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New CEO and President at Operation Eyesight

Published: 05.03.2021

The Operation Eyesight Canada Board of Directors has named Kashinath Bhoosnurmath as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Operation Eyesight.

Kashinath is currently Operation Eyesight’s Vice President of International Programs based in Hyderabad, India and has been with the organization for 11 years. With over 30 years of humanitarian and international development experience, Kashinath brings extensive leadership and expertise in international program development, implementation and advocacy.

“We are delighted to announce Kashinath as the new President and CEO of Operation Eyesight,” says Shaad Oosman, Chair of the Operation Eyesight Canada Board of Directors. “His leadership of our international programs over the past decade has been integral to our growth and the impact we are creating in the communities we serve.”

Under Kashinath’s leadership, Operation Eyesight will continue to deliver on our mission of preventing blindness and restoring sight. We will accomplish this through the support of our donors and partners who have been crucial in helping us provide eye health services to those in need.

“I am tremendously excited and privileged to be taking up this role and continuing the great work of Operation Eyesight,” says Kashinath. “I am proud of what we have achieved together and look forward to strengthening our existing programmes and expanding our critical work to new countries. Some of the ways we will do this are through programming focused on childhood blindness; by prioritizing access for women and girls; and through the innovative use of technology to reach and treat those living in remote communities – none of which would be possible without the generous support of our donors.”

Kashinath first joined Operation Eyesight as Senior Director of India in 2009, spearheading the development of what has become our flagship model of Hospital-Based Community Eye Health. He has been integral in our work with local governments in ensuring the prioritization of eye health. Kashinath has held leadership positions with Save the Children UK and Action Aid France and brings decades of experience working effectively in close collaboration with civil society, government and other partner agencies.

Kashinath will assume his new position on March 1, taking over from interim CEO and former Board Chair, John Masters. Kashinath will relocate to Calgary, Canada later this year.