Annemarie Colbin is a widely-renowned and award winning nutritionist, health and food advocate, author, lecturer and entrepreneur who is most famous for establishing the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, the oldest natural food cooking school in the United States. She is also a very highly sought-after speaker and is one of the foremost personalities in the field of natural health.
Joaquim Benedito Barbosa Gomes, more popularly known as Joaquim Barbosa, is the first Afro-Brazilian Chief Justice of his country’s supreme court (Supremo Tribunal Federal or STF). But more than being the highest court’s first black president, Joaquim Barbosa is hailed as a national hero by his people because of his fearless stand regarding the biggest corruption case ever heard in the country—the Mensalao (or Big Monthly Allowance). Without inhibitions, he faced the Chief of Staff of former Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and convicted him and his cohorts for using the people’s money for their personal gain.
Hina Jilani is an activist lawyer and one of the two new members of The Elders. She is known for defending abused women and labor-bonded children in Pakistan. With her sister, Asma Jilani Jahangir, Hina cofounded her country’s first all-female legal aid practice, AGHS Legal Aid Cell in 1980. After a year, Hina became one of the founders of the Pakistan Human Rights Commission. To further help targets of “honor killings,” she set-up Dastak, a housing facility for women who are at risk of being killed by their own family members.
Called the “Iron Lady” of Asia, Park Geun-hye is the first woman president of the Republic of Korea. She is the daughter of former military strongman, Park Chung-hee, who held the highest political position in Korea for 18 years. Both of her parents were assassinated—her mother by a North Korean gun-man and her father by his very own staff. She was elected as GNP assemblywoman for Dalseong, Daegu in 1998 and its Emergency Committee’s chairwoman in 2011. In a year’s time, she became president of her country and made it to TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2013.
Miriam Defensor Santiago is politician, professor, and public servant who is most notable for being the very first Filipino to win a seat as a judge at the International Criminal Court. In her more than twenty years of political career, Miriam has proven herself to be an honest, efficient, and excellent public servant, which is why the Filipino people love her.
Known as “India’s Bill Gates”, Azim Premji is an Indian business tycoon most popular for having founded and chaired Wipro Limited, one of the largest information technology consulting and outsourcing companies in the world. Azim transformed the company from being a manufacturer of refined oils and vegetable ghee into becoming a very profitable computer manufacturing company. He currently stands as one of the richest people on the planet, having over 12 billion dollars in personal wealth, landing the forty-first spot at the Forbes list.
Molly Melching is a famous human rights activist and promoter most well-known for founding Tostan, a charitable organization dedicated to promoting human rights and empowering the women and children of African countries. Originally born in the United States, Molly went to Africa in her early twenties and fell in love with the country, deciding to stay there.
Alexei Navalny is a famous political and financial analyst from Russia. He is one of the critics of corruption in the country, using his LiveJournal blog to discuss on the major corruption issues and organize mass demonstrations in response to the corrupt activities that are being practiced in Russia. In fact, he is considered by many as the greatest critic of the incumbent Russian president Vladimir Putin, whose government has been described by Alexei as being ‘weakened by all the years of corruption and poverty’.
Barack Obama is the very first African American to have become the President of the United States, and among the very few black people who have served in the highest offices in the country – the U.S. Senate and the White House. Barack is a Democrat, and has been part of the party since his first entry to politics. Prior to entering politics, he was also an accomplished civil rights attorney and professor, and once served as the president of the Harvard Law Review.
Angela Merkel is Germany’s Chancellor and is the leader of the country’s Christian Democratic Union. She is the first woman to have become the Chancellor of Germany, as well as the first woman to have taken a high position in the government. She is also the first woman from Germany to have taken a seat at the European Council, as well as the second only woman to have become its President.