Orbis board members

Orbis is fortunate to have dedicated board members who are committed to helping us fulfill our mission.


Nick Fox

Chairman, UK

Nick Fox has over thirty years of national and international experience in creative communications, based out of London, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Nick sat on the worldwide board for DDB, an Omnicom agency network based in New York. His experience encompasses all sectors from fast‐ moving consumer goods, finance, publishing, charity and the automotive industry. Nick has managed teams, budgets and international agency networks to increase consumer demand to drive brand value for some of the world’s biggest brands. In 2013, Nick started his own independent agency with four partners, Atomic London, of which he is now chair.

Nick joined the board of Orbis UK in January 2020 and was appointed Chair in March 2022.


Darsh Shah

Darsh Shah is an Audit, Assurance & Advisory partner at Blick Rothenberg. He has over 20 years of experience in professional practice and specialises in auditing and financial reporting to clients ranging from start‐ups to large international groups in the hospitality, care, recruitment and retail sector. Prior to joining Blick Rothenberg, Darsh was a partner
at an independent London practice, having spent a number of years at Deloitte LLP before that.

He is an FCA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants) and has a BSc in Management Sciences from The University of Manchester.

Darsh joined the Orbis UK board in December 2022.

Sir Dominic Asquith

Nominations Committee Chair, UK
After a number of years as a political analyst, teacher, journalist and traveller in the Middle East, Dominic Asquith joined the British diplomatic service in 1983. He served in the Americas, South Asia and returned frequently to the Middle East. He was Ambassador successively in Iraq, Egypt and Libya between 2006 and 2012. After retiring in 2013, he was recalled to government service as High Commissioner in India from 2016 to 2020. He is currently a Partner in Macro Advisory Partners, which provides independent, long‐term strategic counsel to decision‐makers in business and government.

Sir Dominic joined the Orbis UK board in October 2020.

Fiona Hobbs

Fiona trained and qualified as a solicitor with Linklaters and has over 30 years' experience (25 as a partner) of developing major infrastructure and energy projects both in the UK and in emerging markets. She has held a number of senior management and governance roles within the firm and has spend six years as its global head of diversity and inclusion. She is a lay member of the Lord Chancellor's advisory committee.

Fiona joined the Orbis UK board in December 2021.

John Ferris

Programme and Medical Advisory Committee Chair, UK

John has been a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Cheltenham General Hospital since 1999. He has a special interest in cataract surgery, squint surgery and paediatric ophthalmology. John has an international reputation in the fields of simulation and surgical training. He was the Head of the School of Ophthalmology in the Severn deanery for 10 years and succeeded Larry Benjamin as the Royal College of Ophthalmologists surgical skills faculty lead in 2019, a post he held until 2023. John has designed the Simulated Ocular Surgery and Squint Clinic websites and has written four ophthalmology textbooks, as well as numerous scientific publications. He has been an Orbis volunteer since 2018 and is a regular contributor to Cybersight webinars.

John joined the Orbis UK board in July 2023.

Mona Khan

Designated Trustee for Safeguarding, UK

Mona Khan, MD has over 25 years of clinical and surgical experience as an ophthalmologist. Her private practice was located in downtown Chicago and she was on the staff of Mercy Hospital for
over 20 years. At Mercy, she was the principal comprehensive ophthalmologist at the Mercy Family Health Clinic, a federally funded clinic whose mission was to treat the most vulnerable and socioeconomically disadvantaged residents from Chicago’s south side. She retired from clinical ophthalmology to move to London in 2020 with her husband and daughter.

In September of 2021 Mona became a trustee of Advanced Research Clusters Management Ltd (ARC). ARC owns some of Europe’s leading science and innovation clusters. Its portfolio includes Harwell, a leading science and innovation campus based in Oxfordshire.

Mona joined the Orbis UK board in December of 2021.

Nicola Floyd

Nicola worked in investment banking in London, Hong Kong, Bangkok and New York for more than 10 years. She worked as a consultant to Operation Fistula for two years. She is currently CEO of Water Harvest and also sits on the board of the Edenbeg Charitable Trust. She has a degree in economic history from Edinburgh University, is a CFA charter holder, and holds other financial and regularity qualifications.

Nicola joined the Orbis UK board in September 2017.

Patricia Moller

Following an awarded 25-year career with the U.S. Department of State, Patricia ended her active government service to return to the private sector. Through her consultancy, Moller Global Advisory, she has advised governments, international financial institutions and businesses from Fortune 500 juggernauts to Greenfield startups. She chairs the boards of directors of West Africa LNG, Africa Project Advisors, and the Bar Hospital and Agriculture Projects. As well, she sits on a number of other boards of directors.

Patricia joined Orbis UK as a Trustee in November 2017. She has been a member of the board of Orbis International since 2013.

Sheraz Daya MD FACP FACS FRCS(Ed) FRCOphth

Sheraz Daya is an ophthalmic surgeon in practise for more than 30 years. Brought up in Tanzania, he has in the pursuit of education spent time in several countries. He trained in the United States initially under the tutelage of David Paton, the founder of Orbis. He was in practice in New York City, and later was recruited to direct and modernise the Corneoplastic Unit and Eye Bank, Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, UK. He practices at Centre for Sight an organisation he founded which has three branches. Interested in medical innovation and artificial intelligence, he co-founded a start-up company Infinite Medical Ventures in 2020. He serves on a number of industry and society advisory boards and is the next president of AECOS-Europe (American European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery).

Sheraz joined the Orbis UK board in July 2023.

Siân Block

Siân trained as a nurse and has over 30 years’ experience in many areas of healthcare, both nationally and internationally. These include the independent sector, the NHS, the Department
of Health and Social Care, voluntary sector organisations, charities and Resuscitation Councils (UK and European).

Siân joined the Orbis UK board in June 2020.

Sophia Pathai MBBS MSc PhD MRCOphth

Sophia Pathai is an ophthalmologist by training. She worked in the NHS and subsequently as a clinician scientist undertaking research at the International Centre for Eye Health, based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Her passion for global health was ignited during her tenure as a staff ophthalmologist on the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital in 2009. She has been appointed to global medical leadership roles at companies such as Roche, AbbVie, and Johnson & Johnson. She is currently Vice President of Medical Initiatives at Hevolution Foundation. She gained her BSc and medical degree from University College London, and her MSc and PhD were awarded by LSHTM.

Sophia joined the Orbis UK board in December 2021.

Yvette Dunne MA FCA

Audit Committee Chair, UK

Yvette Dunne trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. After 15 years in financial management roles in the banking and recruitment industries, Yvette spent ten years as a CFO in the not‐for‐profit sector.

Yvette joined the Orbis UK board in December 2017.

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