founding members

Mr Tate Madlala

Mr MADLALA is an experienced optometrist who has practiced both in the private and public sectors.  He has lectured in university programmes in South Africa and participated in a NGO initiated programme in Malawi.

Through his passion and acute understanding of public health, he is involved in various platforms where he plays a key role advocating for eye care services to be both accessible and affordable to economically and geographically disadvantaged South African citizens.

Mr Madlala is also an aspiring entrepreneur.

Prof. Dr. Vanessa R Moodley

Prof. MOODLEY is a senior academic and contact lens lecturer with over 20 years of experience in keratoconus. She has lectured in keratoconus and is supervising Masters and PhD students undertaking research in keratoconus on the continent.  

Prof. MOODLEY has held various academic and optometric professional leadership positions.

She was Academic Leader in the Department of Optometry at UKZN and served as Chairperson of the Professional Board for Optometry and Dispensing Opticians in South Africa for 11 years.

Prof. MOODLEY currently serves on the World Council for Optometry Legislation and Regulation Committee and on the African Council for Optometry as the Education Chairperson.

She is a strong advocate for quality public sector eye health care. 

Mr Laurent Schneitter

Mr SCHNEITTER has a background in Environmental Engineering, having worked for many years in the renewable & sustainable energy industry in the East. He is a registered Apple® and FileMaker®  program developer.

As a systems developer and conformity assessment auditor, he has developed applications for optometric epidemiological and clinical data management and has created systems for the assessment of technical quality, management protocols and monitoring of optometric diagnostic instrumentation.

MR SCHNEITTER has a long-standing passion for sustainable community development solutions and has undertaken relief projects on behalf of the UN, e.g. installation of water pumps in the Philippines following the typhoon “Yolanda” in 2013.