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New trustees join Sightsavers’ UK board

November 2017

Sightsavers has appointed three new trustees to its board in the UK.

Professor Christopher Whitty is an epidemiologist and physician at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an expert in international public health. He is also Chief Scientific Advisor at the UK’s Department of Health and currently the interim Chief Scientific Advisor to the British government.

Abia Akram is Chief Executive of the National Forum of Women with Disabilities in Pakistan. An influential advocate for people with disabilities, particularly women, she holds important roles in the UN, the Commonwealth and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi is a political economist with expertise in investment and  international development, both with governments and non-governmental organisations. She is Director of Investment with UK-based foundation The Power of Nutrition.

Sightsavers Chairman Martin Dinham welcomed the new trustees, saying: “Chris Whitty, Abia Akram and Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi bring deep and wide-ranging experience to Sightsavers at a time when the growing, ageing global population means we need to redouble our efforts to combat avoidable blindness and ensure people with disabilities are included in development.”

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