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Biography of Ndidi NWUNELI

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Ndidi Nwuneli 1975)  is the Nigerian founder and managing partner of LEAP Africa, a leadership training and coaching organization which is committed to empowering, inspiring and equipping a new cadre of leaders in Africa. She initially returned to Nigeria as the pioneer executive director of FATE Foundation Nigeria in 2000, a non-profit organization which promotes entrepreneurial development among Nigerian youth, which she saw as the way forward for Nigeria.



Following her early years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, Ndidi returned to Nigeria to fulfill her passion of promoting entrepreneurship and leadership development. She served as the pioneer executive director of the FATE Foundation from 2000,and then established LEAP Africa, and NIA in 2002 and 2003 respectively. NIA empowers female university students to achieve their highest potential in life while LEAP Africa provides leadership, ethics and management training and coaching for youth,business owners, social entrepreneurs and the public sector. LEAP also conducts leadership research and has published numerous books including: Defying the Odds:Case Studies of Nigerian Companies that have Survived Generations, A Toolkit for Business Leadership, Get on Board: A practical guide to building High-impact Boards of Directors, Rage for Change: A Practical Guide for Young Nigerians who Desire to Make a Difference and Building a Culture of Ethics: A Practical Guide for Leaders in the African Public, Private and Non-Profit Sectors.

Ndidi is also the managing partner of the African Alliance for Capital Expansion (AACE) and has provided policy, start-up and advisory services to the World Bank, IFC, DFID,Ford Foundation,Oxfam International,UCAD,the Center for Middle East Competitive Strategy, the Nigerian Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth Development.

Ndidi holds a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.During her time at Harvard, she founded the Annual Africa Business Conference. Ndidi received her undergraduate degree with honors in Multinational and Strategic Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ndidi has received numerous honors and awards. In 2003 She was recognized as a Global Leader of Tomorrow and Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Ndidi was recognized as the Young Manager of the Year 2005 by THISDAY Newspapers. She has also received a National Honor, Member of the Federal Republic, from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and an Excellence Award from the Africa Business Club at Harvard Business School in 2007.

Quotes: ..Everyday I step out of my door and I am confronted with the poverty and decadence in my community, I am more compelled and more inspired to take on the challenges associated with LEAP?s work in Nigeria. The most fulfilling part of my work is seeing changes take place in the attitudes, character, behaviour and actions of our participants. Sometimes this transformation is quick, but more often it is slow, but enduring. In 20 years, I hope to live in a middle-income and truly democratic country. One in which the masses of people
a) enjoy the basic amenities,
b) live in a clean, secure and peaceful environment
c) believe that they can achieve their highest potential, while
upholding high ethical and moral values...]

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