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About the WAEH

The World Association of Eye Hospitals is the global association of stand alone eye hospitals or eye departments of general hospitals.

The Members of the Executive Board of the WAEH:

Brendon has a proven record in delivering patient focussed services and in actively promoting consumer and volunteer engagement.  Brendon has had a career in Health Service Management for a period of over thirty years, holding Executive positions for the past 15 years.  Prior to becoming the CEO of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in September 2019, he was the Executive Director, Operations (Chief Operating Officer) at Peninsula Health for a period of 9 years.

Brendon’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Record Administration) and a Masters of Health Administration.  He has been a senior lecturer at Monash University and has co-authored publications on case-mix funding, clinical costing and the use of data to enhance the management of services.

Dr Martin Kuper joined Moorfields as chief executive in September 2021, with more than 10 years of previous board experience as medical director and deputy chief executive in London hospitals.

Martin’s clinical background was in anaesthesia and critical care. Martin was a National Clinical Advisor on ‘Enhanced Recovery’ pathways to optimise recovery from surgery, and led implementation across London. In previous roles Martin also supported rapid mobilisation of critical care capacity during Covid-19, led a major multicentre study on intraoperative fluid monitoring, and pioneered Same Day Emergency Care. Martin moved into management to fulfil his passion for optimising patient outcomes by transforming clinical and operational processes. At Moorfields his ‘excellence programme’ is implementing a strategy to transform the discovery, development and delivery of eye care.

  • St. Erik Eye Hospital (Stockholm, Sweden)
    Represented by Sten Kjellström

    Sten Kjellström, PhD senior physician in ophthalmology and today head of the business area of ​​endocrine health care, skin care, reproductive medicine and eye care at Skåne University Hospital, has been appointed as the new CEO of St. Erik’s Eye Hospital. Sten Kjellström has broad national and international experience in the field of eyes and of leading various types of care activities including highly specialized care.

  • Aier Eye Hospital Group (China)
    Represented by Mr. Li LI, MHA, LL.B.

    Mr. Li LI entered the healthcare industry in 1997 and Co-founded AIER Eye Hospital Group with Mr. Bang CHEN in 2003. Based on the situation of ‘national dispersion and regional concentration’ of ophthalmic medical service industry in China, the ‘hierarchical chain’ development mode of AIER was creatively established. In 2009, the company was listed on the the Growth Enterprises Market and became the only IPO listed medical institution in China. With Mr. Li’s leading, AIER has expand its chain network to Hong Kong, the United States, Europe, and southeast Asia since 2016. In 2018, he supported AIER to be the full member of WAEH.

    Mr. Li LI’s main areas of focus are business model innovation and healthcare digitalization.

    Brief Bio

    • Co-founder, Vice Chairman and CEO of AIER Eye Hospital Group Co., Ltd.
    • Ranked top 30 in 2020 Forbes China’s Best CEO List.  
    • Honorary Lifetime Supervisor of Eye Care Foundation.
    • Member of the 10th CPPCC of Hunan Province.
    • Born September 1965 in Changsha, Hunan Province, China.
    • Bachelor of Laws, Xiangtan University; Master in Hospital Administration, Peking University.

    • MBBS(S’pore), MMed(Ophth), FRCS(Ed), FRCOphth, FAMS, PhD (Lond)
    • Chief Executive Officer (Medical Director), Singapore National Eye Centre;
    • Chair, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Academic Clinical Program, Duke-NUS Medical School;
    • Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Ophthalmology, Duke-NUS Medical School;
    • Associate Dean, Office of Research, Duke-NUS Medical School;
    • Group Director, Research (Scientific), SingHealth;
    • Senior Consultant, Glaucoma Dept, Singapore National Eye Centre.

Board Member Emeritus:

Advisor to the Board:

  • Mr. Wim Oosterom

    Portrait image of Mr. Wim Oosterom

    Advisor to the board of the WAEH, especially regarding the governance and strategy of the WAEH.

    Health economist. Untill retirement as partner of PwC, Global Public Sector leader of PwC, coordinating all the services of PwC to the Public Sector worldwide . 

    Member of several supervisory boards in the health industry.

Our mission

The mission of the WAEH is:

  • To continuously improve the experience, care and outcomes of patients with eye disorders

The WAEH tries to achieve the above mission by:

  • Facilitating and promoting the exchange of knowledge between eye hospitals worldwide
  • Exchanging best practices in the planning, organisation and delivery of eye care services throughout the world

Global umbrella
The World Association of Eye Hospitals (WAEH) is the global umbrella body for regional associations of eye hospitals, like the European Association of Eye Hospitals (EAEH).

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The WAEH has been established in 2007 in the Netherlands by the following eight eye hospitals:

  • Singapore National Eye Centre (Singapore)
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital (London, UK)
  • The Rotterdam Eye Hospital (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Tun Hussein On National Eye Hospital (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Hospital Leuven (Leuven, Belgium)
  • Rutnin Eye Hospital (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • St. Erik Eye Hospital (Stockholm, Sweden)