Agile 50
The World’s 50 Most Influential People Revolutionising Government

We’re excited to share the Agile 50: the World’s 50 Most Influential People Revolutionising Governance. This list seeks to laud those politicians, civil servants and entrepreneurs driving agility in governments all around the world. It recognises both high-profile icons and shines light on the unsung heroes whose work is indispensable in transforming government to respond to rapid technological change.

Long before the pandemic, governments were grappling with how to seize the opportunities of innovation – such as autonomous vehicles, the internet of things, artificial intelligence and biotechnology – while mitigating the risks. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified this challenge, increasing the need for governments to enable new ways of doing things in the face of widespread social and economic disruption.

Public sector leaders are pioneering novel approaches to governance – such as regulatory sandboxes – to respond to this wave of innovation in an agile way. Taking inspiration from agile software development, our Agile 50 leaders are proactive in outlook and ruthlessly focused on outcomes, using collaboration and experimentation as tools to support continuous learning and adaptation – with exciting results.

These awards seek to recognise their contribution. Following a call for nominations at Davos in January 2020, we gathered over 300 recommendations from global business leaders, tech startups, civil society organisations and public servants. The final selection was made in collaboration with the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Agile Governance. If you’d like to know more about how we made our choices please click here.

If you work in policymaking, please join our free global network for public servants. You can read about what’s working – and not working – around the world. You can also connect with colleagues and experts in your field from more than 170 countries by signing up here. If you think someone’s missing from our Agile 50, please nominate them now for next year’s list by emailing








Picture credits

LinkedIn: Aidan Eyakuze, Subhash Khuntia, Janneke Timmerman, Andrew Mutabaruka, Emma Tunley, Sara Gry Striegler, Jon Simonsson, Ziad Al Yousef, Vincent Loy, Amna Faridoon, Hiroki Habuka, Anna Wallace, Iain Forbes, Jason Hyde, David Moinina Sengeh, Luis Felipe Monteiro, Marten Kaevats, Polly Hall, Wendy Flores, Peter Marks

Twitter: Julie Inman Grant, Mariya Gabriel, Mikk Vainik, Rodney Ghali, Olli-Pekka Rantala, Iva Aminuddin, Jeannine Ritchot, Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen, Darrell Steinberg, Matthew Klein, Dorothee Bär, Paola Pisano, Tan Kiat How, Victor Manuel Muñoz Rodriguez, Andrej Safundzic, Ridwan Kamil, Nadia Webster, Surina Shukri

Organisation Website: Soo-min Lee, Tim Johnson, Amitabh Kant, Harry Armstrong, Joe Teria, Hirohiko Nakahara, Keisuke Murakami, Abdulla bin Touq, Mai Tien Dung, Hidenobu Kubota

Own Picture: Paula Leitão,

Medium: Tim de Sousa