Special Envoy South African Department of Agriculture
Ms Sheila Sisulu currently serves as the Chancellor of Walter Sisulu University. Among her various board positions, Ms Sisulu is the Chairperson of the board of Tiger Brands Foundation and serves as a trustee on the board of Wiphold Trust. In April 2017, Rhodes University awarded Ms Sisulu with an honorary Doctorate, in recognition of her role in promoting food security for vulnerable communities across the world. Ms Sisulu recently consulted for the South African Department of Agriculture as a Special Envoy.
Between January 2008 and January 2013 she was the Deputy Executive Director for Hunger Solutions in the Office of the Executive Director of the World Food Programme in Rome, Italy. In her first appointment to WFP, Ms Sisulu served as the Deputy Executive Director for Policy and External Affairs Department from 2003. Prior to joining WFP, Ms Sisulu was South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States from 1999. Her diplomatic career began in 1997 as Consul General in New York. In addition to her diplomatic skills, Ms Sisulu has over 25 years of experience in South African public service and government and the United Nations.
Her experience as an activist for equality and social justice spans over two decades. Prior to her tenure abroad, she served as a special adviser to the minister of education and a member of the team assigned the task of drawing up new legislation. She was responsible in particular for policy on gender equity, youth development and early childhood care and education. Ms Sisulu received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland (UBLS) in Lesotho. Ms Sisulu holds a post-graduate degree in Education from the University of Witwatersrand in 199. She also obtained honorary doctorates from the University of Maryland and the City University of New York.
Co-founder, Partner Sahel Capital Management
Mrs Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, MFR, is a Co-Founder and Partner of Sahel Capital Management. Ms Nwuneli leads the consulting and advisory services at Sahel Capital. Through her work at Sahel Capital, she has shaped agricultural strategy and policy in West Africa for a range of private sector, public sector and development agency clients. She established NIA in 2003 and LEAP Africa in 2002. She is the Founder of LEAP Africa.
She is a Co-Founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution Ltd. She has 20 years of experience in international development and business management working with multinational firms, the public sector and international organizations. She started her career as a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in their Chicago, New York and Johannesburg offices before subsequently returning to Nigeria.
She has been a Non-Executive Director at Nigerian Breweries Plc since December 05, 2014 and Nestle Nigeria PLC since February 24, 2014. She has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Nestlé Nigeria Plc since February 24, 2014. She has been an Independent Director of Godrej Consumer Products Limited since April 1, 2017. She has been an Independent Director of Cornerstone Insurance Plc since April 24, 2014 until December 13, 2016. She serves as a Director of AACE Food Processing & Distribution Ltd., the African Philanthropy Forum, Fairfax Africa Holdings Corporation and Royal DSM Sustainability Board.
She has been a Member of the Sustainability Advisory Board of Koninklijke DSM N.V. since February 25, 2016. She serves on the Board of LEAP Africa and Sahel Capital. She serves on numerous international boards including the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition. She served as an Executive Director of the FATE Foundation since 2000. She has received numerous honors and awards.
She was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honor (Member of the Federal Republic) from the President of the Federal Republic from the Nigerian Government. She was also recognized as the Young Manager of the Year by This Day Newspapers. She received an Excellence Award from the Africa Business Club at Harvard Business School and was recognized as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa 2011 by Forbes. She holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and received her Undergraduate Degree with honors in Multinational and Strategic Management from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania.
Co-Founder & CEO AKTZ Industries Ltd
Ms. Jennifer Bash is an Agripreneur and a marketing expert committed towards making agriculture production a sustainable, profitable business in East Africa through empowering smallholder farmers by improving access to information around best practices in farming management, increasing access to high-quality inputs, and creating market linkages that reach end to end consumers.
She co-founded Alaska Tanzania, an agri-business company that sources, process, and packages, distributes and markets multi product lines across East Africa. Jennifer dedicates herself to strategic collaborations with Agriculture stakeholders in public and private sector, developing integrated supply chains that aim to improve agriculture capacity and efficiency as leverage for both economic growth and improved livelihoods.
She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Marketing from Baruch College, New York – USA. She is also a recipient of the 2016 Women’s Award of Excellence in the Agribusiness Sector. Her company received recognition as one of the 2016 Top 50 Tanzanian Brands. Jennifer is a VV Grow Fellow and a member of The Africa List, a select community of next generation CEOs in Africa’s most exciting growth markets.