The Governing Bodies

The Organisation for the Prevention of Blindness (OPC) is built around a team of employees, a Board of Directors, and a President assisted by an Executive Board.

OPC’s Statutes (French version) :

OPC’s Charters :

Code of Conduct (French version) :

Charter for the members of the Board of Directors (French version) :

Charter of the Ambassadors (French version) :


The General Assembly
The General Assembly of the association is made up of active members and honorary and benefactor members, and these members have the right to vote. It meets once a year and whenever it is convened by the Board of Directors or by at least a quarter of the members of the association.
Its agenda is set by the Board of Directors. It approves the annual accounts for the financial year, votes on the budget for the following fiscal year, deliberates on any question on the agenda, and provides, if any, the renewal of the governing board members.

Minutes are kept of the sessions. The minutes are signed by the President and the Secretary ; they are drawn up without blanks or deletions, on numbered pages, and kept at the Association’s headquarters.
Each member may not hold more than three proxies in addition to his own vote. In the event of a tie, the President casts the deciding vote.
The salaried staff of the association, non-members of the association, may attend the General Assembly. The General Assembly elects the Executive Board that can be the same as the one for the Board Members. The General Assembly elects the Board of Directors by secret ballot.
In case of breach and non-compliance of the rules and exclusion due to behaviour likely to damage the association or for serious failures, it is the Board who will make the final decision and has the power makes the decision and has the power to remove them.

The Board of Directors
It has a mainly political role which revolves around three axes : reflection, decision and control. It meets at least once every six months and whenever it is convened by its President or by the request of a quarter of its members or members of the association. The Board of Directors is vested with the broadest powers to act on behalf of the association in order to do or authorize all acts and all operations permitted by the association which are not reserved to the General Assembly.
The members of the Board of Directors are elected by the General Assembly from among its members by secret ballot for a period of three years. Any outgoing board member is eligible for re-election. The employees of the association are not eligible.
Board members cannot receive any remuneration in connection with their mandate.

Yves Pouliquen Professor Yves POULIQUEN
- Honorary Chairman of the OPC (since 2009)
- Former President of the OPC (1997-2009)
- Member of the Académie française since 2001, where he succeeded Louis Leprine-Ringuet
- Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour
- Professor of Ophthalmology
- Head of the Department of Ophthalmology of Hôtel-Dieu de Paris from 1980 to 1996
- Numerous scientific awards
- Member of the National Academy of Medicine
- Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium and Royal Academy of Morocco, Member of the International Academy of Ophthalmology
- Gold Medal from several foreign Ophthalmology societies
- Honorary degrees from the University of Asuncion in Paraguay and the University of Laval in Quebec
- Former President of la banque française des yeux
- President of the Singer-Polignac Foundation
- Chairman of the Scientific Board of la Fédération des aveugles et handicapés visuels (the Federation for blind and visually handicapped) of France
- Member of several humanitarian organisations

To read more about Professor Pouliquen :

Marcel Chovet Dr Marcel CHOVET
- Elected in 2012. Renewal of the appointment in June 2015.
- Director
- Chief Medical Officer (second division)
- Ophthalmologist in Armed Forces hospitals
- Former Head of Department of Ophthalmology, HIA Laveran (Marseille)
- Tropical Ophthalmology teacher at the école du Pharo (Marseille)
- Former Director of the IOTA (Bamako, Mali)
- Founder and first President of the European Partners for Blindness Prevention (EPBP)
- Former president of the European International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
Dr Alain Auzemery
- Elected in 2013. Renewal of the appointment in June 2016.
- Doctor, Ophthalmologist for Military Hospitals
- Degree in the in depth study of (DEA) : Public Health in Developing Countries
- Knight of the Legion of Honour
- Knight of the National Order of Merit
- Knight of the National Order of Madagascar
- Knight of Central African Republic
- Practitioner working in Parisian hospitals
- Freelance ophthalmologist at Saint-Maur des Fossés
- Former ophthalmologist at Val de Grâce
- Former director of the Tropical Ophthalmology Institute of Africa (IOKA) Bamako (Mali)
- Former Head of the ophthalmology department of the Hospital Girard and Robic, Antananarivo (Madagascar)
- Former Head of the ophthalmology department of the University Hospital of Bangui (Central African Republic)
Dr Christian BAILLY
- Elected in 2012. Renewal of the appointment in June 2015.
- Medical doctor specialising in public health
- General practitioner in public health
- Health advisor to Western France (Rennes, France)
- Former coordinator of la Cellule interrégionale d’épidémiologie Ouest for l’Institut de veille sanitaire (Institute of Health Monitoring) (France)
- Former Chief Officer of Health in charge of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Paris)
- Former advisor for multi-mission health in Central Africa (Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, OCEAC – l’Organisation de Coordination et de Coopération pour la lutte contre les Grandes Endémies en Afrique Centrale – Organisation for the fight against major endemic diseases in Central Africa)
- Former advisor for major endemic diseases in CAR, project leader in the fight against trypanosomiasis in CAR
- Former Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Djibouti
- Former doctor of major endemic diseases in Cameroon (Nkongsamba, Mungo, Littoral)
- Former doctor for the NGOs : Doctors without Borders and Doctors of the World (Haiti, Senegal).
- Elected in 2004. Renewal of the appointment in June 2016.
- MD University of Paris
- Specialist in Vascular Interventional radiology and neuroradiology
- Member of the French Society of Neuroradiology
- Former Chairman of the group UTILE (Utilisateurs d’imageries lourdes)
- Former Chief of Radiology at the hospital of Le Havre
- Member of Lions Club Le Havre Expansion since 1975
- District Governor of Normandy in 1984
- President of the European Forum of Lions Clubs in 1996
- Former President of Lions Clubs International in 2000
- Former President of the Lions Clubs International Foundation
- Current representative of Europe in the international commission to study and implement a development and an overhaul of the governance of the Lions Clubs
- Honorary President (founder and former Chairman) of the Medical Association of Lions clubs in France, to help poor individuals in developing countries
- Ambassador of SightFirst
- Honorary President of SOC international (planting of potato microtubers in Africa) and ‘Une goutte d’eau pour l’Afrique’.
Nathalie Brunet Mrs Nathalie BRUNET

Former President for the OPC (2010-2011)
- Elected in 2009. Renewal of the appointment in December 2015.
- Jurist
- Former President of the Board of Directors and Administrator of the Zefal society, world leader in her field.
Mr Jean-François Ceccon

Former Programmes Director
- Elected in 2011. Renewal of the appointment in June 2017.
- Graduate from the Department of Medicine at Grenoble
- Ophthalmologist
- Graduate in Tropical Medicine from the Department of Medicine at Dakar
- Certificate in applied statistical studies in Medicine (epidemiology and clinical research), Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI
- Graduate in epidemiology and applied biostatistics : CDC Atlanta-IDEA Talloites
- Technical Assistant for 22 years at the Cooperation française as an ophthalmologist in several hospitals in French-speaking African countries.
Pr Isabelle Cochereau
- Elected in 2013. Renewal of the appointment in June 2016.
- Medical Doctor, specialising in ophthalmology
- Professor at University Paris 7
- DES Ophthalmology Ile-de-France Co-ordinator
- Board Member of the Société Française d’Ophtalmologie (French Institue of Ophthalmology)
- Acting Member of the Académie Française d’Ophtalmologie (French Academy of Ophthalmology)
- Head of Services for the Rothschild Foundation, Hôpital Bichat - Beaujon - Louis Mourier
- Ophthalmology department co-ordinator for the Rothschild Foundation
- Doctor of Sciences, Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology
- Graduate of the Pasteur Institute in Systematic Bacteriology and Virology
- Graduate of ESSEC, Master 2 General Hospital Pro Management
- Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology
- Former expert in ophthalmology for AFFSAP
Laurent Dassault Mr Laurent DASSAULT
- Elected in 2006. Renewal of the appointment in June 2015.
- Vice-President of Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault (GIMD) responsible for the diversification of the group
- Head of Château Dassault, Grand Cru Classé Saint-Emilion and Château Lafleur
- Co-owner with Benjamin de Rothschild of a winery in Argentina : production of vintages Clos de los Siete and Flechas de los Andes.
- Administrator of Artcurial SA.
- President of the Development Committee
- Contribution to the establishment of Artcurial Deauville
- Since 2006, the Group is a shareholder Artcurial Arqana, society auction racehorse with His Highness the Aga Khan
- Administrator of the Friends of the Centre Pompidou
- Director of the Museum of Modern Art in the City of Paris
- President of amis du FRAC (Regional Contemporary Art Fund of Aquitaine)
- Since November 2009, co-owner along with Hadrien de Montferrand of a gallery specializing in contemporary design located in central Beijing 798.
Mr Lionel FARCY
- Elected in 2009. Renewal of the appointment in December 2015.
- Director of Banque Neuflize OBC
Philippe Gaxotte Dr Philippe GAXOTTE
- Elected in 2003. Renewal of the appointment in June 2015.
- Former Medical Director of the Mectizan® Donation Program for the fight against onchocerciasis
- Development and monitoring of clinical trials of ivermectin in countries where onchocerciasis is an endemic under the name of Mectizan®
- Visits various endemic countries to obtain the approval of relevant health departments
- Participation on the ground at the start of the distribution of Mectizan® in collaboration with various NGOs according to the country and local health teams.
Brigitte Goldenberg-Thillaye Brigitte GOLDENBERG-THILLAYE
- Elected in 2008. Renewal of the appointment in June 2017.
- OPC Director in charge of the "Journées Nationales des associations d’aveugles et de malvoyants" (National days for the associations for the blind and visually impaired)
- Engineer INSERM (Physiopathology of ocular diseases - therapeutic innovations), at the Cordeliers research centre in Paris
- From 1974 to 1998 : team led by Professor Yves Pouliquen (Hôtel-Dieu)
- 1984 : 6 month secondment with IOTA (Bamako) for a study on onchocerciasis (contract with the Ministry of Research)
- Currently a member of the team led by Professor Francine Behar-Cohen studying cellular and molecular mechanisms in experimental ocular diseases induced in animals - developing protocols, as well as the training of students.
- Founding Chair of the Lions Club Paris Ile de la Cité, in 2001.
Dr Silvio Paolo MARIOTTI
- Elected in 2012. Renewal of the appointment in June 2015.
- Technical support manager for the fight against blindness at the World Health Organization
- Head of the fight against chronic ophthalmic diseases at the World Health Organization
- Head of the fight against trachoma at the World Health Organization
- Member of the national committee for the visually impaired and the prevention of blindness for the Ministry of Health in Italy
- Technical advisor at Lions Club for SightFirst projects in Europe
- Secretary of the SightFirst Committee for the Lions Club Foundation (LSIF)
- Doctor of medicine and general surgery, specialist in ophthalmology,
- Expert in public health and tropical medicine
- Former professor at La Sapienza University, Rome
- Former medical inspector of general health services in Rome.
Mr Bernard MONNIER
- Elected in 2000. Renewal of the appointment in June 2015.
- Director at the OPC since 1983
- Son of the OPC’s founder, Mr Christian Monnier
- Professional career from 1951 to 1992 in the bank Neuflize OBC : Managing Partner, Board Member, Deputy Managing Director, CEO of the holding company of Neuflize, Director of Generali France, Creator and President of Honour of the Global Sicav Neuflize
- Director of Association Amitié et Développement founded by Christian Monnier.
Professor Patrick QUEGUINER
- Elected in 2000. Renewal of the appointment in June 2015.
- General Medicine Inspector (Army health services)
- Associate Professor at Val du Grace (ophthalmology)
- Officer of the Legion of Honor, Officer of the National Order of Merit
- Knight of the Academic Palms (Order of Chivalry of France for academics and cultural and educational figures)
- Former training manager at IOTA (Institut d’ophtalmologie tropicale africaine), Bamako, Mali
- Full professor in tropical surgery specialities at IMTSSA
- Former director of the tropical medicine institute for the army health services (LE PHARO Marseille).

Activities for the benefit of the OPC :
- Participation in the YEELEN operation in Mali
- Many assessment and educational missions in Africa : Mali, Burkina-Faso, Ethiopia, Chad and Ghana. In Asia : Bangladesh, Vietnam, China...
- Former Director of Programmes at the OPC
- Former Vice President.

President of the OPC

-Elected in 2000. Renewal of the appointment in June 2017.
- Guest Professor at UNSW (University of New South Wales), Sydney
- Director for Advocacy at the International Council of Ophthalmology
- President for Western Europe, Administrator and member of the Executive committee at The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
- Director of the Africa Eye Foundation
- Doctorate in sciences and medicine, specialist in ophthalmology, public health and tropical medicine
- International consultant and teacher for health and development
- Former Managing Director for a pharmaceutical group
- Former head of the fight against blindness and deafness at the World Health Organisation
- Former Director for the Institut d’Ophtalmologie Tropicale de l’Afrique.
Christian Corbé Professor Christian CORBE

Vice-President of the OPC

-Elected in 2000. Renewal of the appointment in June 2015.
- Chief Medical Officer
- Professor of sensory aerospatiale physiopathology
- Ophthalmology expert to the French Transport Department
- Ophthalmology expert to the European Agency of Civil Aviation, European Space Agency and European Aerial Navigation Agency
- Member of Collège des professeurs d’ophtalmologie européens
- Scientific director for the ‘visual reeducation’ degree at the Université Descartes – Paris V
- Founding President of l’Association représentative des initiatives en basse vision
- Former Director of the Institution nationale des Invalides
- Former Lead Professor of La Chaire de chirurgie spéciale du Val de Grâce
- Former Director of the Centre Principal d’Expertises Médicales du Personnel Navigant de l’aéronautique à Paris-Clamart.
Dr Jean-Paul BOISSIN

Vice-President of the OPC
- Elected in 1998. Renewal of the appointment in June 2016.
- Member of the OPC since its creation, associated with its establishment
- MD University of Paris
- Specialist in Ophthalmology
- Former president of the ‘Association pour les personnes aveugles et malvoyantes’ (Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired)
- Former ophthalmologist at :

  • the centre of medical expertise for Air France flight staff
  • the Bône hospital, Algeria
  • the Vincennes recruitment centre, France
  • the National Centre of Ophthalmology XV/XX (deputy to Professor Dubois-Poulsen).
Mr Pierre Huguet


-Elected in 2012. Renewal of the appointment in June 2015.
- Medical Ophthalmologist at Saint Genis Pouilly
- Former Medical Director at Théa Laboratories
- Public Health ophthalmologist
- Programme manager for clinical and epidemiological research for the World Health Organization in Geneva.
- Works on ophthalmology missions in Sub-Saharan Africa, for the elimination of blinding trachoma (Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea and Chad), for the OPC’s account there
- Director of the African Institute of Tropical Ophthalmology (IOTA), partner centre of the WHO for the prevention of blindness, Bamako, Mali
- Head of the training department of the African Institute of Tropical Ophthalmology (IOTA), partner centre of the WHO for the prevention of blindness, Bamako, Mali
- Technical advisor to the Programme National de lutte Contre la Cécité (National Programme to fight against blindness) and head of ophthalmology at the Lamordé University Hospital, in Niamey, Niger
- Head of ophthalmology at the Tahoua Regional Hospital, Niger.
Bernard Philippon Mr Bernard PHILIPPON

General Secretary

-Elected in 2004. Renewal of the appointment in June 2016.
- Medical Biologist
- Working on onchocerciasis since 1965 and for 25 years has participated in the fight against this disease in West Africa as part of the Organisation for Coordination and Cooperation for the Fight against Major Epidemics (OCCGE), as part of the Overseas Scientific and Technical Research and then for the WHO
- Former head of the department of health at the l’Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
- Consultant and member of the Technical Consultative Committee for the WHO African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC).