Kofi Annan

Chair,
Kofi Annan Foundation and Former Secretary-General of the United Nations

Kofi A. Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations and is the founder and chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation. In 2001, he and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Annan was UN Secretary General from January 1997 to December 2006. One of his main priorities during this period was a comprehensive program of reform that sought to revitalize the United Nations and make the international system more effective. He was a constant advocate for human rights, the rule of law, the Millennium Development Goals and Africa, and sought to bring the organization closer to the global public by forging ties with civil society, the private sector and other partners.

He set up the Kofi Annan Foundation in 2007 to mobilize leaders of all sectors to provide leadership where needed. The foundation works on the premise that there can be no long-term peace without development, no sustainable development without peace and that no society can long remain prosperous without the rule of law and respect for human rights.

Annan is the founding Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), chairs the African Progress Panel and The Elders, and is currently Chancellor of the University of Ghana. He is a board member, patron or honorary member of a number of organizations, including the United Nations Foundation.

He was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on April 8, 1938. He is married to Nane and between them they have three children.