BrandArena: PMI Announces 2021 Future 50 List Celebrating 50 Young Rising Leaders Changing the World

Wednesday 30 June 2021

PMI Announces 2021 Future 50 List Celebrating 50 Young Rising Leaders Changing the World

Project Management Institute (PMI) has announced its second annual Future 50 list, which features 50 rising leaders using bold and innovative thinking to transform the world through notable projects. The 50 standout project leaders, highlighted in a new digital experience on and a special issue of PM Network magazine, represent a new generation of fearless, young innovators who drive transformation and create positive social impact across the globe. 

Honorees include groundbreaking achievements from people across many industries and countries, including young technology pioneer Gitanjali Rao of the United States, Pixie Dust Technologies’ Yoichi Ochiai, PhD of Japan and world-class footballer Marcus Rashford of Manchester United.

PMI research  shows that only 40 percent of organizations say they prioritize attracting and hiring the next generation of project professionals. But what the Future 50 list highlights is that this new generation is capable of driving value for businesses and society now and in the future.   

"In an exceptionally challenging year, this new generation of leaders have stepped to drive innovation around the globe," said Michael DePrisco, Chief Operating Officer of Project Management Institute. "With a deep sense of social responsibility, this next generation of leaders are deeply committed to protecting the natural environment, driving diversity and fostering environments of inclusion, and making the world a better place. The 50 individuals featured on this list are each changemakers whose wide range of projects exemplify the power and potential of transformation." 

To identify this year's Future 50 honorees, PMI reached out to hundreds of experts and stakeholders across the globe for nominations. A special committee vetted the rising leaders and narrowed the list of nominees. Finalists were then individually researched or interviewed to create a list representing a full spectrum of regions, industries, and achievements in The Project Economy – one in which people have the skills and capabilities they need to turn ideas into reality. While some honorees are Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification holders, others would not even describe themselves as project managers. What unites the Future 50 is a commitment to project work as the foundation for positive impact today and tomorrow. 

To see the complete list of honorees and what drives this next generation of talent, visit   

The 50 Future Leaders to Watch:

  1. A. Toby Espinosa, DoorDash, North America
  2. Abigail Sandala, PMP, Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority, Sub-Saharan Africa
  3. Ackeem Ngwenya, Reframd, Europe
  4. Angelina Howard, Amazon, North America
  5. Ashish Thakkar, Mara Phones, Sub-Saharan Africa
  6. Ayanda More, Apara Global, Sub-Saharan Africa
  7. Bridget Mason, PMP, Tiree, North America
  8. Cassie Richardson, PMP, Electronic Arts, North America
  9. Cat Huang, BIG — Bjarke Ingels Group, Europe
  10. Celeste Holz-Schietinger, Impossible Foods, North America
  11. Christelle Kwizera, Water Access Rwanda, Sub-Saharan Africa
  12. Chong Luen Lim, PMP, Boston Scientific, Asia Pacific
  13. Cristhian Ortiz Elizarbe, PMP, Learn and Share English, Latin America
  14. Devin Finzer,, North America
  15. Eddy Alvarado, Agro360, Latin America
  16. Fatima Ibrahim, Green New Deal UK, Europe
  17. Gitanjali Rao, Kindly,North America
  18. Hanan Al-Maziad, PMP, PgMP, PfMP, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Middle East/North Africa
  19. Haneen AK Tuama, PMI-RMP, PMP, Basrah Gas Co., Middle East/North Africa
  20. Hannah Hunt, Army Software Factory, U.S. Army, North America
  21. Huge Ma, Airbnb, North America
  22. Innocentia Mahlangu, PMP, Hatch, Sub-Saharan Africa
  23. Jaime Lama Collado, PMI-PBA, PMP, Dominican Republic Stock Exchange, Latin America
  24. Janani Raju, Robert Bosch Engineering & Business Solutions, South Asia
  25. Jenna Hackett, Hilton Hotels and Resorts, North America
  26. Jenna McNaney, TikTok, North America
  27. Jie Li, Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research & Design Institute, China
  28. Joseph Daniels, Project Etopia Group, Europe
  29. Kevin Love, Coa, North America
  30. Khaleel Baba, PMP, Emaar Properties PJSC, Middle East/North Africa
  31. Li Xiang, X+Living, China
  32. Marcus Rashford, Child Food Poverty Task Force, Europe
  33. Mariana Costa Checa, Laboratoria, Latin America
  34. Megumi Avigail Yoshitomi, Japan Association for Cellular Agriculture, Center for
  35. Rule-making Strategies, Tama University, Asia Pacific
  36. Mohamed Baly, Orange Business Services, Middle East/North Africa
  37. Nadaraj Devantharan, PMP, Malaysia E-Government Services, Asia Pacific
  38. Nashin Mahtani, Yayasan Peta Bencana, Asia Pacific
  39. Nathaniel Diong, Future Minds Network, Asia Pacific
  40. Nishita and Nikita Baliarsingh, Nexus Power, South Asia
  41. Omran Sharaf, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, Middle East/North Africa
  42. Rainier Mallol, Artificial Intelligence in Medical Epidemiology, Latin America
  43. Regine Chan, Generation Z, Asia Pacific
  44. Simon Njuguna, CAPM, Synergetic Energy Partners, Sub-Saharan Africa
  45. Syed Ahsan Mustaqeem, PMP, Pakistan Petroleum Ltd., Asia Pacific
  46. Tanya Elizabeth Ken, LakshyaShala Edutech, South Asia
  47. Tshegofatso Sehlodimela, PMP, Unisa Press, Sub-Saharan Africa
  48. William Meller, Dell Technologies, Latin America
  49. Yoichi Ochiai, PhD, Pixie Dust Technologies, Asia Pacific
  50. Zhengkai Jiang, PMP, CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co. Ltd., China

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