Professor Yunus ranked in most admired global leaders survey

02 November 2015

Chancellor Muhammad Yunus

Chancellor Muhammad Yunus

GCU Chancellor Professor Muhammad Yunus has ranked ninth most admired global leader of 2015, according to an international survey of people in their 20s and early 30s.

With responses from 125 countries and 285 cities, the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Annual Survey 2015 is one of the most geographically diverse surveys of millennials, people born between 1982 and the early 2000s.

The more than 1000 respondents are all members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, a network of over 450 city-based hubs of young, civically engaged leaders aged between 20 and 30. 

These are the top 11 leaders, present and past, that inspire them the most: South Africa’s anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela ranked first, Pope Francis ranked second, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX Elon Musk ranked third, Mahatma Gandhi fourth, Bill Gates fifth, Barack Obama sixth, English businessman Richard Branson seventh, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs eighth, world leading social entrepreneur and anti poverty pioneer Professor Muhammad Yunus ninth, while Indian prime minister Narendra Modi ranked tenth and American business magnate Warren Buffett ranked eleventh.