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. Kofi Annan served as UN Secretary General from January 1997 to December 2006. During that time, he led a comprehensive programme of reform that sought to revitalize the United Nations and make the international system more effective.
Kofi Annan set up the Kofi Annan Foundation in 2007 to mobilise leaders of all sectors to provide leadership where it is needed.
Kofi Annan has served as a Counsellor at One Young World Summits: 2010 in London, 2012 in Pittsburgh, 2013 in Johannesburg, 2014 in Dublin, 2015 in Bangkok and 2016 in Ottawa.