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Our Board of Directors are a group of outstanding people with diverse experience and knowledge, who serve to ensure our vision, purpose and values are maintained and provide oversight across strategy execution.

Public Health

Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation (ABN 86 081 872 586) is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) and an Australian Government DFAT accredited non-governmental organisation (NGO). It is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the peak body for Australian international development NGOs, and adheres to the self-regulatory Code of Conduct mandated by ACFID. It is a group A member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and a principal member of Vision 2020 Australia.

If you would like to read more information on how we are governed and what we aim to achieve through our work, please click on the below links to access our Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and our Constitution.


Dr Gullapalli 'Nag' Rao, MBBS PhD
Board Member and Chair of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health

Dr Nag Rao is Chair of LV Prasad Eye Institute and Chair of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health (formerly International Centre for Eyecare Education). An entrepreneur of solutions for eye health, Dr Rao is widely respected for the creation of sustainable, high quality, comprehensive eye care delivery and as the father of the vision centre model which is transforming vision care across India and inspiring development worldwide.

Dr Rao established LVPEI, one of the world's leading eye research hospitals, after a successful career in the US as an academic ophthalmologist. He has specialised in diseases of the cornea, eye banking and corneal transplantation, community eye health, eye care policy and planning. He has published over 250 papers and contributed several book chapters. From 2004-2008, he served as Chair of the Board of Trustees, President and CEO of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, where he played an important role leading VISION 2020: The Right to Sight, the global initiative to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020.
Professor Kovin Naidoo, OD MPH PhD FAAO
Ms Sandra Bailey, LLB
Jenni Lightowlers, LLM LLB(Hons) BA GradDipEd


Professor Kovin Naidoo, OD MPH PhD FAAO
Board member, CEO and Director of Global Programs of Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health

Professor Naidoo is an academic, former anti-apartheid activist and political prisoner, optometrist and an internationally celebrated public health leader. He is currently Africa Chair of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), trustee of VISION 2020, a member of the World Council of Optometry Governing Board, and member of the World Health Organization Refractive Error Working Group. Professor Naidoo has served as the Head of Optometry at University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa, and as the co-founder and CEO of the African Vision Research Institute.

Professor Naidoo is a Fulbright Scholar and was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2006 for his social entrepreneurial efforts in addressing the needs of those less privileged. He was African Optometrist of the Year in 2002 and named International Optometrist in 2007. He was jointly awarded with Professor Brien Holden the Schwab Social Entrepreneur Award for Africa 2010, at the regional World Economic Forum in Tanzania.
Amanda Davis, MPH BBus Dip Nursing

Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)

ACFID Code of Conduct


In 2008, an important milestone was achieved when Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health received accreditation by the Australian Aid.

Australian Aid manages the majority of the Australian Government's overseas aid program working with the governments and people of developing countries to deliver assistance where it is most effectively needed, consequently improving the lives of millions of people.
A key element of Australia’s strategy to effectively engage with communities overseas is its partnership with the Australian Council for the International Development (ACFID). ACFID is the peak body for Australian international development non-government organisations (NGO).  

Australian Aid and ACFID signed a partnership agreement in 2009, recognising long standing cooperation between the two organisations and promoting a robust and professional Australian international development NGO sector.

The agreement recognises that non-government organisations like the Institute, contributes significantly to Australia’s overall international development outcomes for the overseas aid program. It acknowledges NGO’s are important partners who play a key role in international efforts to reduce poverty, and comparative advantages in aid delivery include their ability to build people-to-people links, deliver sustainable community-led solutions for people living in poverty, and reach the poorest and most marginalised.

In September 2000, member states of the United Nations, including Australia, agreed to work towards eliminating global poverty and hunger, to improve health, gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability and to create a global partnership for development. This commitment initally produced the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which evolved post 2015 into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically a collection of 17 global goals known as 'Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. Australian aid helps developing countries to achieve these goals.

Since the Public Health Division received accreditation by Australian Aid and become a member of ACFID, we have adhered to the self-regulatory Code of Conduct mandated by ACFID. The Code represents the active commitment of overseas aid agencies or non-government development organisations (NGDOs) to conduct their activities with integrity and accountability.

The Code aims to enhance standards throughout the NGDO community to ensure that public confidence is maintained in the way that community contributions to overseas aid are used to reduce poverty through effective and sustainable development. After 14 years of operation ACFID comprehensively reviewed the code in 2010 and it now includes more than 50 principles and more than 150 binding obligations.

How does it operate?

Current compliance mechanisms include:

  • checking of documentation upon membership application (governing instrument, policies)
  • an annual statement of commitment to the code
  • review of annual and financial reports by a qualified accountant against the reporting requirements of the code
  • annual self– assessment against every principle of the code signed by the signatory governing body and reviewed by the Code of Conduct Committee
  • random audits of fundraising material during an emergency and an external complaints mechanism
How is it governed?

An independent, voluntary Code of Conduct Committee monitors adherence to the code and investigates complaints, which may be brought by any member of the public. The primary focus is to work with signatory organisations to improve standards and reduce the risk of breach occurrence. If a breach is serious, or the signatory does not respond appropriately, disciplinary action may be considered.
The committee may require the signatory to provide information to donors, notify Australian Aid, and ultimately suspend Code membership. A small team is located within ACFID that undertakes compliance activities and investigates complaints, which are confidential to the Code Committee.

Complaints against the Institute
Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health is committed to taking all reasonable measures to monitor and regulate organisation practices to fully adhere to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct.

Should you feel the ACFID Code has been breached and would like to submit a complaint to the Institute, please address your complaint to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Public Health at the following email address:

If you wish to take the matter further or would like to make a complaint about the Chief Operating Officer, Public Health then please address you complaint to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Institute, at the following email address:

All complaints will be acknowledged as soon as possible with an expected outcome of their complaint be received within a 30 day period of receipt. The Institute’s Privacy Officer is the focal point for all complaints made and has responsibility to delegate, initiate and coordinate the response in consultation with the Chief Operating Officer, regardless of which country's practices are in question. On receiving a response, should you wish to take the matter further, appeals may be made in writing to the CEO within 30 days of receiving the initial response from the COO.

If you would like further information or would like to receive a copy of our Complaints Handling Policy, please request a copy by email at this email address: or call +612 9385 7411.

In the event you wish to take the matter further to ACFID, please visit the complaints section at:



Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation (formerly ICEE), is the Public Health Division of the Brien Holden Vision Institute. It is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct and is a registered charity.
ABN number: 86 081 872 586

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