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Liberian scholar recognised as one of the world's most influential young foreign policy leaders

Robtel Pailey, a Liberian national and Mo Ibrahim Foundation scholarship recipient, was recognised as one of the world’s 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. The distinction, awarded by the US-based Diplomatic Courier newspaper and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy network, acknowledges the determination of young people to confront today’s global challenges.

Hadeel Ibrahim, Founding Executive Director of MIF said:

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is delighted that Robtel’s contribution to foreign policy thought leadership has attracted global attention and would like to offer her our congratulations. The role of young people in diplomacy and development is critical, and we are committed to promoting the advancement of young African leaders.

Born in Monrovia, Robtel pursued her studies in the area of foreign policy at Howard and Oxford Universities before completing her PhD in Migration, Mobility and Development as a Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She has also served as communications assistant at the Office of the President in the Republic of Liberia.

About the 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders

The 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders is an initiative jointly launched by the Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy to recognise up and coming foreign policy leaders under the age of 33. The profiles of the '99 Under 33' offer insight into the creativity, determination, and passion of the young people who are already tackling the world’s critical global challenges. By design, this list is broad and diverse, encompassing attorneys, financiers, technologists, journalists, bankers, activists, and scientists as well as diplomats, soldiers, and other government officials. This reflects the belief that foreign policy in the 21st century is made by leaders from all sectors.