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Mr. Patrick Mawila, AFCO Regional Representative

Mr. Mawila is a South African based optometrist in the small town of Dundee in the Kwazulu Natal province. He graduated with a B.Optom Degree from University of Limpopo in 2001, and earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Management College of Southern Africa in 2015.

For the past 15 years, Mr. Mawila has been the Sole Proprietor of his private practice. He has held many community and professional leadership positions. Mr. Mawila has been involved in the WCO Advocacy Program, he was elected President of the African Council of Optometry (AFCO) in July 2017 and served as the President of the South African Optometric Association (SAOA) from 2014-2016. Currently, Mr. Mawila serves as the Finance Director of the South African Optometric Association (SAOA).

Mr. Mawila is involved in Audit Committees at the Endumeni Local Municipality, where he is the chairperson, and he is a member at the Alfred Duma Local Municipality. Recently, Mr. Mawila was appointed on the Board of Directors at the Umzinyathi District Economic Development Agency.

Additionally, Mr. Mawila has attended many capacity building workshops on Corporate Governance, Performance Management, Stakeholder Relations and Strategy Planning and Formulation. He is committed to contributing to the development and enhancement of the optometry profession.

Mr. Mawila enjoys spending time with his family, meeting new people, and watching live soccer and rugby.