Kofi Annan is the Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation which mobilizes political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights. Mr. Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations and the first to emerge from within its own ranks. In 2001, Mr. Annan was, together with the United Nations, awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for having revitalized the organization and prioritizing human rights.
With the Kofi Annan Foundation, which this year marks its 10th anniversary, Mr. Annan works for fair and legitimate elections, for peace processes that deliver, for agriculture that serves the poorest and for youth leadership in the fight against violent extremism. In addition, Mr. Annan and the Foundation engage in preventive diplomacy and mediation activities to safeguard peace.
Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). He is also a professor by courtesy in the Department of Political Science. He was previously at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, where he was the Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy and director of SAIS' International Development program.