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.