Frederic Eckhard was Secretary-General Kofi Annan's spokesman from 1997 to 2005. He also served as a UN spokesman in Namibia (1989-90) and in Bosnia (1992, and briefly in 1995) and as spokesman for the peace talks on the former Yugoslavia, co-sponsored by the UN and the European Community (1992-93). He was editor of UNA-USA's InterDependent magazine from its founding in 1973 until he joined the UN in 1985. Eckhard and his wife, Kathryn, live in Brittany, France. His American-based charity to support education for girls in Burkina Faso is called Chance for Change: www.chanceforchangecharity.com.