Decisive Voices: The Top 10 Political Pioneers Shaping the 21st Century
As New Zealand's Prime Minister since 2017, Ardern became a global icon of compassionate leadership, particularly noted for her effective crisis management following the Christchurch mosque shootings and her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Serving as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017, Obama was notable for his significant healthcare reforms, advocacy for climate change action, and efforts to foster racial equality and international diplomacy.
Russia's long-time leader, serving as both President and Prime Minister at different times since 2000, Putin has played a pivotal role in shaping post-Soviet Russia's domestic and foreign policies, with a strong influence on global geopolitics.
Chancellor of Germany from 2005 to 2021, Merkel emerged as a leading figure in the European Union, steering her country and the EU through financial crises and advocating for a unified European response to global challenges.
As China's President since 2013, Xi has significantly centralized power, with his policies focusing on economic reform, technological advancement, and increasing China's influence on the world stage.
India's Prime Minister since 2014, Modi has been pivotal in implementing major economic reforms, digital initiatives, and playing a key role in enhancing India's position as a major global power.
Aung San Suu Kyi
Though her international reputation has been tarnished by her government's handling of the Rohingya crisis, Suu Kyi remains a significant figure in Myanmar's transition from military rule to tentative steps towards democracy.
Canada's Prime Minister since 2015, Trudeau is recognized for his progressive policies on climate change, immigration, and social issues, alongside advocating for diversity and inclusion.
Serving as the 45th President of the United States from 2017 to 2021, Trump's presidency was marked by significant domestic and international controversy, with impactful policies on trade, immigration, and foreign policy
Becoming France's President in 2017, Macron has pursued a centrist agenda, with a focus on economic reform, European integration, and global diplomacy, including climate change initiatives.