Managing Director, InVivo Partners Ltd.
Ngozi Edozien is currently the Managing Director of InVivo Partners Ltd – a principal investment and advisory firm focused on investments and support of venture, early stage and SME businesses. She currently also leads a healthcare startup she co-founded – Physio Centers of Africa (Nigeria). Prior to launching InVivo Partners Ltd she served as Managing Director of Actis LLP’s West Africa business – a leading private equity firm in Nigeria. She draws on her over 30 years of experience in finance, consulting, operational management and board governance in corporates globally to bring value to her investee companies and clients. Ms. Edozien currently sits on several Boards including: Stanbic IBTC Holdings (Nigeria) of Standard Bank Group; Barloworld Plc (South Africa); Guinness/Diageo (`Nigeria) and Imperial Brands PLC (United Kingdom). Past board roles include: PZ Cussons PLC (United Kingdom), Vlisco Group (Netherlands), Seven Energy (Nigeria), UAC (Nigeria), Diamond Bank Plc (Nigeria) and Mouka Foam (Nigeria). She advises a number of African start-up businesses in various sectors including healthcare, FMCG, Financial Services and Technology.
Ms Edozien started her professional career in corporate finance first at Salomon 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 until 2005 when she was transferred to Nigeria as the Regional Director, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Group for Anglophone East, West and Central Africa.
Her non-professional commitments focus on advocacy in a number of area exemplified in her past service as: a member of the Private Sector Advisory Council to the President of Senegal; a member of the Delta State, Nigeria Vision 2020 Committee; 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 and Board Member for Africa Investor Magazine.
Ms Edozien has a BA (cum laude) in Social Studies (Government, Philosophy and Economics) from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, Harvard University. She has done advanced management training in governance and finance at INSEAD, Harvard and other institutions. She has been an Aspen Leadership Institute Fellow, a member of the Young President’s Organization, Membership Committee leader for Capital Club, Nigeria and a Committee Chair for Cycology Cycling Club Of Nigeria and acts as an informal mentor to many. Ms Edozien enjoys spending time with family and friends, is an active sportswoman and a lover and follower of African Art, music and literature.
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Co-Founder, Chia Sisters, Co-Founder, Business for Climate Action, Edmond Hillary Fellow and Forbes 30 under 30