Modern Policy Influencers

Below is a list of some of the top foreign political influencers who have affected foreign politics in recent history or is actively working.

Sergey Lavrov:

A Russian diplomat and politician. In-office since 2004, he is the Foreign Minister of Russia. Previously, he was the Russian representative to the UN, serving in the role from 1994 to 2004.

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović:

A Croatian politician and diplomat who served as President of Croatia from 2015 to 2020. She was the first woman to be elected to the office since the first multi-party elections in 1990 and independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

Abiy Ahmed:

Abiy Ahmed Ali is an Ethiopian politician serving as 4th Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia since 2 April 2018.

Olga Sánchez Cordero:

Olga María del Carmen Sánchez Cordero Dávila is a Mexican politician and former jurist. She is the Secretary of the Interior of Mexico, and the first woman to ever hold this position.

Ursula von der Leyen:

Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen is a German politician and physician who has been President of the European Commission since December 2019.

Leo Varadkar:

Leo Eric Varadkar is an Irish Fine Gael politician and physician who has served as Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment since June 2020 and Leader of Fine Gael since June 2017.

Sebastian Kurz:

Austrian politician who has served as Chancellor of Austria since January 2020. He has built several coalitions in his own country to obtain power and has rekindled foreign relations with many countries including Israel, Britain, and the USA.

Sheikh Hasina:

Bangladeshi politician serving as the 11th Prime Minister of the government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, having held the office since January 2009.

Wang Yi:

Wang Yi is a Chinese diplomat and politician who has been the foreign minister since March 2013. He formerly served as China’s Vice Foreign Minister, Ambassador to Japan and Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office.

Wendy Sherman:

Sherman served Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2011 to 2015 and was the lead negotiator during the Iranian Nuclear Deal.

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