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TIME Magazine Reveals 10 Next Generation Leaders of 2022

TIME Magazine announced their 2022 list of 10 Next Generation Leaders on 12th May 2022. The focus was on rising stars from all over the world across different professions who are best suited and all set to take on the world.

The magazine had one-on-one interaction with the South Korean girl group “aespa” last month when the group became the first Korean girl group to perform at the Coachella music festival.

TIME Magazine wrote, “The story of aespa, designed and launched by their Korean talent-management agency, SM Entertainment, is an ambitious new piece of the SM Culture Universe. Like Marvel or DC Comics, the company is creating an interconnected world in which all of its artists will exist—with complex backstories, narrative arcs, villain threats, and more”.

Check out the TIME’s 2022 list of Next Generation Leaders

We will cover in detail about these leaders in our article today. Keep scrolling!

1. Olga Rudenko – Ukraine

Olga Rudenko is a Ukrainian journalist who set up an independent news outlet – the Kyiv Independent in 2021 along with her ex-colleagues. She was selected as editor in chief unanimously by all colleagues.

As of today, she is in charge of 24 journalists and editors. Her articles and work are published in leading Western news media outlets like the Washington Times, the Global Post, and USA Today.

Rudenko started her career in journalism as an intern at a local newspaper. She relocated to Kyiv in the year 2011 and started working for the Kyiv Post newspaper as a lifestyle journalist. She covered the Russian conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine in 2014. She was elevated to the post of ‘national editor’ in 2016 and a year later she became deputy editor in chief.

2. Maximilian Davis – United Kingdom

Fashion is not a mere career choice for Maximilian Davis, Creative Director of Salvatore Ferragamo but also it’s part of his family legacy. Salvatore Ferragamo is an Italian shoe designer high-end retailing company.

Davis grew up in Manchester, England. His sibling and mother modeled, and his dad studied fashion design. His grandmother taught him to sew on her industrial machine at the age of six.

In his first interview with TIME after taking over the helm of affairs at Ferragamo, he said, “I was always surrounded by people that were constantly creating, I feel honored that people want to see what I could do for such a respected brand with a great heritage. I want to bring a new energy that’s really fresh”.

3. Aespa – South Korea

Aespa, a South Korean girl group comprising four members viz. Giselle, Karina, Ningning, and Winter made their debut in November 2020 under the SM Entertainment label.

Their debut single, “Black Mamba”, was an instant hit and the band gained prominence not only in South Korea but also all across the globe. Their song “Black Mamba” was the fastest ever to get 100 million views on YouTube for a K-pop debut.

TIME said, commenting on the EP named Savage, “So far, aespa has released only a few singles and one six-song EP—but that EP broke records, debuting on the Billboard 200 album chart higher than any previous K-pop girl group. aespa also exists as four virtual avatars, each carefully crafted to match their human counterpart, in a fantastical metaverse.”

The group is all set to join other K-pop bands under the SM Entertainment label for their debut offline agency-wide concert this summer.

4. Jonathan Bailey – United Kingdom

Jonathan Bailey who is an English actor gained recognition for his comedic and dramatic roles on stage and screen. However, his character of Anthony Bridgerton in the 2020 Shonda Rhimes-produced Netflix series Bridgerton gained him much critical acclaim as well as international recognition.

He also featured in the second season of Bridgerton which achieved huge success by becoming the most-watched English-language TV series ever on Netflix. In its first 4 weeks of release, the series attained views of 656.16 million hours.

He now headlined the 2022 West End revival of Mike Bartlett’s play Cock which is directed by Marianne Elliott.

5. Deepica Mutyala – United States

YouTuber, Deepica Mutyala’s beauty brand entered into a partnership with Mattel to introduce the first-ever South Asian CEO Barbie doll made in Mutyala’s image. The doll is seen wearing a  “power red” pantsuit along with Indian-style bangles and jhumkas.

Mutyala, who grew up in Sugar Land, Texas, became a YouTube sensation in 2015 when her video showing how to use red lipstick to color-correct hyperpigmentation on darker skin tones went viral. It was viewed by more than 11 million viewers.

The 32-year-old entrepreneur says, “Whatever we can do to make people feel more seen. I really feel like this community is rooting for me. So I just keep going.”

6. CKay – Nigeria

Chukwuka Ekweani popularly known by his stage name CKay is a Nigerian singer-songwriter who made it to TIME’s list of 2022 Next-generation leaders.

His single “Love Nwantiti” released in the year 2019 was an international hit. He was earlier signed to Chocolate City and later moved to Warner Music South Africa.

7. Barista Jaz Brisack – United States

Mikaela Jazlyn Brisack is an American labor organizer famous for leading unionizing efforts at the multinational chain of the coffeehouse, Starbucks, at a New York store.

She used to work at Panera Bread when she was a teenager to know the difficult situation faced by low-paid frontline employees with tough working conditions.

She studied at the University of Mississippi majoring in Public Policy, Journalism, and English. She became the first woman at the university to receive Rhodes Scholarship. Brisack completed her typically two-year scholarship in just one year at the University of Oxford.

8. Bilal Baig – Canada

Bilal Baig is a Canadian writer and actor famous for the play Acha Bacha and the TV series “Sort Of”. Acha Bacha was a joint production by Theatre Passe Muraille and Buddies in Bad Times in 2018.

Baig is also the co-creator, co-writer, and star of the CBC Television comedy series – “Sort Of”. Baig is the first queer trans-feminine Muslim actor to feature in a lead role in Canadian primetime TV series.

9. Rinzin Phunjok Lama – Nepal

Rinzin Phunjok Lama is an acclaimed wildlife biologist and conservationist from Nepal. He received the prestigious Rolex Awards for Enterprise for his contribution toward community-based biodiversity conservation.

He is a native of the Nyinba Community and has been an advocate for local community engagement for biodiversity conservation and sustainability.

10. Bolor-Erdene Battsengel – Mongolia

Bolor-Erdene Battsengel is the chairwoman of the Government of Mongolia’s Communication and Information Technology Authority. She created history by becoming the youngest and first lady to hold this position.

She drafted a five-year plan to transform the country into a “digital nation”. During the initial months, Battsengel introduced the “E-Mongolia” platform that assisted in the digitization of approximately 181 popular government services.

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Archana Kabra
Archana Kabra is a Freelance Writer and has been extensively writing stuff related to Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Technology. She is also an ardent music lover. Twitter handle: @archana153sarda


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