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Alan Doss

Special Adviser

Alan Doss is a special adviser to the Kofi Annan Foundation.

Alan was President of the Foundation until his retirement in June 2020.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2011 he worked for the UN on peacekeeping, development and humanitarian assignments around the world.

These assignments included UN peacekeeping appointments as the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Liberia and then in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as Deputy Special Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sierra Leone and Principal Deputy Representative in Cote d’Ivoire.

Among other previous posts, he served as Director of the UN Border Relief Operations in Thailand, which was set up to assist people displaced during the war in Cambodia. He was UNDP representative in a number of African and Asian countries. He was also Director of the UNDP’s European Office.

From 1997-2000, he was the Director of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) in New York, where he coordinated the implementation of Kofi Annan’s reform of UN operational activities. During that period he supervised the preparation of the Better World for All report, a foundational document for the millennium development goals.

He is the author of A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN interventions in Other People’s Wars as well as numerous articles and presentations on governance and development issues. He is a member of the Governing Board of Interpeace.

Alan Doss is from the UK and is married to Soheir Doss.