Orbis Africa Board of Directors

Orbis Africa is fortunate to have dedicated board members who are committed to helping us fulfil our mission to eliminate preventable blindness in Africa by providing guidance, governance and strategic direction.


Consultant eye surgeon in Cardiff UK; practiced at the University Hospital of Wales until 2009 working in the National Health Service for thirty years; Examiner for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in London and Edinburg; Orbis volunteer surgeon since 1994.


Professor of Biochemistry and Executive Dean of Science at the University of Johannesburg; holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Davis in the United States and completed modules in Media Strategy and Academic Leadership at Harvard and the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science; an Independent Non-Executive Director of Naspers and Media 24.


Former Director of the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town (2007-2012); former Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand; currently a thought partner to the Social Connectedness Programme of Synergos South Africa; serves on the editorial boards of five international journals and on the Research Committee of the South African Qualifications Authority.


Former Head of Ophthalmology at the University of Cape Town (1985 – 2006); President of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (1991, 1992); Vice President of the International Strasbismological Association (1998-2002); Expert Advisor on Childhood Blindness to the World Health Organisation (2002 – 2004).


Director for Western Cape at Sentinel International Advisory Services (PTY) Ltd; Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 and completed a Master’s Degree in International Tax in 2000; Twenty plus years’ experience working in the financial industry with extensive knowledge on the management and administration of over 200 trusts and 100 companies including the management of various investment products locally and offshore.


Dr Daniel Etya’ale obtained his MD degree in 1977 from the Medical School of Yaoundé, Cameroon, with distinction. After decades of unwavering commitment to eye health in Africa he is often referred to as “the grandfather of Ophthalmology in Africa”. Daniel was appointed VISION2020 Coordinator for Africa and was seconded to the World Health Organisation in Geneva to drive V2020 activities throughout Africa.


Former British High Commissioner; served in New Delhi (Political Secretary), Prague (DHM) and Paris (Political Counsellor) before being appointed Ambassador to Poland and Austria; Commander to the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) recognised for distinguished personal service to the order’s Sovereign; former Dean of the University of Kent and Governor of Chichester University.


An international specialist in public health advocacy and programming on a strategic and operational level, strategic communications and non-profit organisational management; with Orbis since July 2007 where she holds the dual role of CEO for Orbis Africa and Director of Programme for Orbis Europe, Middle East and Africa; responsible for the strategic development of Orbis programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa and the success of Orbis Africa to fund and implement programmes that improve child eye health services.


A skilled leader with 25 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector including roles in fundraising, donor relations, communications, public relations, grants administration, programme design and implementation, senior management and board membership; appointed to several critical leadership positions including Head of the Moscow-based office of the Charities Aid Foundation during the collapse of the Soviet Union.


Vice President of Customer and Product Support for Honeywell’s Aerospace business with over thirty years’ leadership experience in customer support, business management and business development; Member of the Institute of Incorporated Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

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