Ndidi Nwuneli Okonkwo is a Nigerian, Business Woman, Author and Speaker. Born on 22nd March, 1975 at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu.
She originally hails from Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria. Born and bred in Eungu State where she obtained her Primary and Secondary Education Certificate at University Primary School, and Federal Government College respectively.
Ndidi Nwuneli obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Multinational and Strategic Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ndidi Nwuneli Husband/ Family
Ndidi Nwuneli’s father Paul Obuekwe Okonkwo is a professor of Pharmacology, originally from Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria, while her mother, Rina Okonkwo is an American Professor of History.
Ndidi Nwuneli is married to Mezuo Nwuneli, co-founder of Sahel Capital and AACE Foods. They are blessed with t a boy and a girl.
Ndidi Nwuneli Career
Ndidi Nwuneli began her Career In her junior years at University of Pennsylvania, where she worked as a summer Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company, New York. After graduation, she returned to McKinsey & Company as a Business Analyst working out of Chicago, Illinois and also Johannesburg, South Africa.
She received the position of Lead Consultant In 1998, with The Center for Middle East Competitive Strategy, a non-profit organisation founded by Professor Michael Porter. she was responsible for consulting for Palestinian and Israeli businesses, making recommendations for decreasing transaction cost and increasing trade for the companies across the region.
Ndidi Nwuneli served as the Lead Consultant In 1999, for The Ford Foundation on a project focusing on Nigeria’s largest microcredit institutions, COWAN and FADU. Same year she rejoined McKinsey and served on the client service teams where she consulted for consumer goods companies and large American retailers.
Back to Nigeria
She give in one’s notice from McKinsey & Company and came back to Nigeria. In Nigeria, she became the pioneer Adminstrative Director of FATE Foundation, a non-profit organisation created to promote wealth creation and encourage entrepreneurship in Nigeria.
Ndidi Nwuneli is very passionate about unlocking the west African potential in agriculture and this is the reason behind her co-founding AACE Food with her husband. AACE Foods is an indigenous Nigerian company established in November 2009. Product line of AACE Food include spices, spreads, sauces and complementary food that excite and satisfy institutional, commercial and retail customers.
Ndidi Nwuneli habitual a non-profit organisation, LEAP Africa In 2002. LEAP is an acronym for Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism. The organisation focused on grooming the next generation of visionary leaders.
LEAP has trained thousands of entrepreneurs, youths, teachers and community organisers across 36 states in Nigeria. The foundation has published 11 books on succession, ethics, governance and management.
Ndidi Nwuneli also founded NIA; Ndu, Ike, Akunuba in 2002, For empowering young women to achieve their highest potential. Ndu, Ike and Akunuba are Igbo words which means Life, Strength and Wealth. Its focus is to change the mindset of women to realise that with hard work and discipline, they can achieve whatever they put their mind. At NIA, young women have access to mentors who have achieved a good level of success.
Ndidi Nwuneli is also an author and speaker. With her experience working at LEAP, AACE FOODS, and Sahel Capital, she wrote a book titled, “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact”, published by Routledge in 2016.
She serves on the boards of LEAP Africa, AACE Food Processing and Distribution Ltd Sahel Capital, African Philanthropy Forum. Ndidi is a member of USAID’s advisory committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and was a committee member on the Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership.
Ndidi Nwuneli Awards And Nominations
- Global Leader of Tomorrow by World Economic Forum 2002 Y
- Global Leader by World Economic Forum 2004
- Member of the Republic of Nigeria 2004
- Young Manager of the Year by ThisDay Newspaper 2005
- Excellence Award from Africa Business Club at Harvard Business School 2007
- Excellence Award from Anambra 2011
- Forbes’ 20 Youngest Powerful Women in Africa 2011
- Leading Enterprenur Award by Harvard Business School Club, Nigeria 2013
Ndidi Nwuneli Networth
Ndidi Nwuneli is currently one of the most influential Writer, Businesswoman with the estimated Networth of $250,000.
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