Dr Olaokun Soyinka

Dr Olaokun Soyinka is the board Chairman at Realms Healthcare Service Consulting and a Public Health Physician. Currently, he is the Project Director for the Independent Verification Agent for the Saving One Million Lives Programme. He was the Commissioner for Health, Ogun State from 2011-2015.

As Commissioner, he gained extensive experience in Healthcare Finance, Health Insurance and Healthcare Policy Implementation. He is a medical doctor with experience in Public Health, Primary Health Care, Cardiology, General Practice and healthcare communications. Dr Soyinka attended Government College Ibadan and completed his secondary education at Taunton School in Somerset, UK. After graduating from St Thomas’ Hospital medical school in London, he trained as a GP and developed a special interest in Cardiology.

His interest in this field led to his founding of the British Journal of Cardiology. Moving to Nigeria, Dr Soyinka worked initially as a public health and medical communications consultant. He worked in HIV/AIDS, healthcare policy development and health system strengthening, consulting mainly for bilateral and multilateral agencies including the UN. He then worked as Project Coordinator for the Nigerian Evidence-based Healthcare Initiative, a project aimed at better use of data in policy making and healthcare planning, supported by the Canadian International Development Agency an IDRC. In 2008, He was appointed to the post of Health Promotion Officer at the WHO country office where he served for three years until he left to serve before taking up the appointment in Ogun State. He is a passionate advocate for Universal Health Coverage and has a special interest in the role of Telemedicine and e-health in healthcare delivery. Dr Soyinka is married with children and plays golf and the guitar – neither as well as he would like.