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Women in Business: Clare Omatseye

Clare is the Founder and Managing Director of JNC International,   a 12-year old Turnkey Medical Equipment Solutions company, which presently has 16 exclusive distributorship agreements with major Global medical equipment manufacturers. These include Toshiba Medical -Japan, Olympus- Japan, Elekta-Sweden, Medtronic –USA and the Getinge Group-Sweden to name a few.

JNC’s competences are noticeable throughout the healthcare space in Nigeria as they constantly look to improve and provide quality and affordable solutions for desired need through their innovative strategies for solutions delivery. We deliver innovative healthcare solutions, create unique customer experiences and promote life & wellbeing through sustainable partnerships

In the span of her 27-year career, Omatseye has developed the required capabilities to effectively monitor and oversee installations/turnkey projects from the budding phase through execution to commissioning and post-commissioning.  She is highly skilled in healthcare equipment consultancy, management of healthcare equipment Installation and turnkey projects, project planning, management and integration, project fund and resource sourcing and healthcare solutions consulting and advisory.

Clare graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy with honours and holds an MBA from Universidad De Navarra, (IESE) Barcelona. She founded JNCI in 1994 on the need to make a difference in the medical infrastructure landscape in Nigeria through the delivery of cutting edge medical diagnostic and interventional technology solutions and after sales service. Over the years, she has grown JNCI into a proudly ‘Nigerian National Corporate’ company receiving several International and Nigerian Awards/recognitions such as the renowned Frost & Sullivan Award for Quality in Customer Service.

Clare started her career in 1990 with an internship stint at Sterling Health (now GlaxoSmithKline). She later moved to May & Baker Nigeria, where she had a progressive career in several job roles – Sales Representative, Product Manager (Vaccines), Business Development Manager (Pasteur Merieux Connaught) and National Sales Development Manager.

She left May & Baker Nigeria to become an Executive Director, Business Development with Aventis Pasteur Nigeria, (a French Multinational Pharmaceutical Company) where she spent another two and a half years, before taking on a new frontier position as the Country Manager, Nigeria for Huntleigh Healthcare UK Plc – a British multinational quoted on the NYSE. After a year, Clare decided to follow her passion to make a difference in the Healthcare arena and left to set up JNC International (JNCI).

She is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the Society of Quality in Healthcare in Nigeria (SQHN), Society for Corporate Governance (SCG), Paediatric Association of Nigeria (PAN) and Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR) NGO.

She sits on the Board for a number of organisations as Founder & Chairman, Vaccipharm Limited, a cold chain vaccines and pharmaceutical distribution firm that she founded in 1999; Director, Society for Corporate Governance (SCG), as the first and only female director; Director, Advisory Board of the Entrepreneurial Development Centre (EDC) of the Lagos Business School.

On the importance of Universal Health Care, she says “Universal health coverage is a human right and every year, there are so many people that lose their lives unnecessarily. This is because of the plethora of challenges that face us in West Africa health. Access to finance is a big issue; people are paying out of pocket when they get sick. This vicious cycle of poverty makes people make tough choices. There are a lot of things we can do together and the only way we can do this is by having open dialogues with strategic partnerships in the public and private sector.” She says.

She is a Major Donor-Paul Harris Fellow and as an astute Rotarian, she chaired the 1st African Health Summit and also has several scholastic honours and membership of clubs and societies whose vision is to improve the health status of Nigerians. Omatseye is married and is the extremely proud mother of two daughters and a son.

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