Kofi Annan was a Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2007.
Gerry Rankin claimed to be acquainted with Annan as part of his perceived career as a UN economist. When claiming to be lost in New York City with Charlotte Fielding, she suggested that he call Annan for directions. Ranking told her that he was unwilling to call such an important figure for directions, not mentioning that he did not actually know him. (CI: Phantom)