Avril held the position of CEO at Fighting Blindness Ireland from 2009 to 2015.
She currently serves as Vice President of EURORDIS – The European Organisation for Rare Diseases and has represented Retina International on the Boards of the European Patient Forum (EPF) and European Platform for Patient Organisations, Science and Industry (EPPOSI). Avril has also presented the patient perspective on behalf of Retina International at conferences and events in Europe and in the United States.
With 15 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector in Ireland, she held positions in public affairs and communications with Fighting Blindness Ireland prior to her appointment as CEO. Avril also represented the voice of retina patients on the Board of the Irish Medical Research Charities Group (MRCG), Irish Platform for Patients Organisations Science and Industry (IPPOSI) and remains chair of the Irish National Alliance for Rare Diseases (GRDO). Avril previously worked in media relations. She is a Business and Communications graduate. During her first six months in post, Avril will concentrate on developing a new website, promote communications and outreach and develop a fundraising strategy to guarantee the sustainability of the Retina International office.
Christina Fasser, President of Retina International, will continue to coordinate the World Retina Congress in Taipei, its General Assembly and Continuous Education Programme. She will also coordinate the SMAB meeting in Seattle on May 2, 2016, as well as membership affairs and support of ongoing research projects. Retina International is looking forward to working with the CEO in this new chapter for our organisation. We are grateful to Fighting Blindness Ireland for hosting our new office in Dublin and wish Avril the best of luck in her new role. Christina Fasser and the Retina International Management Committee Zurich, January 5th, 2016