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Occupational Information

Occupation: Health care access

Occupational Position: Novartis Social Business Cluster Head

Professional History

Fayelle Ouane is the Novartis Social Business Cluster Head, West and Central Africa and is based in Cote d'Ivoire. During her career, Fayelle has worked consistently for access to medicine, a key element of her current role. She is developing a regional strategy for the company across public affairs, partnerships, and innovative financing to ensure this access. One of these projects is working with governments to provide a portfolio of medicines at $1 per treatment per month.

Previously, she has helped to design oncology patient access programs and starting a generics division in Ghana to reduce drug costs.

Outside of her work in the drug industry, Fayelle is the co-founder of Impact Hub Bamako in Mali, the first full-service social enterprise incubator and co-working space in Francophone Africa. So far, the incubator has helped more than 20 startups find their feet, which in turn has had impacts in areas like food security, mentoring and helping entrepreneurs survive the startup.


BA in International Relations from the University of Stanford
Masters in Business Administration from Harvard University


2017 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

African Leadership Network 2014 member



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