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Cartier, a French luxury Jeweller, has named Temie Giwa-Tubosun, the founder and CEO of LifeBank as a laureate for Sub Saharan Africa in its women’s initiative.

LifeBank is a medical distribution company that uses data and technology to help health workers discover critical medical products and deliver them to hospitals in Nigeria. It has saved over 5,7 96 lives in Nigeria.

The startup‘s journey started back in July 2012 when Giwa-Tubosun founded the One Percent Project which promoted voluntary blood donation across Nigeria. One Percent Project collected more than 3,100 pints of blood until December 2015, when it morphed into LifeBank.

Giwa-Tubosun has over 10 years of health-management experience with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Development Program.

She emerged a winner alongside 6 others from 21 finalists, which were selected from over 1,200 applicants from 162 countries.

The other finalists and winners are Stephanie Benedetto (USA), Adriana Luna Diaz (Mexico), Chunguang Wang (East Asia-China), Joanne Howarth (Australia), Anna-Sophie Hartvigsen(Denmark), and Nadia Gamal El Din (Egypt).

The laureate from each region will be rewarded with $100,000 in prize money while the second and third runner-ups will receive  $30,000.

Additionally, the seven laureates and 14 finalists will all benefit from financial advisory services, 1:1 strategy coaching, media visibility, and international networking opportunities – as well as a place on an INSEAD executive education program.

“Creating opportunities for women and empowering them is not only what we believe is right, it also tells who we are: a Maison both anchored in reality and open to the world, thus perfectly aware of our responsibility… At Cartier, we believe it is crucial to support young businesses and start-ups through to a more stable period.

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“And this is what we intend to keep doing, fully aware that these women are making a concrete and durable impact, therefore paving the way for a better future,” said Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier International.

Cartier Women’s Initiative is a women-run project to support female entrepreneurs to develop women-owned businesses internationally. It was launched in 2006.

Musa Suleiman
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