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Profile Of Temie Giwa-Tubosun, CEO LifeBank Nigeria

Temie Giwa-Tubosun was born on December 4, 1985, in Ila Orangun, Osun State. She was born into a family with an educational background. Her father was a university professor, while her mother was a school teacher. Growing up, Temie lived in Osun State and later Oyo State until she was 15, when her parents qualified for a United States scholarship and migrated with her to the US.

While in the US, Temie attended the Minnesota State University Moorhead and went to graduate school at Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Before starting LifeBank in 2016, she obtained a lot of experience working at various health organisations. She first did a stint at the Department of International Development (DfID) in Abuja, which marked her first return to the country since 2001. Temie later returned to the US in 2010 and worked at Fairview Health Services in Minnesota. In August of 2011,she started a fellowship at the Global Health Corps. During her time there, she worked on various health projects in a few countries such as Uganda.

Her entry into the entrepreneurship space began after the Boko Haram attack on the United Nations building in 2011. Despite having over 70 wounded persons after the incident, the attending Nigerian hospitals ran out of blood supply.

To avoid this sort of issue repeating itself, Temie launched the One Percent Program (One Percent Program an NGO committed to educating people on blood donation and reducing incidences of blood shortages at hospitals which metamorphosed to LifeBank Nigeria. A social enterprise – in 2016. Temie was also motivated to form the organization following complications from the birth of her first child.

LifeBank is a platform that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria to save lives. It is a social enterprise using technology and smart logistics to match blood to patients.

The company mobilises blood donations, take inventory of all blood available in the country, and deliver blood in the right condition to the point of need.

Four years later however, this not-for-profit venture transformed into LifeBank Nigeria, the medical startup using technology to improve blood supply to hospitals.

Within two years of operation, the startup has recorded impressive strides. It is presently being incubated at CcHub in Yaba, Lagos. In September 2018, the startup won the MIT Solve Global Challenge competition in the “Frontlines of health” category. And to add to this, the startup has now gone one up to launch Airbank (Airbank a service offering quick oxygen distribution to people.

Through the LifeBank App, the company mobilises and inspires committed Africans to donate blood to save lives in their communities and get exciting rewards.

LifeBank also operates the LifeBank Plus program, which is an enterprise marketplace for hospitals and blood banks. The app helps our clients to source for the best blood and blood products that patients need.

Temie has over 10 years of work experience in global health, and has worked as a Global Health Fellow at the United Nations Development Project Millennium Village in Ruhiira, Uganda; for the World Health Organization (WHO) and DFID in Switzerland and Nigeria respectively, as well as in the Ministry of Works in the Lagos State Government as Operations Manager.

Temie is an alumni of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

In 2014, Temie was named by the BBC as one of the 100 Women changing the world. She was the third Nigerian on the list, along with veteran broadcaster Funmi Iyanda and former education minister and civil rights champion Obiageli Ezekwesili.

She is also a Global Health Corps Alumni. Temie’s vision is to save lives across Africa by building smart health systems and we are absolutely rooting for her!

Just few weeks ago, Temie Giwa-Tubosun, won $250,000 grant from the Jack Ma Foundation during the foundation’s maiden Annual Prize for African businesses, in Accra, Ghana.

Jack Ma, a Chinese investor, had inaugurated the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative, ANPI,  with $1m. This has definitely marked  a new era for LifeBank.

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