President Bola Ahmed Tinubu appoints new DG/CEO of NHIA

Nigerian President Bola Tinubu has appointed Dr. Kelechi Ohiri, a 2013 Tutu Fellow, to the position of Director-General and CEO of the National Health Insurance Agency. Dr. Ohiri brings a wealth of experience, having previously served as a senior adviser to the Ministers of Health and Finance in Nigeria.

The National Health Insurance Scheme underwent significant legislative reforms last year, transitioning to a Public-Private Partnership model. This transformation is aimed at ensuring accessible, affordable, and high-quality healthcare for all Nigerians.

In recent times, Dr. Kelechi Ohiri held the role of managing partner at Flint Atlantic Capital Partners, a socially focused investment firm dedicated to Africa. With a background in medicine, he has also worked as a primary care physician across various healthcare settings. His extensive involvement in the healthcare sector encompasses a wide spectrum, including clinical practice, consultancy, and advisory positions within both the public and private sectors.

Notably, Dr. Ohiri previously served as an engagement manager at McKinsey and Company, where he focused on assisting healthcare clients in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. His expertise extended to areas such as private equity, strategy, and organizational design.

Furthermore, Dr. Ohiri is the Co-Founder of the Healthcare Leadership Academy in Nigeria and plays a pivotal role on the Board of the World Health Organization’s Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. He also held the position of Managing Director for Strategy at the Global Alliance for Vaccines in Geneva, Switzerland. His appointment as Director-General and CEO of the National Health Insurance Agency reflects his outstanding contributions and commitment to improving healthcare in Nigeria.

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