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African superstar, professional footballer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Didier Drogba, has been appointed as an IATF 2018 Goodwill Ambassador. Mr. Drogba has extensive business interests in Africa and abroad and has used his Didier Drogba Foundation as a vehicle to bring about change in levels of education as well as access to healthcare on the Continent.

Ambassador Abdelmoniem Mohamed Mahmoud Ismail, Secretary General of Arab Union for Industrial Exports Development, is an IATF 2018 Active Ambassador, bringing his extensive experience in various ministerial offices to the role.

Mr Guy M’Bengue, MD of the Agency for the Promotion of Exports, Cote d’Ivoire, is an IATF 2018 Active Ambassador.

Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for African Affairs and CEO of AfroDev, Ambassador Mona Omar is an IATF 2018 Active Ambassador.

Mr. Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya is an economist and transportation expert. He brings with him over 40 years of service experience at the regional and multilateral levels covering the public and private sectors, as well as quasi-government institutions. Mr Ngwenya served as the fifth Secretary-General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), from May 2008 to August 2018. Prior to that, he served as the Assistant Secretary General of COMESA in charge of overseeing the development and implementation of COMESA programmes, from 1998 until 2008. He has also won many awards in...

Active IATF Ambassador, based in the United States, Toyin Umesiri is the CEO of Nazaru LLC. and the Convener of the Trade with Africa Business Summit. Nazaru LLC is a U.S. based company focused on facilitating trade with Africa and increasing investments towards the region. They work with global corporations looking to expand their operations to Africa as well as SMEs in Africa looking to develop market entry strategy for their non-oil exports to the U.S. Nazaru LLC launched the Trade with Africa Business Summit in 2018 as an effective platform to engage in productive dialogue with...

Ms. Helen Hai is the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Goodwill Ambassador for industrialization in Africa. She is heading the US$100m Binance Blockchain Charity Foundation with the mandate to use Blockchain for Social Good. She is also the Founder of the Made in Africa Initiative which advises African government on industrialization and investment promotion. Ambassador Hai is Co-Founder of C&H Garments, which is a pioneer Pan-African export-oriented garments manufacturer. Ambassador Hai was named a 2015 Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum, and she is...

Mr. V Shankar is an IATF 2018 Goodwill Ambassador, based in Singapore. Mr. Shankar is the Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in the dynamic growth markets of Africa, Middle East and Asia. He is also non-executive director of Dangote Cement PLC, Nigeria, Enterprise Singapore and Gateway Delta Development Holdings, Mauritius; and on the advisory board of Institute of Societal Leadership at Singapore Management University.

Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, also known by his stage name, D’banj, has been appointed as an IATF Goodwill Ambassador. He is a multi-award-winning performer, hailing from Nigeria. His list of accolades includes 13 international awards. He is also an entrepreneur, music producer and song writer. His popularity extends throughout the continent and abroad, and he has worked with international superstars. He is also well known for his philanthropic work.

Dr Agostinho Kapaia

Dr Agostinho Kapaia, is CEO of the Opaia Group, based in Angola. The Opaia Group has interests in a number of sectors including civil construction services, solar energy technology, drinking water systems and the hospitality service industry. Dr Kapaia is one of Angola’s most innovative and highly regarded young entrepreneurs. In addition to his personal business interests, he is also actively engaged in promoting his country’s export profile through his leadership since 2013 of the Community of Exporting and Internationalized Companies of Angola (CEEIA).

Mr Rakesh Wahi

Rakesh Wahi, IATF 2018 Goodwill Ambassador, South Africa, is the founder of the ABN Group, a media holding company for CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa; the co-founder of Transnational Academic Group, an education group that includes Murdoch University Dubai, Curtin University Dubai and Lancaster University Ghana; and the co-founder and chairman of Tech One Global, a Microsoft partner in six Asian countries. The group employs 1500 people in 22 countries and has a strong focus on capacity building across Africa with a blueprint for five universities and six colleges in sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Joao Bosco Monte

Prof. João Bosco Monte, President of the Brazil Africa Institute, is an Intra-African Trade Fair Active Ambassador. holds a PhD in Education from the Federal University of Ceará and Postdoctoral studies from the University of Brasilia (UNB), with the object of research on the integration of the African continent. He is a visiting professor of important Brazilian and African universities and author of books and publications about the relations between the various international actors. Professor Monte also acts as an international consultant for Brazilian and foreign organizations. He is a...

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