Ada Osakwe is an award-winning food entrepreneur, investor and passionate agribusiness advocate in Africa. Ada seeks to redefine the food production and retail opportunity across Africa’s large consumer markets through her endeavors.

She has a proven successful track record in the private, public and development finance sectors, particularly as a finance professional and a global development expert, as well as a demonstrated ability to identify and build businesses in Africa from concept to profitable entities. She is highly personable and has a distinct ability to nurture individual and business relationships to deliver organizational goals.

Ada is a Board member of The One Acre Fund, a global non-profit that serves over 450,000 farming families in Africa. She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Fellow of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Program. She also serves on the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Presidential Youth Advisory Group (PYAG) to help accelerate the AfDB’s Jobs For Africa’s Youth initiative. She has an MBA focused in Finance, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, & Marketing from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management, a MSc Economics & Finance from Warwick University and a BSc Economics (First Class Honours) from University of Hull.

We are proud of her achievement and exploit. We recognize her as one of the Most Influential People of African Descent, Business and Entrepreneurship category Class of 2018.