Naisula Lesuuda — Kenya’s young legislator and a former journalist and founder of a peace movement has been listed by Apolitical, a global policy platform, as one of its inaugural list of 100 Future Leaders: The World’s Most Influential Young People in Government for 2018.
Naisula who used to work for the national broadcaster KBC before being nominated as one of the youngest senators in the last Parliament has been instrumental in vouching for the rights of the pastoralists in Kenya. She run for a seat as a member of Parliament for Samburu West and won beating several men along the way.
The list recognises young people from all over the world who are making an impact early in their government careers — those included are all 35 years old or under. Apolitical is optimistic about the future of government, and we want this list to highlight the work of remarkable young people who could lead us into that future.
Some are rising stars who are already winning attention for the work they do. Others may work behind the scenes, but wield unexpected amounts of influence for their age, or inspire their peers or older colleagues to greater things.
Public servants from all levels of government appear alongside local and national politicians. Whilst the politicians may be better known as formidable campaigners and communicators, we also recognise that machinery of government is often driven by lower profile but crucial civil servants that are working to improve the lives of citizens every day.
“Apolitical’s platform champions new ideas and fresh thinking in the public service,” said Apolitical CEO Robyn Scott. “By highlighting the work of the next generation of government, we aim to build support for the young leaders taking government into the 21st century.”
Other young people recognized include Armstrong Pame — who built a 100km road in India through crowdfunding, without any government resources, Michael Tubbs — the youngest mayor in US history, Sayida Ounissi — whose parents fled Tunisia when she was five, and who now sits in the country’s government, Amanda Smith — The first recipient of the Bloomberg WISE Open Technology award and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – The youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
The 100 Most Influential Young People in Government were curated from nominations from hundreds of public servants from over 20 national governments as well as experts at Harvard, Georgetown, One Young World, Plan International, the UN and the OECD.