Kofi A. Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving two terms from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006. In 2001 Kofi Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace with the citation praising his leadership for “bringing new life to the organisation”.
Since leaving the United Nations, Kofi Annan continues to press for better policies to meet the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly in Africa. He also continues to use his experience to mediate and resolve conflict. In Kenya in early 2008, Mr. Annan led the African Union’s Panel of Eminent African Personalities to help find a peaceful resolution to the post-election violence. Then in 2012, he served as Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States for the Syrian crisis (February to August 2012).
In addition to his work with the Kofi Annan Foundation, Mr. Annan serves as the Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Africa Progress Panel (APP), and The Elders. He is also a Board member, Patron or Honorary member of a number of organisations, including the UN Foundation. Mr. Annan currently serves as the Chancellor of the University of Ghana and has held a number of positions in academic institutions around the world.