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Judith Stern

BOptom, Grad Cert PH

Judith Stern is the Global Manager for Learning & Teaching at the Brien Holden Vision Institute and provides leadership in the global development of eye care courses and educational resources. Judith has been central to the development and delivery of the Myopia Management courses and the EyeTeach program for Optometry educators and other eye health professionals. Working with Brien Holden, she has been responsible for the development and delivery of the Public Health subject for the Masters of Optometry at the University of NSW (UNSW).

Prior to this Judith worked as a Senior Research Optometrist at the Institute for Eye Research and in private Optometric practice in Sydney. Her research interests include: Evaluation and impact of eye health and educator training programs, factors that influence the workplace implementation of training and developing training models.


Dr. Suit May Ho

PhD BSc (Optom) GCertOcThera GCertSocSci (Int Devel) FACO

May is currently working as an integral part of the education team for the Brien Holden Vision Institute. Previously she worked as the Program Manager for the Vietnam program, where she collaborated with in-country partners to develop the first optometry course in the country.

Her involvement with the Institute began in 2001 as a volunteer, and since 2005 when she became a staff member, she has worked on the development of sustainable eye care programs in South East Asia and the Western Pacific.

Dr May Ho graduated in optometry in 1988 from the University of Melbourne and subsequently gained a doctorate in 1997.


Michael Morton

BOptom, MPH

Michael Morton is the Online Education Coordinator for the Brien Holden Vision Institute. He completed his Bachelor of Optometry at the University of Melbourne in 2003, after which he practiced as a clinical optometrist around Australia until 2010.

After a four month period involved with the Institute as a volunteer in Cambodia, he joined the Institute as a full time staff member in 2010, completing his Masters of Public Health at the University of New South Wales the following year.

Michael’s work for the Brien Holden Vision Institute has included creating, producing and evaluating innovative online education courses and tools, creating department support systems and processes, presenting train-the-trainer workshops and creating support systems for service delivery.


Helen Dalton

Education Consultant - Public Health, Brien Holden Vision Institute

Helen is a dedicated educator and scholar committed to enhancing quality learning and teaching in higher education. Her background is in medical microbiology, higher education, business education, leadership and professional development in higher education learning and teaching.

Her teaching spans the UNSW Medicine program, interdisciplinary courses, and post-graduate coursework programs in education. As an independent consultant, she provides educational, faculty and institutional development, locally and internationally.

She has been recognised through national and international awards and grants, and published research in science and higher education.


Dr. Luigi Bilotto


Dr Luigi Bilotto is Director of Global Human Resource Development at the Brien Holden Vision Institute. He obtained his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Montreal, School of Optometry in 1990, after which he ventured into private practice before pursuing a Primary Eye Care Residency at PCO with emphasis on ocular disease.
In his current role, he oversees all aspects of the Institute’s global human resource development and educational programs, to establish the essential systems that deliver optometric services in the emergent context. He has presented at numerous international conferences, optometry schools and industry events, has conducted education workshops on all continents, and is the author of many conference papers.


Pirindhavellie Govender

BOptom (UDW), MOptom (UKZN), CAS (NECO)

Pirindha Govender is the Global Programmes Associate at the Brien Holden Vision Institute.  She is an educator with 18 years of experience, beginning as a clinical resident at the Department of Optometry at the University of Durban Westville (now University of KwaZulu Natal).

Her areas of teaching included diagnosis and management of ocular disease, low vision, general pathology and clinical optometry techniques.  She has taught internationally and serves as an external examiner at local universities.


Dr. Monica Jong

BOptom, PhD, Senior Research Fellow

Some of Monica’s activities at the Brien Holden Vision Institute include managing the analysis of the Zhongshan Opthalmic Center (ZOC) and the Institute’s high myopia database in China, advocating for the recognition of high myopia as a cause of blindness through her role as the secretary of the Refractive Error Working Group in the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, and is currently the Executive Manager of The Myopia Institute.

Monica has also co-supervised graduate students and co-authored a number of scientific papers, and speaks regularly at global scientific and practitioner meetings.


Dr. Luisa Fernanda Casas Luque


Dr. Luisa Casas Luque, is the Programs Manager, Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region at the Brien Holden Vision Institute. She obtained her Doctor of Optometry from the University of La Salle-Colombia in 1992, after which she ventured into public health service in hospitals, before pursuing post graduate studies with emphasis on ocular disease.
In her current role, she has coordinates the education and research programs in the LAC region including developing EyeTeach in Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Trinidad and Tobago to enhance learning and teaching skills of fellow optometrists in the region.

Currently working on two refractive error research projects being developed with the participation of strategic partners. She has presented at numerous international conferences in Colombia and Latin-America.


Hasan Minto

Hasan Minto works for Brien Holden Vision Institute as the Global Director for Sustainable Services Development. 

He works to promote inclusion of persons with vision impairment through establishment of services for optometry and low vision, and training of appropriate human resources. He has conceptualised and developed low vision programs in more than 30 countries.

Hasan is a member of the WCO Governing board as EMCO Representative as well as various WHO and Vision 2020 working groups. He lectures on low vision and refractive error at various ophthalmology institutions in Pakistan, the International Centre for Eye Health and at conferences internationally, and in 2007 he received the ‘Essilor Award for Outstanding International Contributions to Optometry’.


Robert Terry


Robert Terry graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Optometry in 1980. Over the following five years, he worked in clinical practice in England before returning to Australia.

He began working at the Cornea and Contact Lens Research Unit (CCLRU) and the Institute for Eye Research (IER) 1985, under the directorship of Professor Brien Holden, and now works for the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Public Health where he is the Education Development Officer.