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Top 50 global personalities with an outstanding commitment to diversity

Bill Gates, former Microsoft CEO and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been named alongside his holiness the Dalai Lama , Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, and the Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai in an inaugural “top 50 diversity figures in public life – global diversity list,” the list supported by the Economist magazine.

Others in the list of individuals with an outstanding commitment to diversity includes the likes of  Sheryl Sandberg , Christine Amanpour, Caitlyn Jenner, Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie, and Hilary Clinton.

Christine AmanpourChief International, Correspondent for CNNUSA
Chris AndersonCreator of TEDUK
Mariela BaevaWriter and Former MEPBulgaria
Andre Banks Co-Founder and Executive Director, All Out USA
Caitlyn JennerOlympic Gold Medalist USA
Angelina Jolie Actress, Filmmaker, Humanitarian USA
Prince Henry His Royal Highness Prince Henry of WalesUK
Maria Aparecida da Silva Bento Campaigner, CEERT Brazil
Elizabeth Broderick Sex Discrimination Commissioner Australia
Sonia Brown MBE Founder and Director National Black Women's Network UK
Trevor Chandler Human Rights Campaigner USA
Mai Chen Managing Partner, Chen Palmer Public and Employment Law Specialists New Zealand
Hillary ClintonFormer Secretary of State, Politician USA
Ambassador Ruth Davis 24th Director General, United States Foreign ServiceUSA
Bill Gates Co-founder Microsoft USA
Right Honourable Harriet Harman QC Lawyer and Labour Party Politician UK
Dalai Lama His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet India
Arden Hoffman VP and Global Head of HR, Dropbox USA
Dr Freeman HrabowkiPresident, University of Maryland Baltimore County USA
Jesse Jackson Civil Rights Activist Baptist Minister & Politician USA
Rabina KhanCouncillor, Tower Hamlets UK
Teresa Ko China Chairman and Founding Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP China
Javier Torres-Goitia Torres MD Healthcare Specialist Bolivia
Luis Larrain President, Fundacion Iguales Chile
Richard Lui Journalist and News Anchor, MSNBC and NBC News USA
DeRay Mckesson Leader, We The Protestors USA
Purnima MehtaDirector General, American Institute of Indian Studies India
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of UN Women South Africa
Michelle Obama Lawyer, Writer, First Lady USA
Barack Obama US PresidentUSA
Hon. Donald H Oliver, Q.CRetired Senator and Lawyer Canada
Ratna Omidvar Founding Executive Director, GDX Canada
Dr Bindeshwar Pathak Founder, Sulabh International India
Rev. Gary Patterson 41st Moderator, United Church of Canada Canada
Queen Noor of Jordan QueenJordan
Gwen Rhys CEO, Women in the City UK
Dr. E. Thomas RoweCreator, International Career Advancement Program USA
Sheryl Sandberg CEO, Facebook USA
Ivan ScalfarottoPolitican & Activist Italy
Debra Searle MVO, MBE Expert, Diversity and Inclusion UK
llen Johnson SirleafPresident, Republic of Liberia Liberia
Dr. Paula Thaqi Director, Florida Department of Health USA
Andreas WiesandExecutive Director, European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research Germany
Conchita Wurst Winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest Austria
Jean Wyllys Lecturer, Journalist & Politician Brazil
Malala Yousufzai Activist for Female Education, Nobel Prize Laureate Pakistan
Prof. Dr. Mohammed Yunus Banker to the Poor Bangladesh
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero Former Prime Minster Spain
Jacki Zehner CEO, Women Moving Millions USA

*Note: Nominated for by readers of the magazine, several thousand entries were received from around the world for this first-ever analysis. It was ratified by an independent panel of experts including Google’s former head of diversity Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe. The list has been welcomed by global corporate giants with many of them becoming founding partners. Companies including Standard Chartered, Barclays, KPMG, BNP Paribas, Societe Generale, WorldPay, UBS and AT Kearney have joined this elite group.

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