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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...

Mr Strive Masiyiwa

Mr. Strive T. Masiyiwa is the Founder of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited (alternately Econet Wireless Holdings Ltd.). Mr. Masiyiwa served as the Group Chief Executive Officer of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Limited and served as its Group Executive Chairman. He founded Econet Wireless International (Pty) Ltd. (formerly, Econet Wireless International) in 1993 and served as its Chief Executive Officer and President. He founded Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Private Ltd and serves as its Group Chairman. Mr. Masiyiwa joined the Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees in 2003. Over the years, he has...

Rt Hon Mark Simmonds

Rt. Hon Mark Simmonds is an Active Ambassador based in the United Kingdom. He served as a Member of the UK Parliament for 14 years, and was until recently a Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister with responsibilities for Africa, the Caribbean, UK Overseas Territories, International Energy and Conflict Prevention. His primary focus in this position, was on driving and facilitating inward investment into Africa across a range of key economic sectors including Hydrocarbons, Financial Services, Infrastructure, Energy & Agriculture. He chaired the UN Security Council on two occasions....

Ms Carol Pineau

Carol Pineau is in Active Ambassador based in Washington DC. Ms Pineau an award-winning filmmaker and journalist with more than 20 years of experience reporting on Africa, and is the producer and host of a new current events talk show, Africa-USA Now, on the intersection of Africa and the US. Ms. Pineau’s work helped changed the U.S. media’s narrative on Africa to create an unbiased, more accurate view of the Continent. Her first documentary, Africa Open for Business, was voted BBC Documentary of the Year and won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. The film was broadcast on BBC and PBS stations,...

Mr Ashraf Talaat

Mr Ashraf Talaat is an acclaimed photographer and filmmaker based in Cairo, Egypt. He has been awarded numerous photographic and film awards, including two Prestigious Medals from the Indian Foreign Affairs Department for his work in India in 2008 and 2016, The Photographer of the Year 2005 by Venice - Italy, and the Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in documentary and visual journalism in 2007. His journalistic photo essays have been published in various magazines, including National Geographic Arabia, Business, La Revue, and Egypt Today. He has produced more...

Mr Alec Erwin

Mr Alec Erwin is an Intra-African Trade Fair Active Ambassador representing South Africa. Mr. Erwin has had an illustrious career in South African politics, having served as Deputy Minister of Finance of the Republic of South Africa (May 1994 - April 1996), Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa (4 April 1996 - 28 April 2004), Minister of Public Enterprises of the Republic of South Africa (May 2004 – September 2008) and President of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) ( June 1996 – June 2000). Mr. Erwin is also a highly regarded...

Dr Caleb Fundanga

Dr Caleb Fundanga is an Active IATF 2018 Ambassador representing Zambia. He has been the Executive Director of the Macro Economic and Financial Management Institute (MEFMI) for Eastern and Southern Africa since July 2014. MEFMI is a regional capacity building institution in the areas of Macro Economic and Financial Management based in Harare, Zimbabwe. Prior to joining MEFMI, he had worked as Governor of the Bank of Zambia for the period 2002 to 2011. Among the many accolades bestowed upon him during this period were; Central Bank Governor of the Year for Africa and Global award by the...

Mr. Lance Jena

Mr. Jena has been the Chairman of the ZimTrade Board since October 2014. Mr. Jena is President and Fellow of the Southern Africa Institute of Marketing (SAIM) and was the Chairman of the Zimbabwe Advertising Research Foundation from 2000-2007. After establishing a marketing company which focused on supporting brands particularly in the FMCG sector, he proceeded to be active in supporting the development of the marketing profession for the benefit of aspiring young and upcoming marketers. He is a registered member of the Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences of England and Wales (IMLS)....

Ms Rita Dominic

Acclaimed Nigerian actress and producer, Ms Rita Dominic, has been appointed as an IATF Goodwill Ambassador. Ms. Dominic is multiple award-winning actress, producer and philanthropist. Her first starring role was in the Nollywood hit movie A Time To Kill. Since then she has starred in over 100 films. She is best known for her roles in the groundbreaking films “76”, The Meeting and Shattered for which she won several prestigious Awards. Rita is the only Nollywood actress to have won the AMVCAs Best Actress award in both the Drama and Comedy categories. She is the only West African actress...

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