TIME magazine picked these Indians for their ’emerging leaders’ list4 min readReading Time: 3 minutes
It’s a big moment for these six people of Indian origin. Six personalities, including Twitter’s top lawyer Vijaya Gadde and UK’s finance minister Rishi Sunak, have been featured in TIME magazine’s annual list of 100 ‘emerging leaders who are shaping the future.
The 2021 TIME100 Next was released earlier this week. “Everyone on this list is poised to make history. And in fact, many already have,” Dan Macsai, the editorial director of the TIME100, said.
Let’s learn who these personalities are and how they are making a mark in their respective fields.
Rishi Sunak: He is a British politician of Indian-origin, who has been the Chancellor of the Exchequer since February 2020. TIME described him in the feature saying, that a little over a year ago, the 40-year-old was an “unknown junior minister in the British government” but after he was named to lead Britain’s Treasury last year, he “quickly became the benevolent face of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, approving large handouts for many citizens whose jobs were disrupted by the virus.”
Sunak has a famous family too – he is the son-in-law of Narayan Murthy, the founder of Infosys!
Vijaya Gadde: The 46-year-old was born in Hyderabad and moved to the US at the age of three. She is currently a top lawyer at Twitter, and was recently in the spotlight for spearheading the decision to ban former US President Donald Trump from the platoform. He was banned from the social media platform after being accused of inciting the riots that broke out at the US Capitol in early January. You can read about it on Owliver’s story. TIME described her as “one of Twitter’s most powerful executives”
Apoorva Mehta – He is an entrepreneur and founder of American company Instamart. Instamart is a grocery delivery and pick-up service in the US and in Canada. Apoorva was born in India, but moved to Canada with his family in 2000. He previously worked at Blackberry, Amazon and Qualcomm. As of October 2020, his company was valued at $17.7 billion!
Shikha Gupta – Doctor and Executive Director of non-profit Get Us PPE, Gupta has helped distribute more than 6.5 million pieces of personal protection equipment, or PPE, to frontline workers along with her co-workers. TIME wrote that Gupta and her team stepped up to meet the growing demand for PPE for healthcare professionals at a time when there was a “leadership vacuum” at the White House.
Chandrashekhar Azad – Bhim Army chief Azad made it to the list too. Bhim Army runs schools to help Dalits escape poverty through education and also protects victims of caste-based violence and discrimination. TIME’s profile of the 34-year-old activist reads that also “spearheaded a campaign for justice” in the case of the fatal attack on a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras, which was a major issue in India!
Rohan Pavuluru – He is the 25-year-old founder of the free online tool that helps people fill out bankruptcy forms on their own. His company, Upsolve, which he founded in 2018, has till date helped American users relieve more than $300 million in debt. TIME wrote that “as the Covid-19 pandemic brought varied economic hardships to Americans, filing for personal bankruptcy was seen as an effective way to eliminate debt but entailed high legal costs and complex paperwork.”
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Sources: TIME, NDTV, Business Standard
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