Google executive Wael Ghonim addresses a crowd in Tahrir Square in Cairo earlier this year. Image Credit: AP

Phoenix: Time magazine has named Wael Ghonim, the Google Inc executive who anonymously launched a Facebook page that helped organise protests that led to the oust of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in its 100 'most influential' list.

Mohamed Al Baradei, a Nobel Peace laureate and former head of the UN nuclear watchdog agency, wrote Ghonim's tribute, saying that the Egyptian worked "outside the box to make his peers understand that only their unstoppable people power could effect real change".

"By emphasising that the regime would listen only when citizens exercised their right of peaceful demonstration and civil disobedience, Wael helped initiate a call for a peaceful revolution," Al Baradei wrote.

US Representative Gabrielle Giffords is also one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

President Barack Obama wrote the tribute to Arizona congresswoman in the magazine's May issue, saying Giffords may not have been a household name before she was shot in the head in a January 8 mass shooting in Tucson, but now "she's got the prayers of a nation rooting for her".

Obama wrote Giffords is a "model of civility and courage and unity - a needed voice that cannot return soon enough".

Those who also made the list of leaders, thinkers, artists and heroes include comedienne Amy Poehler, Oscar winner Colin Firth, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, singer Justin Bieber, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, first lady Michelle Obama and author Jonathan Franzen.