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Mohamed Nasheed

Mohamed Nasheed

Dubbed the “Mandela of the Maldives” by supporters, Nasheed draws strong reactions from those familiar with his story. His efforts at bringing democracy to the nation and in publicizing the effects of global warming have been internationally lauded. And, despite the contrary reports of his resignation and government, he is held to be a hugely important political leader both for his past actions and for the future of the Maldives that many believe he will continue to help shape.

Madeleine Korbel Albright

Madeleine Korbel Albright

Overcoming the disadvantages of being both a woman and an immigrant, Madeleine Korbel Albright was sworn in as Secretary of State in 1996.

Malcolm X

Malcolm X

One of the most controversial leaders of the 21st Century, he was born the son of an outspoken Baptist minister in Nebraska, USA. He grew up amid persecution, enduring his father’s murder and his mother’s committal to an institution.

Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead

Mead found that the process of "adjustment" from childhood to adulthood was neither marred by psychological distress nor by anxiety as was suggested in the United States. There was much discussion in America at this time around the emerging idea of "teenagers" - in issues of sex and relationships. Despite controversy, Mead's work was ideal to philosophically inform and indeed in some ways to encourage the "sexual revolution" of the sixties.

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

"Privatization", "Thatcherism" - new terms coined during over a decade of government by a Conservative party led by Margaret Thatcher.

Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft

She was born in London on the 27th of April 1759. Mary lived in financially difficult circumstances. Her role within the family was pivotal - she convinced her sister Eliza to run away from her husband, an early instance of Mary breaking social norms. Her most famous book "Vindication of the Rights of Woman" was published in 1792, giving her instant fame, and setting her apart as a serious thinker.

Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman

Whitman is a rare figure in the scope of her achievements and the respect she has garnered from the business community. Her tremendous success working on some of America’s biggest brands and her deft leadership of eBay have afforded her a reputation as an innovative and proactive businesswoman, a true leader of the modern business scene.

Michael Eavis

Michael Eavis

The creator and leader of what many view to be the pre-eminent music festival in Europe today, guiding it at every step to make it current, appealing, and ever more varied. Michael has also supported “good causes” throughout.

Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi

The Book of the Five Rings explores winning strategy in the context of Samurai swordsmanship, but it is equally applicable to leading modern business.

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Yugoslavia in 1910, she took the name ‘Teresa’ when she joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns in 1928.

Muhammed Ali Jinnah

Muhammed Ali Jinnah

Jinnahbhai was born on the 25th of December 1876 in Karachi, at the time part of British-controlled India. His father, Jinnahbhai Poonja, was a prosperous merchant and with his wife, Mithibai, went on to have a further six children. The family was raised in the Shi’a Muslim tradition, and spoke various languages at home including Gujarati and English.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

He was born in the spring of 1881 in Salonica (now in Greece). His father died when he was still a boy, and so he was raised by his mother, a devout and strong willed woman, and his sister.