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Dr Sam Prince

Sam Prince is an entrepreneur, he is socially aware, enthusiastic and aspires all those who hear him speak. A passionate and dedicated businessman and founder of One Disease at a Time, Sam shares his knowledge and drive to show how you can achieve goals in business and as an aid worker buy using similar principals. Audiences will find Sam’s presentation motivational and inspirational.

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Dr Sam Prince's Biography

Sam Prince is an entrepreneur, he is socially aware, enthusiastic and aspires all those who hear him speak.  A passionate and dedicated businessman and founder of One Disease at a Time, Sam shares his knowledge and drive to show how you can achieve goals in business and as an aid worker buy using similar principals. Audiences will find Sam’s presentation motivational and inspirational.  

Dr Sam Prince works as a doctor, runs a chain of restaurants, helps feed one million people a year in poor nations and wants to eradicate scabies in Australia. At age 30, Prince has achieved more than most do in a lifetime. While still a medical student, he launched his own Zambrero ''fresh mex'' restaurant chain which now numbers 30 outlets around Australia.  

Born in Dundee, Scotland to Sri Lankan immigrants, Dr Sam Prince moved with this family to Australia in 1986. Gifted academically, he began tertiary education at the age of 16 at the Australian National University after which he graduated with a degree in Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University in Melbourne.  

At 21, while studying medicine in Melbourne, Sam established his first business, Zambrero Fresh Mex Grill, in his hometown - Canberra. Zambrero is built upon the key principles of happiness, healthy food, and humanitarianism. In the following years, Sam continued to practice as a doctor and grew Zambrero to over 28 stores and counting, 500 staff and over $25 million in revenue. The business was recognised as the fastest growing franchise in Australia in 2010 by BRW.  

Recently, the Plate4Plate initiative was launched in partnership with Action Against Hunger, whereby every time you buy a plate of food in a Zambrero store, someone also receives a plate of food in the developing world. The program is already active in Liberia, and has served over 1.2million plates of food. At present, there are 28 Zambrero stores across Australia and this is planned to reach 60 by the end 2013 with the plan of international growth by the end of this year.  

Paying homage to his parent’s heritage (and grateful for his start in life), Sam founded The Emagine Foundation in 2007, which has built and equipped 15 information technology (IT) learning centres in rural Sri Lanka to date, and counting. There are plans for 100 centres by the end of 2014, and expansion to Cambodia and Vietnam, with the help of corporate partners and the ongoing support of the Zambrero group.  

Sam established the not-for-profit One Disease at a Time, which aims to systematically focus, one by one, upon significant diseases affecting Australians today, with the aim of improving the basic standard of health of all Australians. The first targeted disease is scabies, a parasitic mite that burrows under the skin to lay eggs, and which is transmissible by skin-to-skin contact. Scabies underlies 50–70% of streptococcal pyoderma (or skin sores caused by streptococcal infection, primarily Group A streptococcus or GAS). Further, post-streptococcal disease, including rheumatic heart disease and kidney disease, occurs at much higher rates in Indigenous Australia than most places in the world, and these diseases cause chronic bad health and, ultimately, premature death.      

While most non-Indigenous Australians have never suffered from, or know someone who has suffered from scabies, some remote Indigenous communities see around 7 out of 10 infants suffering from scabies at least once before their first birthday. Sam, now joined by a team including Nobel laureates, the Australian Governor General and legendary medal scientists have redefined the model of how to partner and practice within the Aboriginal communities in Australia.  

Mejico Restaurant and tequila bar was founded and launched in the Sydney CBD in February 2013. Mejico prides itself is serving market-fresh modern Mexican cuisine and currently has the largest list of tequila’s in the country. The restaurant was born from Sam’s passion for both the hospitality industry and Mexican food, after travelling extensively and eating furiously through this colourful North American country.  

Sam's success in both business and aid work derives from a rare ability to clearly visualise gaps and practical solutions to seemingly vast problems, and to drive these through implementation by force of willpower and by inspiring others to believe in his vision. He believes that aid work should be run with the same rigour as business and be held accountable to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in the same way. With a dedicated and passionate team, which invariably includes the best minds in their fields, Sam has demonstrated the outcomes that can be achieved in business and aid work when this is applied.