Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli (MFR)

Managing Partner

Mrs. Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is an expert on African agriculture and nutrition, philanthropy, and social innovation. She has over 25 years of international development experience and is a recognized serial entrepreneur, author, public speaker, and consultant. Through her work in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, she has led the design and execution of high-impact initiatives focused on policy, strategy, organizational design, ecosystem solutions, and growth.

Ndidi Nwuneli is the Managing Partner of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd., which works across West 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. She is the founder of LEAP Africa which inspires, empowers and equips a new cadre of principled, disciplined and dynamic young leaders in Africa.

Ndidi started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg Offices. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree with honors 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 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 2020. She is a TED Global speaker and her work has been featured on CNN, BBC and a range of international and local media outlets.

Temitope Adegoroye

Associate Partner

Temitope is an Associate Partner at Sahel Consulting where he is responsible for client engagement, project management and implementation. He is passionate about the agribusiness sector and has worked extensively across a broad range of value chains, with specific expertise on roots and tubers. He is proficient in market analysis, business strategy development, business sustainability, and project management.

Temitope has led several studies on agricultural policies and market entry strategies and implemented consulting projects in a range of priority areas including innovations in seed systems, mechanization, on-farm productivity enhancement and improved market access for agribusiness stakeholders.

Temitope holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Agronomy from the University of Ibadan and received his undergraduate degree in Plant Science from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. He is currently completing his MBA at the Lagos Business School, Nigeria.

Falaq Tidjani

Manager

Falaq has worked with development organizations, private organizations and government agencies on strategic assessment and planning, market analysis, national and regional policy analysis and entry strategies. She has worked on the downstream and upstream sectors and various value chains such as roots and tubers, fruits and vegetables, edible oils, grains and cereals focusing on several countries including Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria.

Falaq holds a BSc in Business Economics (First Class Honors) from the Anglia Ruskin University, England. She is proficient in French and English.

Olumide Oyebamiji

Manager, Policy, Advocacy & Partnerships

Olumide works as part of a team at Sahel Consulting that provides agricultural value chain research and analysis, market entry strategies, policy consulting, and project implementation support to a wide range of clients.

He has worked on in-depth analysis of the maize and fertilizer value chains and is currently focused on the development of the local dairy sector in a way that improves the livelihoods of smallholder dairy farmers by improving their productivity and integrating them into the milk supply chain of formal dairy processors.

Olumide has close to a decade’s experience in development program management, research, business development, evidence-based advocacy and stakeholder engagement at local, national, and international levels.

He has led the design and implementation of high impact development programs on Access to Energy, Good Governance, Conflict, Stabilization & Reintegration, and Human Rights. He is also skilled in organizing public campaigns and community engagement.

His core competencies include research, data analysis & visualization; policy analysis; knowledge management; proposal development & donor engagement; and program monitoring, evaluation & lifecycle review.

Olumide holds a B.Sc. (First Class Hons) International Relations from Obafemi Awolowo University and an M.Sc. Political Science (Development Studies) from the University of Port Harcourt.

Ayodeji Ojo

Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Deji Ojo is a research and development practitioner with interest in livelihood opportunities, food security, nutrition and climate change in rural Africa. He leads the monitoring and evaluation of projects implemented by Sahel Consulting. His work involves the development of monitoring and evaluation plans, results framework and data systems. Deji also leads the training of field agents and supports the development of strategic plans for project implementation. He has over 6 years experience in research, program design, monitoring and evaluation.

Prior to joining Sahel Consulting, Deji worked as a field supervisor with Hanovia Medical Limited where he participated in data collection, monitoring of enumerators and quality assurance. He holds a Master of Science (MSc.) degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan and a bachelor of agricultural technology degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension Services from the Federal University of Technology, Akure.

Deji loves listening to music, watching soccer and reading autobiographies and African fiction in his spare time.

Chinedu Agbara, CFA

Consultant

Chinedu has over six years work experience spanning roles in investment management, investment banking, corporate finance advisory, business development and management consulting. Chinedu has supported private agriculture company successfully tap the public debt market to raise capital. He is currently working on a cassava seed system project BASICS-II which aims to provide farmers with access to affordable, quality-assured seeds of the cassava varieties in demand by local food processor markets.

Chinedu holds an MSc in Advanced Finance from IE Business School Madrid and is a CFA Institute Charterholder.

Fisayo Kayode

Livestock Coordinator

The keywords that best describe me:
Resilient | Calm | Zestful | Team player

What I do at Sahel:
Develops training contents on improved dairy farming practices and oversees Feed and Fodder, Artificial Insemination and animal health components of the Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria (ALDDN) program being implemented in Adamawa, Jigawa, Plateau, Kaduna, and Kano states.

Why I love working in Sahel:
My daily assignment at Sahel aligns with my core interests and passion, which include sustainable livestock production, hunger eradication and improvement of livelihoods.

Other non-work related interests:
Music| Fashion| Reading

Previous work experience:
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Fisayo joined Sahel in July 2017

Education:
B. Agriculture (Animal Science) from Bayero University, Kano
Sustainable Food Production through Livestock Health Management from College of Veterinary Medicine University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (short course), Graduate Animal Scientist (GAS), Nigerian Institute of Animal Science, Milking to Potential from Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands.

Buhari Zubairu

Senior Analyst

The keywords that best describe me:
Patient | Team player | Creative | Ambivert

What I do at Sahel:
Implementation of Sahel Consulting projects, Field data gathering and analysis

Why I love working in Sahel:
Sahel gives me the opportunity to learn professionally and step up my standards. I also love the level of excellence at Sahel.

Other non-work related interests:
Sport | First aid | Creativity

Previous work experience:
eHealth Systems Africa

Education:
BSc Human Physiology from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Ifeoluwa Olorunnipa

Senior Analyst

The keywords that best describe me:
Committed, Patient, Versatile, Team Player

What I do at Sahel:
I support proposal development, project implementation and business planning. I am also involved in Sahel’s Corporate Shared Values (CSV) activities.

Why I love working in Sahel:
Sahel provides countless professional and personal learning opportunities. At Sahel, the work culture embodies excellence and I get to work with some of the most brilliant minds in the industry.

Other non-work related interests:
Reading, Baking, Movies, Community Development

Previous work experience:
Population Services International, Chemonics International Inc. Ifeoluwa joined Sahel Consulting in May 2019

Education:
B.Sc International Relations from Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria; Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

Lawal Kareem

Analyst

The keywords that best describe me:
Solution Oriented | Resourceful | Observant | Team playerity

What I do at Sahel:
Market research, Data analysis, Project implementation, and Corporate Shared Values (CSV) activities.

Why I love working in Sahel:
Sahel offers an amazing opportunity to learn professional work ethics, world-class project delivery, and manage high-level stakeholder interactions.

Other non-work-related interests:
Volunteering | Tours | Tennis

Previous work experience:
Nexus Farms. Lawal joined Sahel Consulting in November 2018.

Education:
Bachelor of Agriculture Ahmadu Bello University (First Class Honours), United Nations Institute for Training and Research, (Short-course), Associate Member of Nigeria Meteorological Society (NMETS)

Omobolaji Etti

ICT Associate

The key words that best describe me:
Adaptable | Goal- oriented | Integrity | Team pleayer

What I do in Sahel:
ICT policy development, Graphic design, Network management, Social media management, Technical support, Video editing, and Website management

Why I love working in Sahel:
Sahel is one big family, coupled with talented professionals

Other non-work related interests:
Video games | Watching football match |Playing Basketball | Creating new ideas | Surfing the Internet for new knowledge

Previous work experience:
IT support officer at Skylinks Satellite Communications Limited; Digital Marketing Officer at Shixels Studios Limited; Digital Marketing Executive at Worldbay Technologies Limited and other freelance jobs related to IT

Education:
BSc. Hons. in Economics – Babcock University; Desktop publishing, Network centered computing & Digital web authoring – NIIT; Web design & Microsoft certified professional (MCP) on windows – GNT; Network Management – TTC Mobile; ITIL in IT Service Management – Harrybaker Training Institute; Graduate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management.

Adedolapo Adeseye

Account/Admin Manager

The keywords that best describe me:
Inquisitive| Patient | Concise | Diligent

What I do at Sahel:
Financial Reporting, Tax matters, Project reporting, Financial modeling for business plan development and overseeing administrative activities.

Why I love working in Sahel:
Sahel Consulting is a great learning environment that presents new opportunities that keep you focused and energized. The work culture is great and mutual respect among all staff is unique. At Sahel, we preach integrity and excellence.

Other non-work related interests:
Listening to Music | Teaching | Movies | Soccer

Previous work experience:
Adeyemi Ajibade & Co (Firm of chartered accountants): Sahel Capital Partners & Advisory Limited. Dolapo joined Sahel Consulting in 2018.

Education:
B.Sc. Accounting (First Class Honors) from Osun State University.
ACCA Diploma in International Financial Reporting
Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (Professional Member)
Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.

Wilson Akumo

Account/Admin Officer

The keywords that best describe me:
Hard-work | Empathy | Team Player | Honest

What I do at Sahel:
Financial Reporting and Bookkeeping for Sahel. I also provide administrative support for both Sahel and the Nourishing Africa Initiative.

Why I love working in Sahel:
Sahel Consulting is a data-driven organization, which prides itself in its attention to detail and its family-like work environment. It is the perfect place to learn and perfect your craft and be instilled with core life and organizational values, which will mold you to be a better person at work and in life.

Other non-work-related interests:
Listening to Music | Dancing | Movies | Football

Previous work experience:
Sunnet Systems and Datacom Services Limited. Wilson Joined Sahel in 2020

Education:
B.Sc. Accounting from University of Jos