Ndidi Nwuneli is co-founder and director of Nigeria's AACE Food Processing & Distribution, an indigenous agroprocessing company, and a director at Sahel Capital Partners. She has 18 years of experience in international development and has supported a range of clients in Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Senegal.
Nwuneli started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York, and Johannesburg offices. She returned to Nigeria in 2000 to serve as the pioneer executive director of the FATE Foundation, a leading entrepreneurship development organization. She established LEAP Africa and NIA in 2002 and 2003 respectively. LEAP is a leading leadership development organization that has worked in 26 states across Nigeria providing leadership training and coaching to over 50,000 entrepreneurs, youth, teachers, and the public sector. LEAP has also pioneered curriculum and published ten books on succession, ethics, governance, and management. NIA empowers female university students in southeastern Nigeria to achieve their highest potential.
Nwuneli 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. She was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and received the national honor of being named a Member of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government. In 2011 she was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power African Women by Forbes. She serves on numerous international boards, including USAID's Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership.