TED Fellow Andrew Bastawrous studies eye health — and builds accessible new tools to bring eye care to more people.
Why you should listen
Andrew Bastawrous is cofounder and CEO of Peek Vision
, a social impact organization that uses smartphone technology to radically increase access to eye care in some of the most challenging places in the world. Bastawrous is also an ophthalmologist (eye surgeon) and Associate Professor in International Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.Peek's vision app, Peek Acuity
, is being used to transform eye health in more than 150 countries. The organization ran one of the top-ten all-time Indiegogo crowd-funding campaigns
in the health sector -- for Peek Retina, a smartphone ophthalmoscope -- and was voted "best social-impact start-up in Europe" by Google and McKinsey in 2016. All prize money has been re-invested in Peek.Bastawrous is working with astrophysicists to crowdsource retinal data
; with National Geographic
explorers to reach isolated communities; and with artists and activists to advocate for eye care globally. He and his wife Madeleine have established a social enterprise healthy bakery
in Kenya that provides employment, with profits paying for eye care.In 2018, Bastawrous was invited to deliver the Commonwealth Address
in the presence of the British Royal Family, where he announced the creation of a new one-billion-dollar Vision Catalyst Fund -- a new vision for international aid.