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date: 28 January 2020

Annan, Kofi (1938–2018) 

Who's Who in the Twentieth Century
 Market House Books Market House Books

Ghanaian diplomat, who in 1997 became the first black African secretary-general of the United Nations.Kofi Annan was trained from youth as an international diplomat, studying at the Institute of Higher International Studies in Geneva and then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA. Most of his career consisted of a steady progression through the ranks of the United Nations bureaucracy, including postings to Addis Ababa, New York, Geneva, and Cairo. He worked on tourism, in the World Health Organization, and for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, but was primarily perceived as a technocrat, with outstanding expertise in such fields as personnel and budgeting. With these qualifications he seemed to be an ideal successor to the irascible Boutros ... ...

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