Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Founder, LEAPAfrica; Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is the director of the African Philanthropy Forum, founder of LEAP Africa and director of Sahel Capital Partners & Advisory Ltd. She is also the co-founder of AACE Foods, an agroprocessing company. Following her early years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in the United States and South Africa, Nwuneli returned to Nigeria to fulfil her passion of promoting entrepreneurship and leadership development. She served as the pioneer executive director of the FATE Foundation, and established LEAP Africa in 2002, a leading non-profit organization focused on leadership and ethics. Nwuneli has shaped agriculture, youth employment and entrepreneurship policy, strategy and management across West Africa and established numerous social ventures and non-profit organizations. She speaks widely on agribusiness, leadership, entrepreneurship, management, youth employment and ethics. Nwuneli was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2005. She received a National Honour from the President of Nigeria and was recognized as one of 20 Young Powerful African Women by Forbes. She holds a B.A. (with Honours) in Multinational and Strategic Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


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