Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. Mr Annan was the first Secretary-General to come from within the organisation’s ranks and the first from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Michel Camdessus, an economist and French national, was managing director of the International Monetary Fund from 1987 to 2000.The Fund’s longest-serving leader to date, he managed it during a period of immense global change.
Professor Peter Eigen, a lawyer by training, worked in economic development for 25 years, mainly with the World Bank in Africa and Latin America. He is the founder of Transparency International.
Bob Geldof is an Irish musician, businessman and campaigner against poverty. Mr Geldof has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and was made an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.
Graça Machel, born in Mozambique, is a renowned international advocate for women’s and children’s rights, and has been a social and political activist for many decades.
Linah Mohohlo has played a key role in one of Africa’s most successful economies as governor of Botswana’s central bank since 1999. She became governor in 1999 after 23 years with the bank and service with the IMF in Washington.
Strive Masiyiwa is one of Africa’s most respected business leaders. He is chairman and chief executive of Econet Wireless and is internationally recognised for his leadership in campaigning against corruption and championing the rule of law.
Olusegun Obasanjo was president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. He oversaw his country’s first democratic handover of power and administrative reforms that accelerated economic growth.
Robert E. Rubin became Secretary of the Treasury to President Bill Clinton in 1995, and played a leading role in many of the most important US policy debates.
Tidjane Thiam is Chief Executive of Credit Suisse. A national of both Côte d’Ivoire and France, he was awarded the rank of chevalier of the Légion d’honneur by the French government in July 2011.