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Dr Ola Brown: Innovatively Impacting Healthcare Delivery Across Africa

Ola Brown

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Dr. Olamide Brown (nee Orekunrin) is one woman who shines through and through and is currently flying the flag high as a woman within Nigeria’s healthcare sector.

The British-Nigerian doctor is an healthcare entrepreneur and famously known as the founder of the Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Group and a director of Greentree Investment Company.

The FDHIC focuses on technology-enabled healthcare focused public-private partnerships in Africa, while the Greentree Investment Company invests in African technology startups with funding given to startups such as Paystack, Precurio, and Big Cabal Media with a portfolio of $80m.

The Flying Doctors Healthcare Group

In 2007, inspired by the loss of her sister and seeing a commercial opportunity in the delivery of healthcare to high networth individuals and a bid to improve medical services in Nigeria, she established the Flying Doctors.

The company is involved in the areas of air ambulance services, consulting/healthcare technology, hospital/clinic construction, diagnostics and equipment, health facility management, and pharmaceutical retail.

Dr Ola Brown

Flying Doctors has gone on to record massive success in the area of air ambulance, through which individuals are quickly ferried from remote locations or places where a victim experiences a medical emergency to appropriate locations in order to receive adequate medical care. It has received accolades from far and wide, being virtually the only company focusing on this specific healthcare niche.

The company, nevertheless, has had its own share of controversy, one of which involved being sued by the family of a patient. The case was, however, later withdrawn by the family of the deceased.

More about Greentree Investment Company

Along with two other co-directors, Dr Ola is actively involved in funding startups in Africa through the Greentree Investment Company, which is one of the leading venture capital firms in Africa. It continues to invest in startups in various stages of growth in different sectors such as fintech, media, Saas, Agritech, manufacturing, ecommerce, healthtech, and edutech. 

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Education

Dr Ola ia a graduate of medicine and surgery from the Hull York Medical School She proceeded to further her studies in Tokyo, Japan after she secured the Japanese MEXT scholarship for a fellowship focused on lab-based research with induced pluripotent stem cells.

She holds a Masters degree in Finance and Economic Policy from the University of London. Her postgraduate studies focused on the areas of finance, Pre-hospital Emergency care, healthcare leadership, healthcare delivery, and Economics/Economic Policy.

She also has a certificate in Public-Private Partnership from Harvard University, a Project Finance and the Public Private Partnership Professional Certificate from the New York Institute of Finance; a certificate in Business execution and strategy from Wharton; an economic policy making from IE Business School, Spain; a certificate in Accounting for decision making from the University of Michigan in the United States; and a certificate in Finance & Investing in Infrastructure (Project Finance) from Universita Bocconi in Milan.

She has largely put this wealth of knowledge to good use as she teaches economics and finance at the school of politics, policy and governance in Nigeria. She has also created some online courses, which include:

Not just one who talks about healthcare and finance, Dr Ola has four books published to her credit. These are:‘EMQ’s in Paediatrics’, ‘Pre-Hospital Care for Africa’ , ‘Fixing Healthcare in Nigeria; a guide to public healthcare policy and Banking, and Finance & Economics in Emerging Markets: an essay collection.

The report, “Impact Investing for Healthcare Financing Report,” was co-authored by her alongside Stears Business while she authored the “Project financing and Healthcare Infrastructure” report.

She has articles written for the British Medical Journal, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, the Niger Delta Medical Journal, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post.

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