Obi is an independent director of Springer Nature, a global academic and educational publisher, and of Marathon Health, a provider of primary care clinics for employers. She is an advisor at Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust’s Best For You youth mental health initiative. She was previously an independent director of Picasso Labs (now Creative X), a venture-backed creative analytics startup, and of BfBLabs, a digital therapeutics startup. She was a trustee of Shift, a social innovation charity, a strategic advisory board member for mental health at the Wellcome Trust, one of the largest funders of scientific research, and a founding board member of the Healthy Brains Global Initiative, a pioneering effort to fund more brain and mental health research.

Areas of expertise

Technology, from early stage innovation to scaling
Digital transformation
International business operations, in particular US and Europe
Product development
Marketing and communications
Business development
Talent recruitment, development, compensation
Diversity, equity and inclusion
Sustainability, ethics, privacy / ESG

Industry experience

Technology, including internet, mobile, AI/ML and robotics
Consumer-facing industries, including retail and consumer internet
Regulated industries, including health care (in particular mental health) and medical devices, transportation (autonomous cars, drones), financial services
Green energy
Media, publishing, advertising

Obi’s board roles at a glance

Springer NaturePE-backed, pre-IPOGermanyFiduciary boardSince 2018
Marathon HealthVC-backed, pre-IPOUSFiduciary boardSince 2021
Chelsea & Westminster NHS TrustNon-profitUKAdvisory boardSince 2021
Picasso Labs (now Creative X)StartupUS/UKFiduciary board2015-2019
BfB LabsStartupUKFiduciary board2015-2021
Wellcome TrustNon-profitUKAdvisory board2020-2021
ShiftNon-profitUKFiduciary board2014-2021
HGBINon-profitUSAdvisory board2020-2021

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– Eleanor Roosevelt