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Dr Ola Brown is a medical doctor, a trainee helicopter pilot and an entrepreneur who founded West Africa’s first indigenous air ambulance service, the Flying Doctors Nigeria which saves hundreds of lives across the region every year especially in the oil and gas industry, rendering medical evacuation services.
She is extremely passionate about healthcare in Africa and works with various businesses, charities and governments to improve standards of healthcare.
Dr Ola studied medicine and surgery at the Hull York Medical School after which she worked in Acute Medicine in the UK. She then went on to be awarded the Japanese MEXT scholarship which allowed her to further her studies in Tokyo, Japan. Her post-graduate areas of study include Pre-hospital Emergency care, Healthcare leadership and Healthcare delivery.
She has a certificate in Economic policy making from IE business school, Spain and a certificate in Accounting for decision making from the University of Michigan in the United States. Along with two other directors, Dr Ola runs leading early stage venture capital firm, Greentree investment company which provides growth capital to some of Africa’s most exciting tech start-up’s.
She has published three books ‘EMQ’s in Paediatrics’, ‘Pre-Hospital Care for Africa’ and ‘Fixing Healthcare in Nigeria; a guide to healthcare policy. She has also written articles in the British Medical Journal, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, the Niger Delta Medical Journal, the New York Times and the Huffington Post.
She is an international speaker who has spoken at the TED global conference, the European Union, the Swiss Economic Forum, the UN, the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge University and the Aspen Ideas Festival. Dr Ola and her work have been featured by CNN,the BBC, Forbes and Al-Jazeera.
She has also received multiple awards and nominations. These include the Mouldbreaker’s Award, the THIS Day Award, The Future Award as entrepreneur of the year, New Generation Leader for Africa, Ladybrille Personality of the month, Silverbird entrepreneurship award, Nigerian Aviation personality of the year award and Vanguard WOW Awards. She is also a TED fellow, an Aspen Fellow and has been honored by the world economic forum as a Young Global Leader.
She is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, international editor of the Journal of Emergency Services and a LinkedIn top ten global Healthcare Writer.