MIPAD announces pioneering trade champions of African descent

Africans take the lead: MIPAD reveals trade champions of African descent


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The most influential people of African descent (mipad) has announced its inaugural World Trade Champions of African Descent list, recognizing 100 outstanding individuals who are driving economic development across the continent.

This groundbreaking list celebrates the achievements of Africans and their descendants who are making waves in fields as diverse as finance, technology, energy and agriculture. From CEOs closing multi-billion dollar deals to social entrepreneurs tackling global challenges, these trade champions are proving that African ingenuity is a force for positive change in the global economy.

For Nigerians and Africans across the continent, this list is a powerful source of inspiration and a testament to the immense potential of the African diaspora in driving economic growth and prosperity. It is a united front showcasing the multifaceted contributions of people of African descent to the global trade landscape, showcasing the diverse facets of successful people representing different industries, countries and generations.

Nigerians are proud to have such prominent champions as Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the first African woman to lead the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Dr. Doris Kirka Uzoka-Anite, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment. We are proud to include such people. . Also participating will be Kanayo Awani, Executive Vice President, Intra-African Trade Bank (IATB). Kemi Allosanin, Director of Trade Development (Africa and Caribbean), World Trade Center; Kemi Badenoch, UK Secretary of State for Business and Trade and Chair of the Board of Trade. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Fidelity Bank; Mr. Nonye Ayeni, Executive Director and CEO of the Export Promotion Council of Nigeria, and Mr. Eno T. Ebong, Director General of the United States Trade and Development Agency.

Others include Professor Benedict Oakey Orama, President of African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), and Sando Mbah Kalu, Executive Director of African International Trade and Commerce Research.


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Wamkele Mene

Joy Wanjiru Machugu Zentu

Florizel Riser

Kamel Regig

The list extends beyond Nigeria and includes notable figures such as African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretary-General Wamkele Mene. Wanjiru Machugu Zentu, CEO of Africa Women in Trade (AfWITrade). Florizel Reiser, President and CEO of the African Business Council, and Kamel Rezig, Algeria's Minister of Trade and Export Promotion. Each champion brings a unique story of resilience, innovation, and unwavering dedication to building bridges and facilitating trade across borders.

MIPAD's Trade Champions List is more than just a celebration, it's a powerful call to action. By showcasing these inspiring figures, MIPAD inspires all Africans and their descendants to embrace entrepreneurship and contribute to building a more prosperous and just global economy.

please explore Full list here Discover the inspiring stories of these trade champions. MIPAD's blog.

Source: guardian.ng

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