(b. 13 June 1944).
UN Secretary‐General, 2007– Born in Changju, Ban studied at Seoul University and at Harvard, before joining the Korean foreign diplomatic service. In this position he worked with the UN Mission at the Foreign Office, and later became First Secretary at Korea's permanent mission to the UN in New York. Ban also served as ambassador to Austria. In 1996 he became foreign policy adviser to the Korean president, and in 2004 he was appointed Foreign Minister. A skilled negotiator seasoned in difficult diplomatic missions through his work with North Korea, Ban was seen to be less political than his predecessor, Annan, and more an administrator who would focus on the UN's internal reform.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).