In a significant stride towards recognizing excellence in global trade, MIPAD has unveiled its inaugural list of the Most Influential 100 Export and International Trade Edition. This momentous occasion, announced on January 1, 2024, coincides with the anniversary of the founding of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and serves as a tribute to individuals shaping the landscape of international commerce.

Among the distinguished honorees, the spotlight is cast on exceptional Nigerians who have played pivotal roles in trade and export. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), stands as a beacon of achievement, having received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Her remarkable contributions to global trade underscore the caliber of individuals recognized by MIPAD.

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, DG. WTO.
The list further features notable Nigerians, such as;

Hon (Dr) Doris Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Nigeria

Prof. Benedict Okey Oramah

President, African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank) Egypt/Nigeria

Kanayo Awani

Executive Vice President, Intra-African Trade Bank as (IATB) Egypt/Nigeria.

Mrs. Kanayo Awani, Executive Vice President, Intra-African Trade Bank, at the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank)

Kemi Arosanyin

Director, Trade Development (Africa & Caribbean), World Trade Center Miami. USA/Nigeria

Kemi Badenoch

Secretary of State for Business and Trade & President of the Board of Trade. United Kingdom/Nigeria

Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Plc. Nigeria

Nonye Ayeni

Executive Director & CEO Nigerian Export Promotion Council. Nigeria

Sand Mba Kalu.

Executive Director, Africa International Trade & Commerce Research. Nigeria

Sand Mba Kalu

As MIPAD prepares to reveal the complete Global Top 100 Honorees on May 1, 2024, this moment not only celebrates individual accomplishments but also highlights Nigeria’s significant presence in the international trade arena. Congratulations are in order to these trailblazers, emphasizing their role in shaping the future of global trade and reinforcing Nigeria’s prominence on the world stage.

About Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD)

The Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), is a global civil society initiative in support of the International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by United Nations’ General Assembly resolution 68/237, to be observed from 2015 to 2024. MIPAD identifies high achievers of African descent in public and private sectors from all around the world as a progressive network of relevant actors to join together in the spirit of recognition, justice and development.

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– Diaspora (Charreah Jackson) media@mipad.org 

– Inside Africa (Dorcas Ndegwa) dorcas@mipad.org 

For nominations and submissions, please contact:

Jonathan, Global Head of Research – jonathan@mipad.org 

Follow @MIPAD100 across all social media platforms for updates and visit blog.mipad.org to learn more about MIPAD100 Honorees.

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