Board of Directors

Retina International Board of Directors

The Board of Directors and the Chairperson are elected from the delegates at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and work with the CEO on the development and implementation of the Retina International strategic development plan.

The Board also promote the creation of societies run by individuals with retinal dystrophies for individuals with retinal dystrophies in countries where none exist. They also represent member societies collectively to supra-national bodies and work on the policy and issues determined at the AGM.

Board of Directors

Mr. Franz Badura, Chair

Franz has a long-standing career as a patient advocate and leader. He has served for more than 30 years in different positions in Pro Retina Germany, the German patient organization and the Pro Retina Foundation, promoting retinal research since 1996. He has held the chair of Pro Retina Germany  from 2012 until 2020. He has initiated and along with a scientific committee, organized the Potsdam meeting, an internationally renowned research colloquium, since 2005. Franz is also a professional musician.

 

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Mr. Manny Moodley, Vice Chair (Retina South Africa)

Mantoshan (Manny) Moodley is an attorney living with Stargardts Dystrophy. He runs a law firm based in Cape Town, South Africa. Manny has been a long-standing board member of Retina South Africa and was elected Chairperson of the organization in August 2021. He also serves as Vice-Chair on the Board of the Cape Town Society for the Blind, and is involved with several other Boards and Trusts in the disability sector.

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Mr. Jeremy D’Souza, Treasurer (Retina Australia)

Jeremy was elected to the National Board of Retina Australia in 2016, becoming Deputy Chairman in 2017, a role he continued until 2021. Jeremy now serves as Treasurer of Retina International, Chair of the Staff and Finance Committee, and member of the Engagement and Outreach Committee. Jeremy is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and has over 25 years’ experience in commercial and corporate roles in the Land-use Planning, Energy, and Financial Services sectors.

 

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Kelly McVicker, Company Secretary

Having been in the not-for-profit sector for a decade, Kelly joined Retina International’s team as an administrator in 2020 interested in the research and community driven environment that Retina International provided. It is a diverse and engaging community, with the passion from the members creating a positive and dynamic place to work that really feels like you are bringing some form of change. Recently she has been promoted to Governance and Compliance Manager and the Company Secretary.

 

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Mrs. Marina Sutter (Retina New Zealand)

Marina is a creative and passionate patient advocate. Using the experience from her time as a healthcare professional and a student of Psychology and Health promotion, she aims to implement her knowledge, to empower and inspire others to take action. Her current personal goal is to complete a Masters in Health sciences, with the University of Lucerne in Switzerland, specialising in international communications. In the last years she has participated in the founding of the Retina International Youth Council and continues to take an interest in activating young people for the RI cause. Our future leaders are out there, ready, we just need to give them the platform and tools they require.  

Living with a visual impairment has not defined her life rather it created an opportunity to get a fresh perspective of a world hidden to others. By telling the story of her journey with Cone-Rod Dystrophy (CRD) she is able to raise awareness for others and herself. 

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Mr. Jason Menzo (Foundation Fighting Blindness USA)

Jason was appointed CEO for the Foundation Fighting Blindness on July 1, 2022. Prior to this appointment, he spent the previous four years serving as the Foundation’s COO and President, leading the organizations fundraising, finance, operations, marketing and community engagement efforts. The Foundation is the world’s leading organization searching for treatments and cures of blinding retinal degenerative diseases. The Foundation has raised over $891 million since its inception and is currently funding more than 90 research projects globally.

Jason also serves on the management team for the Retinal Degeneration Fund (RD Fund), the venture arm of the Foundation. The RD Fund has nearly $100 million under management and has made investments in 10 portfolio companies to date, all aimed at fueling startup companies in the retinal degeneration space.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Jason was a co-founder and Business Unit Head of Sun Ophthalmics. In this role, he built and led the commercial team, launching the business into the well-known entity it is today.

Prior to his role with Sun Ophthalmics, he was a co-founder of the US business for Nicox SA, where he led the commercial launches of several ophthalmic brands and helped the business successfully exit by acquisition (Valeant Pharmaceuticals, 2014). He has previously held positions of increasing responsibility with Bausch + Lomb, Inspire Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer Healthcare.

Jason also serves on the Board of Directors for Retina International, the leading global umbrella organization for patient-led charities and foundations. He has also served as a member for the Global Council of Advisors and Advocates for Sightlife, a global non-profit seeking to end corneal blindness.

“I am passionate about the work of Retina International to bring together organizations from across the globe to collaborate and coordinate our efforts to advance more treatments and cures for diseases that affect the retina.”

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Ms. Caisa Ramshage (Svenska RP – Foreningen)

Caisa is an IT architect in the finance sector and serves on the board of Svenska RP-föreningen. She is also the editor of Retinanytt, their membership publication, and has experience organizing successful Retina Europe Youth meetings.

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Mr. David Sanchez (FARPE –Spain)

David is the president of RETINMUR in Murcia, Spain, and president of FARPE and FUNDALUCE. He is passionate about improving the communication and membership structure of Retina International, and connecting with organizations in Latin America. David is diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa.

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