Keynote Speaker

Prof. Harminder Singh Dua
Nottingham University Hospital, United Kingdom

Harminder Singh Dua, CBE, CMLJ, DL

MBBS, DO, DO(London), MS, MNAMS, FRCS(Edinburgh), FEBO, FRCOphth, FRCP(Edinburgh, Hon.), FCOptom.(Hon.), FRCOphth.(Hon.), FAICO (India, Hon.), MD, PhD, is Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology at the Queens Medical Centre, University of Nottingham since 1994, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and  Honorary Professor of Universita della Svizze, Lugano, since 2010.

He was made Commander of the most excellent order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in her 2019 Birthday Honours list and served a full term as the High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire (2021-22). He was recently awarded the NHS Parliamentary Lifetime Achievement award for the Midlands, Commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant in the Lieutenancy of Nottinghamshire and awarded the high rank of Commander of Merit of the Military and Hospitaller order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem.

He was the Master of the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress (2019-2020), President of several international organisations namely, Royal College of Ophthalmologists UK (2011-14), of EuCornea (2011-13), of the European association for vision and eye research (EVER, 2008), and of the EVER Foundation (2010-14 and 2016-2020). He was Editor in chief of the BJO (2007-14) and EuCornea Journal (2015-22).

Among his over 150 awards and accolades are the Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award (2013), The Times Higher Education Award 2014 for ‘Research project of the year’ and the Melvin Jones Fellow (Award) Lions Clubs International Foundation for humanitarian work. He has been endowed with Honorary Fellowships of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists UK, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the College of Optometrists UK, and the Collegium of the All India Ophthalmological Society;  the highest accolades conferred by the respective Colleges. One eponymous lecture, “The Dua Lecture” Birmingham, and a seminar room in the Nottingham post-graduate centre, “The Dua Room” are named in his honour.

He has supervised 54 PhD/MPhil students, has over 450 peer reviewed publiations with over twentyseven thousand citations and an H-index of 79. His discovery of the pre-Descemet’s layer (Dua’s layer) in 2013, in the human cornea has had considerable impact on lamellar corneal surgery and corneal pathology.

Dr. Rupal Shah
Center for Sight, India

She is an Indian Eye Surgeon specializing in Laser Refractive Surgery and Cataract Surgery. She is one of the pioneers of Laser refractive surgery, being amongst the first surgeons in India to perform these new procedures, starting in 1994. She is currently the Group Medical Director of New Vision Laser Centers-Center for Sight, a part of Asia’s largest chain of laser refractive surgery clinics. She has practiced in two cities-Vadodara and Mumbai- for over two decades.

As a pioneer in the LASIK technique, she has performed more than Fifty thousand procedures, averaging around 2000 treatments in the last 25 years. For the previous 12 years, she has been closely involved with the development of the SMILE procedure for performing refractive surgery. Was she the third surgeon in the world to perform ReLEx is the first to achieve a single incison ReLEx smile, the standard procedure today. Has she been involved with all kinds of studies ReLEx smile, including examinations for US FDA approval of the process.

She has several publications in prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals. In addition, she has written chapters, Prefaces, and Introductions in several prestigious international books.

Assoc. Prof. Dato' Dr. Khairidzan
Islamic International University, Malaysia

Dato’ Dr Khairidzan is currently Associate Professor in Department of Ophthalmology in the Faculty of Medicine, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He is also the present Director of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery Services at IIUM Eye Specialist Clinic, Kuantan. Dr Khairidzan spent a year as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor and International Fellow in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at the UCLA in 2008.

Dr Khairidzan has published a number of articles in scientific journals and made over 300 other scientific presentations. In addition to receiving 7 awards from the IIUM for quality research, he also won the Best Poster award at the Malaysia-Singapore Ophthalmology Joint Meeting in 2009 and Malaysia Ophthalmology-Optometry joint meeting 2018.

He contributes his expertise on the Malaysia Dry Eye Advisory Board and directly supervised a number of PhD and Masters candidates in the external disease and refractive surgery research works. He was part of Asia Pacific Association of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Programme in 2010.

He is the recipient of Malaysia Society of Ophthalmology Achievement Award and Asia Pacific Association of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Certified Educator Award in 2018. He has also been appointed as Council Member of International Society of Refractive Society (ISRS) for year 2021. He was awarded best teacher award (Murabbi) by Kulliyyah of Medicine in 2022.