How to use your passion to change the world
James has lived and worked as a volunteer doctor in Africa and as an eye surgeon in the Middle East, and has taught in ten countries in Asia. He founded Sight For All in 2008, turning his boundless energy into a fight against blindness in some of the poorest communities of the world. Through social entrepreneurship, James has used his passion to create an organisation that is now impacting on the lives of one million people every year. In this lecture, James draws on confronting personal experiences to illustrate the power of social entrepreneurship and the ingredients needed to create a successful social impact organisation that can truly change the world.
Dr James Muecke AM graduated with Honours from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1987. Following his internship, James lived and worked as a doctor in Africa and subsequently as an eye surgeon in the Middle East, battling malaria, wild animals, and rebel soldiers. He founded Sight For All in 2008, turning his boundless energy into a fight against blindness in the Aboriginal communities of Australia and some of the poorest countries of Asia and Africa. His commitment to social impact and humanitarian endeavors has earnt him a string of awards including an Order of Australia in 2012, the Australian Medical Association’s President’s Leadership Award in 2013, Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur for Australia in 2015 and The University of Adelaide’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2019. James is a researcher, a teacher, an author, a musician, a photographer, and a film producer, and uses his many skills to deliver passionate, fascinating, and at times confronting presentations about his life, his work, philanthropy, resilience and social entrepreneurship.
6:30pm @The Alma, 66 Magill Road, NORWOOD 5067
Also speaking at this location at 8:30pm is Paul Steffens