Kofi Annan. Diplomat, Ghana
The first African to be elected from the ranks of UN staff, Kofi Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations.
One of his biggest contributions – what he calls his “personal priority” – is the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Annan will be remembered both for his Five-Point Call to Action to combat the pandemic, and the creation of the Global AIDS and Health Fund – which eventually earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.
The fund has been instrumental in fighting HIV/AIDS and reducing its prevalence considerably through various interventions. So far, it has received some US$1.5 billion in pledges and contributions.