Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan

Founder & Chairman, Kofi Annan Foundation

Kofi Atta Annan is a diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.

He is the founder and chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation, as well as chairman of The Elders, an international organization founded by Nelson Mandela. Born in Kumasi, Annan went on to study economics at Macalester College, international relations from the Graduate Institute Geneva and management at MIT.  As the Secretary-General, Annan reformed the UN bureaucracy; worked to combat HIV, especially in Africa; and launched the UN Global Compact. After leaving the UN, he founded the Kofi Annan Foundation in 2007 to work on international development. In September 2016, Annan was appointed to lead a UN commission to investigate the Rohingya crisis.