SHALINA CLIFFORDPublished on
Shalina Clifford’s expertise spans healthcare in Africa, venture capital funding and corporate life in London and New York. Marked out as a star from her student days, she now heads up
Shalina Healthcare, making quality medicines affordable and available across Africa.
Clifford gained her undergraduate degree in Economics from Cambridge University in 2002 and thereafter she received her MBA with distinction from INSEAD. She began her career as a management consultant on projects for FTSE 500 companies, working in London, New York and Sao Paolo for clients in industriesranging from financial services to pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and aerospace.
Shethen joined Streetcar, a start-up business in London, as Head of Operations and was part of the core team instrumental in securing venture capital funding before the company was soldfor £40 million.
Affordable medication across Africa
At Shalina Healthcare she is at the helm of a market leader in making quality healthcare products affordable and available across Africa. The company achieves this by sourcing from WHO-approved production facilities in India and China and by focusing on its first-class distribution expertise.
It has been operating in Africa for more than 30 years. The Shalina Group is headquartered in Dubai and has operating offices in Nigeria, Zambia, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Angola, Ghana, Republic of South Sudan, Kenya, Cameroon, Central African Republic, India and China. It employsmore than 1,000 people worldwide.
Campaigns in the community
Its200+ branded products cover a broad rangefrom anti-malarials to antibiotics and nutrition. The company’s reputation as reliable manufacturers and distributors of healthcare and personal care products is reinforced every time it launches a new product into the market. It may be the first time the drug has been launched in a remote region and it runs continuous medical education campaigns for the doctors.
Cliffordis passionate about working closely with local communities to help people live longer and healthier lives. Her mantra is to ensure that products are affordable by the general public, made possible by forging strong long-term partnerships with suppliers in India and China and managing the supply chain through to Shalina depots in each market in Africa.
These depots are the key to ensuring that products are widely available, always in stock and sold at a fair price.
Aside from healthcare, Clifford is also a director of Shalina Resources, a minerals company in the DRC.