Princess Ike

Curator, Abuja Hub

Dr Princess Ifeoma Ike is a Nigerian board certified Public health Optometrist, a Medpreneur, and management professional with 9 years of professional experience and management skills in designing and implementing holistic eye care and advocacy programs including health communication, advocacy, leadership and project management aimed at bridging the yawning gap in eye care provision and delivery in Nigeria. She has through public and private sector engagements worked to ensure that marginalized groups have access to eye care and required support . Currently, Princess is the CEO of Princess Vision Eye Clinic Limited Abuja, Awka Eye Clinic Limited, and Awka Eye Foundation both situated in Anambra State, Nigeria which focuses on providing qualitative, accessible, affordable and appropriate eye care service that meets the need of every Nigerian irrespective of their social class. Princess holds a Doctor of Optometry degree from Madonna University, Nigeria where she emerged as the best graduating student, and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Benin, Nigeria. She is a certified Biomedical investigator from the University of Florida, Miami, a certified member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), certified Health Safety and Environment Professional from the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria, a member of the Nigerian Optometric Association and a YALI Regional Leadership Center fellow. She is a graduate of the Pioneer Pandemic Preparedness Series by the One Young World Academy done in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a certified Responsible Leader trained by the Forum of Young Global Leaders in collaboration with the Global Shapers Community and Accenture. For her proven track record, demonstrated passion and experience in volunteering, eye health advocacy, leadership, entrepreneurship and youth empowerment, she has been nominated as Young Optometrist of the year by the Nigerian Optometric Association in 2017, the entrepreneur Africa Young Entrepreneur of the year in 2020 and the Future Awards Africa Prize for Health and Wellness in 2022. She has also been conferred as an Africa Ambassador for Business Innovation by the Government of Sao Tome and Principe, Ambassador for Safe Environment by the Environmental Ethics and Safety Training Institute in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment and the UN Polac distinguished woman of peace and honour award. She is the National Advocacy Secretary of the Nigerian Optometric Association (2021-2023) and a Climate Reality Leader trained by Former US Vice President, Al Gore. She is a 2021 Eye Health Hero recognized by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. In 2016, she received a commendation letter from the Honourable Minister of Health for her advocacy geared towards brain drain in the Optometry profession and was instrumental in securing more internship and job placements for subsequent Optometry interns and Optometrists in Nigeria. Princess believes universal health coverage is possible in Nigeria and that health education, accessibility and affordability of eye care services is a powerful tool in prevention which explains why she is deeply committed to curbing Africa's visual impairment and blindness rates. She has written and published opinion pieces for the World Economic Forum, and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting. Princess is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper with the Abuja hub currently serving as the Curator for the 2022/2023 hub year.

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