BIRTHDAY: April 8, 1938
AGE: 75 years old
Ghanaian politician who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, from 1997 to 2006. He founded the Global AIDS and Health Fund and co-received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for his work with the United Nations.
From February until August 2012, Annan was the UN–Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria, to help find a resolution toongoing conflict there. Annan quit after becoming frustrated with the UN’s lack of progress with regard to conflict resolution, stating that “when the Syrian people desperately need action, there continues to be finger-pointing and name-calling in the Security Council”.
Before fame he earned his masters at MIT. After studying economics at Kumasi College of Science and Technology in Ghana.
In 1962, Kofi Annan started working as a Budget Officer for the World Health Organization, an agency of the United Nations (UN). From 1974 to 1976, he worked as the Director of Tourism in Ghana. In the late 1980s, Annan returned to work for the UN, where he was appointed as an Assistant Secretary-General in three consecutive positions: Human Resources, Management and Security Coordinator (1987–1990); Program Planning, Budget and Finance, and Controller (1990–1992); and Peacekeeping Operations (March 1993 – December 1996).
His memoir, Interventions: A Life in War and Peace, was published in 2012.
He is distantly related to Ghanaian footballer, Anthony Annan.
He is a Nobel Prize laureate, much like President Barack Obama.