Dr Sam Prince is a medical doctor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
He started the Mexican restaurant Zambrero Fresh Mex Grill at age 21 while he was at medical school, believing a market existed for healthy Mexican food. By 2009 there were 17 stores in Australia and the company had generated more than $13.7 million in revenue.
In the same year, Dr Prince founded the graphic design firm, Live Design Group. Based in the US, it is now a strong firm with large clients including universities, and large private and public companies.
Besides working full time as a doctor for his not-for-profit organisation One Disease at a Time and running his restaurant empire, Dr Prince manages and finances his charitable foundation, E-magine.
Funded from his restaurant revenue, the E-magine Foundation has built 15 schools in Sri Lanka, Vietnam and far north Queensland and he plans to build 100 more in the Asia Pacific region by 2014.
He has also developed a plate-for-plate initiative where, for every meal sold at Zambrero, a plate of food is donated to the developing world. The program has already distributed 923,000 meals to the Therapeutic Feeding Centre in Africa. Dr Prince has also organised public education campaigns in Sri Lanka to reduce deaths from snake bites and dengue fever.
He is now tackling a health issue closer to home: the eradication of scabies, a disease prevalent in Indigenous communities. In 2010 he founded One Disease at a Time and launched a multi-million dollar project to eliminate the disease. The first phase of the program focuses on Indigenous communities in Arnhem Land.
Dr Prince is also a sought-after speaker on both a local and international stage. His achievements have been recognised through a number of awards including the 2012 ACT Young Australian of the Year, the Junior Chambers International ‘Outstanding Young Person of the World’, the 2008 National My Business Awards ‘Best Young Gun in Business’, and the 2008 Canberra Business Council Excellence Award. In 2011 he received the Weary Dunlop Fellowship.
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