Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is the founder of LEAP Africa and co-founder of AACE Foods, an indigenous agroprocessing company. She is also a director of Sahel Capital Partners & Advisory through which she has shaped agriculture strategy and policy and supported a range of clients in West Africa.
Ndidi started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices, with a focus on fast moving consumer goods. She returned to Nigeria in 2000, to fulfill her passion of promoting entrepreneurship and leadership development in Africa.
She served as the pioneer executive director of the FATE Foundation from 2000, and then established LEAP Africa, and NIA in 2002 and 2003 respectively. NIA empowers female university students to achieve their highest potential in life, while LEAP Africa provides leadership, ethics and management training and coaching for youth, business owners, social entrepreneurs and the public sector. LEAP also conducts leadership research and has published numerous books including: Defying the Odds: Case Studies of Nigerian Companies that have Survived Generations, A Toolkit for Business Leadership, Get on Board: A Practical Guide to Building High-Impact Boards of Directors in Nigeria, Rage for Change and Building a Culture of Ethics.
Ndidi holds a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. Ndidi received her undergraduate degree with honors in Multinational and Strategic Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ndidi has received numerous honors and awards. She was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
She received a National Honor, Member of the Federal Republic, from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2004, was recognized as the Young Manager of the Year 2005 by THISDAY Newspapers and received an Excellence Award from the Africa Business Club at Harvard Business School in 2007.
Ndidi also writes for connectnigeria.com on the business of agriculture amongst other topics