Abbas Asaria comes from a large family of registered Eyecare Professionals including Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Contact lens and Dispensing Opticians and obtained his degree in Optometry from The City University in London. In his early career as an Optometrist and with a strong optical and dispensing background, Abbas worked in practice, management, training and professional services roles. With a passion for professional development and teaching, Abbas returned to The City University Optometry and Visual Science Department as a visiting Clinical Tutor. He then progressed to become Lead Clinician and Clinical Skills tutor for the Primary Care Clinic, teaching and assessing the clinical competence of undergraduates. Alongside this role, Abbas founded EyeCan, a successful Pre-Reg training company.
It was in 2013 that Abbas entered his first industry role where he was approached by global ophthalmic equipment giant, Topcon. He went on to become a Regional Sales Manager and Product Specialist and his accomplishments have been publicised in well-known industry press. Abbas has also been personally acknowledged by recognised institutions and key opinion leaders in the industry.
Fatema graduated from Cass Business School in 2002 and after working in the City, decided to go into teaching. She led the Business Studies department and was on the Senior Leadership team at an independent school in London for eight years. Within the secondary teaching sector, Fatema led teacher training sessions, was Head Careers Advisor and worked as an examiner marking GCSE papers. It was in 2013 Fatema’s entrepreneurial side inspired her to set up a successful global online design house which she sold off to a UAE partner in 2016. Her clients included art galleries in the Middle East and haute couture brands. Fatema prides herself on achieving market awareness on small budgets via social media and effective branding and now works as a freelance Marketing and Brand consultant.
Sajjad graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Electronic & Electrical Engineering in 2011 and went on to complete a MSc in Sustainable Electrical Power at Brunel University, London. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) and the founder of successful test equipment blog, Watt Circuit
As well as being an experienced electronic engineer, Sajjad has good knowledge of IT hardware fault diagnosis, servicing and repair. He has also completed City and Guilds accreditation in Electrical Equipment Maintenance & Testing (2377-22)
In his spare time, Sajjad is a freelance photographer and undertakes voluntary community work.
Professor Riaz Asaria qualified from Southampton University in 1989 and began his specialist ophthalmology training in 1992, specialising in Retinal Disease. He was awarded the June Sutor Research fellowship in 1997 at Moorfields Eye Hospital, followed by a Medical Retina fellowship also at Moorfields and further fellowships in both Surgical Retina and then Medical Retina at Bristol Eye Hospital. His research involved working with the Wound Healing Team at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye hospital and he treats eye traumas both on the NHS and privately. He has been working as a consultant ophthalmologist at the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust since 2005, where he also teaches and is the author of Ophthalmology training book Eye Know How. His sub-specialties include: Cataract surgery, eye trauma, macular degeneration treatment, medical and surgical retina and general ophthalmology.
Afzal Merali is a passionate and driven digital agency Managing Director with more than 15 years experience in IT, specialising in the Healthcare sector. Afzal founded Merali Digital over nine years ago, building an agency in London that covers all aspects of digital marketing, from website design and development to branding to marketing strategies. Afzal’s expertise lies in developing innovative and cost-effective strategies that deliver profitable online growth for all his clients. As an articulate and engaging communicator, Afzal inspires his team to work collaboratively to translate each of his client’s visions into a creative reality.
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