"Seattle has Bill," Thomas Friedman once wrote. "Bangalore has
Nandan." The co-founder of Infosys -- the Indian company that made
"outsourcing" a household word -- famously gave Friedman the central
conceit for The World Is Flat when he said that
global commerce's "playing field is being leveled" by communications
technology. Now tasked with providing digital IDs to 1.2 billion
Indians, Nandan Nilekani is trying to finish the job he started in the
private sector: bringing a country that never entirely left the 19th
century all the way into the 21st.
A decade and five books later, the world's most famous investigative journalist has told us more about what happened behind closed doors in Washington's global war on terror than anyone. So how does he think it will be remembered?
Swiss-born grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood's founder made his career trying
to prove that the West and Islam, secularism and belief, can coexist
peacefully. With his George W. Bush-era travel ban revoked, Tariq Ramadan has
now journeyed back to the United States, where his faith in faith has been put
to the test by a painful year for American Muslims.
The scion of a socialist political dynasty, son of one prime minister and grandson of another, George Papandreou has also inherited the unwelcome task of bringing Greece's sinking economy back from the depths of the Aegean. Here, he explains how Greeks are more stoic than you think, that Europe isn't the problem -- and why markets are not gods.
A theoretical physicist who spent 14 years as Bill Gates's ideas guru
at Microsoft, Nathan Myhrvold might seem an odd candidate to take up
the fight against malaria, long combated with technology no more
advanced than bed nets and quinine. Here, he explains why geek power
might be exactly what's needed to tackle the scourges of the developing
When Jacqueline Novogratz first traveled to Africa in 1986, she meant business -- the serious business of sharing her entrepreneurial know-how with the poor. Now, the founder of the Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital firm that works in developing countries, tells FP why she first went abroad and why it's time to end the culture of handouts.
One of the world's most popular novelists, Coelho has sold more than 100 million books in 150-plus countries. He spoke with FPabout growing up in Brazil, the importance of artists today, and how to sell novels in Africa.
Afghanistan's first postwar finance minister has
now set his sights on reforming the country from the ground up, calling out his
former boss, President Hamid Karzai, for corruption and failure. Here, the
poetry-loving Pashtun speaks with FP about his troubled homeland's past and