Rosie NdhlovuDr Rosie Ndhlovu

South Africa


Occupational Information

Job Title: CEO and chief re-imaginer at Innovo Healthcare

Professional History

Dr Rosie Ndhlovu is the CEO and chief re-imaginer at Innovo Healthcare, a primary healthcare company she founded five years ago in South Africa. She is passionate about the business of healthcare and how technology can help us reimagine healthcare delivery.

She believes that most innovations are not inventions necessarily, but a re-imagining of how technology can be put together in a way that creates much value and disrupts the status quo. The business of healthcare has to disrupt the current status quo and how is what makes her curious. Health is the single most important asset in our lives and access to this is still inadequately accessible for the majority of South Africans. Rosie's purpose is to contend this fact, and her mission is to use innovation, technology, and modern collaborative partnerships and solutions to deliver comprehensive healthcare to underserviced primarily rural and peri-urban communities in a quality, affordable model.

Rosie comes from a large corporate background, having held various management positions at Roche Pharmaceuticals, ABSA Capital Investment Banking, Clinix Health Group. This experience has equipped Rosie in medical, product, and project management, as well as experience in developing and implementation projects from pre-feasibility, feasibility, funding to the implementation of projects which she believes, gives a unique lens to tackle this problem. Her search is for a model that can see mobile clinics emerge from the poor step-cousin of charitable efforts into the “adult” – the unorthodox way in which all those far from cities and hospitals can still access high-quality healthcare without traveling too far. She is tackling this question at Innovo and to date has led the teams that have delivered over 67 000 health treatments in mobile clinics over the past 4 years.


MBChB, University of Natal, Durban
MBA Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), Johannesburg


2006 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Additional Search Tags: Medical, Healthcare, Technology, Science, Pharmaceutical, Banking, Project Management

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.