Founder Profile: Ngozi Edozien
Ms. Edozien has garnered significant financial, management consulting and operational management experience over the past 25 years in various capacities in multinational organisations in both developed and emerging markets. She currently sits on the board of a number of companies including Stanbic IBTC (Nigeria); Guinness Diageo Nigeria) and Barloworld (South Africa) and is involved as a member of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committees in these various corporations. She also advises and supports fundraising for a number of early-stage businesses. Previous engagements include Pagatech, GigaGas, Mi-fone Group and, YSWAARA.
Prior to launching InVivo Partners Ltd, a principle investment and advisory business focused on investments and support of venture/ early stage and SME businesses. Drawing on her vast experience in finance, consulting and operational management in corporates globally, she served as Managing Director of Actis LLP’s West Africa business. Actis is a leading emerging market private equity firm headquartered in the United Kingdom focused on the FMCO, financial institutions services, real estate and power sectors.
Ms Edozien started her professional career in financial services first at Solomon Brothers and then at JP Morgan, both in New York City. She subsequently left JPM returning to Harvard University to pursue an MBA. Post MBA, Ms. Edozien worked for McKinsey & Co. in London and Paris where she became an Associate Principal. In 1999, she joined Pfizer, Inc in New York City, where she was Vice President Strategic Planning and Business Development for five years and in 2005 was transferred to Nigeria as the Regional Director Pfizer Inc for Anglophone East, West and Central Africa.
Ms. Edozien has served as a member of the Private Sector Advisory Council to the President of Senegal, a member of the Research Based Pharma Industry Association in Nigeria (NIROPHARM), a founding member and Board Member of the American Business Council in Nigeria, The African Leadership Network and Board Member for Africa Investor Magazine, She has also served in the past as a Non-Executive Director of Seven Energy, Diamond Bank, UAC, Mouka Foam, Vlisco, and EMP Nigeria.
Ms Edozien has a BA in Social Studies (Government, Philosophy and Economics) from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Harvard University. She has done advanced management training in governance and finance at IMD and other institutions. She has been an Aspen Leadership Institute Fellow, a member of the Delta Vision 2020 Committee, the Young President’s Organization, Africa Leadership Network Executive Council and acts as a mentor to many.
A healthcare sector expert and venture capital investor, Ms. Edozien launched Physio Centers of Africa alongside Dr. Michelle Neff with a view to providing world-class physiotherapy, rehabilitation, home/elder care, and physiotherapist training services throughout West and Central Africa, and by filling this critical gap in the healthcare ecosystem, improve health outcomes on the continent. The founders were motivated by their own personal experiences with the difficulty in finding appropriate care for loved ones with physical mobility, neurological and pain challenges. From this personal challenge, PCA was born and has begun to provide high quality and effective physiotherapy solutions for patients in Lagos.