Invite A Unite For Sight Leader To Speak About Global Health

Unite For Sight’s speakers have an unparalleled ability to inspire and motivate audiences to make an impact in the world. Unite For Sight’s expert speakers give presentations at high schools, universities, conferences, leadership institutes, and at businesses. Presentation topics range from global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship, to global health education, training volunteers, and eye care. 

  • Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Unite For Sight (Availability: Year-Round)
  • Rachel Turkel, Program Manager of Unite For Sight (Availability: Year-Round)
  • Dr. James Clarke, Ghanaian Ophthalmologist, Unite For Sight Ghana Medical Director, Unite For Sight Medical Advisory Board (Availability: Select Weeks in November and April of Each Year)
  • Dr. Seth Wanye, Ghanaian Ophthalmologist, Unite For Sight Medical Advisory Board (Availability: Select Weeks in November and April of Each Year)

How To Invite A Speaker

If you are interested in inviting one of Unite For Sight’s speakers, please contact Rachel Turkel at rturkel@uniteforsight.org with the following details:

  • Name of School/Organization/Company/Conference
  • Location/Meeting Site
  • Website (if applicable)
  • Date and Time of Presentation
  • Type of Event
  • Audience Size

The inviting organization/university pays for all applicable travel expenses (e.g. land/air travel, overnight accommodations).

Speaker Biographies

Jennifer Staple-Clark

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Unite For Sight
Availability: Year-Round
Topics: "Global Health and Social Entrepreneurship", "Do's and Don't's of Global Health," "Complexities and Realities in Global Health," and other topics related to global health and social entrepreneurship.

Biography: In 2000, Jennifer Staple-Clark, then a sophomore at Yale University, founded Unite For Sight in her dorm room. Due to Jennifer's leadership and her focus on entrepreneurial innovation, Unite For Sight is a leader in providing cost-effective care to the world's poorest people. By investing human and financial resources in the social ventures of eye clinics in developing countries, Unite For Sight has provided eye care to more than 1.7 million people living in extreme poverty, including more than 65,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Additionally, Unite For Sight's Global Health University and Global Impact Corps programs develop and nurture the next generation of global health leaders. Unite For Sight also coordinates an annual Global Health & Innovation Conference, which convenes 2,200 participants and is the world's largest global health and social entrepreneurship conference.

A visionary leader and social entrepreneur, Jennifer Staple-Clark has been featured twice in Nicholas D. Kristof's columns in The New York Times. She was also featured weekly on CNN International in 2007 and 2008. A cum laude graduate of Yale University, Jennifer frequently gives presentations and keynote addresses about social entrepreneurship, global health, and international development. Her most recent audiences have included Harvard School of Public Health, Yale Law School, Yale College, Yale School of Public Health, Duke University, Villanova University, University of Virginia, Stanford University, York University, University of Miami School of Medicine, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, Loyola Marymount University, Loyola University, Lehigh University, MIT, Northwestern University School of Medicine's American Medical Student Association Conference, Brigham Young University's Global Maternal and Child Health Conference, and American Academy of Ophthalmology's Women in Ophthalmology Leadership Institute.

Jennifer is the recipient of the 2011 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, presented by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government to "an individual whose contributions in the realm of community service, advocacy or grassroots activism have elevated the debate or changed the landscape with respect to a public issue or issues." In 2013, she received the Praxis Award in Professional Ethics from Villanova University. Jennifer also received the American Institute of Public Service's 2009 National Jefferson Award For Public Service, which is regarded as the "Nobel Prize" for public service. In 2007, Jennifer was awarded a BRICK Award, which honors and funds change-makers who identify problems and work to change the world. She has also been featured in the book Our Time is Now: Young People Changing the World, as well as in many other publications. She is the author of journal articles and book chapters about social entrepreneurship, best practices in global health, and community eye health. Additionally, Jennifer is a member of the Yale University President's Council on International Activities. She resides in Connecticut with her husband and their son.

Rachel Turkel

Program Manager, Unite For Sight
Availability: Year-Round
Topics: "Complexities and Realities in Global Health," and other topics related to global health and social entrepreneurship.

As Unite For Sight's Program Manager, Rachel Turkel manages and implements initiatives in each of Unite For Sight's program divisions. As the manager of Unite For Sight's Global Health & Innovation Conference and Global Health University, she directs Unite For Sight's initiatives to advance education about global health. Additionally, she works with and trains Unite For Sight's Global Impact Fellows, who are the next generation of leaders in global health. Rachel also manages Unite For Sight's research division, which yields public health publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Rachel has traveled to more than 12 countries, including Ghana, India, and Malawi. With a passion for improving health both locally and globally, she previously worked at a health clinic for the uninsured in Maine. Rachel graduated from Bowdoin College, earning her B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy.

Rachel frequently speaks about global health and international development. Her most recent audiences have included University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Bowdoin College, and Yale University.

Dr. James Clarke

Ghanaian Ophthalmologist, Unite For Sight Ghana Medical Director, and Unite For Sight Medical Advisory Board Member
Availability: Select Weeks in late October/early November and April of Each Year
Topics: Eye Care, Health Care in Africa, International Development, Community Health Workers, Building Local Capacity, Refugee Health Care

Biography: Dr. James Afful Clarke graduated from the University of Ghana Medical School with an MBChB. After a year of internship at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana, he worked as a General Practitioner and did a General Surgery Residency at the University of Saarland Medical Faculty, Germany, and thereafter practiced as a general surgeon in Ghana. In 1996, he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmology from the West African Postgraduate Medical College and has since been a practicing ophthalmologist. He also holds a Diploma in Community Health and Tropical Medicine from the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in Berlin, Germany.

Dr. Clarke has done clinical attachments at the University of Saarland Eye Clinic in Germany, Wake Forest Eye Center, Winston-Salem in North Carolina, and Wheaton Eye Clinic in Chicago. He is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He now runs Crystal Eye Clinic in Accra, Ghana, where he provides outreach services in eye care and performs various surgical procedures, including corneal transplantation. He is the only ophthalmologist providing corneal transplantation in Ghana. Dr. Clarke is also a member of Unite For Sight's Medical Advisory Board and leads Unite For Sight's programs in Ghana as Ghana Medical Director.

Dr. Clarke frequently speaks about eye care in Ghana, global health, and international development.  His most recent audiences have included students at Duke University, Emory University, University of Iowa, Yale University, Stanford University, Tulane University, University of Michigan, Medical College of Georgia, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Washington University at St. Louis, Drexel University, Georgetown University School of Medicine, University of Maryland, and University of Manitoba School of Medicine.

Dr. Seth Wanye

Ghanaian Ophthalmologist and Unite For Sight Medical Advisory Board Member
Availability: Select Weeks in late October/early November and April of Each Year
Topics: Eye Care, Health Care in Africa, International Development, Role As The Only Ophthalmologist For 2 Million People In Northern Ghana

Biography: Dr. Seth Wanye is an ophthalmologist at Friends Eye Centre in Kumasi, Ghana, and a member of Unite For Sight's Medical Advisory Board. For eight years, he was the only ophthalmologist for more than 2 million people in the Northern Region of Ghana. Born in Ghana, he started his medical education in Kharkov Medical School (Ukraine) and received his medical degree at Ulianovsk State University (Russia) in June 1997. From September 1997 -2000, he completed his internship and Master of Surgery (Ophthalmology) in Moscow Medical Academy and completed his PhD in Ophthalmology at the Russian Academy for Advanced Medical Training in 2002. He subsequently worked with SDA Hospital at Asamang near Kumasi and at Komfo Anoyke Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. In May 2004, Dr. Wanye became the Regional Ophthalmologist and Coordinator for the Trachoma Control Program for Northern Region, Ghana. He is also a part-time lecturer at the University for Development Studies in Tamale. Dr. Wanye is an international member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and recently participated in a fellowship program in cornea transplantation at the Kentucky Lions Eye Center and the Kentucky Lions Eye Bank in Louisville. He has also participated in educational programs at Wake Forest University Department of Ophthalmology and at the Ophthalmology Department of Yale University.

Dr. Wanye’s presentations discuss his role as the only ophthalmologist for 2 million people in Northern Ghana. He also speaks about “brain drain” and his motivation to become an ophthalmologist and serve the rural poor in Ghana. His most recent audiences have included students at Yale University, Cornell University, Ithaca College, Tulane University, New York Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Wellesley College, Mount Holyoke College, Holy Cross College, Medical College of Georgia, Duke University, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Ohio State University, New York University, St. Vincent's/New York Medical College, and University of Tennessee at Knoxville.