Saif Rashid, Founder & Managing Director of Apon Bazaar, has been named in this year’s Meaningful Business 100 (MB100), a global recognition of leaders who are merging profit and purpose to address the world’s most pressing issues. This award, now in its 5th edition, acknowledges social entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and impact investors who are actively supporting the UN Global Goals.
Chosen from a pool of over 800 nominees spanning various sectors like technology, healthcare, finance, recycling, education, and agriculture, the MB100 winners represent 39 nations. This diversity underscores the universal commitment to making a positive change in the world. The year-round MB100 program, with support from EY, Hogan Lovells, and Babson College, is designed to further empower these inspiring leaders through pro bono services, tailored workshops, expert mentorship, storytelling, and exclusive networking opportunities, amplifying their global impact.
Tom Lytton-Dickie, Founder & CEO of Meaningful Business, commended Saif Rashid’s groundbreaking work at Apon Bazaar, stating, “Congratulations to Saif Rashid, whose work at Apon Bazaar is an inspiration to us all. We are at a critical juncture in the 2030 agenda, and there is a lot of work to be done to achieve the Global Goals. Leaders like Saif provide a benchmark in the profit and purpose space, and we look forward to supporting their work as they continue to scale and make a substantial difference.”
In response, Saif Rashid expressed his gratitude, saying, “I am deeply honored to be recognized as one of the Meaningful Business 100 for 2023. This award is not just a testament to the work of Apon Bazaar but a reminder that when profit and purpose unite, we have the power to make meaningful change in the world. Together, we can continue to drive progress towards the UN Global Goals, and I am excited to embark on this journey of impact alongside so many inspiring leaders from around the globe. Congratulations to all well-deserved winners of 23.”
Stasia Mitchell, EY Global Entrepreneurship Leader and one of the judges for MB100, extended her congratulations, saying, “Well done to the MB100 class of 2023! It is inspiring to see such strong and impactful social entrepreneurs, sustainability leaders, and impact investors— from over 800 nominations— who are striving to unite purpose and profit to help achieve the UN Global Goals. I look forward to seeing how they continue to disrupt the status quo and build a better working world.”
After a rigorous global nomination process, the MB100 award underwent evaluation by a distinguished panel of 29 experts, including Amini Kajunju, COO of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center; Matthias Stausberg, Group Advocacy Director at Virgin; Nikhil Seth, Assistant Secretary-General at the UN & Executive Director of UNITAR; Shaun Seow, MD of Investments at Temasek; and Stasia Mitchell, EY Global Entrepreneurship Leader. These experts assessed each nominee based on five key criteria: Durability, Impact, Innovation, Leadership, and Scope.
Meaningful Business is a global community that brings together progressive leaders dedicated to addressing the world’s most pressing issues. It encompasses social entrepreneurs, CEOs, impact investors, sustainability leaders, humanitarian visionaries, and academics across 140+ countries. The platform is strategically designed to provide knowledge, connections, and resources, assisting these individuals in overcoming their key challenges as they strive to make a positive impact on a global scale.
Saif Rashid’s recognition in this illustrious group serves as an inspiration for everyone dedicated to making a difference in the world.