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Segun Adeniyi

Segun Adeniyi is a journalist, writer and former presidential spokesman ,Olusegun Adeniyi is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (FNAL) who has delivered speeches and lectures in several countries, including at the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road in China. He has also written several books, including ‘The Last 100 Days of Abacha’. ‘Power, Politics and Death’. A front-row account of Nigeria under the late President Yar’Adua’, ‘Against The Run of Play: How an incumbent president was defeated in Nigeria’ and ‘From Frying Pan to Fire: How African migrates risk everything in their futile search for a better life in Europe.

A founding member of the National Stakeholders Working Group of the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and current member of the Kaduna State Government Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship Governing Board, Adeniyi served on the Panel of Judges for the Nigerian Breweries Plc ‘Maltina Teacher of the Year’ for 2015 and 2016. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) which awards annual scholarships and fellowships to Nigerians and Ghanaians for Master’s Degree programme at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University. In April 2019. Adeniyi was inaugurated, along with others from 29 countries, as a Council Member of the Belt and Road News Network (BRNN) in Beijing, China.

Adeniyi, who holds a first degree in International Relations from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy (MILD) from the University of Lagos, has participated in several professional and academic programmes in many countries. Notably, in July 2007, he attended the International Visitor Leadership Programme organised by the US State Department in Washington. He also spent the 2010/2011 academic session as a Fellow at the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University where he conducted his research on the factors that shape incumbent presidential elections in Africa.

Married with three children, Adeniyi is currently the Chairman of the Editorial Board of THISDAY Newspapers where he writes a weekly column. ‘The Verdict’.

Muhammad Mubarak Abdulkarim

Muhammad Mubarak Abdulkarim works as a Power system Engineer with The Transmission Company of Nigeria, an Alumnus of the prestigious 6th of October university for modern Sciences and Arts, Egypt with a first degree in electrical systems and electronic communications engineering.

currently pursuing an MBA at the university of South Wales as well as a Masters in Power machines systems engineering at The Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Mubarak is a certified Electrical oil and gas engineer from the city and guilds institute, London. Mubarak is a youth advocate for the sustainable development goals, a philanthropist and a global citizen Working with several NGOs to improve lives across Nigeria.

Mubarak is the CEO of Barakah Basket, a startup in the food services Industry. Mubarak is a young aspiring diplomat who has over 10 years of MUN experience in west Africa, North Africa, Middle-east and Europe attending several international conferences, workshops and trainings where he served as the chairperson and panelist in several committees and won several awards including the overall best position paper award at the Babcock international model United Nations.

Shamsuddeen Magaji

Shamsuddeen Magaji is a lawyer, writer, public commentator and a social activist. He is passionate about rural empowerment and girl child education as sin qua non to achieving human and capital development. He is the founder of Kebbi Community Action, an organization working towards promoting rural women access to empowerment and girl child education. Through his organization, he had partnered with Oxfam to empower women farmers and has led the United States Embassy’s PROTEAN project in Kebbi State where rural teachers were empowered to provide quality delivery to their pupils.

Shamsuddeen is a recipient of the world’s prestigious Fulbright award and served in various capacities primarily at the University of Georgia, USA including chairing the Publicity Committee of the university’s International Conference on Africa and its Diaspora. He also served vigorously with the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. He has made presentations on community and youth development at the Georgia International Leadership Conference, the Committee on Teaching about the United Nations, New York, the University of Florida, Kennesaw State University as well as the Fulbright Conferences in Washington D.C and South Carolina, USA.

He served as ONE Champion in Nigeria and wears many hats including serving as Kebbi Cordinator at the West African Network for PeaceBuilding (WANEP), Save Democracy Africa and the Centre for Transparency Advocacy. Shamsuddeen led the 2019 ECOWAS-AU Election Violence Monitoring and Mitigation (EMAM) and the International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) projects in Kebbi State. He has received several awards and distinctions including the African Union ECOSOCC Ambassadorial Award, ONE Campaign Award and Rotary International Polio Ambassadorial Award among others. He has also received special recognition at the Georgia International Leadership Conference, University of Georgia’s 2020 Spring Teaching Symposium and the Model African Union Conference held in Kennesaw.

He possesses the dual attributes of being jovial and serious minded. Meeting new people is his delight.

Uchenna Nkwonta

Uchenna Nkwonta is a Nigerian trained medical doctor with over four years’ experience in providing clinical and support services to patients and in supporting public health programs and health research projects in Nigeria, Rwanda and the United Kingdom. He has a keen interest in health system strengthening and financing to achieve universal health coverage and has a strong passion for the development and implementation of equitable health policies that are focused on addressing the social determinants behind poor health outcomes in resource-constraint settings.

Uchenna has an MSc in Global Health Delivery from the University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda, and on the verge of completing an MSc in Global Health Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science under the Commonwealth scholarship. He has worked as a medical officer in both the public and private health sectors in Nigeria, and more recently worked as a Research Assistant with the Care Policy and Evaluation Center where he was involved in supporting health policy research projects of the United Kingdom’s National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research.

Hamisu Adamu Dandajeh

Hamisu Adamu Dandajeh is an Energy Consultant, a Climate Change Expert and a Thermofluid lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Nigeria. He graduated with a First-Class degree in Mechanical Engineering in the year 2010 from ABU, Zaria. He later obtained his MSc (distinction) in sustainable Energy Systems in 2013 from Queen Mary University of London, UK and a PhD degree in Combustion and Air pollution control in 2018 from the University College London (UCL), UK.  He was within the top 1% of his class in ABU and the best student in his MSc class at the Queen Mary University of London with a perfect CGPA of 5.0 out of 5.0. Dandajeh was among the only few that completed their PhD in less than 3 years at UCL since the establishment of the University in 1826. Dandajeh was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States of America from February to July,2020 and obtained a Kaufman Teaching Certificate Programme (KTCP) from the same institution.

Dandajeh is a fellow of the MIT-ETT, USA, a member of: i) Aerosol Society, UK, ii) Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and iii) Nigerian Institute of Management Chartered (NIM). He is a registered Engineer with COREN, Nigeria. Dandajeh has published many papers in reputable peer review journals and has attended several local and international conferences including those organised by Universities like Cambridge, Harvard, and MIT. He has received travel grant in March 2020 from the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK to participate on Problem Based Learning: Teaching Engineers to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dandajeh has attended several leadership and entrepreneurship training organized by the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), USA and the British Council, UK.

As part of his community selfless service, Dandajeh has been engaged, over a decade, in free teaching and mentoring, especially of indigent students, preparing them for WAEC/NECO/UTME examinations at the Refresher Course Programme in T/Wada Zaria of Kaduna State.

Dandajeh loves reading, writing, and gardening in a green environment and his goal looking forward to KIF programme, is to contribute his quota in grooming some critical mass of the next generation scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs in Nigeria. He also looks forward to learning a lot on policy making and implementation in the Nigerian public sectors.


Zaliha A. Lawal

Zaliha A. Lawal is a community development practitioner, an advocate of social quality, and a conflict management researcher. She currently works with Connected Development as education project manager and the Focal person for Followthemoney on SDGs.

Zaliha is also part of the CSO’s ensuring the implementation of the OGP State action plan in Kaduna and a member of Kaduna State Tax Justice steering committee.  She is a member of the advisory board of TransparencIT, chairs the board of Spotlight Initiative, and a member of Youth Advisory Group for United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Zaliha holds a BSc and MSc in Public Administration. Her goal is to have a Nigerian system where meritocracy comes first, where people in the most remote part of the country have access to social amenities and can hold government accountable. Her dedication in serving communities gave her the Young Impact Maker Award 2019 and a Global Juror for the 5th Global Entrepreneur Awards on the SDGs.

Oyinkansola Odidi

Oyinkansola Odidi is a communication enthusiast and is keenly passionate about leadership, local and international development. Oyin is an alumnus of YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative), an initiative of the United States Department of State, which commenced in 2010 by President Barack Obama, to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. She volunteers with the mentorship department of Slum2School Africa and is also a member of the ForbesWomen Forum amongst other communities.

Although a graduate of Biochemistry from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, Oyin is a risk analyst with work experience spanning across credit and market risk analysis, portfolio management, as well as regulatory reporting. Oyin has worked as an Online Media Curator with a web design and application development firm. She is also currently pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Development Communication at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria.

In 2015, Oyin represented Nigeria at 33Sixty, a Commonwealth Conference organised by Common Purpose, in Malta, where she worked closely with other young exceptional individuals from across the Commonwealth on matters relating majorly to migration and other global challenges.

Oyin currently manages Havilah Golden Foods, a start-up that produces 100% natural, gluten-free and healthy foods and snacks for the entire family, including pets.

When she isn’t working, you will likely find Oyin listening to music, exploring beautiful places, attempting to write , trying to practise speaking French or talking about how the world can become a better place.

Mahmud Abdullahi

Mahmud Abdullahi studied Political Science at Ahmadu Bello University. He has almost a decade of experience in the telecoms and banking sectors, spanning the areas of customer experience, performance management, cash management and branch operations.

He enjoys learning new things and meeting new people. As a finance enthusiast, Mahmud is a member of several professional bodies, such as the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) and the Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management (CILRM). In his spare time, he enjoys watching football and playing video games.

Rahila Ibrahim Ahmad

Rahila Ibrahim Ahmad is a pharmacist with a passion for community development. She is an avid volunteer who has participated in improving health care indices of people by organizing and participating in medical outreaches within and outside of her community.

She works as a Territory Manager for ProNov, a start-up that provides solutions to poor inventory management, disjointed supply chain, poor financial inclusion for people at the bottom of the pyramid as well as high cost of medicines in disadvantaged communities.

She is a sexual and reproductive health advocate and has worked to improve issues of reproductive health in her project as a Young Innovation Leaders Fellow as well as a Population Reference Bureau youth video advocate.

Rahila’s involvement in the Open Government Partnership (OGP Local, Kaduna State) has increased her passion for good governance and improved fiscal transparency and accountability which led her to be one of the Public Private Development Center (PPDC) project monitors where she monitors procurements and capital projects approved by Kaduna State as well as improving open contracting data standards.

She is currently the volunteer media and communications lead for Open Arts a literary organization and Follow Taxes, a non-governmental organization that provides simple and interactive platforms to educate taxpayers on their rights and obligations. She has led several groups involved in various projects one of which is the Kaduna Bookathon, which is aimed at providing books and local contents for children in public schools. Rahila Ibrahim is a Young Africans Leaders Initiative (YALI-RLC) alumni and a humanitarian awardee of her NYSC-CDS GROUP.

Tolulope Adetunji

Tolulope ‘Tolu’ Adetunji is an Alumna of the University of Ibadan and Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development and a Masters in Development Studies respectively.

As an undergraduate student of University of Ibadan, Tolu served as Team Lead, Vice President, and President of the University Chapter of AIESEC, an international youth-run non-profit; as well as National Alumni Coordinator. As a Youth Corps member, she coordinated the planting of over 3000 trees in the old and permanent sites of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna.

Following her NYSC, Tolulope worked at Tomato-Jos farming and processing company in Kaduna where she worked with small holder farmers to hit an average yield per hectare of 21MT of Tomatoes and 8MT of Maize which were three (3) and four (4) times higher than the National average yield for each crop respectively.

She has also worked part-time as an Agribusiness consultant at Kaduna Business School and an intern with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Technology, Kaduna State, providing on-the-job support. She is the founder of Irish and Moore – a Nigerian based company that offers Agro-allied and Agro-consulting services, promoting sustainable value-added agricultural production and services. She dreams and works towards the day when Africa will be able to not only feed herself but also feed the world and make a profit from doing so.

Victoria Dogo

Victoria Dogo is the Project/Production Coordinator at JAYSA Studios; A Media company that specializes in the production of documentaries and films that tell compelling social impact stories.

Before she surrendered to the call of production, she worked at the prestigious Guaranty Trust Bank for six (6) years. Her work experience spans across several banking units. Starting with a supervisory role in the Customer Information Service Department and later heading a branch Customer Information Service unit. She also worked as the deputy unit head of the Cheque and Draft production team (MICR).

She Successfully launched the Building Bridges campaign which PRODUCED VIDEO VIGNETTES TO Counter divisive stereotypes AND PROMOTE UNITY in Nigeria. it was viewed and shared by over a million social media users locally and internationally. The MICR team she co-headed was part of the review team for the recently revised Nigerian Cheque Standard.

Victoria is currently running a Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Lagos, she is an Alumnus of the Emerging Leaders Academy, 2019 and a member of a Community and youth support initiative.

She is a professional with a vibrant personality, strong work ethic and a go-getter. Her core skills are problem solving, teamwork, leadership, strategic planning, quick/keen learner, self-motivation and the ability to take initiative. Her hobbies include singing, swimming, reading, acting, music, literature and arts.

Abiodun Buari

Abiodun Buari Holds an MBA Degree from the prestigious Stanford Graduate School of Business & BSc (First Class Honors) degree in Industrial Engineering from Nigeria’s premier university – University of Ibadan. He has over six years of work experience in business development and growth marketing at fintech (Remitly), e-commerce (Amazon), and consumer goods industry (P&G and PZ Cussons) in Nigeria and the US. He developed and launched products that have delivered outstanding results, innovated and executed best-in-class online and offline go-to-market strategies, and drove operational efficiencies across multiple organizational processes.

Abiodun is a Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship recipient and has won several other coveted awards, including The Stanford Miller Social Change Leadership Award and The University of Ibadan Scholar Award. He is a member of the Nigeria Society of Engineers and pursuing a professional membership of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Abiodun is passionate about leveraging technology for development delivery, especially for the underprivileged. Abiodun looks forward to a great experience in public service and international development.

Zahara’u Yunusa

Zahara’u Yunusa is a technology enthusiast.  She graduated from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University with a B.Sc. in Biology. Her quest for doing something impactful plunged her into the world of technology. She is passionate about using technology as a tool to improve socio-economic development indices in Nigeria, particularly in the public sector and governance. As a project manager at Roundstone Consulting, she was involved in strategic business decisions. She was actively involved in the software development process, managing project documentation, presentation and training. She also followed up on business opportunities and progress. Software development is a never-ending puzzle and is happily expanding her role as a developer as she learns other languages.

Zahara’u is a member of CALPED, an organization that actively demands accountability and good governance in the state. She is also a toastmaster, with the GEMSTONE Toastmaster, a non-profit educational organization that teaches public `speaking and leadership skills through a world-wide network of clubs. In her downtime, she indulges in agriculture, a two-year-old hubby she hopes to develop further.

Didam Laah

Didam Laah is a polymath development journalist/broadcaster. He is an advocate of good governance and citizen engagement, a media entrepreneur, public speaker (centering on youth/personal development). Didam is a Technical Working Group (Access to Information) member of Open Government Partnership, OGP, in Kaduna State. He was awarded Best Media Personality (northern Nigeria) in 2018 by City People Award. He got recognition by Africa Media Development Foundation, AMDF, as Journalist of the month of July 2020. He is also the convener of Bridging the Gap Conference, founder of Teach the Nation and co-founder, The Committed Team.

He is currently the Head of News and Current Affairs Department at Invicta 98.9FM, Kaduna. He was Head of Programmes Department at Vision 92.1FM, Abuja; On-Air Personality/News Anchor at Liberty 91.7FM and Capital Sounds 90.9FM respectively.

Presently pursuing his Master’s in Strategic Communication at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Didam had his first degree in Mass Communication at Bayero University, Kano.

He hosts Office of the Citizen, Today with Didam and Bridging the Gap on Liberty FM, Social Media, and Invicta FM respectively.

Omolara Daniel

Omolara Daniel is a social entrepreneur, a passionate change-maker and a social advocate. Originally from Abeokuta South in Ogun State, she lives in Lagos where she works.

Omolara is a graduate of English and literary studies from the prestigious University of Lagos. She has over seven years’ experience volunteering, working and advocating for persons with disabilities both locally and beyond. In 2016, she was selected as part of the one thousand youth leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa to participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship in the United States. She has worked and volunteered for organizations such as the Nigeria Association of the Blind, National association of Nigerian Visually impaired students (Nanvis Unilag), Multikids Foundation and Multikids Inclusive Academy, Accra Ghana.

Omolara is the owner and founder of Bethel Foundation and Blindtech Enterprise.


Bernice Abeku

Bernice Abeku is a graduate of Geology and Mining from the prestigious University of Jos, Nigeria and an ardent believer in the ability of solid-mineral mining to revive the Nigerian economy and bring lasting solutions to many ills plaguing our society. As a Youth Ambassador of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), she teams up with other young Nigerians to execute projects that raise awareness on mining, conservation of the earth, natural resources and renewable energy sources for the sustainability of the planet we live in and the human race.

She is a student-member of the Nigerian Mining & Geosciences Society (NMGS), Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists/American Association of Petroleum Geologists (NAPE/AAPG) as well as the Women in Mining Nigeria (WIMIN). Bernice Abeku is also a team member of the non-profit ‘Project Burning Issues’, a group whose core mandate is to raise awareness on pressing issues in our immediate environment and emphasizes the roles of youths in tackling them. She served in the Mines and Steel Development/ Energy units of the Bureau of Public Enterprises where she observed and participated in the reforming processes of under-performing government enterprises. Bernice loves music, meeting people and learning new things.

Albert A. Kure

Albert A. Kure is a trained third-generation teacher, certified Manager, food security and climate change advocate, Biotech innovator, and Entrepreneur who’s work as Co-founder of FrontierSS, a science solutions company created in 2018, is at the intersection of championing STEM education and the creation or facilitating of innovative solutions in the form of ideas, products, or processes that can tackle local problems and on commercialization shift Africa leaps toward the actualization of the SDGs and Agenda2063.

His experience as an Innovator is evidenced by his emergence as winner of Unity Bank’s ‘#TheUnifiers’ Award in the Lantern Category for Innovation in Science and Technology, as well as his delivery of the winning pitch at the global Thought For Food (TFF) challenge in Brazil, answering the question “how do we feed 9+ billion people by 2050?”. Albert is a member of the UN and ICCDI Africa’s Youth Climate Innovation Hub, One Young World Ambassador, Faculty member at GreenRise Hub; Nigeria’s premier food, agriculture, and agritech innovation hub, Fellow of the African Union and World Youth Forum’s African Presidential Leadership Program (APLP) in Egypt, and Audi Environmental Foundation Scholar, with the scholars being 15 youth around the world engineering a sustainable future while proffering solutions to the problems of scarce resources, environmental destruction, climate change, and population growth.

As a TFF Ambassador, and Mentor to the only African finalist team from Cameroon in the 2020 TFF challenge, he retains memberships to the Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NSBMB), Metabolomics Society, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), and the Society for Experimental Biology of Nigeria (NISEB) where he was once a recipient of Prof. (Mrs.) J. Okpuzor’s award.

Lola Shoneyin

Lola Shoneyin’s works includes three books of poems: So All the Time I Was Sitting on an Egg(1997), Song of a Riverbird (2002) and For the Love of Flight (2010); and a 3 children’s books titled Mayowa and the Masquerades (2010) Do As You are Told, Baji (2019) and Iyaji, the Housegirl (2019). Her debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2011 and went on to win the PEN Oakland 2011 Josephine Miles Literary Award and the Ken Saro Wiwa Prose Prize.

Shoneyin is the founder of Book Buzz Foundation—an NGO that is devoted to promoting literacy, creating reading spaces, and organising cultural And Arts-focused events such as the Ake Arts & Book Festival, and the Kaduna Book & Arts Festival which takes place in Northern Nigeria.

In 2016, she founded Ouida Books—a Nigerian publishing house. She also runs one of the best-stocked bookstores in Nigeria. Shoneyin is currently working on her second novel, and a series of children’s picture books set in northern Nigeria.

Jimi Lawal

Jimi Lawal is a British trained, qualified professional banker with over two decades of international merchant banking experience across three continents – Africa, Europe and North America; apart from having held senior management positions in multi-national banks, he is also a career entrepreneur, an educator and a Senior Public Servant that has founded several companies including an investment banking firm, a major real estate development company and an approved educational institution.


  • Served as member, Campaign Finance Committee, CPC Presidential Campaign Council.
  • Functioned as member, CPC Renewal Committee.
  • Aided the ACN-CPC Merger Committee as a member representing CPC.
  • Served as member, APC National Election Planning Committee


  • Excellent information analysis, proven government relations and networking skills, strong analytical and communication skills, excellent sales negotiation and business execution skills. Speaks Yoruba and English.


June 2019 – Date Reappointed as Senior Adviser & Counselor to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna State Government.

May 2015 – May 2019      Special Adviser and later promoted to Senior Adviser & Counsellor to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, Executive Governor, Kaduna State, Nigeria.

2004-2006   Chairman, Committee on Sale of Federal Government Houses in FCDA & Adviser to the Honourable Minister of Federal Capital Territory.

1991-1993   Chairman, National Centre for Economic Management & Administration, Ibadan, Nigeria.


2004-Present         Chairman, Knowledge Investments & Properties Company Limited, British Virgin Island.

1999-2004   Managing Director & Chief Instructor, International Institute of Information Technology Professionals & Kent College, Canada and China.

1994-99       Founder, President & CEO of Concept Energy Homes,    Inc. – Builder, Developer of New Residential Homes

1988-93                            Founder, Executive Director & CEO of Alpha Merchant Bank Plc, Lagos, Nigeria.

1984-88       Instructor, City Banking College, London, England.

1983-86       Union Bank of Nigeria, London Branch: Pioneer Supervisor.

1976-79       Various Positions from Teller to International Trade Finance Department with Barclays Bank Plc, Nigeria.                    


2008-2010   University of Westminster, London, England

Qualification:         Legal Practice Certificate – Post Graduate Diploma in Law with   Commendation & Distinction in Land Law & Commercial Law

2006-2008   University of Buckingham, Buckingham, UK

Qualification:         LLB (Second Class – Upper Division) Prize for Best Graduating Student in Jurisprudence

1992-1994   Harvard University Graduate School Of Business

Qualification:         Owner/President Management Programme

1982-83       South West London College, London, England.

Qualification:         Post Graduate Diploma in Management

1979-82       South West London College, London, England.

Qualification:         Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers [A.C.I.B]

-Elected Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in 1992 [F.C.I.B]

1971-76      Muslim College, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Qualification:         West African School Certificate

PUBLICATIONS    Various articles and a Book entitled – Buhari: The Making of a President – 2017


Born on September 21st, 1959; An accomplished International Entrepreneur, an experienced Public Servant and a Junior Master rated Chess Player; Married with children.


Ndidi Nwuneli

Ndidi Nwuneli is the Managing Partner of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd., which works across Africa shaping agricultural policy, creating catalytic ventures, and implementing ecosystem solutions. She is also the co-founder of AACE Foods, which sources from over 10,000 farmers and produces a range of packaged spices, seasonings, and cereals for local and international markets. Ndidi is the founder of LEAP Africa which inspires, empowers, and equips a new cadre of principled, disciplined, and dynamic young leaders in Africa. She is also the founder and chair of Nourishing Africa, a digital knowledge and data business focused on enabling agribusiness entrepreneurs to scale.

Ndidi started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in Chicago, New York, and Johannesburg Offices. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree with honours 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 an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow.

Ndidi was recognized as a Young Global Leader and Schwab Social Innovator by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honor from the Nigerian Government. Ndidi serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, AGRA, Nigerian Breweries Plc. (Heineken), Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, Fairfax Africa Holdings Canada, BusinessDay Newspapers, 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. Her new book titled “Food Entrepreneurs in Africa: Scaling Resilient Agriculture Businesses” will be published by Routledge in 2021.