BiographyNdidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is a serial social entrepreneur based in Nigeria. She is the founder of LEAP Africa, co-founder of AACE Foods, director at Sahel Capital and the African Philanthropy Forum. She has 20 years of experience in international and entrepreneurship development.
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. 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 eleven books on succession, ethics, governance and management. NIA empowers female university students in the Southeastern Nigeria to achieve their highest potential.
Ndidi holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a BsC with honors 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 serves on numerous international and local boards including Nestle Nigeria Plc., Cornerstone Insurance Plc., Nigerian Breweries Plc. and DSM Plc.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Small business development
Published: Aug 03, 2016 by Stanford Social Innovation Review
Authors: Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli
By supporting local innovators, we can solve more social problems and deepen our access to new systems thinking. http://ssir.org/articles/entry/creating_a_level_playing_field_for_social_innovators_in_africa