World Council of Optometry

Standing Committee Members 2019-2021

It is only with the tireless efforts of our volunteers that we can work towards our mission of facilitating the development of optometry around the world and supporting optometrists in promoting eye health and vision care as a human right through advocacy, education, policy development and humanitarian outreach. We thank our dedicated volunteers for their service.

TITLE FIRST NAME LAST NAME REGION POSITION
Prof. Tuwani Rasengane AFCO Chair
Mr. Paul Folkesson ECOO Ex Officio Member
Mr. Frank Magupa AFCO Regional Representative
Dr. Efrain Castellanos ALDOO Regional Representative
Prof. Carly Lam APCO Regional Representative
Mr. Ahmed Sherry EMCO Regional Representative
Prof. Debbie Jones NORTH AMERICA Regional Representative
Dr. Glen “Bubba” Steele NORTH AMERICA Individual Member
Dr. Tracy Matchinski NORTH AMERICA Individual Member
Dr. S May Ho APCO Individual Member
Dr. Mustafa Abdu EMCO Individual Member
Dr. Don Lyon NORTH AMERICA Co-Opted Member
TITLE FIRST NAME LAST NAME REGION POSITION
Dr. Cindy Tromans ECOO Chair
Mr. Paul Folkesson ECOO Ex Officio Member
Mr. Damien Echendu AFCO Regional Representative
Dr. Wilson Gabriel Barragán ALDOO Regional Representative
Dr. Carmen Abesamis-Dichoso APCO Regional Representative
Dr. Yazan Gammoh EMCO Regional Representative
Dr. Roger Jordan NORTH AMERICA Regional Representative
Dr. Genny Castillo ALDOO Individual Member
Dr. Himanshu Tripathi APCO Individual Member
Dr. Joan Hansen NORTH AMERICA Individual Member
Dr. Howard McAlister NORTH AMERICA Individual Member
Mr. Nigel St. Rose ALDOO Co-Opted Member
Prof. Vanessa Moodley AFCO Co-Opted Member
TITLE FIRST NAME LAST NAME REGION POSITION
Prof. Peter Hendicott APCO Interim Chair
Mr. Paul Folkesson ECOO Ex Officio Member
Mr. Patrick Mawila AFCO Regional Representative
Dr. Juan Vazquez ALDOO Regional Representative
Dr. Carmen Abesamis-Dichoso APCO Regional Representative
Ms. Manal El Sharif EMCO Regional Representative
Dr. Paul Geneau NORTH AMERICA Regional Representative
Mr. Jesus Garcia Poyatos ECOO Individual Member
TITLE FIRST NAME LAST NAME REGION POSITION
Dr. Sandra Block NORTH AMERICA Chair
Mr. Paul Folkesson ECOO Ex Officio Member
Dr. Enowntai Nkongho Ayukotang AFCO Regional Representative
Dr. Héctor Santiago ALDOO Regional Representative
Mr. Muhamad Syukri bin Mohamad Rafiuddin APCO Regional Representative
Mr. Massimo Revelli ECOO Regional Representative
Dr. Bassima Aldelaigan EMCO Regional Representative
Dr. Steven Reed NORTH AMERICA Regional Representative
Dr. Luigi Bilotto NORTH AMERICA Individual Member
Dr. Judith Stern APCO Individual Member
Dr. Priya Morjaria ECOO Individual Member
Dr. Jeffrey Weaver NORTH AMERICA Co-Opted Member
TITLE FIRST NAME LAST NAME REGION POSITION
Prof. Kovin Naidoo AFCO Chair
Mr. Paul Folkesson ECOO Ex Officio Member
Dr. Bina Patel NORTH AMERICA Individual Member
Ms. Karen Sparrow ECOO Individual Member

How to Get Involved on a WCO Standing Committee

WCO Standing Committees play a vital role in facilitating the development of optometry around the world.

Committee Appointments
WCO members are eligible to apply to serve as a member on one of the following WCO Standing Committees:

  • Education
  • Legislation, Registration and Standards
  • Public Health

Committee members are appointed for a two year term. The six WCO regions appoint one individual to represent the region on the committee. The Education; Legislation, Registration and Standards; and Public Health Committees each have 4 open positions in which WCO members are eligible to apply to participate.

Applications from WCO members for committee involvement will be accepted in 2021 for the 2021-2023 term. More information will be added to our website and sent to our members as the open period for applications approaches.