Fiona began her career in optics as an 18-year-old when she enrolled on a course at Glasgow College of Technology (now Glasgow Caledonian University) in Ophthalmic Dispensing. She left 2 years later with her diploma ‘With Commendation’. Fiona worked as a Dispensing Optician for an independent group of opticians in the north east of Scotland becoming a Regional Manager and Group Training Manager. During this time, she gained a BSc (Hons) in Business Administration graduating from Brunel University in 2003. Fiona joined Ythan Opticians in 2012 as Dispensing Director. She gained a qualification in spectacle manufacture and became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers (SMCTech).
Professionally, Fiona’s main interests are training & mentoring – she regularly lectures & delivers workshops at optical events both at home in the UK and overseas. She is involved in the delivery of Continuing Education & Training (CET) and is passionate about quality spectacle dispensing, spectacle lens design and paediatric dispensing.
Fiona was the President of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians until April 2018. She is currently the President of the International Opticians Association.
Dominique Barraud (CNOF)
Dominique is an experience orthoptist, whose career began in posturology. Dominique quickly became en expert instructor, specialising in several topics, from oculomotor paralysis to child vision polytrauma. For ten years, Dominique was an expert trainer in UNRIO orthoptics, and she has been an expert trainer for OPTIMA (the Fédération Nationale des Opticiens de France) since 2006.
Dominique has taught for the Soins Coordonnés group, Socoform, and the CHNO (Centre Hospitalier National d’Ophtalmologie), at the request of the French Health Ministry. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs also sent Dominique to the Moroccan Ministry of Health, to help evaluate the visual needs and specific demands of the Moroccan population, in Rabat.
In 2009 Dominique received her diploma in neuro-ophtalmology, and from 2011 to 2013 she became a member of the commission to rework orthoptics degrees within the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health, developing the implementation of an LMD (Licence/ Master/ Doctorat).
Dominique was one of the founding members of the CNOF (Collège National des Opticiens de France), in 2016, and became a member of the IOA in 2019.
After 20 years working as an optometrist and dispensing optician, Maarten joint Hoya the Netherlands in 2011 as a professional services manager/lens expert. He was facilitating training sessions for ECP’s and started the Dutch HOYA Faculty. Maarten is an expert in solving non- adaptation problems.
In 2017 Maarten has joined the global organization as Lens Expert and trainer in the marketing and product departments. Next to that he was a member of the international HOYA Faculty team. Since September 2019 Maarten is part of the Global education team of HOYA Vision Care.
Maarten will be giving a talk on the DIMS myopia lens and the results of the clinical trial which is leading to its commercialisation.
Stephen Caunter is the Business Training Manager at ANZ, and his motto is enthusiasm, entertainment and knowledge. Ask him what his job is, and he will tell you that he’s a “storyteller”. These attributes make Stephen a highly successful facilitator of Business Training workshops, covering a range of business topics and designed to help the attendees run more successful businesses. Stephen is particularly passionate about the topics of Networking, Marketing and Customer Service, and at the IOA Summit he will be speaking on How to Keep Customers Coming Back.
Stephen’s career with ANZ Bank spans over 36 years and a variety of roles. The majority of his career has been dedicated to working with business customers and helping them with the issues they face. He is well regarded as a conference speaker and since 2006, he has presented over 900 workshops and seminars to over 8000 participants. Outside work, Stephen is interested in all kinds of sports: he’s a rugby referee, a fly fisherman, a whitebaiter and, when time permits, likes to turn his hand to restoring vintage machinery.
Antonia Chitty is the Director of Communications for the IOA and Head of Communications, Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). Antonia has broad knowledge of health, policy, business and marketing, along with experience with a range of voluntary sector and membership organisations.
Robert is a licensed optician and contact lens fitter and was President of the Opticians Association of Canada. He worked in the Optical field for 20 years before accepting the role as Executive Director of the Opticians Association of Canada. Robert started his career in the optical industry with both in the lab and at the retail level. During that time, he has pursued every opportunity to improve his optical knowledge along with human relations, educational, mentoring and administrative skills. Roberts’s professional commitment has extended to his volunteer work with opticians’ associations both national and provincial.
He has been involved with the Nova Scotia Society of Dispensing Opticians since 1988, serving as director and then president. He has also had the opportunity to represent Nova Scotia Opticians as their representative to the national association, the Opticians Association of Canada (OAC). Robert was elected President of the OAC in 2008. In 2010 the Board of director appointed Robert Dalton Executive Director of the OAC a position he now serves. In 2015 Robert received his Canadian Association Executive designation from one of Canada’s most highly regarded association management organizations, the Canadian Society of Association Executives. Robert had participated in many out of country and within Canada community projects designed to “give sight” to those individuals most at risk. Robert has worked with the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program and as well works with associations internationally to foster professionalism and growth for Opticians.
Elaine Grisdale, FBDO FAAO, is the Director of Development at the IOA as well as Head of Professional Services and International Development at the Association of British Dispensing Opticians. Elaine has had a long and varied career in international professional relations and optics.
Frederic Lefranc’s career in the optical industry began when he joined Essilor International in 1982. There, holding several different positions over 10 years, Frederic contributed to the development of Essilor’s sales network in Europe.
After a few years out of the industry, in 1996 Frederic joined PPG, whose optical monomers and coatings include CR 39, Trivex, Tribrid, and more. He has been promoting the PPG product range to lens casters and laboratories throughout the EMEA, India, China and the South East Pacific ever since.
Frederic has a wealth of knowledge regarding lens materials, the international optical market, distribution channels and product promotion.
Olga Prenat, dispensing optician and optometrist. Olga works as the Global Director of Professional relations and Editor-in-chief of Points de Vue at Essilor International.
She is also a founding member of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics and stands on the review board of Optometry&Vision Science magazine.
Olga practiced formerly optometry and opticianary and taught at University. She was the director of the Institute and Center of optometry (ICO) in France. With an experience over 20 years in optical business and education, she has been developing education programs for Eye Care Practitioners, opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists, worldwide.
Dr Alireza Parandian
Alireza Parandian leads the global business strategy for additive-manufactured wearables at Materialise. Since 2014, he has been co-creating with brands to create bespoke products with a better fit for individual wearers. He has been guiding brands in eyewear, footwear and other industries to embrace using digital and manufacturing technologies that offer personalized, on-demand wearables with ultimate design freedom. Within eyewear, he has established partnerships including with Hoet, Seiko, Julbo, McLaeren and Safilo on multiple Silmo d’Or-winning designs that have reinvented the customer experience for selecting eyewear. Prior to this, he co-founded a company called InnovationFab, where he gained extensive experience in facilitating the use of new technologies to create breakthrough product innovations and led multiple European funded projects on Digital Fabrication. Alireza holds a PhD in emerging technologies and strategy articulation from the Delft University of Technology.