Resources, a MA in Economics, and a PhD in Economics of Human Resources.

This is the first lecture in a series of lectures Dr. Toledo will give. Lecture 2 is scheduled for April 10th and lecture 3 will be on May 14th.

Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to record this lecture. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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