Dr. Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien serves as Faculty of the Lagos Business School, teaching ethics, entrepreneurship and sustainable management. She is the Founder/Chair of Growing Businesses Foundation (GBF), established in 1999 to champion ‘sustainable economic development led by socially responsible businesses and individuals’ which has been referred as the largest ‘Bottom of the Pyramid Platform’ in Nigeria and cumulative investment of over N1bn.
Consolidating 24 years of professional experience, she serves as a mentor and consultant in strategy and investment management, and as a member of the Lagos Angels Network leads the only women business angel Syndicate of the African Business Angels Network. She serves on the Global Committee of Rising Tide and is the Founder/President of Rising Tide Africa, a women’s movement initiated with a vision to increase women’s participation in angel investing as an asset class and promote education, cross-border investing and investor-mentoring across Africa.
Dr Nnoli has over 2 decades’ experience in corporate sustainability and responsibility, strategic planning and management, microfinance and rural development, project design and implementation, funds management and enterprise development, spanning the private sector, public sector and civil society in Africa. As a serial entrepreneur, Ndidi founded and co-founded the Growing Businesses Foundation, Teenagers Growing Businesses Club (TGBC), Growing Businesses Capital (GBC), Strategy and Execution (S&E) Consulting and Rising Tide Africa.
She has authored several books, is a regular speaker at conferences globally including the Harvard Africa Business Conference where she served on a panel with her younger daughter who cofounded TGBC. Ndidi is a winner of several awards including Best Paper for the European Business Ethics Network; Best Presentation at the Wharton School AMP Future Markets Project; “Outstanding Woman Leadership Award” at the 2013 Africa – India Partnership Summit Awards.
Ndidi sits on several start-up boards, Foundation boards including Sahara, ANAP and ICT for Youth Foundation. She is a Director at Interswitch Financial Inclusion Services, SC Connect, GBF and AB Nigeria MFB where she represents the World Bank Group.
She is a firm believer in social enterprise and sustainability and has designed and implemented unique models of Corporate Sustainability (her own definition of CSR) Projects for multinational corporations. She serves a bridge between public and private sector, and has also coordinated social development initiatives and projects among a network of leading Microfinance Institutions, Co-operatives and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) with a cumulative outreach to approximately 2 million entrepreneurs at the grassroots in Nigeria.
Her status as a social entrepreneur is recognized by the Bertelsmann AG to whom she is affiliated as a Reinhard Mohn Fellow. She is an alumnus of the United World College of the Atlantic where her oldest daughters art was acknowledged by HRH Queen of England, London School of Economics (LSE) and the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Diploma in Catholic Social Teaching; Certification in Investment Management and a PhD from Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt am Main on Corporate Governance & Sustainability in Africa.
She has pioneered world recognized Projects like the Rural Telephone Project (Best Community Use of Phone Award, GSMA Barcelona, 2005) which empowered 10,000 rural women across 36 States, including an empowerment Scheme focused entirely on widows; and another on empowering the physically challenged and PLWAs. She played a pivotal role in developinh new FMCG sales channels at the Bottom of the Pyramid for a global leader ‘doing well by doing good’ through women entrepreneurs who facilitate trade but more importantly serve as health and nutrition ambassadors in their communities. Her aim has always been to develop innovative programs, implement these across the 6 geo-political zones of Nigeria, and then replicate, scale and sustain the models across Africa.
Since 1999, Dr Ndidi has inspired some of the largest civil society driven entrepreneurship development initiatives and social entrepreneurs in Nigeria; of which one has built an organization which empowered over 500 Thousand women across 24 states with loan repaymemt rates of 98.9%. She is convinced of her mission to transform the African economy from the bottom-up one entrepreneur and investor-mentor at a time.