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MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship


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Genevieve Barnard Oni

Mastercard Foundation 2018 - 2019
Legatum Fellow
United States of America
MBA Sloan School of Management

Genevieve’s venture, MDaaS Global, is on a mission to provide convenient, affordable, and high-quality diagnostics and primary care for Africa’s next billion, starting in Nigeria. In order to achieve this mission, MDaaS Global builds and operates tech-enabled diagnostic centers focused on providing care to low- and middle-income patients.

After completing her BA in Public Health at the University of Pennsylvania, Genevieve joined the UN Development Program as a Health System Analyst in Uganda. As part of her role, she visited dozens of hospitals across the country and heard the same complaint over and over again: Our equipment is not working. The reasons varied from lack of available biomedical technicians, to botched installations, to missing instruction manuals. Genevieve became both fascinated and frustrated by these seemingly preventable equipment challenges and their detrimental effects on patient care.

A few years later, Genevieve joined forces with three co-founders who had all experienced the same equipment challenges across Africa, and together they launched MDaaS Global in 2016. They opened their first diagnostic center in November 2017 in southwest Nigeria and in their first 8 months of operations have provided care to over 2500 patients.

Genevieve is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management and an MPA candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School.



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