In recognition of the International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by United Nation’s General Assembly resolution 68/237 and to be observed from 2015 to 2024, the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) 100 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 of Africa, its people on the continent and across it’s Diaspora.

MIPAD is a unique ranking that identifies a total of 200 individuals, all under 40 as at 2015, across five categories, 100 within Africa, and 100 in the diaspora.

The categories include, Politics & Governance, Business & Entrepreneurship, Media & Culture, and Religious & Humanitarian.

The Awards Dinner in honor of the ‘MIPAD Class of 2017’ is slated for September 26th, 2017 in New York City, following the closing of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly. Former U.S. President Barack Obama and current UN Secretary-General António Guterres are expected to attend as keynote speakers.

See Part I (Politics and Governance) of the list:


See Part II (Religious and Humanitarian) of the list:

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