2021-11-01 19:13:53 - Berlin, Berlin, Germany - (PR Distribution™)

The Agile 50 List, a joint initiative by Apolitical and the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Agile Governance, is available here. The list highlights national and local politicians, civil servants and entrepreneurs employing new and dynamic policy techniques to navigate disruption


Apolitical, the learning platform for government, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Agile Governance have announced the Agile 50 List 2021: The World’s 50 Most Influential People Revolutionising Governance.


This year, the Agile 50 list recognizes the contributions of leaders in agile governance for navigating disruption. These are leaders who have pioneered innovative approaches to manage global challenges: the pandemic, climate change, social unrest and technological change.

The list lauds forward-looking leaders including:

  • Ana Brnabi?, Prime Minister, Serbia
  • Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Digital Transformation, Ukraine
  • H.E. Ohood Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development and the Future, United Arab Emirates
  • Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for Communications, Ghana
  • Ailish Campbell, Ambassador of Canada to the European Union ·

Examples of how the list’s leaders have advanced agile policy making:

  • Overseeing the release of regulatory review roadmaps aimed at helping create a more modern and agile regulation system (Jean-Yves Duclos, President, Treasury Board of Canada)
  • Leading an insightful series of COVID-19 themed foresight analyses, distributed to Singapore government members, to socialise the importance of foresight and agility (Jeanette Kwek, Head, Centre for Strategic Futures (CSF), Singapore
  • Establishing partnerships to employ sandbox and living labs projects in different regions in Brazil, under the Brazil Agency for Industrial Development Smart Cities initiative (Igor Nogueira Calvet, President, Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI)) 
  • Overseeing the rapid introduction of innovative solutions like drive-through testing, shopping mall vaccine centres, and transforming public transport buses into mobile testing and vaccination units (Hamad AlMahmeed, Undersecretary for Research and Projects in the Prime Minister's Office, Bahrain) 
  • Driving the UK Department for Education's Get Help with Technology programme—involving rapid, iterative, integrated and agile policymaking and delivery to get over one million laptops out to the young people who needed them (Rachel Hope, Deputy Director, Department for Education, UK)
  • Leading a reimagining government initiative (Global Practice on the Future of Government) to identify transformation pathways to seize the opportunities presented by COVID-19 and the climate crisis (Edward Olowo-Okere, Global Director, Governance Global Practice, World Bank Group)

About Apolitical: Apolitical is the global learning platform used by more than 140,000 public servants in 170+ countries. The tech company’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of government. Apolitical was named one of Fast Company’s most innovative companies in 2018. Public servants use Apolitical for upskilling, to connect with each other, and to find original and curated content about what’s working in policymaking around the world, including on topics such as digital government, gender mainstreaming and government innovation. Public servants can become members for free by signing up here.

About the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Agile Governance: The Global Future Council on Agile Governance brings together leading experts from business and government to drive regulatory reform that unleashes innovation and drives economic growth. The Council has developed a toolkit that shares practical techniques that regulators can employ to help respond in a more agile way to innovation and disruption, drawing on best practices from around the world. The toolkit is available here


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