Our values

Impartiality, Independence, Inclusiveness

Our mission

The Kofi Annan Foundation mobilises political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights. In most cases the expertise and evidence needed to solve pressing problems such as poverty, armed conflict and poor governance already exist. What holds us back is lack of leadership or political will to identify and deliver solutions. The Foundation mobilises those who are in a position to influence and bring leadership to the world’s most pressing problems.


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Board Members

Team Members

Alan Doss


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Sébastien F. W. Brack

Head of Programme: Elections and Democracy

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Chiara Caimi

External Relations and Research Associate

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Bijan Farnoudi

Head of Communications

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Michaelene Kinnersley

Head of Partnerships

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Fabian Lange

Programme Coordinator: Combatting Hunger, Elections and Democracy

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Stephanie Lewis

Travel and Logistics Manager

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Li Ling Low

Head of Finance and Administration

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Natalie McDonnell

Project Manager

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Declan O’Brien

Programme Coordinator: Elections and Democracy

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Maud Roure

Head of Programmes: Promoting Youth Leadership, Transitions to Peace

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Tesfai Tecle

Senior Advisor on Food Security

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Where the money goes

Frequently Asked Questions

I would like to know more about Kofi Annan…

Kofi Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006), and was the first Secretary-General to emerge from the ranks of United Nations staff. In 2001 Kofi Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Read Mr. Annan’s full biography.

When was the Kofi Annan Foundation created?

The Kofi Annan Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation, legally incorporated in Switzerland in 2007 by Mr. Annan.

What is the mission of the Kofi Annan Foundation?

The Kofi Annan Foundation seeks to mobilise political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights.

How is the Kofi Annan Foundation staffed?

The Foundation has a small secretariat based in Geneva.

How is the Kofi Annan Foundation funded?

The Kofi Annan Foundation is an independent foundation funded by public and private donors. It takes particular care to ensure that funding sources are beyond reproach and that contributions are politically untied. If you would like to support our work, please write to to find out how to become a donor.

Does the Kofi Annan Foundation award grants or scholarships?

The Kofi Annan Foundation does not make grants and does not award scholarships, grants or funding to outside projects.

How can I invite the Kofi Annan Foundation to attend or participate in an event?

Invitations should be sent to or by post to: Kofi Annan Foundation P.O. Box 157 1211 Geneva 20.

I am a journalist and would like to request an interview with someone at the Kofi Annan Foundation...

Media requests should be sent to or by post to: Kofi Annan Foundation P.O. Box 157 1211 Geneva 20.

How can I find out about employment opportunities and internships?

Employment opportunities:
Vacancies are posted here on our website when they become available.

How can I apply to use the trademarked name, Kofi Annan?

As was the wish of Kofi Annan, his foundation the Kofi Annan Foundation is committed to protecting his legacy and honouring and promoting his values. As such, and in conjunction with his family, the Foundation has taken steps and secured rights (including trademarks) to protect the name “Kofi Annan” to ensure that the use of the name does not negatively impact the reputation, image or values of Mr. Kofi Annan.

We acknowledge, however, that other institutions or organisations may wish to honour the late Kofi Annan by using his name in relation to projects or initiatives and therefore anybody who wishes to make use of the name “Kofi Annan” is invited to submit a request to the foundation based on the information shared in the document entitled ‘Schedule 1’.

Download ‘Schedule 1’:

Please note that the Foundation reserves the right to decline a request without qualification.