About UsOur Team Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli joined The Rockefeller Foundation board of trustees in 2019.

Ndidi is a Co-Founder of Sahel Consulting: Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd. and serves as its managing partner.  She has 23 years of experience in international development, and through her work with Sahel has shaped agriculture strategy and policy and launched innovative businesses and ecosystem solutions in partnership with clients in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

She 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.  She is 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.  She 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 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.  She was a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School and a 2018 Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow.

Ndidi serves as a director for Nigerian Breweries Plc (Heineken). Godrej Consumer Products India, Fairfax Africa, World Vegetable Center and on the Royal DSM Sustainability Board.  She is the author of “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact,” published by Routledge.  She is a TED Global speaker and her work has been featured on CNN, BBC, Bloomberg and a range of other international and local media outlets.