Dr. Yunus as the 5th Global Thought Leader 2014

Global Thought Leader 2014NGO News Report :: Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, pioneer of Social Business, has been ranked  5th  among global influential thinkers in the Global Thought Leader 2014 survey carried out by the Zurich-based Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for Economic and Social Studies (GDI)  and MIT Sloan School researcher Peter Gloor.

They have done  the “Global Thought Leaders” ranking, through a systematic analysis of the English-speaking infosphere to determine the top 100 most influential thinkers in the world.

The list includes individuals who are influencing the way we think today, whose ideas are determining ours and whose ideas engage people most frequently. They are the most influential thinkers. With the help of software-based calculations to produce a simple “influence rank”, Gloor presents the 2014 Thought Leaders ranking. It measures the global importance of creative minds.

The top position in the list was Pope Francis,  after being included for the first time in the initial selection process, this year. He is followed in second position by  “Pope of the Internet” Tim Berners-Lee. In third and fourth places respectively are  the Indian economist Amartya Sen and Czech writer Milan Kundera.

Those occupying 6th through 10th positions on the list are held by novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, physicist Murray Gell-Mann, novelist Paulo Coelho, anthropologist Jane Goodall and author Naomi Klein.

The top 100 of 2014 global thought leaders ranking were derived from a list of 236 people from around the world who invite further discourse through their ideas.

This list can be filtered according to nationality, gender, field of knowledge and age. Clicking on a person’s head opens a window with details on that person and their field, as seen in the following link that reveals the 2014 ranking in the website of Zurich based newspaper Tagesanzeiger:


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