Dr. Olamide Orekunrin

Flying Doctors Nigeria | Founder

Dr. Olamide Orekunin is a medical doctor, a trainee helicopter pilot, and an entrepreneur who founded West Africa’s first indigenous air ambulance service, the Flying Doctors Nigeria which saves hundreds of lives across the region every year especially in the oil and gas industry, rendering medical evacuation services, remote site clinic management, First Aid Training and other medical solutions to make work safer in the industry

She is extremely passionate about healthcare in Africa and works with various foundations, charities and governments to improve standards of healthcare.

Dr. Orekunin was born in the UK. She studied medicine and surgery at the Hull –York Medical School after which she worked in Acute Medicine in the UK.  She then went on to be awarded the Japanese MEXT scholarship which allowed her to further her studies in Tokyo Japan.

She has published two medical textbooks ‘EMQ’s in Paediatrics’ and ‘Pre-Hospital Care for Africa as well as articles in the British Medical Journal, New York Times and the Huffington Post.

She is an international speaker who has received multiple awards and nominations. These include the Mouldbreaker’s Award, the THIS Day Award, The Future Award as entrepreneur of the year, New Generation Leader for Africa, Ladybrille Personality of the month, and Vanguard WOW Awards. She is also a TED fellow and has been honoured by the world economic forum as a Young Global Leader.

She is also a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians.