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Africans influential in climate policy
Seven Africans appeared on the latest list of the world’s 100 most influential people in climate policy compiled by Apolitical, a network that aims to help governments solve global challenges. Two Africans appear in the top 20: Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, the African Union’s Angolan commissioner for rural economy and agriculture, and Nigeria’s Anthony Nyong, the African Development Bank’s director for climate change and green growth. They appear next to well-known names such as United States congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pope Francis and wildlife TV programme-maker David Attenborough. Other Africans in the top 100 are Mohammed Adjei Sowah, the mayor of Accra; Opha Pauline Dube, an environmental science professor at the University of Botswana; Agnes Kalibata, president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa; Mahama Kappiah, the executive director of the Ecowas Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency; and Mithika Mwenda, co-founder of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance.