Salomón Lerner Febres received his PhD in philosophy from the Université Catholique de Louvain. Dr. Lerner Febres was president of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) from 1994 until 2004, when he became rector emeritus. He is the executive president of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at PUCP. He was the chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Peru from 2001 to 2003. From 1999-2004, Dr. Lerner Febres was president of the Union of Latin American Universities. He has received several awards for his long and impressive academic background and his work with human rights, from the governments of Peru, Poland, Germany, France, and Chile among others.