Nane is a Swedish lawyer and painter. She is also the half-niece of Raoul Wallenberg, a renowned Swedish humanitarian. After working as an Assistant Judge at the Administrative and Fiscal court of Appeal in Stockholm, she joined the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva in 1981.
Nane married Kofi Annan in 1984 in New York. During his time as Secretary-General, she focused in particular on programs relating to people living with HIV/Aids, on girls’ education and women’s empowerment.