Ndidi Nwuneli is the Founder of LEAP Africa, Co-Founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution, an indigenous agroprocessing company and the managing partner at Sahel Consulting which is focused on the agribusiness and nutrition landscapes in Africa. She has 22 years of experience in international development and has led a range of initiatives across West Africa.

Ndidi started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices. She returned to Nigeria to serve as the pioneer executive director of the FATE Foundation, a leading entrepreneurship development organization in 2000. She established LEAP Africa and NIA in 2002 and 2003 respectively.

Ndidi 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.

Ndidi 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 a 2018 Aspen New Voices Fellow. She serves on numerous local and international boards including the Board of Nestle Nigeria Plc, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Godrej Consumer Products India, Fairfax Africa Holdings Canada, DSM Sustainability Board, the African Philanthropy Forum, AACE Foods, LEAP Africa, and the Centre for Memories.

Ndidi is the author of Social Innovation in Africa, a practical guide to scaling impact published by Routledge in July 2016, She is also the author of Working for God in the Marketplace.


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