Mrs. Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is an expert on social innovation, African agriculture and nutrition, entrepreneurship, and youth development. 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 shaped policy and led the design and execution of high-impact initiatives focused on strategy, organizational design, ecosystem solutions, and growth.
Mrs. Nwuneli serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), AGRA, Nigerian Breweries Plc. (Heineken), Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, Fairfax Africa Holdings Canada, Royal DSM Sustainability Board, Netherlands, and the African Philanthropy Forum. She previously served on the Boards of Nestle Nigeria Plc., the World Vegetable Center and Cornerstone Insurance Plc.
Mrs. Nwuneli started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in Chicago, New York, and Johannesburg. She returned to Nigeria in 2000 to serve as the pioneer executive director of FATE Foundation, supporting young entrepreneurs to start and scale their businesses. In 2002, she established LEAP Africa to inspire, empower, and equip a new cadre of principled, disciplined, and dynamic young leaders in Africa. In the same year, she established NIA to support female university students in Nigeria to achieve their highest potential.
Over the past 12 years, she has focused exclusively on transforming the African agriculture and nutrition landscape. Through her work as the co-founder and the Managing Partner of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition, she has partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, DFID, ECOWAS, Syngenta and a range of private and public sector organizations to implement ecosystem solutions in the African agriculture and food landscapes. As the co-founder of AACE Foods, which produces a range of packaged spices, seasonings, and cereals for local and international markets, Mrs. Nwuneli has propelled the growth of a catalytic business. As the founder of Nourishing Africa, a digital home for food and agriculture entrepreneurs operating on the African Continent, she is accelerating the growth of the ecosystem and supporting entrepreneurs in 35 African countries. Her latest start-up is Changing Narratives Africa committed to changing global mindsets about Africa by showcasing the Continent’s contributions to the world through the pioneering work of her dynamic people, their innovations, and products.
Mrs. Nwuneli was recognized as a Young Global Leader and a Schwab Social Innovator by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honor from the Nigerian Government. She was listed as one of the 20 Power African Women by Forbes, on the 2019 100 Most Influential Africans List by New African Magazine and recently received the 2021 Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Awards, the highest honors given by the school. She is a TED Global speaker.
Mrs. Nwuneli is the author of “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact,” and “Food Entrepreneurs in Africa: Scaling Resilient Agriculture Businesses,” both published by Routledge. She is also the author of “Working for God in the Marketplace.”
She holds an M.B.A. from the 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.
Temitope is a 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 an MBA from Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University, Nigeria. He also 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.
Chinedu is a finance and business management expert with over 10 years’ experience in investment banking, business advisory, project financing, and relationship management. He currently serves as a manager at Sahel Consulting where he leads the development and implementation of agriculture projects focused on seed systems, catalyzing inclusive growth, and professionalizing farmer associations and innovative agri-businesses start-ups.
Before joining Sahel, Chinedu worked with agri-businesses and other corporate entities in raising finance from public and private capital markets. He has worked as a relationship manager for a top financial institution where he initiated and participated in successful negotiations with management, union leaders, and diverse stakeholders of private and public organizations. Chinedu has consulted for a family-owned business in Madrid and led sales campaigns that required engaging with multi-stakeholders with different cultural, language, and ethnic backgrounds.
Chinedu holds a Post Graduate degree in Business Management, a Masters’ degree in Advanced Finance from IE Business School, Madrid, and is a Charterholder with Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute in Virginia, USA.
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 7 years’ experience in research, program design, monitoring, and evaluation.
Prior to joining Sahel Consulting, Deji worked as a field supervisor with Hanovia Limited where he participated in data collection, monitoring of enumerators, and quality assurance. He has previously worked on various projects including the Nigeria Dairy Development Program (NDDP), Agricultural Electrification Project, Impact Evaluation of Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program (SURE-P), SHUGA Impact Evaluation, Tetanus Toxoid Campaign Coverage Survey among others. Deji has published several journal articles in reputable local and international journals.
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.
Fisayo is a trained Animal Scientist who has been working on building sustainable livestock production systems in Africa over the last 5 years. She currently serves as the Productivity Improvement Manager on the Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria (ALDDN) Program where she supports strategy development and program implementation, leads the training and extension, advocacy, and behavioral change of smallholder dairy farmers, and oversee the delivery of feed and fodder establishment, animal health, and genetic and breeding improvement services.
She worked with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations under the Eradicating Avian Influenza in Nigeria Project in 2015.
She holds a Bachelors’ degree in Agriculture (Animal Science) from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria and has completed professional courses including “Sustainable Food Production Through Livestock Health Management” from the College of the Veterinary Medicine University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in 2017, Project Management from HarryBaker Training Institute, Lagos in 2018 and “Milking to Potential” from Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands in 2019.
Fisayo is a registered member of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS).
Aisha is social development expert with experience in the non-profit and humanitarian sector, working with multi-national teams on conceptualizing and implementing projects in social development, public health, and gender equality.
At Sahel, Aisha’s work is focused on transforming the Nigerian agricultural sector by strengthening the technical and institutional capacity of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development to formulate and implement innovative and inclusive policies that will increase productivity and income of poor farmers, create job opportunities and improved livelihoods for millions of smallholder farmers, particularly women and youth.
Aisha is passionate about international development, and prior to Sahel, she worked at multiple development organizations to advocate for women’s economic empowerment, improve girl’s access to technology, information, and healthcare. Aisha holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Leeds, UK, a Masters’ degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an MBA from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Ifeoluwa is a Consultant at Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Limited where she is responsible for proposal development and program implementation.
At Sahel, her work has focused on market and industry research and analysis across multiple value chains, business planning for start-up seed companies in Nigeria, strategy development for both public and private sector initiatives, and the provision of tailored advisory services for private sector companies. She also supports the Sahel Corporate Shared Values (CSV) team at Sahel, ensuring the implementation of targeted programs that transform the lives of individuals in communities where Sahel operates.
Ifeoluwa is passionate about international development and prior to Sahel, she worked at multiple international development organizations in the areas of business development, program management, and implementation.
Ifeoluwa holds a Master of Public Affairs (MPA), with concentrations in International Development and Policy Analysis from Indiana University, Bloomington and an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Covenant University, Ota.
Abimbola is a Senior Analyst at Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Limited where she supports the company’s transformative efforts in the Agricultural landscape through Value Chain Analysis, Strategy Development, and Programme Implementation.
At Sahel, she conducts in-depth strategic research and industry landscape analyses, performs qualitative and quantitative analyses, and develops comprehensive reports on findings. She is currently in a range of seed sector related projects where she provides business development support and program co-ordination services targeted at increasing farmers’ access to affordable and quality-assured seeds in Nigeria.
Prior to joining Sahel, Abimbola worked as a Business Analyst in an international energy conglomerate where she developed strong knowledge in financial planning and analysis, financial modeling, performance management, and business improvement advisory. Through in-depth data analytics and research, she effectively identified gaps in business performance and provided recommendations for improvement.
She graduated with a First-Class Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Ismael works as a Senior Analyst at Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Limited where he supports the organization in its strategic efforts in business and value chain development and program implementation for food and agricultural system-related projects.
At Sahel, he works on the monitoring, evaluation, and learning component of the Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria (ALDDN) program. As part of his work on ALDDN, he coordinates program implementation, conducts field monitoring, stakeholder engagements, and develops standard operating procedures for infrastructure management and other key programmatic activities. He also supports qualitative and quantitative data collection, analyses, and visualization.
Before joining Sahel, Ismael worked with AACE Food Processing and Distribution Limited as an Agri-Food Supply Chain Supervisor where he worked closely with the company’s international development partners to develop and strengthen farmers’ cooperatives, improve farmers productivity, and develop local sourcing supply chain of agri-food commodities across Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, and Sokoto states.
Ismael graduated with a Bachelor of Agriculture (Honours) Agricultural Extension and Rural Development from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, He has also audited a professional course in “Sustainable Food Security” from the Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands in 2019. He was an active students’ union member at Ife, and passionate about national transformation.
Uyaietieno is an Analyst at Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Limited where she supports program implementation and strategic efforts on multiple projects across several value chains in the Food and Agriculture sector in Nigeria.
At Sahel, she conducts strategic research and supervises data collection processes for projects to ensure the availability of qualitative data. She also supports the company’s strategy and business development efforts and contributes to the development of publications on key issues and trends in the agricultural landscape.
She has worked with varied multinational organizations focused on consulting, financial services, and technology.
She graduated with a First-Class Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from Ahmadu Bello University Business School, Zaria, Nigeria.
Hajarat is an Analyst at Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Limited where she is responsible for market research, data collection, data analysis, and project implementation across different value chains in the Agriculture sector of the Nigerian landscape.
Hajarat expresses her passion for the agricultural landscape by conducting strategic research, data gathering, data analysis, and monitoring of data collection process in various agricultural value chains.
Prior to joining Sahel, Hajarat worked with KPMG as part of the Audit team and conducted in-depth research and analysis on the financial service industry.
She graduated with a First-Class Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB). She is also an Associate member of Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN).
Muhammad is an analyst at Sahel Consulting where he provides support on program implementation, data management and stakeholder engagement for nutrition and several other projects in the nutrition and agricultural sector.
At Sahel, Muhammad currently works as the Nutrition officer on the Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria (ALDDN) program where he implements and manages the nutrition interventions, supports strategy development, and develops Information, education, and communication materials to facilitate dietary and hygiene behavior change for smallholder beneficiaries. He also provides support for the collection, management and analysis of data collected during implementation of several projects.
He has been involved in several works around the nutrition landscape, embarking on infant and young child feeding and nutrition policy related research. Prior to joining Sahel, he worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute as a research assistant supporting data collection, stakeholder interviews and workshops. Muhammad is passionate about contributing to the improvement of nutrition for all, in Nigeria.
He holds a master’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.
Adekunle works as a Program Analyst at Sahel Consulting where he provides support on program implementation, strategy development, data management and stakeholder engagement.
He currently works as an Animal Health Expert on the Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria (ALDDN) Program where he leads the implementation of the animal health component and provides support for artificial insemination, training extension, advocacy and behavioural change. He develops training contents and implementation strategies for animal health activities for smallholder dairy farmers. He engages implementation partners and other services providers to provide clinical services, address disease outbreaks and genetic improvements to increase productivity of smallholder dairy farmers.
Prior to joining Sahel, He worked with GIZ on the Competitive African Rice Initiative Program to he provided business advisory support towards rice value chain development.
Adekunle has also provided consultancy services for several livestock and crop farms. He is well versed in ruminant management and vegetable production. He is passionate about capacity development for smallholder farmers.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture (Animal physiology) from the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta and a National Diploma from the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Moor Plantation, Ibadan. He also completed a professional course in project management from Philanthropy University.