Anna Järvinen

Shy, with hubris – that's Anna Järvinen in her own words. It would also be an adequate description of her songs. On the cover of her new, widely acclaimed album Anna själv tredje (Anna Herself the Third) she poses as the Virgin Mary, Mary's mother Anna, and Baby Jesus all at once. She lives in Stockholm, but her childhood in Finland lets Järvinen's lyrics run free in the open space between Finnish and Swedish. It seems this language teacher's fragile voice might break at any second, but the imprint it leaves is anything but modest. More about Anna Järvinen

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A storyteller since she was a child, novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has an extraordinary talent for finding touching human stories in hardship. In her bestseller Half of a Yellow Sun, she showed that people not only die in wars, but also live, love and dream during them. Her latest book, The Thing Around Your Neck, details the Nigerian-American immigrant experience. Just eight years after her first novel was published, Adichie's books have been translated into more than 30 languages and are taught in schools around the world. More about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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David Romanelli

Wine and chocolate may not be the typical yoga diet, but in the classes of American yoga teacher David Romanelli, tastings play a vital part. He has become famous for his unconventional way of combining yoga with the mindful enjoyment of all the senses. In a world where we watch the news while eating, eye our email while conversing, and only look at the full moon through our iPhone cameras, he offers an alternate way of life. Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment is an American bestseller. More about David Romanelli

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Hagai Levi

The HBO drama In Treatment has captivated TV audiences all over the world, providing a sneak peek into the therapist’s room. Hagai Levi, the show’s creator, knows all about human psychology, having been in therapy himself since the age of ten. In Treatment won Emmy and Golden Globe awards, and Be’Tipul, the original Israeli version, has been adapted into new series all over the world. Levi, who lives in Tel Aviv, is a producer, director, film critic and lecturer in various film schools. More about Hagai Levi

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Jacek Utko

Jacek Utko

Jacek Utko is a TED speaker, award winning news and content designer, international consultant in print, web and apps as well as design director at Bonnier Business Press International in Poland. He shows how a newspaper is built like a piece of music – be it Mozart, the Beatles or Bobby McFerrin. More about Jacek Utko

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Jacob Ward

Jacob Ward, west coast bureau chief for Bonnier Corp’s Popular Science and Science Illustrated in the U.S., reveals the three biggest tech developments of the future. More about Jacob Ward

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Jeppe Wikström

A Day in the World will be a massive snapshot of contemporary human life, and the largest single-day photographic project in history. No place, person, thing or act will be irrelevant when photographers in every corner of the world simultaneously pick up their cameras. The project's driving spirit is photographer and publisher Jeppe Wikström. His career began as a lucky mistake, when at the age of 14, he applied to be a reporter at the Bonnier paper Expressen, but was handed a camera instead. More about Jeppe Wikström

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Kai-Uwe Bergmann

In combining playful and practical, Kai-Uwe Bergmann's Copenhagen-based architecture firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) has created courageous and provocative architecture all around the world. Led by the idea of "hedonistic sustainability" one of their latest projects is a waste management plant doubling as a ski slope, using smoke rings as tell-tale signs to increase environmental awareness. Bergmann is a man who knows how to think BIG. More about Kai-Uwe Bergmann

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Kathryn Schulz

Wrong is something most people hate to be. Journalist Kathryn Schulz has spent the last five years thinking about being wrong, and why it might not be such a bad thing after all. In her book Being Wrong she travels through medicine, politics, literature and crime to explore what it is to be wrong, what we can learn from it, and how we can challenge our own sense of rightness. This world-leading wrongologist writes for TIME, Slate, the New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone magazine. More about Kathryn Schulz

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Kiran Bedi

When Kiran Bedi, Ph.D. became India's first – and later highest-ranking – woman police officer, all hell broke loose. She was a tough cop: uncorrupted, innovative, and committed to social change. When the police force tried to get rid of her by making her the head of some of the most brutal prisons, she successfully reformed them. Awarded the Asian Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Bedi used her winnings to found two NGOs. She has been voted India's most admired woman. More about Kiran Bedi

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Mikko Hypponen

Mikko Hypponen has spent his life fighting online viruses. As the chief research officer at F-Secure Corporation in Finland, he has led his team through some of the largest outbreaks in history. He was named one of the 50 most important people on the web by PC World magazine. This code warrior calls for global action against online organized crime, but also for low-tech preparedness. When not shaping our online future, Hypponen enjoys restoring classic arcade video games and old pinball machines. More about Mikko Hypponen

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Morgan Spurlock

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock likes to put himself on the front line. Thirty days of McDonald's in Super Size Me earned him an Academy Award nomination – and the liver of a longtime alcoholic. In his latest venture, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, he scrutinizes the world of product placement by getting the brands themselves to finance the film's $1.5 million budget. More about Morgan Spurlock

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Peter Vesterbacka

An idea to generate 300 million downloads? Angry cartoon birds attacking green, egg-snatching pigs. Yes, that’s what this No. 1 mobile app is all about. Finnish gaming company Rovio Mobile’s Peter Vesterbacka is one of the masterminds behind the deceptively simple yet seriously addictive game Angry Birds. The game earned Vesterbacka, or Mighty Eagle as his business card reads, a spot on TIME’s 2011 Most Influential People list. More about Peter Vesterbacka

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Rolv Erik Ryssdal

When the terror bomb went off in the government quarters of Oslo, the editorial office of the newspaper Verdens Gang was blown out and quickly relocated to the headquarter of the owners, Schibsted. Norwegian Rolv Erik Ryssdal is the CEO of Schibsted, Bonnier's fierce competitor on the Scandinavian media market. Previously the head of two of Scandinavia's best selling tabloids, VG in Norway and Aftonbladet in Sweden, Ryssdal believes in the printed newspaper and is also committed to the Schibsted group taking a lead in the online classified market. More about Rolv Erik Ryssdal

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Ron Ben-Israel

Ron Ben-Israel, a former ballet dancer, fell in love with a chocolatier while on a tour and traded his dancing shoes for buttercream frosting. Today Ben-Israel lives in New York and is regarded as the leading cake baker of our time – or the King of Cakes, as the magazine Modern Bride calls him. For the movie Sex and the City 2, he made a cake boasting $20,000 worth of Swarovski jewels. Meet an artistic genius who thinks life is a piece of cake. More about Ron Ben-Israel

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Sunitha Krishnan

Dr. Sunitha Krishnan has saved more than 3,000 women and children from sexual slavery and trafficking in rescue operations at Indian brothels and on the streets. Herself a rape survivor, Dr. Krishnan dedicates her life to liberating victims from the same brutal reality she faced. Convinced that “every minute counts,” Dr. Krishnan is unstoppable in her mission and has even sold her possessions to support an NGO she co-founded, which provides education and job training to victims. More about Sunitha Krishnan

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