OPC Announces Executive Director Transition

OPC is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Céline Noguès. She stepped into the role at the end of August, replacing outgoing Executive Director Karim Bengraïne.

OPC warmly thanks Karim, who helmed OPC for eight years, for sharing his talents and leadership in developing OPC for nearly a decade, and for his dedication to preserving the sight of millions of people in French-speaking Africa. 

Meet the New Executive Director, Céline Noguès

Céline is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Sciences-Po Paris and has spent her entire professional career in the public interest sector. A seasoned executive with a strong background in communications and fundraising, she first worked for the Samu Social de Paris, which provides care and medical aid to unhoused people. She then led the development and transformation of the French National Federation of Firefighters, which she managed for eight years.

As part of her efforts to act for a more sustainable world that combines success and solidarity and is respectful of both humans and the environment, Céline enriched her skills in 2020 with an Executive Certificate in Sustainable Development at CentraleSupelec. She is also a volunteer administrator of several French nonprofits: Sciences-Po Alumni, Citoyennes pour l’Europe, and MR21-Réseau des managers RSE.

She recently said, “I am thankful and proud to join OPC and the global Preserving Sight community. I will carry the ambition of a strong and vibrant OPC, working closely with our partners and donors. With your help, I am committed to working hard to effectively address the challenges that threaten eye health for the most neglected and vulnerable populations of Africa, and with it their education, social and economic well-being.”

Professor Serge Resnikoff, MD, PhD, President of OPC, also shared his thoughts on Céline’s appointment, “I know that I can count on Céline, and on all of our supporters, to bounce back after this long pandemic, and together further improve our actions in accordance with the recent UN resolution “Vision for all”. It is our duty to the millions of people we help each year.”

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