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Temie Giwa Tubosun 2020
Middlebury Institute alumna Temie Giwa-Tubosun has been awarded the 2020 Global Citizen Prize for Business Leader

Temie Giwa-Tubosun MPA ‘10 has been awarded the Global Citizen Prize for Business Leader. 

Giwa-Tubosun is the founder and CEO of LifeBank and she is being recognized for her groundbreaking work using technology and innovation to address blood-shortages in Nigeria, and for LifeBank’s respond to the pandemic, including launching testing centers, and free delivery of medical oxygen to COVID-19 patients in isolation centers.

When Giwa-Tubosun MPA ‘10 was a student in the Public Administration program, she had an internship in Nigeria that would change her life. During this internship she witnessed a young pregnant woman fight for her life after a difficult labor and suffering heavy blood loss. This experience inspired Giwa-Tubosun to learn about health systems in developing countries and ultimately launch LifeBank, a digital medical distribution company that has facilitated the delivery of essential medical products like blood, oxygen, plasma, and vaccines to hospitals in Nigeria since 2016.

The Global Citizen Prize for Business Leader honors an individual in the business community who has combined business goals with positive human impact. 

Among other awards she has received for her work are the Solve Initiative Award from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Tech Entrepreneur Award from the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), the Africa Netpreneur Award, and the Jack Ma African Business Award.

You can watch Global Citizen Prize — and hear from Giwa-Tubosun, alongside all the other 2020 Global Citizen Prize winners —  wherever you are in the world, and can find full global listings here, including how to tune in to digital livestreams.