Executive Committee

During the 10th WBU General Assembly, the new WBU leadership was elected on the 23rd of June 2021. This page is currently being updated.

President

Mrs. Martine Abel-Williamson
Director
Egoli LTD
Phone: +64 21 411 042
Email: president@wbu.ngo and martine.the1@xtra.co.nz;
Address: 68 Meadway, Sunnyhills, Auckland 2010, NZ

First Vice-President

Mr. Fernando Riaño
CSR Director, Communications and Institutional Relations
ILUNION & ONCE Foundation
C/ Pechuán, 1 – 28002 Madrid, Spain
Phone: +34-91-590-8407 ​
E-mail: friano (@) ilunion.com​​
Web: www.ilunion.com​​​

Second Vice-President

Mr. Yaw Ofori Debra
Ghana Blind Union
Phone: +233243242913
E-mail: yawdebra2015 @ gmail.com

General Secretary

Mrs. Diana Stentoft
Danish Association of the Blind (DAB)
Phone: +45 40 11 11 67
E-mail: diana.stentoft @ blind.dk

Treasurer

Mrs. Diane Bergeron
CNIB
101, 1355 Bank street
Ottawa, ON
K1H 8K7
Phone: +1-613-852-1416​​
E-mail: diane.bergeron (@) cnib.ca​

Immediate Past President

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jose Viera
1929 Bayview Ave
Toronto, Ontario
Phone: 416-486-9698
Email: jose.viera (@) wbu.ngo

Africa – African Union of The Blind (AFUB)

Mr. Ishumael Zhou – Regional President
Southern Africa Regional Representative -Zimbabwe
Executive Director, Zimbabwe National League of the Blind (ZNLB)
16489 Brickfield Rd.
Thorngrove, Buluwayo, Zimbabwe
Phone: +263-772-33 2401 / 712 54 2795
E-mail: ishumaelzhou (@) gmail.com

​Mr. Beyan Kota
Liberia Christian Association of the Blind
3rd Street, Saya Town, Sinkor
P.O. Box 10-1198
1000 Monrovia 10, Liberia
Phone: +231 6 510354
E-mail: cabliberia2008 (@) gmail.com ​

Mrs. Eveline Angonwi Nongne
AFUB Vice-President & Chairperson of AFUB Women’s Committee
Association Nationale des Aveugles du Cameroun
Accuel Notre Dame de la Paix
P.P. 190
Dschang, Cameroon
Phone: +237 6561 18424
E-mail: evelineangonwi (@) gmail.com; anacp2008 (@) yahoo.fr

​Mrs. Nina Efedi Okoroafor
Youth Representative for AFUB
Ghana Blind Union
P.O. Box AC496, Barnes Road, Opposite National Museum
Accra, Ghana
Phone: +233 26 470 1424
E-mail: ninaokoroafor (@) gmail.com​

Asia – Asian Blind Union (ABU)

Mr. Santosh Kumar Rungta – Regional President
President, National Federation of the Blind (India)
Plot No. P-21, Sector-6, Press Enclave Road,
Pushp Vihar, New Delhi, India
Phone: +91-11-2956-4198
Fax: +91-11-2356-2546
E-mail: nfbsec.g (@) gmail.com ​​​

Mr. Tengniev Kholmahmad
​National Association of the Blind of Tajikistan​
Karamov Street 205
734027 Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Phone: +992 37 240-41-40, +922 44 600-41-51
E-mail: tbu-tajiknet (@) mail.ru tengniev (@) yandex.ru

Mr. Amer Makarem
Secretary General, ABU
President, Youth Association of the Blind
P.O. Box 113-5487
Beirut, Lebanon
Phone: +961-(1)-36-82-21
Fax: +961-(1)-36-42-59​
E-mail: amer (@) yablb.org
Web: www.yablb.org​​

​Mr. Qari Saad Noor
Treasurer, ABU
President, Pakistan Association of the Blind
PAB House, Haider Shah Town,
Street #3, Delazak Road,
Peshawarcity, Pakistan
Phone: +92-91-2245328
Fax: +92-91-2244881 ​
E-mail: pab_peshawar (@) yahoo.com​

Asia Pacific (WBU-AP)

Mr. Li Qing Zhong (Peter)
Regional President
China Association of the Blind
No.186, Xizhimen Nanxiaojie, Xicheng District,
Beijing 100034, China
Phone: +86 106-658-0043
E-mail: li.qingzhong @ 163.com

Ms. Helen Freris
c/- Blind Citizens Australia​
Phone: +61-409-701-076​
E-mail: hfbcadirector @ gmail.com

Dr. Nantanoot Suwannawut (Apple)
Academic officer
Bureau of Special Education, Ministry of Education
Chandakasem Palace, Ratchadamnoen Rd., Dusit
District, Bangkok, 10300, THAILAND
Phone: +66-2-288-5545
Fax: +66-2-628-5083
E-mail: nantanoot_s (@) hotmail.com
Web: special.obec.go.th​​​​

Mr. Tetsu Takei (Tony)
Japan Federation of the Visually Impaired (JFVI)
18-2 Nishi-Waseda 2-chome, Shinjuku Ku
Tokyo 169-0051, Japan
E-mail: tetsu.takei @ gmail.com
Phone: +81-3-5291-7885
Fax: +81-3-5291-7886

​Europe – European Blind Union (EBU)

Mr. Rodolfo Cattani – Regional President
Unione Italiana Ciechi
Via Borgognona 38
1-00187 Roma, Italy
Phone: +39 06 699 88388/ 669 88375
E-mail: ebupresident (@) euroblind.org; rodolfocattani (@)virgilio.it ​​​​

Mr. Wolfgang Angermann
Rungstr 19
10 179 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 511 577963
E-mail: w.angermann (@) dbsv.org; w.angermann (@) vodafone.de

​Mr. Rodrigo Nuna Godinho Santos
Associaçao dos Cegos e Amblíopes de Portugal (ACAPO)
Av D Carlos 1, 126, 9º
1200-651 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 324 45 00
E-mail: rodrigosantos (@) acapo.pt

​Mr. Thorkild Olesen
Dansk Blindesamfund (DBF)
Blekinge Boulevard 2
DK-2630 Taastrup, Denmark
Phone: +45 38 14 88 44
E-mail: thorkild.olesen (@) gmail.com
Web: www.blind.dk

Latin America – Union Latinoamericana De Ciegos (ULAC)

Mr. Matías Ferreyra – Regional President
Federación Argentina de Instituciones de Ciegos y Ambliopes (FAICA)
Sarmiento 1136, 1° Piso
Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone: +54 11 4381 9016
E-mail: presidencia (@) ulacdigital.org; m.ferreyra87 (@) gmail.com​​​

Mr. Carlos Ferrari
Organización Nacional de Ciegos de Brasil (ONCB)
Calle Orfanato 760, 7mo Andar, Sala 72
Ciudad de Brasilia, Brasil
E-mail: vp1 (@) ulacdigital.org; carlos.ferrari (@) icloud.com

Mr. Dean Lermen
Coordinadora Nacional de Organizaciones de Limitados Visuales (CONALIVI)
Calle 8C # 87B-75 casa 40
Ciudad de Bogotá, Colombia
E-mail: sgeneral (@) ulacdigital.org; deanlg (@) yahoo.com

​Ms. Marissa Martínez
Unión Nacional de Ciegos d Panamá
Vía Esteban Ysern Cervera
Las Cumbres. Panamá
E-mail: srf (@) ulacdigital.org; marissamalena (@) gmail.com​

North America/Caribbean (WBU NA/C)

Mrs. Kim Charlson – Regional President
American Council of the Blind (ACB)
1703 N. Beauregard St., Suite 420
Alexandria VA 22311 USA
Phone: 202-467-5081
E-mail: kim.charlson (@) perkins.org
Web: www.acb.org

Mr. Charles Mossop
CNIB
1929 Bayview Ave
Toronto, ON M5G 3W7, Canada
Phone: 1-250-722-0082
E-mail: charles.mossop (@) cnib.ca
Web: www.cnib.ca

Mr. Kenneth Suratt
Trinidad and Tobago Blind Welfare Association
116-118 Duke Street
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Phone: 1-868-624-4675
E-mail: mr.suratt (@) gmail.com​​​

International Members Representatives

Dr. Frances Gentle
President ICEVI
The Renwick Centre
NextSense
361-365 North Rocks Road,
North Rocks NSW 2151
AUSTRALIA
Phone: +61-02-9872-0808
Fax: +61-02-9873-1614
E-mail: frances.gentle @ nextsense.org.au

Mrs. Gertrude Fefoame
Global Advocacy Advisor, Sightsavers
Grosvenor Hall, Bolnore Road, Haywards Heath
West Sussex RH16 4BX UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: gofefoame (@) sightsavers.org
Web: www.sightsavers.org​

Mrs. Mary Keogh
Director, Disability Inclusive Development Initiative
CMB Global Disability Inclusion
176 Ivy Exchange, Granby Place
Dublin 1, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)1 8730300
E-mail: mary.keogh (@) cbm-global.org
Web: www.cbm-global.org

Mr. Peter Holland
Chief Executive Officer
International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB),
WeWork 1 St Katharine’s Way, International House,
6th Floor London, E1W 1UN, United Kingdom
E-mail: pholland (@) iapb.org
Web: www.iapb.org

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