Associate Professor Mohamed (Mo) Dirani is the founding Managing Director of Plano Pte Ltd, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School, and Honorary Principal Investigator at the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA).
Mo completed his PhD at the age of 26 years (2006), where he established the world’s largest twin study to investigate the genetic and environmental risk factors of myopia. Mo has published 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts in prestigious medical journals, is an invited speaker across the globe as an expert in eye epidemiology and entrepreneurship, published several Government and industry-commissioned reports, and has received competitive scholarships, fellowships and scientific awards.
More recently (2015-2017), Mo led Australia’s first nationwide study to assess the burden of blindness in Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, completed his MBA at the Australian Institute of Business (AIB) and is a graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
From the app’s humble beginnings in Singapore, Mo’s passion and vision has not only propelled the plano app to launch worldwide, it has enabled the creation of an entire ecosystem; a comprehensive solution to myopia and excessive device use. Mo believes that this ecosystem is the answer to keeping all eyes healthy in this digital world, and as a company, Plano welcomes government and industry partnerships.
Mo is an avid runner, with his 12th marathon completed in September 2019 (Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, South Africa) where he raised close to A$20,000 to support a Plano-led campaign, Giving Sight With Every Stride together with The Fred Hollows Foundation to bring eye care to 50,000 adults and children across Africa. He ran his 13th in November 2019 (TCS New York City Marathon) in support of Artolution, an organisation that uses art to create harmony in conflict zones & empower human connection no matter the differences in race, colour, and religion.