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Future Leaders

Future Leaders recognises that leaders can emerge at all levels and in all roles across eye health but share essential characteristics: they are high performers in their roles, influence others, show potential and are open to learning and growing from each experience.

We are delighted to showcase our Eye Health Heroes – Future Leaders for 2021. 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.

Courtney Murphy
Courtney Murphy

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin

As head of PBW’s program team, she leads the program staff meetings and fosters not only the growth of fellow team members, but also the growth of many interns who report to her…

Dr Michelle Sun
Dr Michelle Sun

Byers Eye Institute, Stanford Health

Michelle is one of Sight For All’s most generous and long-standing supporters and a true Eye health Hero…

Dr Princess Ifeoma Ike
Dr Princess Ifeoma Ike

Princess Vision Eye Clinic Limited Abuja, Nigeria

Princess is a World Economic Forum Global shaper and has served the Abuja hub of the Global Shapes Community as the Welfare Director and Secretariat Manager…

Dr Sanket Parajuli
Dr Sanket Parajuli

Reiyukai Eiko Masunaga eye hospital

He is eagerly participating in yet another surgical camp in Dhalkebar, a remote village in the Terai belt of Nepal…

Dr Sudarshan Khanal
Dr Sudarshan Khanal

Better Vision Foundation Nepal

He is working on developing a training module targeted to medical officers working in primary health centers to detect the uncorrected refractive error and make a proper referral…

Dr. Felix Kofi Awuriki
Dr. Felix Kofi Awuriki

Perfect Vision.Med Eye Care Clinic

Dr Awuriki served as one of the Ghanaian Optometrist volunteers for free eye care provision for about 500 Ghanaian Children…

Dr. Felix Okwudilichukwu Nwarienne
Dr. Felix Okwudilichukwu Nwarienne

Murtala Mohammed specialist hospital, Kano, Nigeria

His commitment to the service of humanity led to his involvement in numerous outreaches that aimed to take quality eye care to those in rural areas…

Dr. Neeraj Shah
Dr. Neeraj Shah

Sankara Eye Foundation, India

Dr. Neeraj is a member of the ‘Confederation of Indian Industry Young Indians’ (Jaipur-Chapter) who works with the Government towards COVID relief…

Elise Moo
Elise Moo

The Fred Hollows Foundation

Elise now has her sights set on how The Foundation and the broader eye health sector can contribute to action on climate change…

Flavia Arato
Flavia Arato

Light for the World

Flavia is a charismatic leader who is able to work with people and organisations from all walks of life, from grassroots to global and private, public donors and foundations…

Francisco Javier Solis Badillo
Francisco Javier Solis Badillo

Fundacion Ver Bien para Aprender Mejor

Francisco fue recientemente invitado a ser expositor en el Primer Congreso Internacional de Atención Comunitaria, evento organizado por la UNAM, su alma mater, en el cual pudo…

Grace Mwangi
Grace Mwangi

Peek Vision

Grace is continuously developing her skills and abilities, placing her at the centre of many of Peek’s impact expansion plans…

Isaura Ilorena d’Alva Brito dos Santos
Isaura Ilorena d’Alva Brito dos Santos

Faculty of Health Science in Nampula, Mozambique

Pocos meses después se convirtió en la primera presidenta de la Asociación de Optometría de Mozambique y, junto con otros 5 miembros ejecutivos, avanzaron hacia la legalización de la práctica de la optometría…

Jennifer Lyn G. Viñola
Jennifer Lyn G. Viñola

VOSH International Inc

Jennifer is currently enrolled in Master of Arts in Education Major in Administration and Supervision at the Manila Central University…

Joel Bambamba

Universidade Lurio

He is currently leading the optometry department research, and ever since, it is part of his role: Ensure the harmonious development of the teaching – learning and scientific research process…

Justine Zhang
Justine Zhang

LSHTM

Justine is a problem-solver, well organized, reliable, an effective communicator and a great team player with exceptional inter-personal skills…

Kasini Benoît
Kasini Benoît

Mobil Clinic

KASINI BENOÎT c’est un jeune Leader engagé dans la prise en charge des pathologies ophtalmologiques pour la population rurale, c’est un jeune engagé dans les innovations…

Katelin Hill
Katelin Hill

OneSight

Katelin’s gift is to look at initiatives and challenges with new approaches. She learns lessons from past experiences…

Kuldeep Singh
Kuldeep Singh

Seva Foundation

Kuldeep embodies Seva’s value “compassion in action.” He puts the mission, partners, and patients we serve at the forefront of his work…

Lion Dr. Teddy Kwaga
Lion Dr. Teddy Kwaga

Mbarara University of Science and Technology

As a young ophthalmologist, Dr. Kwaga has already made a substantial impact in fighting blindness in Uganda, inspiring many young female doctors to join the “fight” against blindness…

Mary
Mary "Araba" Otoo

Ohio State University

Despite how busy Araba was in finishing Optometry school and establishing her own 503 (c) – Cherish Eyesight and Vision (CEV) – she joined A.S.P.E.C.T. without hesitation…

Mary Kyale
Mary Kyale

Essilor 2.5NVG

At Essilor, she also supported the Macho Bora Elimu Bora, school Eye Health program in Nakuru County where she was involved in training Community…

Masomeh Kalantarion
Masomeh Kalantarion

Ophthalmic Research Center, Research Institute for Ophthalmology and Vision Science, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Masomeh has a passion for human sight and has had solid contribution in national ophthalmology development…

Matiullah Khan
Matiullah Khan

Pakistan Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences

Matiullah Khan is a keen learner and keeps developing his own career as well as an optometrist…

Mauricio Javier Vázquez Renteria
Mauricio Javier Vázquez Rentería

AMFECCO 

At the conclusion of his social service in 2009, he immediately entered the Bachelor’s Degree in
Optometry at age 19; Along with his studies…

Md. Sajidul Huq Tanjil
Md. Sajidul Huq Tanjil

Deep Eye Care Foundation

He took charge as the coordinator of Deep Institute of Community Ophthalmology (DICO), Education & Training Institute of DECF and succeeded to develop it in a structured way…

Mr. Ranjan Shah
Mr. Ranjan Shah

Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh, Kathmandu, Nepal

His tireless efforts and dedicated journey with an aim to address avoidable blindness as a public health problem in Nepal…

Myrna Leticia Luévano González
Myrna Leticia Luévano González

Fundación Hospital de Nuestra Señora de la Luz

Myrna has joined our hospital in 2018 when she started her ophthalmology fellowship, from the beginning we observed in her many qualities that speak of a responsible and dedicated person to her work…

Niroopma Ray
Niroopma Ray

Madhu Eyecare Services

Her passion and dedication towards eye care for the underprivileged community, motivated her to starts her own organization…

Opt. Guadalupe Flores Valadez
Opt. Guadalupe Flores Valadez

Instituto Mexicano De Oftalmología, IAP

Su motivación es la posibilidad de que muchas de éstas personas mejoren su calidad de vida y la integración total a sus actividades…

Rajesh
Rajesh

Aravind Eye Hospital - Chennai

He has been shown exemplary leadership in Community Outreach Projects for the past two years with courage and conviction…

Raju Kaiti
Raju Kaiti

Nepal Eye Hospital

Exposure in Corneal Donation and Refractive surgery Unit as partial fulfillment of masters of Optometry…

Recivall P. Salongcay
Recivall P. Salongcay

UK-REACH DR, Philippine Eye Research Institute

Recivall has excellent work ethics. He has consistently demonstrated diligence, determination in his work and a desire to further his knowledge and skills…

St Cecilia Eye Clinic Calabar
Dr Ogechi Cecilia Chukwu

St Cecilia Eye Clinic

Dr Ogechi Cecilia Chukwu has served as the world sight Day focal person, Cross River State, Nigeria for 4 years and is always willing and ready…

Tapobrat Bhuyan
Tapobrat Bhuyan

Operation Eyesight Universal

He currently looks after 39 vision centres across five states of India and oversees various projects in Nepal and Bangladesh…

Xingru He
Xingru He

He Vision Group

Aside from his roles in management and education, Xingru researches the assessment, intervention development, and intervention assurance in blindness prevention…