Ranking 20 on last year’s global thinker list, Nobel Peace Laureate, Mohamed Elbaradei is among the number one position devoted to 14 brave individuals who are helping to bring democracy to the Middle East in this year’s 100 global thinkers.
The fulfillment of Elbaradei’s prediction on Hosni Mubarak’s administration, “I see a decaying temple almost collapsing. It will fall sooner than later” also earned him a number one spot on the list.
Other Africans joining the former head of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the top 14 position include Al Aswany, Khairat El shater, Rached Ghannouchi and Wael Ghonim, the Google Executive who helped launched Egypt revolution.
Nigeria’s Minister of finance and the coordinating minister for the economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala was also honored on the list for her role as a champion of continental economic renaissance who has contributed significantly to putting Africa on the centre stage of global economic focus.
It also recognized her innovative push on the ‘Diaspora Bonds’ which allows immigrants in the West to invest in their home countries.
Ghana’s I.T guru, Herman Chinery Hesse ranked 62 on the list for bringing Africa to a mobile age alongside South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Other international icon that grace the list include Melina and Bill Gates, Hillary and Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama, President Nicholas Sarkozy, Prime Minister David Cameron and Brazilian President Dilma Roussef among others.
The 100 global thinkers was published by Foreign Policy Magazine, a distinguished Washington based journal.