Ola Brown

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Olamide Brown, née Orekunrin, is a British-Nigerian medical doctor, healthcare entrepreneur and founder of the Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Group and Director Greentree Investment Company.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Olamide Brown
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Alma materHull York Medical School
Known forFirst Air-operated Emergency Medical Service in West Africa Finance Economics
Spouse(s)David Brown
Scientific career

The Flying Doctors Healthcare Group invests and operates across the healthcare value chain in air ambulance services & logistics, consulting/healthcare technology, hospital/clinic construction, diagnostics and equipment, health facility management and pharmaceutical retail.[7][8][9][10]

Early life and educationEdit

Ola Brown was born in London, England, and attended the Hull York Medical School. After graduation, she worked in acute medicine in the United Kingdom and then went on to be awarded the Japanese MEXT scholarship which allowed her to further her studies in Tokyo, Japan, through the fellowship focused on lab-based research with induced pluripotent stem cells. She is currently completing her study for a master's degree in finance and economic policy at the University of London and also has a certificate in economic policymaking from IE business school, Spain and a certificate in accounting for decision making from the University of Michigan in the United States.[11]

Medical careerEdit

After graduation, Ola worked for a short period of time in the National Health Service, United Kingdom. With her specialised training in aviation medicine, she pioneered West Africa's first air-operated emergency medical services in Lagos, Nigeria; Flying Doctors Nigeria Ltd.[12]

Ola is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She was listed among Young Global leaders by World Economic Forum in 2013.[13][14]

Flying DoctorsEdit

Ola was motivated to start the Flying Doctors after experiencing the loss of her sister under difficult circumstances and to improve medical services in Nigeria.[15] She successfully established Flying Doctors in Lagos, Nigeria in 2007.[16][17]

In 2018, a case was instituted against Flying Doctors and Olamide by the family of a late patient Hanga, this suit was voluntarily withdrawn by the Family.[18][19] Flying Doctors however maintain she always has and continues to work on the corporate side of the business, in the area of strategy, marketing, investment and growth.[20]

Investment and financeEdit

Alongside her work at Flying Doctors, Dr Ola, Olabode Agusto and Abasiama Idaresit run an early-stage venture capital firm, Greentree Investment Company which provides growth capital to some of Africa's technology start-ups.[21][22] Greentree Investment company operates a Startup Lab that supports entrepreneurs to grow sustainable businesses and also invests in some notable African start-ups including Paystack, Precurio and Big Cabal Media e.t.c and a portfolio of $80m that cuts across various sectors including Healthcare technology, Fintech, Media, SaaS, Agri-tech, Manufacturing and e-commerce, and Edutech.[23][24]

In 2019, she founded The Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company, a healthcare and wellness sector investment firm that brings together the investment and operational activities her team conducts in the health and wellness space.[25]

Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company invests and operates across the healthcare value chain in air ambulance services & logistics, consulting/healthcare technology, hospital/clinic construction, diagnostics and equipment, health facility management and pharmaceutical retail and currently invested in Koniku, a biotechnology firm & a drug manufacturing company; Lifestores – a chain of affordable pharmacies, Mdass – a diagnostic company on underserved markets providing affordable healthcare; Chisco express – a full-scale logistics firm that moves goods including pharmaceuticals across West Africa and Helium Health – a telemedicine and Electronic Medical Records platforms.[26][27][28][29]

At the height of the Corona Virus Pandemic, Ola and her FDHIC team launched a COVID-19 mobile testing booth and which reduces the need for as much PPE and minimises the risk of healthcare worker infections by providing a barrier between the potentially infected patient.[30][31][32][33]

In July 2020, Ola hosted Nigeria's Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adebayo in the first edition of ‘ The Conversation’ with the Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company, with discussions centred around investment growth and opportunities in the healthcare sector.[34]

Appearances and publicationsEdit

She has spoken at various platforms around the world, including the World Economic Forum,[35] TED Global Conference,[36] the Social Media Week Lagos, 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.

Ola and her work have been featured on various media platforms. She is an editor of the International Journal of Emergency Services and has published three books – EMQ's in Paediatrics, Pre-Hospital Care for Africa and Fixing Healthcare in Nigeria; a Guide to Public 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.

  • Fixing Nigeria Health care [37][38][39]
  • Banking, Finance & Economics in Emerging Markets: an essay collection[40]


She has received several awards and recognition.

  • TED Global Fellow 2012
  • This Day Awards 2012 – Contribution to Health in Africa
  • The Future Awards Africa Prize for Entrepreneurship 2012
  • World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader.[41]
  • Forbes 20 Young Power Women In Africa 2013[42]
  • Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow 2013
  • NewsDirect Awards ‘Outstanding Female CEO of the Year 2013’.
  • Forbes Africa's 30 Under 30 for 2015[43]
  • YWomen – YNaija 100 Most Influential Women In Nigeria 2015[44]
  • Silverbird Group Extraordinary Business Achievement Award. At the Silverbird Group's annual award held in February 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria she became the youngest person ever to win the prestigious award at age 30 and the only woman in the last decade.[45]
  • YNaija Business Power List 2020[46]


  1. ^ "Ola Brown calls for intense private-sector investment in Nigerian Health sector". Guardian.
  2. ^ "Regenerative medicine will drastically change lives". Vanguard.
  3. ^ Renni Edo-Lodge (September 12, 2014). "Nigeria's air ambulance firm is a leap forward for healthcare". The Guardian. United Kingdom. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  4. ^ "DR. OLA OREKUNRIN Africa's high-flying doctor". Lionesses of Africa.
  5. ^ "Our Team". Greentree Investment Company.
  6. ^ "VC Firm, GreenTree holds Pitch Day for over 20 promising Startups". Nairametrics.
  7. ^ "We are saving government millions every day — Flying Doctors/". Vanguard.
  8. ^ "African Doctor-Founder Develops Special COVID-19 Testing Booth That Don't Need Protective Gear". Weetracker.
  9. ^ "African Doctor-Founder Develops Special COVID-19 Testing Booth That Don't Need Protective Gear". Flying Doctors Nigeria.
  10. ^ "Flying Doctors launches Covid Mobile to ramp up testing, protect health workers". Business Day.
  11. ^ Olamide, Orekunrin (2018). Fixing Health Care in Nigeria. Lagos. p. 5.
  12. ^ "Flying doctors boss writes book on fixing healthcare in Nigeria". Guardian.
  13. ^ "Ola Orekunrin;Managing Director:The Flying Doctors". World Economic Forum.
  14. ^ "How I became a doctor at 21-Ola Orekunrin".
  15. ^ Teo Kermeliotis, for. "Flying doctor take to the skies to save lives". CNN. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  16. ^ "Flying doctors founder Ola Orekunrin just keeps soaring". Konnect Africa.
  17. ^ Sember Azzez Harris. "Flying Doctors Nigeria-Interview with Doctor Ola Orekunrin". Knowledge Fountain.
  18. ^ "Family of the late Nabil Hanga alleges negligence, seeks justice in court | The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World NewsNigeria — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News". web.archive.org. 12 October 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-10-12. Retrieved 7 November 2020.
  19. ^ "Family Withdraws Suit against Flying Doctors". Barristerng.
  20. ^ "Flying Doctors bags IAG Accreditation". PM News.
  21. ^ "Our Team". Greentree Investment Company.
  22. ^ "VC Firm, GreenTree holds Pitch Day for over 20 promising Startups". Nairametrics.
  23. ^ "Greentree Investment Company is Set to Fund Promising Nigerian Startups". NIPC.
  24. ^ "Feature: Tragedy that turned Dr Ola into a Nigerian lifesaver". ANAC Gabon.
  25. ^ "Flying Doctors Investment".
  26. ^ "Investors are backing a Nigerian pharmacy tech startup aiming to disrupt primary healthcare".
  27. ^ "Nigerian startup Helium Health secures $10m Series A round to expand into new markets".
  28. ^ "Flying Doctors Investment".
  29. ^ "Meet The Nigerian Entrepreneurs Who Just Raised $10 Million To Transform Africa's Healthcare".
  31. ^ "Ogun State brings innovation to the fight against COVID-19".
  32. ^ "Flying Doctors Unveils West Africa's First Isolation Pod".
  33. ^ "African innovators join the fight against COVID-19".
  34. ^ "Flying Doctors champions investment growth, opportunities in healthcare sector".
  35. ^ "Feature: Agenda Contributor – Ola Brown". WeForum.
  36. ^ "Speed of Life - Ola Orekunrin". TEDGlobal Fellows 2012.
  37. ^ Ola, Orekunrin (2018). Fixing Nigeria Health Care. Lagos.
  38. ^ "Dr Ola New book|Fixing Nigeria Health care". Bella Naija.
  39. ^ "Fixing Nigeria Health care" (PDF). Dr Ola Orekunrin Brown.
  40. ^ "Official Profile". Dr Ola Orekunrin Brown.
  41. ^ "Young African leaders". CNN. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
  42. ^ "The 20 Young Power Women In Africa 2013".
  43. ^ "Fixing Nigeria Health care". Dr Ola Orekunrin Brown.
  44. ^ "100 Most Influential Women In Nigeria – #YWomen".
  45. ^ Opeyemi Kehinde (Feb 24, 2018). "Dr. Ola Orekunrin-Brown receives Silverbird award". Daily Trust. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  46. ^ "Dr. Ola Brown, Iyin Aboyeji, Abubakar Sadiq Falalu…See the #YNaijaPowerList2020 for Business".

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