David Green (social entrepreneur)

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David Green is an American social entrepreneur.

He is an Ypsilanti, Michigan native.[1] He graduated from the University of Michigan with an MPH. He helped the Seva Foundation establish Aurolab, a nonprofit manufacturer of low cost intraocular lenses for treating cataracts.[2][3]

He lives in El Cerrito, California with his wife, Tanya Shaffer, and their children.[4]


In 2004 Green was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship [5] for his work as "a pioneer in the manufacture and distribution of advanced health care products for patients in the developing world who could not otherwise afford them." [6]

In 2002 Green was named an Ashoka Fellow.[7]

He is the recipient of the 2009 “Spirit of Helen Keller” award for humanitarian efforts in blindness prevention; is the recipient of the 2009 University of Michigan Humanitarian Service Award; and was selected by University of Michigan Engineering students as a leading social entrepreneur alumnus. In 2011 he received the Certificate of Honorary Award of Liaoning Province as a foreign expert who has made great contributions to the economic and social development of Liaoning Province.


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