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Abi Steinberg

Abi Steinberg

Executive Director, Livelihood Impact Fund

Abi Steinberg is the Executive Director of the Eyeglasses Initiative at the Livelihood Impact Fund, managing a diverse portfolio across 10 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. With a decade-long commitment to improving livelihoods globally, Abi’s experience spans social impact enterprises, academia, philanthropy, and consulting.

Notable projects include collaborations with organisations like the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Mastercard Foundation. She holds degrees from Brandeis University and the University of Pennsylvania, with academic fellowships from Princeton and Wharton. Abi also chairs the board of SAME Café, the oldest non-profit restaurant in the U.S.

Dr Amanda Guerrero

Dr Amanda Guerrero

Coordinadora Académica, Fundacion Vision

Ophthalmologist, specialized in Glaucoma, surgical training in Ophthalmology, experimental and simulated techniques.

Dr Andrew Cooper

Dr Andrew Cooper

Chief Executive, Vision Catalyst Fund

Andrew has more than 25 years’ experience in grant-making and international development. He designed and managed eye health and youth programmes across the Commonwealth at The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, as well as programmes to ban cluster bombs globally and reduce youth imprisonment in the UK at The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.

Andrew has degrees in Business Administration and Sociology, with a PhD in intersectionality and published a book with Routledge titled ‘Changing Gay Male Identities’. He is a member of an ethics committee at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and a Trustee of ParaPride, a registered UK charity providing opportunities for LGBTQ+ people with disabilities to live fulfilling lives.

Anna Barba

Anna Barba

Chief Executive Officer, Fundació Ulls del Món (Eyes of the World Foundation)

Anna Barba has a law degree, a postgraduate degree in the management and administration of NGOs, and a master’s degree in globalisation, development and cooperation.

Dr Babar Qureshi

Dr Babar Qureshi

Vice-President of the Board, IAPB

Dr. Muhammad Babar Qureshi, originally from Pakistan, has dedicated his career to improving the quality of life for those affected by vision impairment and blindness worldwide. He pursued his education in Nigeria, Austria, and London, specialising in Ophthalmology and Community Eye Health. After practising in Nigeria for eight years, he returned to Pakistan, holding prominent roles in blindness prevention and community ophthalmology. Since 1997, he has served as the Medical Advisor for CBM, focusing on inclusive eye health and neglected tropical diseases from Cambridge, UK.

Dr. Qureshi holds leadership positions in various organisations, including the Eastern Mediterranean Region Alliance for Trachoma Control and the Ophthalmology Foundation Board. In 2021, he was appointed Vice President of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). His contributions have earned him prestigious awards, such as the Prince Abdulaziz Bin Ahmed Al Saud Award, the Champalimaud Vision Award, and the IAPB Vision Excellence Award.

Ben Murphy

Ben Murphy

Advocacy Manager – Country Engagement, The Fred Hollows Foundation

Ben Murphy is the co-chair of The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Environmental Sustainability Working Group. In this role he coordinates the Foundation’s work to strengthen environmental sustainability and climate change action (ESCC) across programming, operations and advocacy. Including the development of an organisational decarbonization plan and piloting ESCC assessments in several partner-led programs.

Ben has significant experience in the climate change space, previously serving as the chair of the Australian Council for International Development’s Working Group on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, and leading Oxfam International’s delegation to negotiations of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015. He has also led advocacy and policy efforts for international NGOs during major climate-related crises such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. He holds a Masters in International Law from Melbourne University and a Graduate Diploma in Behavioural Economics from Queensland University of Technology.

Dr Caroline Casey

Dr Caroline Casey

Co-Founder, The Valuable 500

Dr Caroline Casey is the businesswoman and activist behind The Valuable 500, the world’s largest CEO collective and business move for disability inclusion. Dr Casey launched the movement at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Summit in 2019 and since then has signed up 500 multinational organisations with a combined revenue of over $8 trillion, employing 20 million people worldwide to radically transform the business system. The membership includes 36 of the FTSE 100 companies, 46 of the Fortune 500 and 28 of the Nikkei.

Appointed President of the IAPB in 2021, Caroline also sits on several diversity and inclusion boards to include L’Oréal, Sanofi and Sky and is a much sought-after speaker. Caroline has received an honorary doctorate as well as multiple awards and accolades for her work as a disability activist.

Dhivya Ramasamy

Dhivya Ramasamy

Healthcare Consultant, Aravind Eye Care System

Dhivya Ramasamy leads the eye care management training programmes offered by LAICO – the training and consulting wing of Aravind Eye Care System in India. She is interested in studying patient experience and patient engagement in order to improve treatment outcomes.

She heads the Aurosiksha project which is aimed at building a library of competency-based training resources for allied ophthalmic personnel.

Eduardo Avila Sanchez

Eduardo Avila Sanchez

Judo Paralympic Champion, Influencer and Actor

Eduardo Ávila Sánchez is a Mexican Paralympic judoka, who has more than 15 years of experience in high performance sports and representing Mexico. He has participated in four Paralympic Games where he obtained a medal in each of them, Beijing 2008 gold, London 201 bronze, Rio 2016 gold and Tokyo 2020 bronze and is a four-time Parapan American Games champion.

In 2021, Eduardo received recognition of the CDMX sports merit medal, in the adapted sport modality and became the face of brands such as Adidas, Sports World and BMW Mexico. An acting alumni of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and The Fourth Wall Film Arts Institute, MY EYES is his first acting role and gives a powerful performance.

Ella Gudwin

Ella Gudwin

CEO, VisionSpring

Ella Gudwin is CEO of the pioneering social enterprise VisionSpring, which accelerates the use of eyeglasses among people vulnerable to poverty. Under her leadership, VisionSpring has grown to correct the vision of 12 million low-income adults and children and unlocked more than $2.6 billion in income earning potential at the household level. Ella is a social entrepreneur and global health strategist with more than 25 years of experience in international development.

Prior to joining VisionSpring, Ella served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Program Development at AmeriCares, a global health and emergency response organisation. While there, she led humanitarian operations and managed access to medicine and other health interventions in ten countries. In January 2024, Ella was welcomed onto the IAPB Board of Trustees, and VisionSpring increased their commitment to the IAPB by upgrading their membership of the global alliance to a Band A Member.

Fatma F. Shakarchi, MD MSc

Fatma F. Shakarchi, MD MSc

Regional Representative, Red Cross Red Crescent Movement

Fatma is the Regional Representative for the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the National Point of Contact for the Space Generation Advisory Council, and a Member of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Working Group on Space and Global Health. She’s served as a Council Member of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, while also practising clinically and appreciating the diverse needs at both global and local levels.

Fatma is a Medical Doctor, with an MSc in Public Health for Eye Care from the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) as a Chevening Scholar, and a Diploma in Public Policy from the American University of Sharjah.

Dr. Imran A. Khan

Dr. Imran A. Khan

Director, Programme Strategy & Development, Sightsavers

Dr. Imran A. Khan has 20 years of experience in international development, academia, and clinical work. He is the Director of Programme Strategy and Development at Sightsavers, where he leads the strategic and technical direction of the organization‚ and work in eye health, education, and inclusion. Sightsavers works across 30 countries in Africa and Asia to eliminate avoidable blindness and ensure that people with disabilities can participle equally in society.

Imran serves as co-chair for the IAPB Climate Action working group. Imran obtained his Doctorate in Optometry concurrently with an MSc in Low Vision Rehabilitation from Salus University and completed a residency from the University of California, Berkeley. His interest in international eye care led him to complete a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and completed a Masters in Business Administration from the EuroMBA consortium. He has held faculty positions in the U.S., New Zealand, and the Netherlands

Iris Van den Brande

Iris Van den Brande

Global Patient Partnership Leader – Ophthalmology, Roche

For over a decade, Iris had the privilege of working with the patient and policy community to build sustainable, trusting relationships between people living with different conditions and the private sector. Her goal, and passion is to ensure that we embed the patient perspective into decision-making at all levels of healthcare. She joined Roche as Global Patient Partnership Leader with the mission to build a network for collaboration between Roche and the eye health patient and policy community.

There are two main elements to her job: working with the vision loss community, she strives to ensure their needs are listened to and act as the driving force behind our work in this space. She is also focused on inspiring my colleagues to bring even more of the patient perspective into their day-to-day work. By bringing these elements together, Iris believes we can drive towards our united vision of saving sight. Through her work with the community, she has had the opportunity to learn and understand just how profound the impact of vision loss can be; not just for the individuals but also for their loved ones.

She is grateful to be in a position where she can support deliver solutions to those affected that can make a genuine positive impact. It is an incredibly exciting time to be working in vision health, with the emergence of ground-breaking innovations and further developments on the horizon. Iris looks forward to continuing to work closely with the vision loss community and my exceptional colleagues at Roche as we work to transform lives.

Jack Hennessy

Jack Hennessy

Senior Health Economist, The Fred Hollows Foundation

Jack is a health economist with over ten years of experience in health economics research,policy, and evaluation. Jack has undertaken health economic analysis and provided technicaladvice for some of Australia‚ Äôs largest health programs, and led health economics research and design for eye health projects across South Asia, South-East Asia, Africa, and the Pacific.

He hasbeen published in leading international health economics journals including Social Science and Medicine, the Patient, and the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society and has lectured in graduate-level courses in economics and health policy. Jack holds dual bachelor‚ Äôs degrees in biomedical science and economics (honours, first class) and has been completing a PhD at Monash University‚ Äôs Centre for Health Economics.

Jaki Adams

Jaki Adams

Director Social Justice and Regional Engagement/Convenor IAPB IPSIG, Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) / The

Jaki was born and raised in Garamilla, Larrakia Nation (Darwin, Australia) and is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman. Jaki has some 30 years’ experience in government and non-government/international development sectors, which includes leadership roles across The Fred Hollows Foundation for the past twelve years, including Indigenous Australia Programme Country Manager and Regional Director – Oceania Region.

In her current role, as Director of Social Justice and Regional Engagement, Jaki is leading The Foundation’s positioning in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s right to sight, good health and self-determination; allyship accountability; and health equity more broadly, including elevating Indigenous Peoples eye care on the global agenda.

Jaki is a Global Atlantic Fellow and in 2023 Jaki was awarded the Australian Council for International Development’s (ACFID) Outstanding Contribution to the Sector Award for her championing health equity, supporting strategic eye care relationships in Australia and across the Pacific, helping drive the agenda of the Allies for Uluru Coalition and elevating the voices of First Nations people (in Australia and internationally).

Kira Baldonado

Kira Baldonado

Vice President of Public Health and Policy, Prevent Blindness

Kira Baldonado, MPH is the Vice President of Public Health and Policy for Prevent Blindness- responsible for the mission-based work of the organisation, focusing on program outreach, education, and policy directives. Kira, and her team of 7 staff members are working to improve vision and eye health systems in the United States by leading consensus-driven initiatives, creating accountability and improved surveillance for vision while promoting equity and patient engagement in each step of the continuum of vision care.

Kira earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health from Kent State University with a focus on health policy and management. She graduated Cum Laude from Ohio Wesleyan University and holds a BA degree in Psychology and Sociology. Kira is a certified Vision Screening Instructor for Prevent Blindness and was recognized as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Optical” in 2023. Kira currently resides in Ohio with her husband Andy and their two sons- Adan (age 18) and Sam (age 16).

K-T Overbey

K-T Overbey

Chief Executive Officer, HCP Cureblindness

K-T serves as CEO of HCP Cureblindness and is deeply committed to the mission of eradicating avoidable blindness in underserved communities. She previously was the President of OneSight and also serves on the IAPB Board of Trustees. Her professional background includes many years in the corporate world at Procter & Gamble and Bain & Company as well as experience in clinical quality improvement as a leader at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital.

K-T believes in the power of collaboration to tackle the world’s toughest challenges and looks forward to working together with others to help ensure that everyone everywhere has access to quality vision care.

Maria del Pilar Oviedo-Cáceres

Maria del Pilar Oviedo-Cáceres

Coordinadora Programa Optometría Universidad CES, Universidad CES

Optometrist, PhD in public health, research in low vision. Founder of Colombian National Network for the visual impairment. Head of Optometry School at CES University Colombia. Masters in public health and public development policies.

Matthew Bell

Matthew Bell

Director, Frontier Economics Limited

Matthew Bell is a Board Director at Frontier Economics Limited. He is widely recognised as an expert in the economics of policymaking, markets and regulation. He has served at senior levels in the UK civil service, is a Non-Executive Director at the Energy Saving Trust and is a member of advisory panels and expert groups.

He has worked for over 20 years on the economics of health and care markets and systems. Earlier in his career, he worked widely across South Asia, East and sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean on private sector development and policy.

Peter Holland

Peter Holland

Chief Executive Officer, IAPB

Peter Holland is the Chief Executive of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). IAPB is the overarching alliance for the global eye care sector with more than 200 members from the NGO and corporate sectors worldwide leading the effort to provide eye care to more than a billion people who do not have access.

He has senior leadership experience in a number of major organisations, and a background in developing international policy, building effective partnerships, and tackling complex and controversial international issues.

He joined IAPB from OPM Group, a UK-based research and engagement consultancy, where he was Chief Executive. Before that he led on strategy at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). He previously worked for the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he had a range of roles including postings to India and senior policy positions on counter narcotics, Afghanistan, and international intellectual property policy.

He began his career in the UK’s National Health Service, spending 10 years developing primary services in south London.

Renata Watene

Renata Watene

Kaiāwhina | PhD Candidate, University of Auckland

Renata Watene, a Māori Optometrist with Ngā Puhi and Tainui heritage, boasts a 23-year career spanning various Optics sectors in New Zealand and Australia. Currently, she holds pivotal roles in healthcare and academia. Renata serves as the Senior Optometrist and Director of Occhiali Optometrist, the only 100% Māori-owned clinic.

She is also a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland, investigating indigenous perspectives in optometry for equitable outcomes under the title “Karu Ora.” Renata’s leadership extends to governance, chairing Te Whiri Kaha – Māori Clinical Senate and co-chairing the Strategic Indigenous Taskforce for Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand.

She is the Vice President of NZAO and previously served on the Waitematā DHB. Renata’s commitment to Indigenous health strategies prioritises Te Tiriti values and sustainable futures, showcasing her dedication to advancing health equity for Indigenous communities locally and globally.

Sumrana Yasmin

Sumrana Yasmin

Deputy Technical Director: Eye Health, Sightsavers

Sumrana Yasmin is a public health professional working as Deputy Technical Director for Eye Health at Sightsavers. Since 2004, she has been working with various international non-profit organisations to lead and manage programmes in South Asia, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Her work focuses on developing equitable and scalable eye health programmes in low- and middle-income countries to strengthen health and education systems. In her current role, she is responsible for leading the Sightsavers Eye Health and Refractive Error thematic portfolios, ensuring that these programmes are strategically driven, gender-responsive, disability-inclusive, and technically sound.

Sumrana is passionate about gender equity, social inclusion, and sustainable development. She promotes these by networking with like-minded organisations; advocating for gender equity and social inclusion in developmental policies; and supporting women’s empowerment in programmes. Sumrana closely collaborates with the WHO and IAPB and supports their initiatives related to eye health vision rehabilitation, and advocacy.

Tsu Shan Chambers

Tsu Shan Chambers

Actor/Writer/Producer, Wise Goat Productions

Tsu Shan, is an Optometrist turned Actor/Writer/Producer, passionate about bringing awareness to issues that matter through telling provoking stories. One of the founders of The Humanity Fund, she was also elected to the SPA Council, IF Magazine’s Rising Talent List 2023 and was included in the inaugural AA122 list – recognising Asian Australians who have had the most impact on Australian culture. Tsu Shan was also awarded the Charlies Grant Residency with AiF in 2021. In 2022, Tsu Shan was selected in the AWG/Create NSW’s “First Break”. She has also been selected to be on numerous industry committees, including the Diversity Justice Lens group for screen equity and inclusion and the AFTRS Alumni Advisory Group.

Tsu Shan produced the romance drama feature, UNSOUND, about deaf culture and pride. It won and was nominated for a raft of key industry awards including ‘Best Indie Film’ at the AACTA awards in 2020 and has obtained distribution in multiple international territories, including Netflx in ANZ and Fuse TV in the US. She produced SUKA, a multi-cultural action drama, supported by ScreenNSW broadcasting on Ch9 in 2023. Tsu Shan recently completed MY EYES, a heartfelt family drama inspired by true events. It received VICScreen development support, due to be released in 2024.

Dr Valeria Sánchez

Dr Valeria Sánchez Huerta

General Director, Asociación para Evitar la Ceguera en México

Dr. Valeria Sánchez was born in Mexico City. She studied medicine at Lasalle University School of Medicine, later the Ophthalmology Specialty at the Association to Prevent Blindness in Mexico. From 2003 to 2006, she carried out the Subspecialty of Cornea and Refractive Surgery in the same Institution. Since the beginning of her Social Service, Doctor Sánchez has always been interested in the research field, which is the reason why she has developed several Protocols along her trajectory, as well as published a great number of indexed journals and many Chapters of books as author and co-author. She has performed an outstanding trajectory in the academic field, being Professor of Course A and Assistant Professor of the School of Medicine at the UNAM (National University of Mexico). Also, she is a guest professor of the Ophthalmology Course for undergraduate students at the Lasalle and Anahuac Universities. Dr. Valeria Sánchez has been a member of several Societies and Councils like the Pan American Society, the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology and her outstanding participation in 2017 as Secretary of the Mexican Cornea Refractive Surgery.

Currently is the Secretary of the Mexican Ophthalmology Council. She has held a great number of Academic Positions including Attached Doctor to the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Centre, Coordinator of Imaging Department in the Cornea and Refractive Service. In 2010 she was Head of the Ophthalmology Tissue Department in the same Service, and Head of the Academic Area. Currently Doctor Sánchez is the Managing Director of the Association to Prevent Blindness in Mexico. Dr. Valeria Sánchez has shown great interest in the Ophthalmology policy, which is the reason why she has held various positions in the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology, at the Mexican Council of Ophthalmology as well as the Mexican Center of her specialty. Currently she is a counselor in the field of health and addictions at the Private Assistance Board of Mexico City.

In Partnership with:

Global Event Host:

The Association to Prevent Blindness

Global Strategic Partner:

Fred Hollows Foundation