Entrepreneur Sara Menker Is on the 2021 TIME100 List

ADDIS ABABA – Time magazine has listed seven Africans among its list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2021, including Ethiopian Entrepreneur Sara Menker.

Gro Intelligence founder and CEO Sara was named to the Time 100 Most Influential People list for her work on climate and food security.

Sara and the Gro team have built a platform that allows organizations across varied sectors to incorporate global climate and agriculture data into their strategic and financial planning and make more effective decisions.

“If you think about so many of the world’s challenges today, it’s about this tension between ecological preservation and economic growth,” Sara Menker said. “That tension doesn’t need to be there, and I’m hoping that one of the things that we do is find a way to reconcile that.”

The other African who made it to the list include

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Nigeria’s Director-general of the WTO

The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation was named alongside world leaders like United States President, Joe Biden, and Chinese President, Xi Jinping. Earlier this year, Okonjo-Iweala made history by becoming the first woman and first African selected to head up the WTO.

Angelique Kidjo singer-songwriter from Benin

Four-time Grammy Award winner Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today, a creative force with thirteen albums to her name. TIME has called her “Africa’s premier diva”.

Felwine Sarr: Senegalese scholar and writer

According to TIME, Sarr and Bénédicte Savoy have made a critical contribution to restitution. Their much discussed “Sarr-Savoy Report,” commissioned by French President Emmanuel Macron and published in 2018 stands as a testament to the fight against colonial legacies of violence, the magazine said.

Phyllis Omido: Kenyan environmental activist

The only East African on the list, Omido who is considered the ‘Erin Brockovich’ of the region won a court ruling in 2020 that awarded $12m to a community poisoned by lead pollution from a nearby factory located in the middle of Owino Uhuru, a slum near Mombasa.

Daniel Kaluuya: Ugandan-British actor Daniel Kaluuya

Kaluuya won his first Academy Award this year for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’, according to Forbes magazine.

Elon Musk: South African-born entrepreneur

Tesla CEO Musk is the founder, CEO and chief engineer at SpaceX and early stage investor, CEO and product architect of Tesla. SpaceX and its civilian crew made history with their successful launch recently, which will see the Inspiration4, an ongoing human spaceflight mission, spend the next three days orbiting Earth, according to Fox Business.

John Nkengasong: Cameroonian virologist

Nkengasong is the director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. He has previously worked at the World Health Organization and the United Staets Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He played a pivotal role during the Covid-19 pandemic and Africa’s response. Nkengasong was appointed the WHO special envoy for Africa.


Image caption: Sara Menker founded Gro Intelligence which helps farmers and governments make better decisions