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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

Founding Chair: 2008-2018 Ghana

Founder and Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation from 2008-2018. Former Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN).

Kofi Annan

Chair of the Board Senegal

Former Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Elhadj As Sy

Board MemberSweden

Nutrition advocate, artist, and former lawyer.

Nane Annan

Board MemberCanada

Canadian lawyer, prosecutor and jurist. Former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for International Migration.

Louise Arbour

Board Member
Switzerland

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.

Doris Leuthard

Board MemberSouth Africa

International advocate for women’s and children’s rights; former freedom fighter and first Education Minister of Mozambique.

Graça Machel

Board MemberArgentina

Former Foreign Minister of Argentina, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Field Support and former chief operating officer and Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme.

Susana Malcorra

Board MemberUnited Kingdom

President of International,  Bank of America and Chief Executive Officer, Merrill Lynch International.

Bernard Mensah

Board MemberDenmark

Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the 12th Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Michael Møller

Board Member
Switzerland

Former Senior Partner of Swiss multinational private bank Pictet & Cie and former President of Fondation pour Genève.

Ivan Pictet

Board MemberLebanon

Lebanese academic, politician and diplomat.

Ghassan Salamé

Team Members

Corinne Momal-Vanian

Executive Director

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Sofia Anton

Programme Officer: Promoting Youth Leadership, Transitions to Peace

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Sébastien F. W. Brack

Head of Programme: Elections and Democracy

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Genna Ingold

Communications Officer

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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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Li Ling Low

Head of Finance and Administration

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Natalie McDonnell

Project Manager for Vision Annan - Kofi Annan Legacy Initiatives

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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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Special Advisers

Alan Doss

Special Adviser

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Dr. Tesfai Tecle

Senior Adviser

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Arnauld Akodjenou

Special Adviser

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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.
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How is the Kofi Annan Foundation funded?

The Kofi Annan Foundation is an independent foundation funded by public and private donors. We take particular care to ensure funding sources are beyond reproach and that contributions are politically untied.
If you would like to support our work and become a donor, please email us at info@kofiannanfoundation.org

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 by email at info@kofiannanfoundation.org, 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 media@kofiannanfoundation.org

How can I find out about employment opportunities and internships?

Positions are advertised on our
LinkedIn channel

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 ‘Schedule 1’

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