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Innovators embrace new ideas and create new possibilities and outcomes. They challenge the status quo and push the boundaries of knowledge to develop new approaches, systems or appropriate technologies in eye health.

We are delighted to showcase our Eye Health Heroes – Innovators for 2020. They represent the diversity of eye health practice and the promise of what youth and new ideas can achieve in the sector. Do see and celebrate the Heroes listed here – each panel lists their work and impact.

Carlos Santiago
Carlos Santiago Hernand

Director of Engineering, PlenOptika

He made crucial contributions to prototyping, design-for-manufacturing to production scale-up…

Daniel Prakash
Daniel Prakash C

Manager – Human Resource, Sankara Eye Institutions

His interest in HR process automation enabled him to implement effective solutions & applications…

Fiza Rasool
Fiza Rasool Mastoi

Optometrist, Sightsavers

She is passionate about child eye health & was part Pakistan’s largest child eye health initiative…

Jeff Soulliere

Associate Manager, Opticals, OneSight

He helped create an environment that is positive, and encouraging of innovation and high performance…

Jennifer Merryweather
Jennifer Merryweather

Senior Policy Advisor, FHF

Her contribution to shifting attitudes has addressed access issues for vulnerable populations…

Juuso Erixon

Solution Sales Lead, Optomed

He has been constantly thinking of efficiencies for businesses through cloud-based solutions…

María Álvarez

Ophthalmologist, Fundacion Elena Barraquer

She leads the development of a new tonometer that has proven to be more accurate in some patients…

Michael Adusei
Michael Adusei-Nsowah

Innovator, Primary Health Vision Care, Ghana

An award-winning optometrist, with an interest in professional mobile clinic outreach…

Murk Larik
Murk Larik

Project coordinator, SIOVS, Pakistan

She has been managing Pakistan’s Trachoma Elimination Project in Kamber Shahdadkot…

Nikita Thomas
Nikita Thomas

Optometrist, School of Optometry & Vision Sciences

She has remarkable aptitude as a scientist, especially given the shortage of researchers with programming skills…

Selemani Mkapila

Nurse, German committee for the prevention of blindness

He established a screening programme school and is now working in a primary care unit…

Shenming Hu
Shenming Hu

Head, R&D, He Vision group

He is involved in developing innovative ophthalmic diagnostic solutions…

Sri Ramprasad
Sri Ramaprasad Jeyaraj

Head, R&D, Appasamy Associates

He is focused on making optimised industrial design for automated alignment in imaging devices for the eye…

Vijay Sarvepally
Vijay K Sarvepally

Head, Optometry & Community Eye Care, PVRI

He has strategic direction & oversight over the community eye care programme activities…