The world’s youngest leaders hail from across the globe — from democracies, monarchies, and dictatorships in Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
While six of them are men, the youngest, Vanessa D’Ambrosio, the 28-year-old captain regent of San Marino is the only woman among the list.
Africa takes a back stage as no current leader in the continent is below age of 40.
Here are list of seven current young leaders:
Born: December 21, 1977 Amiens, France
Office: President of France
Declaration date: 14 May 2017
Macron is the President of France and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra, having assumed these offices on 14 May 2017. A former civil servant and investment banker, he studied philosophy at Paris Nanterre University, completed a Master’s of Public Affairs at Sciences Po, and graduated from the École nationale d’administration (ENA) in 2004. He worked as an Inspector of Finances in the Inspectorate General of Finances (IGF), then became an investment banker at Rothschild & Cie Banque
2. Saleh Ali al-Sammad
Born: January 1, 1979, Sahar District
Office: President of the Supreme Political Council of Yemen
Declaration Date: August 14, 2016.
After the Houthi (a political movement) takeover of the government, Saleh Ali al-Sammad became the senior Houthi leader in Sana’a. Meanwhile, he previously served as a political adviser to President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, appointed in September 2014.
3. Emil Dimitriev
Born: March 19, 1979, Probištip
Country: Macedonia (FYROM)
Office: Acting Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia
Declaration Date: January 15, 2016
Dimitriev was nominated in an interim capacity as prime minister of Macedonia and he assumed office on January 18 following the arranged pre-electoral resignation of Nikola Gruevski, as part of the Przino Agreement.
4. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Born: February 21, 1980, Thimphu, Bhutan
Country: Kingdom of Bhutan
Office: Druk Gyapol (King of Bhutan)
Date Of Coronation: December 9, 2006
Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is the fifth and current reigning Druk Gyalpo or “Dragon King” of the Kingdom of Bhutan, after his father Jigme Singye Wangchuck abdicated the throne in his favour. He became King at the age of 25 – adding him to the list of one of the world’s youngest presidents (leaders) of a small nation
5. Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
Born: June 3, 1980, Doha, Qatar
Office: Emir of Qatar
Coronation Date: June 25, 2013
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is the eighth and current Ameer of the State of Qatar, the fourth son of the previous Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. Tamim became Emir of Qatar on 25 June 2013 after his father’s abdication.
6. Kim Jong Un
Born: January 8, 1983, Poyoungyang, North Korea
Country: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Office: Supreme Leader of North Korea
Declaration Date: December 17, 2011
Kim Jong-un is the Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea and supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). Kim inherited leadership from his father, Kim Jong-il and grandfather, Kim Il-sung.
7. Vanessa D’Ambrosio
Born: April 26, 1988 Serravalle
Country: San Marino, Europe
Office: Captain Regent of San Marino
Declaration Date: April 2017
Vanessa D’Ambrosio tops the list of world’s youngest leaders and she is currently the second youngest woman who becomes Captain Regent in the history of San Marino after Maria Lea Pedini-Angelini, who was sworn in at the age of 25. Since December 2016, D’Ambrosio is the Head of Delegation for San Marino to the Council of Europe.