An academic, researcher, educator and internationally celebrated public health leader, Professor Kovin Naidoo has been revolutionising access and delivery to eye care for the disadvantaged globally. A powerful public health advocate, he has devoted his working life to reducing avoidable blindness and vision impairment, with specific emphasis on refractive error.
Professor Naidoo is the CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute and Chairperson of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (Africa), Associate Professor of Optometry at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), and Adjunct Faculty at Salus University.
He has published extensively in epidemiology and public health. Recognizing the need to develop research capacity in Africa, Professor Naidoo initiated the formation of the African Vision Research Institute (AVRI).
Professir Naidoo is a Fulbright Scholar, an Ashoka Fellow, Schwab Fellow and a co-recipient of the African Social Entrepreneur of the year award in 2010 for his social entrepreneurial efforts in addressing the needs of those less privileged. He has been awarded the Essilor Award for outstanding contributions to Optometry in 2010, and an honorary fellowship to the British College of Optometrists in 2009. African Optometrist of the Year and International Optometrist of the Year in 2007 by AAO. Professor Naidoo is a board member of the World Council of Optometry and Vision Impact Institute; WHO Refractive Error Working Group; Founder, Chair of African Vision and Chair of the Red Cross Air Mercy Services board of Trustees among his many esteemed affiliations.