Young leaders are crucial to world politics. Young leaders bring new perspectives and fresh ideas. They are not afraid to step out and be uncomfortable. This boldness fosters positive change and creates much needed impact. Here is a list of the 10 youngest leaders in the world.
1. Sanna Marin, Finland (34, DOB 16 November 1985)
34-year-old Sanna Marin is the world’s youngest sitting prime minister. Marin was selected by Finland’s Social Democratic party to take over as leader following the resignation of Prime Minister Antti Rinne.
2. Oleksiy Honcharuk, Ukraine (35, DOB 7 July 1984)
Honcharuk is a trained laywer. He was appointed a deputy head of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office in May. Before that, he led a non-government organization that focused on reforms and was an adviser for the Ministry of Ecology.
3. Kim Jong Un , North Korea (35, 8 January 1983)
The Supreme Leader of North Korea has been groomed for power for most of his life, and took control of the Hermit Kingdom in 2011, at the age of 30.
4. Nayib Bukele, El Salavador (38, DOB 24 July 1981)
Bukele is a former businessman and former mayor of San Salvador. He won El Savador’s election in February 2019 and was sworn in as president in June. The win for his GANA party (the Grand Alliance for National Unity) ended the dominance of the FMLN and ARENA parties.
5. Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand (39, DOB 26 July 1980)
Ardern is the leader of the New Zealand Labour Party and became Prime Minister in October 2017. Ardern was elected MP for Mount Albert, a suburb of Auckland, at a by-election in February 2017. She was elected Labour leader in August, and entered a general election campaign shortly after.
6. Fritz-William Michel, Haiti (39, DOB 23 July 1980)
Michel has been Haiti’s acting prime minister since July 2019. Michelworked in the ministry of economy and finance — when he was named as prime minister by President Jovenel Moïse in July.
7. Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar (39, DOB 3 June 1980)
Sheikh Tamim was 33 when he took over as Emir of Qatar when his father stepped down.
8. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Bhutan (39, DOB 21 February 1980)
Khesar is the fourth “Dragon King” of Bhutan, a Himalayan nation which borders India and China. He took power at the age of 26 when his father, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, abdicated.
9. Carlos Alvarado Quesada, Costa Rica (39, DOB 14 January 1980)
Alvarado Quesada won the presidential election in April 2018. Before being elected president, he served as social development minister and labor minister.
10. Xavier Espot Zamora, Andorra (40, DOB 30 October 1979)
Zamora is a politician and lawyer. Before taking the top position, Zamora was the Minister of Social Affairs, Justice and Interior. He completed his law degrees in Barcelona.
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