Country: France (Algeria)
Algerian-born Yazid Sabeg is best known as the president of the administrative council of the French high-technology firm SSII (CS Communication and Systems) and also a member of the French Institute of International and Strategic Relations.
In 2009, he made headlines when he was appointed by France’s then president, Nicolas Sarkozy, to advice on tackling discrimination in France.
He helped launch a commission to examine ways of officially collecting statistics on France’s ethnic make-up for the first time and warned that the country risks becoming an apartheid state unless it brings minorities into the mainstream.
In 2010 he became the latest addition to the roster of celebrity advocates who use their talent and fame to raise awareness of the work and ideals of the UNESCO.