Guest Speaker: Mr. Thulasiraj Ravilla from the Aravind Eye Care System

You are invited to a talk by Mr. Thulasiraj Ravilla from the Aravind Eye Care System on “Innovations – How low-cost eye care can be world class”

Date: Friday, November 30th
11:45 am – 12:45pm (catered lunch provided)
HA 098
Please RSVP to the Google doc by Thursday, November 29th

Our speaker
Thulasiraj is an active member of the senior leadership team since 1981 of Aravind Eye Care System.  He brought in the management competence to the organization through effective systems and processes.  Thulasiraj along with his team have mentored over 270 eye hospitals across the globe to enhance their eye care services through a process of training, capacity building and consultancy resulting in doubling of their output within a year of engagement.  He has served as an Advisor on several national and international bodies; he was the South East Asia’s Regional Chair for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (2000-2005) and was the founder President of Vision 2020 The Right to Sight: India. He has been a Technical Advisor to India’s National Programme for the Control of Blindness and to the World Health Organization.

Thulasiraj was named as a Social Entrepreneur in 2005 by the Schwab Foundation (World Economic Forum) and adjudged the “Hospital Administrator of the Year in 2008” in India by Modern Medicare and GE Health group.  He received the International Gold Award of Chinese Ophthalmological Society in 2009. He was an invited speaker at the TED – 2009 meeting in India. He is a regular invitee to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum at Davos.

The Organization:
Aravind Eye Care Hospital ( is an ophthalmological hospital with several locations in India.   It was founded by Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy in 1976.  Since then it has grown into a network of eye hospitals that have seen a total of nearly 32 million patients, and performed nearly 4 million eye surgeries, majority of them being very cheap or free. The model of Aravind Eye Care hospitals has been applauded all over the world and has become a subject for numerous case studies. The Aravind Eye Care System has won the Gates Award for GlobalHealth, the Champalimaud Award for eye care services, and most recently the Conrad Hilton Humanitarian award. Aravind was also listed amongst the 50 most innovative companies in the world by the magazine Fast Co.  Students from UBC MBA will be visiting the Aravind Hospital as part of the Global Immersion program in Feb 2013.

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