KIU, Western Campus – Kampala International University Chancellor Prof. Mahmood Mamdani has been named among the top 50 Global Thinkers by UK publication Prospect Magazine.
Prof. Mamdani, who was categorized by the magazine as a “Public Theorist” is on the list with other notable personalities like Nigerian award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Space X owner Elon Musk, Russian politician Alexei Navalny and Secretary to the US Treasury Janet Yellen, among others.
“Our criteria were not only originality and eminence within a field, but the singular pursuit of an identifiable idea and an ability to gain traction for it. We also insisted on some form of “intervention”—be it a book, speech, or a public stand—over the past 12 months,” Prospect Magazine wrote on their website.
A previous online poll by Prospect Magazine voted Prof. Mamdani the ninth "top public intellectual" in the world on the list of Top 100 Public Intellectuals in 2008.
He also won the GDS Eminent Scholar Award from the International Studies Association in 1999, the 2011 Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award, the Scholar of the Year at the 2nd Annual African Diaspora Awards for his immense contribution to African Scholarship in 2012 and the Ugandan Diaspora Award in 2012.