Eye Health Leaders 2013

Celebrating Extraordinary People in Eye Health

In partnership with L’OCCITANE Foundation, IAPB will celebrate the next generation of Eye Health Leaders at the Council of Members meeting in Brighton, UK. Similar to the very popular Eye Health Heroes Programme at the 9th General Assembly, which celebrated the achievements of front line staff, this will be an annual feature at all Council meetings in the future, with each year focusing on a particular kind of leadership.

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The L’OCCITANE Foundation supports the Eye Health Leaders 2013, including 2 travel bursaries to be selected by the foundation from the list of nominees.

With an average annual budget of € 1,000,000, the L’OCCITANE Foundation supports every year some fifteen projects from two fields of action: the support for the visually impaired and the economic emancipation of women. 


This year our focus will be on the next generation of Eye Health Leaders; individuals in middle and senior management positions, with the vision and potential to lead eye health in the near future. We believe it will be an excellent opportunity to identify and nurture talent, and recognise tomorrow’s leaders who will be pivotal in our efforts to achieve universal eye health coverage.

All member organisations are invited to nominate an individual who demonstrates leadership potential and the abilities to become a key player for eye health. 

Opportunities and Travel Bursaries

In line with our ethos, which celebrates the diversity and plurality of the IAPB membership, all those nominated will be showcased on the IAPB website and Council related material, and feature in our communications and PR activities, including the opportunity to be a guest writer on the popular IAPB Blog.

We hope that many Eye Health Leaders will be able to attend the Council of Members meeting, where they will network with leading figures in eye health and the current crop of leaders from a host of NGOs from around the world, as well as participate in an celebration ceremony.

To help with the associated travel costs for nominees to attend the event in the UK, two travel bursaries are available thanks to the support of the L’OCCITANE Foundation. The two individuals will be selected by the Foundation from the list of eye health leaders put forward by member organisations.

Guiding Principles

We welcome the variety of interpretations the word ‘leader’ entails; there is no rigid criteria or definition for leadership we prefer. However, the following may help guide your choice:

  • We seek nominations of new leaders from the widest array of perspectives and experiences, and particularly encourage women and disabled leaders;
  • Nominees may not be currently holding a leadership position, but, through a combination of personal attributes, committment to eye health and practical experience, demonstrate an ability to lead and the potential to become key leaders in the coming years;
  • We embrace a broad definition of leadership and leadership styles, which include but it’s not limited to the ability to develop innovative approaches, to act as catalyst for collective efforts, to apply learning from multiple disciplines, to achieve sustainable impact, and to be driven by unflinching committment;
  • Examples of potential new leaders can include health innovators, NGO managers, researchers, health campaigners, change agents, eye care practitioners, technology developers, community leaders, and much more.

How to Nominate

Nominations are now closed. Watch this space for the announcements of the list of Eye Health Leaders 2013.

If you have any question, or for more information on the programme please contact Alessandro.