Through her work in food and agriculture, and as a leadership development mentor, Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is building economies in West Africa.

Why you should listen

Ndidi Nwuneli is a serial social entrepreneur who is committed to scaling social innovation on the African Continent. She is the founder of LEAP Africa, a youth leadership nonprofit organization, and co-founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution, an indigenous agro-processing company that was founded in 2009 to fight malnutrition, reduce post-harvest losses among smallholder farmers and displace imports. She is also the managing partner of Sahel Capital Partners & Advisory, a consulting and advisory firm focused on unlocking the nutrition and agriculture potential in West Africa. 

Nwuneli started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree with honors in Multinational and Strategic Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Nwuneli was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honor – Member of the Federal Republic from the Nigerian Government. She was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power African Women by Forbes and is a 2018 Aspen New Voices Fellow. She serves on numerous international and local boards including Nestle Nigeria Plc., Nigerian Breweries Plc., Switzerland, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, Fairfax Africa Holdings Canada, Royal DSM Sustainability Board, Netherlands and the African Philanthropy Forum.

Nwuneli is the author of Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact published by Routledge in 2016 and Walking for God in the Marketplace.

Ndidi Nwuneli’s TED talk