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Vision Excellence Awards: Thulasiraj Ravilla

RD Thulsiraj

Thulasiraj Ravilla is one of the founding members of Aravind Eye Care System. He became the Administrator of Aravind Eye Hospital in 1981. He is currently the Executive Director of Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) as well as the Director – Operations for Aravind Eye Care System.

He is the Founder President of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight-India and has played a key role in its functioning ever since. He is also the Board Member of Seva Foundation, USA; Aravind Eye Foundation, USA; Acumen Fund, USA, Indian Institute of Management, Kolkatta; Indian Institute of Health Management and Research, Bangalore and member of several National and International Advisory Committees on Eye Care. He is the President for Aurolab Trust, and Trustee & Treasurer for DHAN Foundation.

Mr Thulsiraj has played a key role in VISION 2020’s formation and success. As he notes in his blog post on VISION 2020, “Ultimately, I believe its biggest value was in the broad platform it established for eye care. Going into the future, we need to build on this aspect of VISION 2020 as we set our sights on the many hard challenges ahead of us. We need to re-draw our emphasis from global to regional and local strategies”. (You can read the full post here).