Kenyan economist Dr David Ndii has been named among the world’s most influential economists online by Richtopia.
Ndii, a former strategist for National Super Alliance, a Kenyan political coalition made up of opposition parties runs Zimele Asset Management Company.
In the latest ranking by Richtopia, an online site giving insight on leadership, sustainability and innovation, Ndii was ranked at 22nd position.
Richtopia explained that the ranking is only based on the social influence he wields online and not on his net worth.
Derin Cag, Richtopia’s founder and editor-in-chief posted a congratulatory message on Ndii’s Twitter page.
”Congratulations David Ndii, you’re #22 on the Top 100 Most Influential Economists this year via Richtopia,”read the tweet.
The first position went to American economist Paul Krugman who is also a Nobel Laurent.
Ndii has had a strong and consistent online presence which has earned him influence over time.
Through his Twitter page and column on a regional publisher, Ndii has expounded on thorny economic issues especially Kenya’s ballooning debt that is approaching Ksh6 trillion.
Ndii hold a PhD from Oxford University, a master’s degree from the same institution and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Nairobi.
He is credited with the founding of the Institute of Economic Affairs which is Kenya’s first independent policy think tank.
Richtopia said that many economists around the world have a low digital presence which made them miss out the list.
“Many incredible economists are not active online, and as much as it would have been an absolute pleasure to include them, this is a list of people who have an influence on the web, with a click of a button, even if it means at 2 am with a Tweet,” Richtopia explained.