Kate Kuper

He is a Professor in Socio-cultural Anthropology and Development at University College Roosevelt,Utrecht University in The Netherlands where he also directs its Social Impact Lab. Previously, John has worked for Cambridge University, the United States Peace Corps, Oxfam Canada, the UN Population Fund, and the Government of the Republic of Namibia.
John’s interest in global eye health emerged during one of his early periods of long-term fieldwork in rural northwest Namibia, when his own severe myopia forced him to purvey a pair of new glasses from the nearest optician…. 500 kms away! That experience inspired him to reach beyond his anthropological teaching, research and academic writing.He went on to found Adaptive Eyeworks, a Belgium-based social enterprise that develops innovative solutions to address uncorrected refractive error, as well as Foundation Beautiful Vision International, a non-profit charity that assists with the delivery eye glasses to those in need. He is also a co-founder
of Dialvision LLC (USA), and has served as an advisor to the Focus on Vision Foundation (The Netherlands), Eyes for the World (Belgium), and Veritas Vision(Nigeria).
John holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan (USA), and Master’s and PhD degrees from Cambridge University (UK).

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Peter Kostur

He is a Professor in Socio-cultural Anthropology and Development at University College Roosevelt,Utrecht University in The Netherlands where he also directs its Social Impact Lab. Previously, John has worked for Cambridge University, the United States Peace Corps, Oxfam Canada, the UN Population Fund, and the Government of the Republic of Namibia.
John’s interest in global eye health emerged during one of his early periods of long-term fieldwork in rural northwest Namibia, when his own severe myopia forced him to purvey a pair of new glasses from the nearest optician…. 500 kms away! That experience inspired him to reach beyond his anthropological teaching, research and academic writing.He went on to found Adaptive Eyeworks, a Belgium-based social enterprise that develops innovative solutions to address uncorrected refractive error, as well as Foundation Beautiful Vision International, a non-profit charity that assists with the delivery eye glasses to those in need. He is also a co-founder
of Dialvision LLC (USA), and has served as an advisor to the Focus on Vision Foundation (The Netherlands), Eyes for the World (Belgium), and Veritas Vision(Nigeria).
John holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan (USA), and Master’s and PhD degrees from Cambridge University (UK).

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E. Dean Butler

Dean founded LensCrafters (the world’s largest optical retailer) in 1983 and served as its Chief Executive Officer until 1988. In that same year, Mr. Butler founded Vision Express in Europe, which merged with the French retail group, GPS, to form Grand Vision in late 1997.

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Liliana Riva

Liliana Riva, MPH has over 20 years of international and domestic experience providing resource development; strategic planning; and program design and management.

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Gwen Young

A lawyer and public policy expert by training, Gwen Young currently serves as the Director of the Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project.

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Oren Ginzburg

Oren Ginzburg has worked in Development for over two decades with UNICEF, Save the Children, and The Global Fund. He currently serves as the Director of the Access to Health Fund (UNOPS) in Myanmar.

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John Friedman

Throughout the past three decades, John Friedman has built a career that bridges anthropology, development and social entrepreneurialism, mostly with a geographical focus in Africa.

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