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  • Organising Committee Members
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Prof. Kovin Naidoo
Conference Chair
Professor Kovin Naidoo is CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute. He is an academic, former anti-apartheid activist and political prisoner, optometrist & an internationally celebrated public health leader.
Mr. Vinod Daniel
National Organising Committee Chair
Vinod Daniel is the CEO of India Vision Institute, Chairman of the Board for AusHeritage, Board Member of the International Council of Museums and President of the Board for the Australian operations. read more...
Dr. Susan Cooper
Organising Committee Member
Dr. Cooper graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1977 with a Doctor of Optometry degree. She immediately started her own practice which she remains an active part of to date and is pleased to now be seeing third generation patients. read more...
Mr. Shameen Razak
Organising Committee Member
The Managing Director of Razak Optometrists and also a practising optometrist, Shameem grew up in Fiji. He completed secondary education with a bursary scholarship from Wellington High in New Zealand in 1976. read more...
Dr. Bina Patel
Organising Committee Member
Bina Patel received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana USA and completed a residency in higher diagnostics and therapeutics at Oklahoma State University College of Optometry, Tahlequah Oklahoma.
Mr. Peter Hendicott
Organising Committee Member
Upon graduating from the optometry program at the then Queensland Institute of Technology in 1974, Peter practiced optometry in Brisbane until early 1986, when he took up an academic position in the developing optometry program
Mr. Abhishek Kalbarga
Organising Secretary
Abhishek Kalbarga is the General Manager of India Vision Institute manages the operations. He has previously worked with leading optical retail chains in India for over eight years as Professional Services Manager responsible. read more...
Ms. Pirindhavellie Govender
Organising Committee Member
Pirindhavellie Govender is an optometrist working in the non-government sector. She started her career in the public sector optometrist in the Northern Cape.
Dr. Sandra S. Block
Organising Committee Member
Dr. Block received her OD degree (1981) and Pediatric Residency (1982) at the Illinois College of Optometry where she is a faculty member. read more...
Dr. Scott Mundle
Organising Committee Member
Dr. Scott Mundle, a 1983 graduate of the University of Waterloo, began his involvement in organized Optometry early in his career. read more...
Mr. Marc B. Taub
Dr. Marc Taub is an associate professor and Chief of Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Services at Southern College of Optometry. He teaches vision therapy and is active in clinical research. read more...
Mr. Peter Hendicott
Upon graduating from the optometry program at the then Queensland Institute of Technology in 1974, Peter practiced optometry in Brisbane until early 1986.
Ms. Karen Sparrow
Karen graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 1989 and started her career as a high street optometrist, moving into practice management and regional training as well as pre-registration optometrist more...
Dr. Bina Patel
Bina Patel received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana USA and completed a residency in higher diagnostics and therapeutics at Oklahoma State University College of Optometry, Tahlequah Oklahoma.
Dr. Shrikant R. Bharadwaj
Shrikant Bharadwaj received his bachelor’s degree (BS) in Optometry from the Elite School of Optometry – BITS, Pilani,
Ms. Jissa James
Jissa heads the education, research and outreach programs of India Vision Institute. She has implemented projects in over 20 states across India. read more...
Ms. Priya Morjaria
Priya Morjaria, is a Research Fellow in Public Health Optometry at the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
Dr. Timothy McMahon
Timothy T. McMahon, O.D., FAAO graduated from Illinois College of Optometry in 1980, and completed a residency at the Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center in 1981.
24°C maximum daytime temperature in February
8 hours of sunshine per day (69% of daylight hours) in February
10°C minimum night‐time temperature in February
No heat & humidity in February
India is a country with more 400 languages and 2000 dialects. While 22 official languages are recognized in the Constitution of India and each state sets its own with their dialects based on this division, Hindi is recognized as the official language of the country. English is recognized as the language of National, Political and Commercial communication.
The Rupee is the official currency of India. The Indian Rupee may be abbreviated in any of the following formats INR, Rs, or symbol.
INR are available as paper notes in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000.
INR are also available as coins in denominations of 1, 2, 5 and 10
Changing money in India is very simple. Upon arrival in India, foreign currencies can be converted into Rupees at foreign exchange counters at airports. These outlets are open 24 hrs. a day / x7 days a week. You can also find Foreign Exchange desks at star‐rated hotels. Traveller’s cheques may not be accepted at all banks or hotels. There are Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) which dispense cash throughout the city. Although these machines are linked to a specific local bank, all major credit and debit cards, both domestic and international, should be accepted. Kindly note that certain credit cards may not be accepted.
Taxis are on call round‐the‐clock in Delhi. Air‐conditioned (AC) Radio taxis may be called by dialing +91‐11‐43434343 or +91‐11‐44224422. These taxis have a flat charge per kilometer travelled, and are available at the both the international and domestic terminals of the airport. In addition, there are prepaid taxi counters at the airport for travelling to any part of the city. We advise that hiring private cars and unlicensed taxis must be done with caution and is not recommended for delegates
Hotel front desks will normally be able to arrange reliable transport by taxi but they will require 15‐30 mins notice in order to do so. Taxis are willing to wait for you during your intermediate stops at reduced charges. It is simplest to inform the front desk the places you wish to visit, the total time you wish to spend and the number of persons travelling. They would then be able to book the taxi for you at a fixed rate.
Local Time
Indian Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours 30 mins ahead of GMT and 10 hours 30 mins ahead of American Eastern Standard Time
Smoking Policy
All public areas are non‐smoking except for specifically labeled smoking areas.
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  • Lotus Temple
  • Humayun Tomb
  • Qutub Minar
  • Red Fort
  • President House
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Jama Masjid
  • Akshardham Temple


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OYO Room Devi Inn
Welcome Cocktail Party
Monday September 11, 2017
Dress: Smart / Casual
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Hall- 3 & 4, Hyderabad International Convention Centre
This is an invitation for all registered delegates
Gala Dinner
Time: 7:00pm
Dress: Traditional/formal–Theme for the event is Indian traditional dress.
Venue: Chowmahalla Palace
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