Introducing the 2013 Top 99 under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders

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Is this “The Me, Me, Me Generation”? At the Diplomatic Courier, we hardly think so.


There are many more accurate labels that Millennials should aspire to. For example, the world has already seen the influence of the “Digital Natives” in creating new technologies and platforms, through which citizens from all over the world can communicate, protest, lobby, donate, and volunteer. From Haiti to Japan to Egypt, digital natives have reshaped society by bringing ideas to life with the touch of a button. In his latest book, analyst John Zogby characterizes the Millennial generation as “the First Globals”—the first generation to truly view themselves as part of a global citizenry above the old boundaries of traditional nationalism. For these “First Globals”, the world is their oyster, and a passport their ticket to success.


What, then, is in another label? With the “Top 99 under 33”, we saw an opportunity not to create just another label for an over-analyzed–and too often over-generalized–generation, but rather a community of some of the brightest and most innovative minds of the time, nominated and chosen by Millennials themselves. From poverty to summitry, defense to diplomacy, education to entrepreneurship, our third class of 99ers continues to prove to the world the power of breaking traditional models and thinking outside the box for new solutions to old problems. Bring a group of 99ers together in a room, and feel the world shift.


But we must not forget that behind each 99er is a cadre of Millennials, working together, reaching across borders, to create these new models and implement these new ideas. For our 2013 list, we received nearly 500 nominations, each and every one a gleaming ray of hope for greater peace, greater prosperity, and greater cooperation. The future is bright.


It is with many thanks to our partners since the inception of this list, the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, as well as our launch event sponsor, the Meridian International Center that we present to you the 2013 class of the Top 99 under 33 Foreign Policy.


Chrisella Sagers Herzog
Diplomatic Courier Managing Editor and
99 Under 33 Selection Committee Member


See the 2013 Top 99 Young Professionals in Foreign Policy here:

  • Catalysts—from a field not typically associated with foreign policy who has had an impact on international affairs.
  • Conveners—bring people together in creative ways to address a pressing international issue or enhance the foreign policy community.
  • Influencers—mobilize people in the foreign policy community with bold new ideas.
  • Innovators—design a new solution to a critical global challenge.
  • Practitioners—change foreign policy from the inside through extraordinary professionalism and skill.
  • Risk-takers—take a chance and see it pay off.
  • Shapers—change the public discourse on an aspect of foreign policy or raise awareness on a critical issue.

Previous lists: 2011 and 2012


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