Thulasiraj Ravilla

Executive Director, Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology, Madurai, India

Thulasiraj Ravilla is an active member of the senior leadership team since 1981 of Aravind Eye Care System, acknowledged as the largest provider of eye care in the world. It is also known for its sustainable, scalable and replicable model of service delivery to rich and poor. He enhanced management competence in the organization through effective systems and processes. Along with his team he has 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. He 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 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.

In the recent years Aravind Eye Care System won the Gates Award for Global Health, 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.

"Infinite Vision", a short movie introducing Aravind Eye Care System can be watched here

Watch Mr. Ravilla's TED-Talk "How low-cost eye care can be world-class"



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