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.
Founder and Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation from 2008-2018. Former Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN).
Chair of the Board
Nutrition advocate, artist, and formerly a lawyer.
Swiss diplomat and lawyer.
Founder and Honorary President of FRIDE, Founder of the Club of Madrid and President of DARA.
Director of the United Nations Studies Programme at Columbia University’s School of International Public Affairs.
Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the 12th Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Former Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and a former Under-Secretary General of the UN.
Former Director of Management, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
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.
The Kofi Annan Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organisation, legally incorporated in Switzerland in 2007 by Mr. Annan.
The Kofi Annan Foundation seeks to mobilise political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights.
The Foundation has a small secretariat based in Geneva.
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 email@example.com to find out how to become a donor.
The Kofi Annan Foundation does not make grants and does not award scholarships, grants or funding to outside projects.
Invitations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Kofi Annan Foundation P.O. Box 157 1211 Geneva 20.
Media requests should be sent to email@example.com or by post to: Kofi Annan Foundation P.O. Box 157 1211 Geneva 20.
Vacancies are posted on our LinkedIn channel: kofiannan.ch/LinkedIn
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’: https://kofiannan.ch/schedule1
Please note that the Foundation reserves the right to decline a request without qualification.