Adesimbo Ukiri

CEO of Avon Healthcare Ltd (Avon HMO)


Adesimbo Ukiri is the pioneer Managing Director and CEO of Avon Healthcare Ltd (Avon HMO), spearheading its evolution from a startup in 2012 into the leading Nigerian health management organization it is today. 


She is a prominent voice driving mass advocacy and addressing key national health challenges in fresh and innovative ways. She delivers tech-driven solutions and utilizes digital platforms in ways that are impacting strongly-held traditional health-seeking behaviour.


She is a passionate healthcare advocate, having spoken internationally on topics including: Moving The Needle On Healthcare Financing; The Future Market for Health Coverage; and Accelerating the Journey to Universal Health Coverage. She features as a contributing resource and choice speaker for global organisations such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) as well as other similar institutions seeking expert healthcare perspectives in Sub Saharan Africa.


Adesimbo leads AVON’s drive to empower Nigerians to live healthier, fuller lives. In her quest to provide all Nigerians across all walks of life with access to high-quality healthcare, Adesimbo has built AVON HMO into a trusted healthcare brand with a provider network covering towns and cities in all 36 states and international coverage extending to North America, the UK, India and beyond. 


Before starting AVON HMO in 2012, Adesimbo’s leadership experience cuts across critical disciplines of business management including marketing, sales, legal, finance and operations for multi-national and national corporates.  She has over 20 years of professional experience within a number of sectors including financial services, FMCG, telecommunications and healthcare.


A trained lawyer, Adesimbo holds an LLB from Obafemi Awolowo University and is a Sloan Fellow of London Business School, where she obtained an MSc in Management (Leadership and Strategy).