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The 74 individuals featured on Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business list for 2020 hail from a wide range of industries—from AI to entertainment, healthcare to agriculture, and more—but they have one thing in common: Their unique and unprecedented efforts over the past year have already led toward meaningful change, within their sectors and beyond. And what a year it’s been. Together, their stories, like that of the computer scientist who exposed the racial bias in facial recognition software used by Big Tech, offer not just a kaleidoscopic view of today’s turbulent and evolving business landscape but a telescopic glimpse of the future. We hope you’re as inspired by learning about them as we were in selecting them.

The Full List
The Full List
raising the standard
showing us what we need to see
breaking through
investing fully
designing a superior solution
fostering community
finding new (and sometimes better) uses for things
expanding our current reality
shielding us from tech’s negative effects
leveling the field
channeling energy
sustaining us and the planet
helping our economy work for more people
bringing joy

FOR raising the standard

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Melanie Bender

General manager, Versed

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Joy Buolamwini

Computer scientist, artist, and founder, Algorithmic Justice League

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Parris Goebel

Choreographer

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Mary D. Nichols

Chair, California Air Resources Board

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Jeffrey Whitford

Head of global corporate responsibility, MilliporeSigma

FOR showing us what we need to see

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Reginald Dwayne Betts

Poet and defense attorney

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Julie K. Brown

Investigative reporter, Miami Herald

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Corinna Gardner

Senior curator of design and digital design, architecture and digital, V&A Museum

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Lauren Gardner

Codirector of the Center for Systems Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

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Monica Lewinsky

Activist

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Melina Matsoukas

Director

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Rebecca Sugar

Creator, Steven Universe

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Jason deCaires Taylor

Founder and sculptor, Museum of Underwater Art

FOR breaking through

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Erica Esrick and David A. Williams

Attending physician, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center; senior vice president and chief scientific officer, Boston Children’s Hospital

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Hartmut Neven

Distinguished scientist, Google

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Brandon Riegg

VP of nonscripted series and comedy specials, Netflix

FOR investing fully

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Ryan Reynolds

Cofounder and CEO, Maximum Effort; co-owner, Aviation Gin and Mint Mobile

FOR designing a superior solution

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Roland Edel

Chief technology officer, Siemens Mobility Division

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Philip Ehrhorn, Anne Marieke Eveleens, Saskia Studer, and Francis Zoet

Cofounders, Great Bubble Barrier

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Michael Hansen

CEO, Cengage

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Matanya Horowitz

CEO, AMP Robotics

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Clementine Jacoby

CEO, Recidiviz

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Rosina Samadani and Uzma Samadani

CEO; founder, Oculogica

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Stacey Sigmon

Associate professor of psychiatry; director, Center on Rural Addiction, University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

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Paul Steinberg

SVP of technology, Motorola Solutions

FOR fostering community

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Rana Beiruti

Cofounder and director, Amman Design Week

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Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff

Executive producers, Exactly Right

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Matthew Peltier

Founder and CEO, Community

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Mia Perdomo and Andrea de la Piedra

Co-CEOs, Aequales

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Li Xiang

Founder, X+Living

FOR finding new (and sometimes better) uses for things

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Sam Aaron

Creator, Sonic Pi

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Kourtney Morgan

Senior designer, men’s and women’s sportswear, Patagonia

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John Mulaney

Comedian, actor, writer

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Abhay Parasnis

CTO, Adobe

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Krista Scruggs

Founder and winemaker, Zafa Wines

FOR expanding our current reality

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Holly Herndon

Musician

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Anifa Mvuemba

Founder, Hanifa

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Thomas Rimmele

Director, Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, National Solar Observatory

FOR shielding us from tech’s negative effects

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Angela Benton

Founder and CEO, Streamlytics

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Katharina Borchert

Chief innovation officer, Mozilla

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Kade Crockford

Director, Technology for Liberty Program, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts

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Stina Ehrensv?rd

Cofounder and CEO, Yubico

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Bob Kain

Founder and CEO, LunaDNA

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Brad Smith

President, Microsoft

FOR leveling the field

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Celeste Barber

Comedian

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Matthew A. Cherry

Filmmaker

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Amanda de Cadenet

Founder, Girlgaze

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Jeremy O. Harris

Playwright, Slave Play

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Nneka Ogwumike

President, Women’s National Basketball Players Association

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Mel Spigelman

President and CEO, TB Alliance

FOR channeling energy

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Inna Braverman

Cofounder and CEO, Eco Wave Power

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Bill Gross

Founder and CEO, Heliogen

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Albert Straus

Owner and founder, Straus Family Creamery

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Twyla Tharp

Dancer, choreographer, author

FOR sustaining us and the planet

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Celeste Holz-Schietinger

Director of research, Impossible Foods

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Camilla Marcus

Restaurateur, Westbourne

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Darian McBain

Global director, corporate affairs and sustainability, Thai Union Group

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Lindsay McCormick

Founder and CEO, Bite Toothpaste Bits

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Matthew Wadiak

Founder and CEO, Cooks Venture

FOR helping our economy work for more people

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Bechara Choucair

Chief community health officer, Kaiser Permanente

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Hilary Cottam

Author, Radical Help, and activist

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Jane Fraser

President, Citi, and CEO, global consumer banking

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Meriah Garrett

Head of design, USAA

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Mariana Mazzucato

Professor and founder, University College London’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

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Bruce Poon Tip

Founder, G Adventures

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Ben Volk

Director of global payment acceptance and customer experience, Amazon

FOR bringing joy

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David Byrne

Creator and performer, American Utopia

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