Hakeem Onasanya is studying for a master of Public Policy Program(MPP)at the Blavatnik School of Government as an Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) scholar. His policy interest is achieving universal health coverage(UHC)in Nigeria and ultimately eradicating barriers to accessing quality health care.
Before his academic sojourn at Oxford, he worked as the Lead of the nationwide healthcare provider team at Reliance HMO, a technology driven health insurance company in Nigeria. At this role, he grew the network of healthcare providers across Nigeria from 60 health care facilities in Lagos to over 1,000 Health care facilities across 34 states in Nigeria in just 1 year.
He studied dentistry at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. While he was studying, he served as the President of the University of Lagos Association of Dental Students(ULADS) and Vice president of the Nigerian Association of Dental Students(NADS). At those leadership roles, he secured a 1-million-naira donation in collaboration with alumni of the Dental school in Lagos towards procuring state of the art equipment for the school in order to improve the quality of dental education.
He practised as a dentist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital. In a bid to address the lack of access to quality healthcare in Nigeria, he switched to the health insurance industry to work towards increasing the health insurance coverage in Nigeria using technology and telemedicine.
As Vice President, he intends to create a more member-focused society by ensuring that all projects and events of the society are geared at empowering members professionally, academically and socially. He also plans on building a more sustainable relationship with alumni all over the world and strengthen partnership with relevant organisations in outside the university of Oxford.