Motivational Personality of the Week- Ndidi Nwuneli


Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, MFR (born on March 22, 1975) is the Founder of LEAP Africa, Co-Founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution, an indigenous agro processing company, and a Director at Sahel Capital Partners & Advisory Ltd., an advisory and consulting firm focused on the agribusiness and nutrition sectors in West Africa.

  1. 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.
  2. Ndidi started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices.
  3. Less than a year after graduating from HBS, she resigned her job as an associate with McKinsey & Company and returned to Nigeria to serve as the pioneer executive director of the FATE Foundation, a nonprofit focused on helping unemployed women and men start businesses.
  4. In 2002 she established Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability & Professionalism (LEAP) Africa to create a new generation of principled, dynamic, and visionary leaders who will transform the African continent.
  5. She partnered with her husband, Mezuo Nwuneli (MBA 2003), to establish AACE Foods, an agro processing company which sources produce from smallholder farmers and processes them for the local market.
  6. She also serves on numerous international and local boards including Nestle Nigeria Plc., Cornerstone Insurance Plc., Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, Nigerian Breweries Plc. and the Royal DSM Plc Sustainability Advisory Board.
  7. 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. Her other Awards and recognition include:
  • Honoree of the Global Fund for Women – 2013;
  • Winner of the Harvard Business School Nigeria Business Club – 2013; Leading Social Entrepreneur Award
  • Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa – 2011
  • Excellence Award from Anambra State – 2011
  • Selected for Harvard Business School’s Africa Business Club’s Excellence Award – 2007
  • Selected as Young Manager of the Year by THISDAY Newspapers – 2005
  • Selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Davos – 2004
  1. She 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,
  • Rage for Change: A Practical Guide for Young Nigerians who Desire to Make a Difference;
  • Building a Culture of Ethics: A Practical Guide for Leaders in the African Public, Private and Non-Profit Sectors, and
  • Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact, published by Routledge in 2016.


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