Get up close and personal with this collection of stories and memories of Kofi Annan. The final episode in our special 10-part series “Kofi Time” welcomes a variety of guests who worked closely with Kofi Annan during his time as the head of the United Nations and as Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation.
“To live is to choose, but to choose well, you must know who you are, what you stand for, where you want to go, and why you want to get there.”
– Kofi Annan
What was it like to work with him, and what made him such an exceptional leader?
During the last nine episodes, podcast host Ahmad Fawzi discussed with influential experts and leaders who worked with Kofi Annan his unique legacy and its continued relevance to our world today. Ahmad and guests discussed how Kofi Annan solved crises and challenges in public health, conflict resolution, human rights, hunger and poverty.
In this last episode, we look at the man himself and try to understand who he was.
“His unique traits made him a first class diplomat in the sense. He could genuinely influence leaders and manage to build a special rapport with many, even the most difficult persons.” – Ahmad Fawzi, Kofi Time podcast host and one of Kofi Annan´s Spokespersons and Communication Advisor
Ahmad talks to people who worked with him day after day, whether at the United Nations or at the Kofi Foundation, which he established later and chaired until his death in 2018. Also, in this episode, Kofi Annan Foundation Executive Director Corinne Momal-Vanian turns the tables and asks host Ahmad to share his memories of working with Kofi Annan.
“He knew how to listen. He really heard what was being said to him through and behind the words. He was extremely perceptive.
– Natalie McDonnell, one of Kofi Annan´s assistants
Hear from Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti, Lakhdar Brahimi; his Deputy Chief of Cabinet, Elizabeth Lindenmayer; his assistants, Anastasiya Delenda and Natalie McDonnell; one of his close protection officers, Moataz Khalil; and his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.
Tune in to understand who he really was and why his legacy remains relevant today.
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