Before the summer of 2016, Dr. Rania Ibrahim, a Notre Dame Mandela Washington Fellow from Ethiopia, and Dr. Olubunmi Okanlami ’08 EMBA, then a critical care pediatrician with Memorial Hospital of South Bend, were strangers separated by an ocean. Neither one could have anticipated the high-impact professional relationship that would blossom during the six-week business and entrepreneurship-based program hosted by the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD).
Dr. Ibrahim came to Notre Dame with an impressive background focused on bettering health care in her home country. “I applied to the Mandela Fellowship hoping to strengthen my skills in business development,” she explains. “I wanted to learn to expand access to medical technology and to learn ways to fully develop different possibilities of public-private partnerships.”
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