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Making the Invisible, Visible

Professor Andrew Bastawrous OBE will deliver his inaugural lecture where he will discuss his life and career from a young boy with vision impairment to becoming an eye surgeon, a professor and a co-founder of various social enterprises.

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Professor Andrew Bastawrous OBE joined LSHTM in 2011 from the NHS where he was working as an eye surgeon. He undertook a PhD in Kenya with LSHTM's International Centre for Eye Health where he continues to work and lead a research and teaching portfolio. At the age of 12, struggling with vision impairment a pair of glasses changed the trajectory of Andrew's life and gave him vision and "a vision". Since joining LSHTM, he has also co-founded a social enterprise, Peek Vision, which uses technology to identify and connect millions of people living with eye health issues to the care they need, strengthening the underlying health systems that support this delivery. He has also co-founded an innovative catalyst fund for vision which has recently made a grant to LSHTM. Andrew has also co-founded social enterprise bakeries, collaborated with astrophysicists, data scientists, and artists, and worked with Heads of Government and leading global figures with the ambition to see an end to untreated vision loss. 


Andrew Bastawrous

Professor Andrew Bastawrous, LSHTM

Andrew is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Surgeon), Professor in Global Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Co-Founder & CEO of Peek Vision and Co-Founder of the Vision Catalyst Fund. He has worked and undertaken research in over twenty countries including two years living in Kenya, where he was leading a major eye disease study and the development and testing of the earliest versions of Peek’s smartphone-based eye health systems.

Andrew has been listed as one of the world’s 30 most influential people in public health, has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles, is a TED Speaker and TED Fellow, Rolex Laureate, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Ashoka Fellow and UBS Global Visionary. In 2023 Andrew was awarded an OBE in the King’s Birthday Honours.

Event notices

  • The lecture will be followed by an in-person drinks reception from 18.15 - 19.15 in G90.
  • Please note that you can join this event in person or you can join the session remotely.
  • Please note that the recording link will be listed on this page when available.


Free and open to all. No registration required.