Nominations OPEN for Most Influential 100 Export and International Trade Edition


AfCFTA Intercontinental trade Logo. 2023

Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) is has announced the commencement of nominations for the Most Influential 100 Export and International Trade Edition, dedicated to supporting the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

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In alignment with the African Union’s proclamation of 2023 as the “Year of AfCFTA: Acceleration of the African Continental Free Trade Area Implementation,” MIPAD aims to spotlight key contributors to global trade. The inaugural Honorees will be unveiled on Monday, January 1, 2024, coinciding with the World Trade Organization’s annual celebration.

Kamil Olufowobi, President & CEO of MIPAD, stressed the initiative’s commitment to recognizing those who advance the global African Diaspora. “If Africa and its global Diaspora were a single economic block, we would be the largest market in the world,” he added.

The list of leading personalities in the Export and International Trade sector includes prominent figures such as Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organization, and Kemi Badenoch, UK Secretary of State for Business and Trade.

Nominate outstanding individuals in Export & International Trade at Trade experts are invited to join the global conversation on WhatsApp.

MIPAD looks forward to hosting Honorees in New York City for Most Influential 100 Recognition Week 2024 from September 20th to 22nd, following the opening of the 79th United Nations General Assembly. For sponsorship and speaking opportunities, contact or call +44 7810 081699 or +1 (917) 541 8394 (New York).

As the International Decade for People of African Descent concludes, MIPAD invites all honorees from 2015 to 2024 to join the grand finale during Recognition Weekend 2024 following the opening of the 79th UN General Assembly in New York City.

For updates, follow @MIPAD100 on social media and visit to learn more about the honorees. Media inquiries can be directed to (Diaspora) or (Inside Africa). For nominations, contact the Global Head of Research, at

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