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February 12th, 2014
Ola Orekunrin

Ola Orekunrin

Ola Orekunrin, Flying Doctors Founder

Ola Orekunrin is the Founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, west Africa’s first air ambulance service.

Orekunrin trained at the University of York, wrote her final medical exams and became a Medical Doctor at 21, becoming one of the youngest doctors in England at the time.

Orekunrin completed her post-graduate training in the West Midlands, went on to specialise in Pre-hospital and trauma care.

Orekunrin is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Physicians.

Orekunrin was employed at the National Health Service UK, and worked privately at motor-racing circuits.
In 2008, Orekunrin was awarded the prestigious MEXT Japanese Government Scholarship.

Orekunrin produced ground-breaking research in the field of regenerative medicine through her work with induced pluripotent stem cells.

Orekunrin has published her own book along with several articles in high-profile medical journals and has sat on various influential boards at the British Medical Association.

Orekunrin quit her job in the UK, collected her life savings and made her way to Lagos, Nigeria to establish Flying Doctors.

Orekunrin is a recipient of the ThisDay Awards in 2012 and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013.

Orekunrin is also a TED fellow.

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