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Egbe Osifo-Dawodu

Egbe Osifo-Dawodu

Green College 1990, MSc in Clinical Medicine

(Note: Green College is now Green Templeton College)

Oxford changed my life. I arrived in the city as a young clinician, having spent most of my professional life around hospitals, physicians and other medical staff in a pretty structured format. I chose my MSc because I was interested in academic medicine.

I had studied for my basic medical degree in Nigeria but I met a more diverse group of African students in Oxford

Graduate life in Oxford encourages independent thinking and the ability to take control of one's professional life. For me the unique benefit of studying at Oxford was the exposure to, and interaction with, intelligent people from around the world across many disciplines.

Even though I was pursuing a medical programme I had access to discussions, debates and presentations about a wide range of topics. I had studied for my basic medical degree in Nigeria but I met a more diverse group of African students in Oxford. There were endless nights at the Oxford Union, in bars and college rooms, debating the future of the Western World, the role of China in the 21st century, democracy in Africa and so on. 

After Oxford, I was comfortable outside the medical environment and could interact effectively with diverse groups of professionals. My first introduction to formal business was at Oxford, at a special programme for non-management students. It was fantastic and was the beginning of my search to influence the health care environment and delivery of quality care.

After my Oxford degree I went to Cranfield School of Management and then worked on health policy and management issues in the World Bank Group.

Based on the confidence attained at Oxford, I decided to leave the World Bank Group and join the Anadach Group ( that focuses on health care in emerging markets. At Oxford, I learnt to think ahead and focus on the future. This approach has contributed to the Anadach Group co-hosting perhaps the first multi stakeholder summit on Mobile-Health in Africa (

I am not really sure what the future will bring. But my experience at Oxford taught me that I can excel at whatever I decide to focus on. So I embrace my recent professional change with passion.