Early this year, the board of editors at BusinessDay decided to look back on the year 2017 and pick out the individuals, who through the position they hold or by their actions have had an influence on the country in different ways. Below is a list of people that we consider were influential in 2017. The list is in no specific order. It represents some very popular names and also the not so popular. However, we believe they all had some significant influence on how the country shaped out in 2017 and many of them are still influencing how it is shaping out in 2018.