Ban Ki-moon

Former Secretary-General of the United Nations

Ban Ki-moon is a South Korean diplomat who was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 2007 to December 2016. 

At the time of his election as Secretary-General, Mr. Ban was his country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His 37 years of service with the Ministry included postings in New Delhi, Washington D.C. and Vienna, and responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including Foreign Policy Adviser to the President, Chief National Security Adviser to the President, Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and Director-General of American Affairs.

In 1985, Ban Ki-moon had earned a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University after he had completed a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Seoul National University in 1970.

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