Saturday, November 22, 2014
Dr. Ola Orekunrin-Medical Doctor and CEO of Flying Doctors
Ola Orekunrin is a British-Nigerian Medical doctor and Managing director of Flying Doctors of Nigeria; a charity based in Lagos, Nigeria. Ola was born in London, England and grew up under the care of foster parents in Lowestoft. Her name “Ola” means “Wealth” in Yoruba. Ola graduated from Hull York Medical School at the age of 21, becoming one of the youngest medical doctors in the United Kingdom. After graduation, Ola worked for 10 years with the National Health Service, United Kingdom. As an helicopter pilot with specialized training in aviation medicine, she pioneered the 1st air operated Emergency medical services in Lagos, Nigeria; Flying Doctors Nigeria Ltd. She was motivated to start the charity after experiencing the loss of her sister under difficult circumstances. She was also inspired to assuage the problems of emergency medical services in the Nigeria. Undaunted by difficult challenges, she successfully established Flying Doctors in Lagos, Nigeria in 2007 and she is currently the CEO. Ola is a member of both the American Academy of Aesthetic Surgeons and the British Medical Association. She was listed among Young Global leaders by World Economic Forum in 2013 .