Immediate Past Chair: Serge Resnikoff

Serge Resnikoff, ICTC Immediate Past Chair

Serge Resnikoff is an international expert in global public health, ophthalmology and eye health. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales and a faculty member at the University of Geneva and University of Paris. He is also President of International Health and Development and the President and Chair of Organisation pour la Prévention de la Cécité (OPC), a non-governmental organization that is active in the prevention of blindness in francophone Africa.

From 2008 to 2010, Serge was CEO of Thea and before this he coordinated various World Health Organization (WHO) programs aiming to prevent blindness and manage non-communicable diseases. In this time, Serge developed public health strategies and contributed to a number of global partnerships including the WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma by the year 2020 and VISION 2020 The Right to Sight.

Before joining WHO, Serge worked for 16 years in trachoma endemic countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, strengthening local and national capacity in disease prevention and control. His work included epidemiologic, clinical, and operational research, and international program planning, implementation, and evaluation. From 1989 to 1995, he was the Director of the Institute of African Tropical Ophthalmology, a WHO Collaborating Center.

Serge holds a PhD from Paris University, an MD from Bordeaux University and postgraduate degrees in ophthalmology, tropical medicine, air and space medicine, public health, epidemiology and biostatistics. He has published more than 150 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored and co-authored several chapters in medical textbooks and presented more than 200 invited lectures. He has also received numerous national and international awards for his contributions to research and program implementation.