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Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is a social entrepreneur with over 21 years’ experience in International Development and Business Managements.
Ndidi Nwenule was born on 22nd March 1975 at the University of Nigeria teaching hospital in Enugu State, Nigeria.
Her father Paul Obuekwe Okonkwo is a Nigerian professor of Pharmacology and her mother, Rina Okonkwo is an American professor of history.
Growing up in Enugu, she attends University Primary School while are Secondary School was at Federal Government College Enugu (1986 – 1991)
Nwuneli attended the Wharton School University of Pennsylvania in 1992, where she concentrated in strategic management and multinational management.
In May 1995 at age 20, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics
By 1997, she enrolled at Harvard Business School (HBS). While there she received both Harvey Fellowship and National Black MBA Association Graduate Scholarship.
She graduated with her MBA at age 24 in 1999.
In 1995, she was offered a full-time position at Mckinsey as a Business Analyst.
Ndidi in 1998, accepted a position as the Lead Consultant with a non-profit organization founded by professor Micheal Porter called The Center for Middle East Competitive Strategy.
She worked as the Lead Consultant for The Ford Foundation on a project focusing on Nigeria largest micro-credit institutions COWAN and FADU in 1999
By the year 2000, she resigned her position at Mckinsey and returned to Nigeria to serve as the Executive Director for the FATE Foundation.
In 2002, Nwuneli founded two non-profit organization LEAP (Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability, Professionalism) Africa and Ndu Ike Akunuba (NIA), Igbo words which translate in English to Life, Strength and Wealth
As the founder of these organizations, she has had the opportunity to speak at United Nation Commission for Social Development, the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiatives.
In 2010, Nwuneli and her husband Mezuo Nweneli, co-founded Sahel Capital and AACE Foods,
Sahel was selected as the fund manager for Fund for Agricultural Finance in Nigeria (FAFIN) 100 million dollars fund focused on SME’s
Nwuneli is on the Board of LEAP Africa, AACE Foods, FairFax Africa Funds, Sahel Capital, Godrej Group and more.
She was honored and recognized as Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa in 2011.  selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Davos 2014.

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