|A great part of attending Microsoft Dynamics Convergence events is the incredible speakers. In 2011 in Atlanta we had Malcolm Gladwell and in 2012 in Houston it was General Colin Powell. Both very different, but riveting speakers. And certainly people that little ‘ol me would never expect to come in contact with normally. But wait until you hear who has been announced as the closing speaker for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 in New Orleans.
None other than Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations. Microsoft has changed the agenda for Convergence 2013 this year and the closing keynote will be Thursday March 21st at 9:00am. Read Big Changes to Convergence 2013 Agenda - Better or Worse? But I hope that a speaker like this will inspire people to extend their travel plans and stay for the full event.
A brief bio from the official
Kofi A. Annan, Former Secretary-General, United Nations
Kofi A. Annan was the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving two terms (from January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2006) and was the first to emerge from the ranks of United Nations staff. In 2001 Kofi Annan and the United Nations were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace with the citation praising his leadership for “bringing new life to the organization”.
Since leaving the United Nations, Kofi Annan has continued to press for better policies to meet the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly in Africa. He has also continued to use his experience to mediate and resolve conflict. In Kenya in early 2008, Mr. Annan led the African Union’s Panel of Eminent African Personalities to help find a peaceful resolution to the post-election violence.
One of Kofi Annan’s main priorities as Secretary-General was a comprehensive program of reform aimed at revitalizing the United Nations and making the international system more effective. He was a constant advocate for human rights, the rule of law, the Millennium Development Goals and Africa and sought to bring the organization closer to the global public by forging ties with civil society, the private sector and other partners.
See Kofi Annan in the Closing Keynote on Thursday, March 21 beginning at 9:00am.
Will you stay until Thursday morning to hear Mr. Annan? If that is not enough incentive, I just heard that Matchbox 20 will be appearing at the Thursday night closing session.
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