Jacinda Ardern | The Innovator 25 Asia-Pacific 2019

Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister

New Zealand

New Zealand’s Prime Minister may not sound like an obvious choice for this list, but her remarkable mastery of communications stands out in the political world, particularly when it comes to bringing people together rather than dividing them. That much was on full display in the aftermath of the horrific Christchurch shootings, when Ardern delivered a tour de force in empathetic crisis communications, demonstrating a level of cultural sensitivity and commitment to action that few leaders — whether political or corporate — can rival. Ardern’s public relations savvy is just as prominent in her everyday dealings with stakeholders, whether on social media or in person. Is it any surprise, then, that she graduated with a communications degree from the University of Waikato?