With COVID-19 impacting communities across the globe, leaders in numerous countries and industries have had their wisdom and character tested. Here is a list of three leaders whose actions are very likely going to reshape the direction of the world in the year 2021 and beyond..
Dr. Michael Crow
Since becoming the President of Arizona State University in 2002, Dr. Michael Crow has helped elevate the university’s presence in higher education. Dr. Crow’s approach focused on improving access to higher education for a wide range of backgrounds, which has resulted in a 62% increase in enrollment among minority students.
Additionally, Dr. Crow has elevated ASU as one of the premier research universities in the United States, ranking among elite universities like Harvard. Under his guidance, Arizona State University has also been named #1 most innovative university in the nation for six years in a row. It will be interesting to see how Dr. Crow continues to innovate and improve higher education in the coming years.
In recent years, more attention has shifted towards how big tech companies use customers’ personal information, especially as more issues have continued to arise. Columbia Associate Professor Lina Khan is one of the advocates leading the way in the fight to protect personal information. After releasing her widely-shared article, “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox,” interest skyrocketed in her work, leading to more support. Khan is currently working alongside fellow scholars, lawyers, and activists to help tackle the ongoing problem of personal information being exploited. This is an important, and very timely issue that will only become more prominent in the future.
With the sudden resurgence of COVID-19 cases in many regions across the globe, the Japanese prime minister has witnessed a hefty drop in popularity within the country. As the 99th Japanese prime minister, he has a heavy responsibility on his shoulders as the pandemic negatively impacted the world’s third-largest economy.
While there is a glimmer of hope, with cases plummeting almost 28%, he is faced with multiple challenges in 2021 – the least of which being the host to the Olympics.