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Doris Leuthard joins the Board of the Kofi Annan Foundation

The Kofi Annan Foundation is pleased to announce that Doris Leuthard, former President of the Swiss Confederation, has joined the Board of the Kofi Annan Foundation.

In welcoming Ms Leuthard to the board, the Chair, ElHadj As Sy, said: “I am delighted that Doris Leuthard is joining the board of the Kofi Annan Foundation. She has enjoyed a highly distinguished career in public life culminating in her assuming the presidency of the Swiss Confederation. I know that her experience and insights will be of great value to the Foundation as it takes forward the vision of Kofi Annan.”

Ms Leuthard noted that “Kofi Annan was an inspiration to all of us who believe in democracy, human rights and sustainable development. We must continue his work. I am very pleased, therefore, to join the board of the Foundation that he created and help to build on his remarkable achievements.”

Alan Doss, President of the Foundation, added: “Ms Leuthard’s recent experience as a member of the UN Secretary General’s high-level panel on digital cooperation is especially welcome as the Foundation prepares to release the findings and recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age.

About Doris Leuthard

Doris Leuthard is a Swiss politician and lawyer and was a member of the Swiss Federal Council between 2006 and 2018. She was elected as President of the Swiss Confederation for 2010 and 2017.

Ms Leuthard studied law at the University of Zurich and completed language and study courses in Paris and Calgary. She was a partner in a law firm before entering politics.

From 1999 to 2006, Doris Leuthard was a member of the National Council representing canton Aargau. From 2004 to 2006, she was president of the Christian Democratic People’s Party. During her time in the National Council, she was a member of the following committees: legal affairs, political institutions, judicial, economic affairs and taxation. Leuthard was head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (FDEA) from August 2006 to October 2010. She represented Switzerland at international organisations including the WTO, OECD, FAO and the World Bank and chaired the EFTA Council.


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