Invited Speakers



Dr. Nick Astbury

Chairperson of the Duke-Elder Fund Co-Chair of IAPB Europe, Trustee of the Impact Foundation And Member of the RCOphth International Committee
Nick has been a consultant ophthalmic surgeon at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital, specializing in pediatric ophthalmology until 2013 when he retired from clinical practice. Nick was elected president of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists from 2003-2006. He has worked at ICEH since 2006, particularly involved with the VISION 2020 LINKS Programme (COECSA-RCOphth LINK and the DR and Rb Networks), the Journal of Community Eye Health and the Clinical Fellowship Programme for the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium. In 2014 Nick stepped down as chair of VISION 2020 UK and as a board member of the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital and is currently chair of the Duke-Elder Fund, co-chair of IAPB Europe, trustee of the Impact Foundation, and member of the RCOphth International Committee.

Prof. Karim Damji

Chairperson of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Alberta.
Co-author of recent Shield’s Textbook of Glaucoma
Professor Karim Damji is the Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Alberta and former residency program director.  He completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Ottawa and fellowship training in glaucoma at Duke University.  He has a passion for developing Institutional capacity to enhance access and quality of glaucoma care for underserviced populations within Canada and Sub Saharan Africa and is currently developing and validating a model for teleglaucoma.  
 Karim has authored over 120 peer review publications, contributed to Canadian evidence based guidelines on glaucoma, and co-authored recent editions of Shields’ Textbook of Glaucoma.  He has received awards for excellence in teaching, research and humanism.


Dr. Daksha Patel MD

MMed (Ophth), MSc (CEH), FHEA
Director of e-learning for the Disability and eye group at LSHTM Co-director in Public health planning for Hearing Impairment
Dr. Daksha Patel is a medical Doctor and an Ophthalmologist by training and has worked across a range of clinical settings in East Africa.  a member of staff at the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) she led the training programmes for Public health for eye care, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) from 2000 to 2013.  This unique course, is focused Since 2013, she has taken up the development of an innovative approach in Open education for eye health. 
At present, she is the e-learning Director for the Disability and eye group at LSHTM, and is involved in developing open educational practice and massive open online courses (MOOCs) in eye care. These new developments in open education are supported by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and Seeing is believing programme.
Since 2009, she is also the co-director for developing and conducting training in Public health planning for Hearing Impairment.
Her special interest has also been in the ocular injuries, highlighting through a Cochrane review on the paucity of data on ocular injuries and the limitations in our strategies for the prevention of eye injuries.

Prof. Yehia M Salah ELDin Mostafa

Professor of Ophthalmology- Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University
Chairman of German Egyptian eyeCare Center- Maadi
Yehia M Salah ELDin Mostafa is a Professor at the Cairo University, Kasr AIAiny Faculty of Medicine. He attained his Master Degree of Ophthalmology from Cairo University in 1991 and then his PhD (Ophthalmology) from Cairo University in 1994  He is also the Founder and chairman of eyeCare centre in Maadi, Cairo. He is one of the first surgeons to introduce modern phacoemulsification in Egypt and Middle East since 1993. Prof. Yehia M Salah is member and past board member of the Egyptian Ophthalmological society- EOS. He is also a member and past Board member of the Egyptian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (EgCRS). He is a member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and a board member of Middle East and African Cataract and Refractive Society of ophthalmology MEACRS. In addition, he is a board member of the Egyptian Femtocataract and Refractive Group (EFCRG)

Prof. Salah is also a member of the Baladna charity organization to combat blindness in Aswan. He is a former member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and also a former member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology(AAO)His main fields of expertise include Cataract surgery (children and adult)- Corneal Surgery-Refractive surgery (Laser and non Laser) and oculoplastic surgery.

Mr. Godfrey Kagwa

Project Officer, Brien Holden Vision Institute
Kaggwa Godfrey is a Senior Ophthalmic Clinical Officer with vast experience in Administration and Clinical Medicine and has served in Public sector of government for over 30 years, tackling all levels of preventing and treating blindness.

He was President of the National Association of Ophthalmic Clinical Officers and Cataract Surgeons for 10 years, Chairperson of the Medical Board of the Allied Health Professional Council for 10 years, Member of the National Prevention of Blindness Committee and its Technical wing for 15 years.

He is currently working with Brien Holden Vision Institute as a Project Officer responsible for coordinating and implementation of several organisation eye care projects in the Uganda.

Enitan Sogbesan MBBS, MSc, FWACS,  FMCOph, FRCSC, FACS

G laucoma and Cataract Surgery Associate Professor, Ophthalmology Department of Surgery, McMaster University
Dr. Enitan Sogbesan was educated at the University of Lagos Nigeria, University of Toronto, Canada and the Universities of Bristol and London, England for post graduate studies in Advanced Ophthalmology and public health ophthalmology. He did his residency at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the University of Ottawa Eye Institute and fellowship in Glaucoma and anterior segment at the University of Alberta, Canada. He is presently at McMaster University and is an Associate Professor and Residency Program Director in the division of ophthalmology of the department of surgery. Research interests include clinical and public health ophthalmology, medical education, Teleglaucoma, Interprofessional collaboration, Ophthalmic health economics and simulations. 
Dr. Jaimin Shah
Jaimin is from Beeveejay Limited in the UK, who are regional representatives for several leading Ophthalmology Technology companies such as Topcon, Quantel, Omni etc.  He has nearly 10 years experience in this field and has a keen interest in enhancing the eye care capability via Technology in COECSA countries.  Like 2016, he has a lead facilitator role for the PHACO introduction and Wetlabs sessions during COECSA 2017.
Dr Jeremy Hoffman
Specialist Registrar, Moorfields Eye Hospital
Academic Clinical Fellow, UCL
Honorary Research Fellow, LSHTM
Jeremy Hoffman is an ophthalmologist. He qualified in medicine from UCL Medical School in 2010. Currently, he is a National Institute of Health Research-funded Academic Clinical Fellow based at the International Centre for Eye Health, in partnership with the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. Clinically, he practises as a senior resident on the Moorfields Eye Hospital training rotation in London. Jeremy’s research interests lie with anterior segment infectious and inflammatory causes of blindness, particularly trachoma and microbial keratitis. He is currently working on several projects including new diagnostic tools for microbial keratitis, using 3D photography to train trachomatous trichiasis graders and novel therapeutic approaches to fungal keratitis.

Dr. Heiko Philippin
Consultant Ophthalmologist, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), Tanzania

Dr. Heiko Philippin graduated from the University of Freiburg, Germany, in 2000 and completed his postgraduate ophthalmology training there afterwards.

Since January 2007 he worked at the Sabatia Eye Hospital, Kenya, before moving in 2009 to the KCMC Department of Ophthalmology in Moshi, Tanzania. In 2011 and 2012, Dr. Philippin did an international glaucoma fellowship with Professor Peter Shah at the University of Birmingham, UK. His research interests are largely related to glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Among other research projects, he is currently involved in a trial exploring the role of laser treatment for glaucoma in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and in the Kilimanjaro Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme: a pilot project identifying challenges and exploring innovative solutions for diabetic retinopathy screening in SSA.

Ms. Faith Nawagi
Currently the African Representative for the Global Educational exchanges in the Medicines and the Health Professions (GEMx) project.
She served as a study coordinator at Makerere University Johns Hopkins research collaboration, for an NIH RO1 grant that focused on the Effect of Depo-provera and Tenofivir use on Bone Mineral Density among young HIV positive women.
With a profound interest in research and partnerships, she has won and implemented a couple of mini grants and has built partnerships across the globe with a focus on research, academia and global Health.

Ms. Jean Babalanda
DCO, Dip Med Ed, BSc HSM, MPH
Principal OCO Training School, Jinja, Uganda
DCO, Dip Med Ed, BSc HSM, MPH
Principal OCO Training School, Jinja, Uganda
Vice Chairperson National Association of Ophthalmic Clinical Officers and Cataract Surgeons in Uganda
Tel: +256772673490
Wats app: +256772673490
Female, Ugandan

Dr. John Nkurikiye
MD, FC Ophth (SA), FEACO

Medical Director of Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology
Chairman of the Rwanda Ophthalmology Society
COECSA Education and Research Committee.

 Dr. John Nkurikiye graduated as a Medical Doctor at the University of Burundi in February 1990.
 He is a Senior Officer of RDF with the rank of Colonel.
 He specialized in Ophthalmology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, from 1996 to 2000.
He did his Subspecialty in Cornea and Anterior Segment at LVPEI in Hyderabad, India and John Moran Eye Center in Utah, USA in 2008.  

He is the Medical Director of Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology and Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital.

 He is one of the pioneers of cornea transplant surgery in the region.

 He is the Chairman of the Rwanda Ophthalmology Society and the

 Chairperson the COECSA Education and Research Committee.

His passion is Quality Medical Education and Medical Ethics.

He is a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Rwanda.

Dr. Ciku Mathenge Wanjiku

Consultant Ophthalmologist

Worked as an ophthalmologist at the Rift Valley Provincial Hospital Nakuru in Kenya.
Became the Head of Ophthalmology Department at the Kigali Health Institute (University of Rwanda).
Set up the Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology (RIIO) which in partnership with Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospitals Group runs an ultra-modern Eye Hospital in Kigali.

Ciku has an MSc in Community Ophthalmology from University College London. Has worked extensively with WHO AFRO in the past three years in developing a primary eye care curriculum for the region.

Was the Medical Advisor for Africa for the Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF). She initiated the Foundations programs in Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi several years back Member board of trustees of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO).
She is the lead Trainer of Trainers for the College of Ophthalmology of East Central and Southern Africa (COECSA).
A visiting Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Rwanda also an Honorary Lecturer and PhD examiner at the University of KwaZulu Natal as well as University of Cape Town. In 2016 Ciku was chosen as one of the Eye heath Heroes by the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness for her work in Rwanda.

Dr. Edward Nkurunziza
 Dr Edward Nkurunziza is a Ugandan Consultant ophthalmologist with 14 years post masters experience having graduated from Makerere University in 2003. He worked at the rural referral hospital of Fort Portal western Uganda where he set up the first Vision 2020 district in the Rwenzori Region. During that time he  undertook a certificate training in Community Eye Health at Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology (KCCO) and a training at Geta Eye Hospital in Nepal to convert to sutureless small incision Cataract surgery. After which he helped set up a cooperation between KCCO and Fort Portal Hospital to support eye care in the Rwenzoris. He was a visiting lecturer severally, at Mbarara University of Technology and Science (MUTH) training both Ophthalmology Residents and Undergraduate Medical students.
He has held various positions in the health care systems of Uganda, in 2009 he was promoted to consultant and there after tasked to head the newly elevated Regional Referral Hospital of Mubende as the Hospital Director and head of ophthalmology department. He was later deployed in Mulago National Referral Hospital after which he undertook various training in India, firstly in phaco-cataract surgery at Agarwal’s Eye Hospital in Chennai, and  as a clinical fellow in Medical Retina at Desai Eye Hospital in Pune state.  In July 2016 he was redeployed as Hospital Director at Naguru Referral Hospital in Kampala and currently is the Hospital Director of Jinja Referral Hospital in Eastern Uganda. He still does Eye operations with Vision Care Uganda at Bethesda Hospital in Kampala and at NissiEye Care Centre in Fort Portal, when he is not attending to his tight office schedule.
He has been an advocate of equitable health care and has been a leader in many organisations, he was President of Lions Club of Fort Portal from 2006 – 2008. During which the club won the national award for prevention of blindness. He is a member of Kampala Host Lions Club. He served as the secretary of Ophthalmology Society of East Africa (OSEA) and was on the task force that prepared the transition to COECSA. He is a strong advocate of total quality management, a mentor and trainer. He holds a post graduate diploma in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management Institute( UMI) and is currently a student of Masters of Business  Adminstration (Executive ) at ESAMI.

Odhiambo GS Ohito
Bsc. ClinMed, HND(Cataract Surgery), HND (Ophthalmology), HDip Health care Management, DCMS
OCOA Chairman

Dr. Yonas Tilahun
Dr. Yonas Tilahun is an associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine of Addis Ababa University. He completed his Ophthalmology speciality training at the same University where he is teaching now.
He did his fellowship in Cornea from 2001-2002 at Medical University of South Carolina, SC, USA. He took his training in Eye banking and Eye bank management in Tissue Bank International training Center in Prague, Check Republic.
Assisted in the establishment of the National Eye Bank of Ethiopia in 2003.
Served as the medical Director of the Eye Bank and Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Eye Bank of Ethiopia from 2003-2011.
He has several publications in local, regional and International peer reviewed Journals including outcome of Corneal transplantation. The latest being on long-term outcome study of PKP at a tertiary referral  Center in Ethiopia published in Cornea Journal on its June 2017 issue.
Clinical Experience more than 500 PKPs, DALK, DSEK surgeries
Invited speaker in different local, regional and international forums.