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The Leaderboard: Nay Phone Latt

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Who is he? Nay Phone Latt is a Myanmar poet, blogger, and activist best known for his role in helping bring the 2007 monk-led Saffron Revolution and subsequent government crackdown to international attention. In 2008, he was arrested and sentenced…

The Leaderboard: Hwang Joon-kook

Who is he? Hwang Joon-kook is the new Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs for the Republic of Korea (ROK), serving as South Korea’s top delegate for the Six-Party Talks. Prior to this position, Ambassador Hwang served…

The Leaderboard: Jairam Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh

Who is he? Mr.Jairam Ramesh is India’s Minister of Rural Development. His ministry is responsible for accelerating socio-economic development across rural India. He represents Andhra Pradesh as a Congress Party member of parliament in India’s upper house, the Rajya Sabha.…

The Leaderboard: G.N. Singh

Who is he? Dr. Gyanendra Nath Singh is currently the Drug Controller General of India at the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), a post similar to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner. Why is he in the…

The Leaderboard: Awang Adek

Who is he? Awang Adek Hussin is Malaysia’s new ambassador-designate to the United States. Awang previously served as deputy finance minister from 2006 to 2008 and again from 2009 to 2013. Before that he spent nearly a decade at the…

The Leaderboard: John Sevilla

Who is he? John Sevilla is the new Bureau of Customs (BOC) commissioner in the Philippines. He took his post on December 4, 2013, replacing Ruffy Biazon, who resigned after being indicted in a multi-million dollar corruption scandal. Sevilla had…

The Leaderboard: Amit Shah

Who is he? Amit Shah is the general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s right-hand man. He is responsible for executing BJP’s election strategy and managing the party’s campaign in Uttar…