Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Managing Partner

Ndidi is a Co-Founder of Sahel Consulting and serves as its managing partner. She has 22 years of experience in international development, and through her work with Sahel has shaped agriculture strategy and policy in West Africa for a range of private sector, public sector, and development agency clients in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Togo. Ndidi is also the co-founder of AACE Foods, a social enterprise which processes nutritious food made from the best of West Africa’s cereals, herbs, pulses and spices, and the founder of LEAP Africa which works across Africa inspiring, empowering and equipping the next generation of dynamic, principled and innovative young leaders.

Ndidi started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices.

Ndidi was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honour – Member of the Federal Republic from the Nigerian Government. She was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power African Women by Forbes. Ndidi serves as a director for Nestle Nigeria Plc., Nigerian Breweries Plc., Globethics.net, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, Fairfax Africa Canada and Royal DSM Sustainability Board, Netherlands.

Ndidi is the author of “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact,” published by Routledge in 2016.

Ndidi holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an undergraduate degree with honours in Multinational and Strategic Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and completed a senior fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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