Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2011
The Arab revolutionaries like Wael Ghonim, Rached Ghannouchi, nobel prize winner Tawakkol Karman, super intelligent Wadah Khanfar (Al Jazeera) occupy the top 9 slots in the list of Foreign Policy magazine‘s “Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2011”.
Bill Gates come at the 13th for his philanthropy. In part due to the Gates foundation’s work, malaria deaths are down 20 percent worldwide since 2000, and 1 million African children have been saved from the disease, with a new and promising Gates-funded vaccine moving through clinical trials
Azim Premji comes next at 14th. Last December, Premji made the largest charitable contribution in modern Indian history: $1.95 billion to his rural-education foundation, to help train teachers and improve exams and curricula for 2.5 million Indian children in more than 20,000 schools.
17th: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his foreign minister, academic-turned-diplomat Ahmet Davutoglu, has worked relentlessly to build Turkey into a regional powerhouse
Anna Hazare comes at 37th position for his anti-corruption activism.
Two of my favorite writers on economy are also in the list:
1. Paul Krugman (Nobel prize Winner and Economist at Princeton ) at #32, and
2. Mohamed El-Erian at #54 (CEO of the world’s largest bond fund, former IMF economist and manager of Harvard University’s endowment). He criticised the global policymaking elite as “mindsets that have difficulties recognizing regime shifts, preferring instead the illusionary comfort of the more familiar cyclical frameworks.”
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