Each year, Foreign Policy identifies its 100 Leading Global Thinkers — and while there are 100 slots, there are far more individuals who actually populate the list. (125, to be exact.) This is because we identify teams when efforts are collaborative and often group people who, independent of each other, work toward a common goal.
In 2015, the Global Thinkers are particularly diverse: Just as the globe’s intractable problems aren’t confined neatly to the realms of politics and policy, neither are the individuals imagining innovative solutions. These thinkers are artists and activists, medical experts and entrepreneurs, scientists and pop singers — and they hail from nearly every continent. And, for the first time ever, the list includes more women than men.
In the 2015 list just released, about 10 Africans made the list of the global thinkers scattered across the continent according the data provided on the website.
The list includes Mara Glennie and Lenore Zietsman, the founders of learning specialist in South Africa, Pierre Clava Mbonimpa, who is the founder of the association of protection of human rights and incarcerated persons in Burundi. These two separate groups of people fell under the advocates category of the list.
Another category an African was listed is the healers category, Mosoka Fallah, an epidemiologist from Liberia was the only one listed. The artists category had Invisible Borders from Nigeria listed and Fabrice Moteiro, a photographer from Senegal.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas, a journalist from Ghana and Mario Macilau, a photographer from Mozambique were listed in the Chroniclers category.
Although the list had some other who may have Africa origins but were not listed as Africans, such as Akon, a music artiste and Chigozie Obioma, a novelist.