July 31, 2021

No Tunisia is among the 100 most credible people on earth: should we resign ourselves to it?

Suddenly becoming incapable of bringing out big names enjoying great world fame, Tunisia thus sees its historical influence shrink. The publication this week by the reputation management consulting agency, Reputation Poll International, of the 2019 ranking of the 100 most credible people on the planet, leaves us speechless.

This list, which includes eminent personalities from all sectors and distinguishes leaders who have maintained a high level of credibility in the performance of their duties and who have retained a laudable and exemplary reputation for public emulation.

Tunisia no longer promotes the rise of its illustrious sons and daughters in high international positions, neither in the United Nations system and financial institutions, nor in large companies and prestigious universities, still less in the high places of culture and the arts. However, our country is hardly sterile in skills and talents. For three thousand centuries, and through various civilizations, has he not given humanity political and military leaders, thinkers, poets, painters, musicians, writers, jurists, historians and other scholars.

Broken down, the Tunisian elevator deprives so many elites of the valuation and visibility they deserve. The lack of support for books and the media that highlight all these sagas, the lack of support from public authorities to boost international careers, end up eroding ambitions.

In this country where success is envied and success is suspected, talents are stifled. Without tycoons and icons, without elites and stars, without locomotives which pull the Tunisian model and make it parade all over the world, we will be reduced on the planet, to a very small village, almost depopulated.

The 2019 list of the 100 Most Credible People in the World includes renowned personalities from various industries such as entertainment, politics, religion, education, philanthropy, business, and more. Having brought together crosses in more than 44 countries around the world, the reach of the Reputation Survey is expanding every day.

Among the figures on the list is the famous Queen Elizabeth II, 92, who is the oldest person to be added to the list. The youngest person to be added to the list is 21-year-old Malala malala.

With an average age of 54, the United States has the highest proportion of famous people, 25, with representation of 38 women, 1 couple, and 61 men.

What matters is not only to be among the top 100 first, but also to occupy a rank well advanced. The ranking indeed establishes a significant score to read carefully. Even if it is only a simple survey, limited to a conquest of countries, with random and hardly representative results, this barometer has the merit of drawing trends.

Behind each personality retained there is already a lesson of success, lessons. The ranking, however, marks an order of success. Isn’t it curious to see the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, confronted with a formidable cabal of destabilization on the eve of the elections this summer for the renewal of his mandate, come in very second position? Or, conversely, to see the most powerful and authoritarian heads of state and government, such as the Indian Narendra Modi (71st rank) or Chinese, Xi Jinping, (99th rank) listed at the bottom of the table? To meditate.

The complete list, ranked in order of credibility

1.Abigail Johnson – CEO, Fidelity Investments

2.Akinwumi Adesina – President, AafDB

3.Akio Toyoda – President, Toyota Motor Corporation

4. Amal Clooney – Barrister

5.Amina J Mohammed – Deputy Secretary-General, UN

6.Ana Patricia Botin – Executive Chairman, Santander Group

7.António Guterres – Secretary-General, UN

8.Atifete Jahjaga – Former President, Kosovo

9.Bishop Dag Heward-Mills – General Overseer, Lighthouse Chapel

10.Bishop David Oyedepo – General Overseer, Winners Chapel 

11.Catharine Drew Gilpin Faus – President, Harvard University

12.Christiane Amanpour – TV Host, CNN

13.Dalai Lama

14.Denise Morrison – Former CEO, Campbell Soup

15.Denzel Washington – Actor

16.Ding Xuedong – CEO, China Investment Corporation

17.Dirk Van de Put – Chairperson, Mondelez International

18.Dr Denis Mukwege – Medical Doctor

19.Dr Judy Dlamini – Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand

20.Dr Paul Enenche – Senior Pastor, Dunamis

21.Dr. Harbeen Arora  – Founder, Women Economic Forum

22.Ed Sheeran – Singer

23.Emma Watson – Actress

24.Eric Thomas – Motivational Speaker

25.Evang. Reinhard Bonnke – General Overseer, Christ for all Nations

26.Gary Vaynerchuk – Motivational Speaker

27.Ginni Rometty – Chairperson, IBM

28.Graça Machel DBE – Co-Founder, Africa Progress Panel

29.Haruhiko Kuroda – Governor, Bank of Japan

30.Helen Clark – Politician, New Zealand

31.Helen Sharman OBE – Astronaut

32.Ian Khama – Former President

33.Ismail Ahmed – CEO, WorldRemit

34.Jacinda Ardern – President, New Zealand

35.Jack Ma – Founder, Alibaba Group

36.Janet Yellen – Economist

37.Jean-Claude Juncker – President, European Commission

38.Jeff Weiner – CEO, LinkedIn

39.Jim Yong Kim – President, World Bank

40.John Legend – Singer

41.John Maxwell – Motivational Speaker

42.Joko Widodo – President, Indonesia

43.Joseph Stiglitz – Economist, Columbia University

44.Juan Manuel Santos – Former President, Colombia

45.Justin Trudeau – President, Canada

46.Justina Mutale – Founder, Justina Mutale Foundation

47.Kailash Satyarthi – Children’s Rights Activist

48.Kenneth Copeland – Televangelist

49.Khaldoon Al Mubarak – MD, Mubadala Development Company

50.Kim Schofield – Member, United States House of Representatives

51.Klaus Schwab – Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

52.Kumail Nanjiani- Comedian 53.Lei Jun – Founder, Xiaomi Inc

54.Les Brown – Motivational Speaker

55.Liu Qing – President, Didi Chuxing

56.Lubna Suliman Olayan – Businesswoman

57.Ma Huateng – CEO, Tencent

58.Major Mariam Al Mansouri – Pilot

59.Malala Yousafzai – Activist, The Malala Fund

60.Mario Draghi – President

61.Mary Robinson – Politician, Ireland

62.Melinda Gates – Philanthropist, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

63.Michael Bloomberg – Founder, Bloomberg LP

64.Michelle Obama – Former First Lady, United States of America

65.Mo Ibrahim – Founder, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

66.Muhammad Yunus – Founder, Grameen Bank

67.Mukesh Ambani – Chairperson, Reliance Industries Limited

68.Nadia Murad – Human Right Activist

69. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo – President, Ghana

70.Nancy Pelosi – Minority Leader, United States House of Representatives

71.Narendra Modi – Prime Minister, India

72.Nick Vujicic – Motivational Speaker

73.Nicole Kidman – Actress

74.Noura Al Kaabi – Minister, Culture and Knowledge Development

75.Nuseir Yassin – Vlogger

76.Oprah Winfrey – CEO, Oprah Winfrey Network

77.Paul Kagame – President, Rwanda

78.Paul Romer – Senior Vice President, World Bank

79.Philip Ng Chee Tat – CEO, Far East Organization

80.Pope Francis – Pope, Roman Catholic Church

81.Prince Harry & Meghan

82.Priyanka Joshi – Bio Chemist

83.Queen Elizabeth II

84.Ralph Hamers – CEO, ING Group

85.Rev. Jesse Jackson – Activist

86.Robin Sharma – Motivational Speaker

87. Well-Work Zewde – President, Ethiopia

88.Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum – Prime Minister, UAE

89.Sinach Joseph – Songstress

90.Sinead Burke – Writer

91.Strive Masiyiwa – Executive Chairman, Econet Wireless

92.Sundar Pichai – CEO, Google

93.Tatsumi Kimishima – Businessman

94.Tim Cook – CEO, Apple

95.Tony Robbin – Motivational Speaker

96.Wang Jianlin – CEO, Dalian Wanda Group

97.Warren Buffett – Executive Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway

98.Winnie Byanyima – Executive Director, Oxfam International

99.Xi Jinping – President, China

100.Zuzana Čaputová – President, Slovakia.