Ban Ki-Moon, Leader of the United Nations

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 27JAN11 - Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations, New York looks on during the session 'Combating Chronic Disease' at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2011. Copyright by World Economic Forum by Remy Steinegger

A far cry from the impressive New York, United Nations headquarters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon was only six years old when he and his family were forced to flee his home village during the Korean War. As a displaced young person, Ban Ki-Moon admired the United Nations, who visited the Korean peninsula to provide civilian protection.

Committed to gaining an education, Ban graduated from Harvard University with a Master’s degree in public administration before going on to become South Korea’s foreign minister.

The UN itself has evolved dramatically since Ban took up the position of Secretary-General in 2007, and although the experience hasn’t been entirely smooth for the 71 year-old, he remains constantly optimistic. Passionate about tackling the planet’s most pressing issues such as climate change, poverty and the ever growing refugee crisis – Ban Ki-Moon is committed to making a difference, no matter how impossible the issues may seem or how much red tape stands in his way.