TWENTY-SIXTH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE

Global ICONS THE CLASS OF 2020

LMD pays tribute to 26 global icons – role models for citizens of the world – on its 26th anniversary

Year 2020 has undoubtedly been one of global upheaval almost right from the get-go with the likes of devastating bushfires in the southern hemisphere, acts of terror in many parts of the world and the beginnings of a worldwide pandemic unlike any other in recorded history.

Indeed, countries the world over have faced extremely challenging times in the year to date, which calls for renewed vigour in dealing with unimaginable economic, social, environmental and political trials and tribulations that have literally caught them off guard.

And so it has been all the more important to find sources of inspiration to maintain a sense of positivity in such troubled times.

This commemorative special edition of LMD pays tribute to Global Icons who have reached the summit in their respective fields – exemplary human beings whom we admire and look up to. And our prized list of 26 coincides with LMD’s 26th anniversary!

Our roll call of global personalities pays homage to leaders from diverse fields ranging from politics and activism, to entertainment and the sporting arena; and it cuts across race, gender, age, social and many other divisions that continue to plague the world we live in.

And we invited a cross-section of relevant personalities from various fields to pay tribute to LMD’s Global Icons – and tell us what lessons there are for the world and Sri Lanka from their inspiring actions.

We hope the emerging ‘new world order’ will cut across such barriers – at the very least, for the sake of future generations of the global citizenry.

– LMD

Justin Trudeau is no stranger to the political arena, being one of only two children to be born into a prime minister in office in Canada. A teacher by profession, his ascension to the role of Canadian PM in 2015 meant he’d carry on the Trudeau dynasty – but with a new age philosophy to…
Greta Thunberg is credited for inspiring an international movement to fight climate change. Launching her campaign in 2018 with a protest in front of the Swedish Parliament House when she was 15, the teenager urged students around the world to join her and inspired more than 20,000 in several countries to demonstrate and call for…
Kumar Sangakkara has been described as an elegant batsman, a reliable wicketkeeper and an astute thinker during his cricketing career – and together with his close friend Mahela Jayawardene, he was the cornerstone of Sri Lankan cricket’s leadership for some 15 years. An iconic brand ambassador for Sri Lanka for more than a decade, Sangakkara…
Michelle Obama is such a popular figure that many of her fellow citizens wish she’d run for office – even if she seems to promptly decline the offer on any given occasion. More recently, the Grammy Award winning former First Lady of the US has inspired people across the world through her memoir Becoming, which…
Barack Obama altered the course of history when he became President of the US – and he continues to act as a symbol of hope for millions of Americans who have faced untold discrimination at the hands of their more privileged oppressors. His presidential successor may be termed the ‘Tweeter-in-chief’ (mainly for his frequent social…
Elon Musk has looked to revolutionise transportation by introducing fully electric vehicles on a large scale. Focussing on the internet, space and clean energy, the entrepreneur and self-made billionaire – who counts an estimated new worth of almost US$ 43 billion – is widely regarded as an inspirational figure in tech; and he has declared…
Angela Merkel is considered the de facto leader of the EU… unsurprisingly so. The record four time German Chancellor, who is a scientist by profession, has often been called upon to play peacemaker in a region fraught with diverse interests. Amid an apparent shift to insularism in neighbouring Britain as well as across the Atlantic,…
Emmanuel Macron assumed the role of President of France as recently as May 2017 and his new age political philosophy is attributed to his election to the highest office in the land. The investment banker turned politician established a liberal and progressive movement – En marche – as part of his presidential bid, drawing the…
Jack Ma is a prolific entrepreneur and investor who has built the Alibaba Group into one of the most valuable companies in Asia, and amassed a reported net worth of nearly US$ 45 billion. With a history of overcoming obstacles, he has become a global ambassador for Chinese business. Often ranked among the world’s most…
Jennifer Lopez found crossover success in music, dancing and acting to become one of the most prominent entertainers of her generation. It follows that she has won numerous awards and accolades. As a result of her success, Lopez is regarded as one of the most influential Latin-American entertainers in the US, and has been ranked…
Imran Khan rose to prominence as an international cricketer and captain of the Pakistan team; but today, he leads a country of over 200 million people who hold him in high regard for his firm stance against corruption. Having formally entered politics in the mid-1990s, Imran is considered a symbol for the masses of a…
Lewis Hamilton envisions that “positive change will come” from the renewed push to stamp out racism across the world – he is himself a trailblazer on the racing circuit as a person of colour who has taken on the perceived double standards in the world of professional motor racing. Widely regarded as one of the…
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