Epione Healthcare Solutions ("Epione") is a partnership between clinicians, investors, operators and strategists established to develop, invest in, own and operate healthcare facilities in Africa. Our vision is to become the largest provider of quality, affordable and sustainable healthcare services for all.
We are executing a two-pronged strategy in primary and secondary healthcare anchored on a TRUE PARTNERSHIP with clinicians.
Epione Health Villages ("Health Villages”) is a partnership with primary care clinicians (general practitioners, dentists and optometrists) to develop, invest in, own and operate primary care facilities (medical centers and health villages) in AfricaVisit Epione Health Villages
Epione Surgical Partners (“Surgical Partners”) is a partnership with specialists to develop, invest in, own and operate day hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers (ASC) in Africa.Visit Epione Surgical Partners
Garikai is the Founder and CEO of Maiko Healthcare Group, leading the overall vision and strategy execution of the company across all verticals. Prior to founding Maiko, Gazah had a career spanning over 12 years in the private equity, investment banking and family office investing world in Africa. He recently worked for the Oppenheimer Family Office (“EOS”) in Johannesburg where he led efforts investing in infrastructure across Africa focusing on power, railways, ports and airports. He also worked on an Africa entry strategy for General Atlantic (“GA”) as a summer associate based in New York and London. He did his MBA internship with Tana Africa Capital and EOS, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Prior to his MBA, he worked for Emerging Capital Partners (“ECP”) as a private equity investment professional based in Johannesburg, South Africa executing on a sector agnostic investment strategy across Africa and for the USAID’s Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund (“SAEDF”) investing in SMEs across Africa, also based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He started his career at Merrill Lynch in London, UK in Investment Banking and then moved to Sales and Trading and Structuring of Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (“CMBS”).
Gazah holds an MBA in Healthcare Management and Finance from Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in the U.S. and a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, U.S., and the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, UK. He is a Zimbabwean national based in Johannesburg, South Africa with a very strong passion for healthcare.
Rhobhi is an Advisor to Maiko assisting in the overall company strategy and with a particular interest in primary healthcare, Epione Health Villages. She is currently an Associate Partner at Dalberg Advisors where she focuses on the health portfolio in Africa and Asia. Within health, she has worked on market entry, investment and organizational strategy, product design, project management and performance evaluation. Most recently, Rhobhi has been co-leading the expansion of Safe Surgery 2020, a General Electric funded partnership that aims to reduce preventable deaths from surgically-treatable conditions by improving the quality of surgical care. She has also worked in a range of sectors across Africa including technology & digital finance, agriculture & food security, education and employment. Prior to Dalberg, Rhobhi worked as a researcher for Yale’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, and as a Research and Development Manager for The Forsyth Institute. She was also part of the founding team for the African Leadership Academy in South Africa. Most recently, Rhobhi has been co-leading the Southeast Asia expansion of Safe Surgery 2020, a partnership funded by GE Foundation that aims to reduce preventable deaths from surgically-treatable conditions by improving the quality of surgical care.
Rhobhi holds an MPH with Distinction in Health Policy & Administration and Global Health from Yale University where she was awarded the Lowell Levin Award for Excellence in Global Health. She holds a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College where she was also a Jerome A. Schiff Research Fellow. As a professional, she is committed to enabling access to quality healthcare across the continent.
Farai is a Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Maiko responsible for all technological aspect of the company, with a particular focus on healthtech, epione.net. He most recently worked at Netcare in Johannesburg where he was responsible for risk management and special projects with a focus on information technology. Previously, he worked for KPMG South Africa based in Johannesburg in the technology advisory team. At KPMG, he was involved in assessing business processes and processing environments of companies across Sub-Sahara Africa and implementing technologies that improved or transformed clients’ business systems. Before KPMG, he was at SAP in Johannesburg as a graduate focusing on implementing SAP products in the financial services sector.
Farai holds a B. Com (Honours) in Information Systems from University of Cape Town and holds several certificates from University of Maryland and University of Michigan. He has a passion for entrepreneurship, technology and healthcare
Jessica is a Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Maiko responsible for all operational aspects of the business with a particular interest in the hospital facilities strategy strategy, Epione Surgical Partners. She has spent close to a decade gaining expertise in Operations Management, Strategy, Business Analysis (IT), Business Process Improvement, Business Development, Project Management and Customer Experience Management. She is energized by helping organizations develop functional support structures which facilitate the delivery of their strategic objectives, introducing innovation into the process as required. This is a role she relished as a Business Solutions Consultant at Vitality, then subsequently as the Functional Head of Discovery Healthcare Services. Jessica continues to do so in her capacity as Chief of Staff/Executive Associate to the CEO and Deputy CEO of Discovery Health, where she identifies and executes strategic initiatives on behalf of the Executive team.
Jessica holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management & Business Administration (PDM) from Wits Business School, a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Nottingham Law School, and an LLB Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Surrey. Jessica also recently completed a Professional Diploma in Business Analysis from the Faculty Training Institute - where she is also a part-time lecturer in Business Analysis (IT), and an Executive Leadership programme with the University of Stellenbosch Business School. She is an egalitarian who strives personally and professionally to help create a society that is just, equitable and inclusive. She has a keen interest in working towards ensuring such values are at the core of the healthcare sector across Africa.