Inclusive businesses build and sustain their competitive advantage, growth and profitability by investing in local sourcing and building strong distribution channels that engage low income populations. Africa needs more inclusive businesses, and I am committed to working with a broad range of stakeholders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to foster knowledge sharing, promote best practices and ultimately, create an enabling environment for inclusive businesses to thrive.
Ndidi Nwuneli is the Founder of LEAP Africa, a leading youth leadership nonprofit organization, and co-Founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution, an indigenous agroprocessing company that was founded in 2009 to fight malnutrition, reduce post-harvest losses among smallholder farmers and displace imports. She is also the managing partner of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd. She started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices. Ndidi 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. 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 was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power African Women by Forbes. Ndidi serves on numerous international and local boards including Nestle Nigeria Plc., Nigerian Breweries Plc., Globethics.net Switzerland, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, Fairfax Africa Holdings Canada, Royal DSM Sustainability Board, Netherlands and the African Philanthropy Forum. Ndidi is the author of “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact," published by Routledge in 2016.