Andrew Bastawrous was born on 26 March 1980 in the United Kingdom to Egyptian parents.
He took his medical degree from the University of Leeds. He is an ophthalmologist and clinical lecturer in international eye health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and co-founder and CEO of Peek Vision. He has recently returned to London after spending two years in Kenya developing and testing the Peek Vision system and leading a major study of eye disease. He has also done prior research and has worked in Sierra Leone, Peru, Belize, Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Uganda.
He is the recipient of many scholarships and awards for his research and innovations in eye disease. His writing won him an award in science writing from the UK’s Medical Research Council. His TED Talk, “Get your next eye exam on a smartphone”, has been viewed more than one million times.
Bastawrous was recently voted one of the world’s 30 most influential people in public health and was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2014, he was awarded the €100,000 Mazda Rebels with a Cause Prize and the Gifted Citizen Award, which was presented at the Ciudad de las Ideas conference, a forum designed to present innovative ideas in science and technology and many other areas of knowledge.