Annan, whose father was governor of Asante province and a hereditary paramount chief of the Fante people, studied at the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi before enrolling at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., where he received a bachelor's degree in economics. He continued his studies at the Institute for Advanced International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He earned a master's degree while a Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States in 1971–72. Annan began his career with the UN as a budget officer for the World Health Organization in Geneva in 1962. With the exception of a brief stint as the director of tourism in Ghana (1974–76), he spent his entire career with the UN, serving in several administrative posts. On March 1, 1993, he was elevated to undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations. In that position, he distinguished himself during the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly in his graceful handling of the transition of peacekeeping operations from UN forces to NATO forces. The Nobel Peace Prize for 2001 has been awarded jointly to the United Nations and its Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.
NOBEL-PRIZE-WINNERS ARAFAT BUNCHE DALAI LAMA GORBACHEV JUNG KING KYI LA FONTAIN LUTULI SANCHEZ TERESA TUTU WALESA WIESEL WILLIAMS