Andrew Bell, Executive Director | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

Andrew Bell, Executive Director

Andrew Bell was appointed Executive Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ in March 2012. In his role, Andrew leads the organisation to achieve its vision of a world where no one is needlessly blind, working closely with staff, supporters and the Board of Trustees to ensure its success.

Andrew originally joined The Foundation as International Program Director in 2010, to lead The Foundation’s extensive eye care programs. He has successfully brought to completion several major infrastructure developments including the Pacific Eye Institute and mobile eye clinic for Fiji, the National Eye Centre in Timor-Leste, the eye clinic at Kimbe General Hospital, Papua New Guinea and the world-class Regional Eye Centre in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

"Each time someone regains their sight, I’m reminded about why I’m here in this job. Every sight-restoring surgery is as miraculous as the last –it’s what keeps me committed to eradicating avoidable blindness in the Pacific and Papua New Guinea."

Born and raised in South Africa, Andrew graduated as an ordained church minister in the early 1990s. Realising early on that he wanted to work with the urban and rural poor, he led the Zululand Mission, establishing a school for underprivileged children. He was also heavily involved in the nation’s first democratic elections. When an opportunity arose for further study, Andrew moved to New Zealand with his family in 1996. He subsequently completed a Masters Degree at the University of Otago. Andrew worked as Senior Chaplain at St Kentigern College, and later managed the international development program of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand for seven years.

“It’s a privilege to lead an organisation that has such an outstanding team of staff, donors and supportive governments in New Zealand, Australia and across the Pacific. Because of this generous support, I’m especially excited to see The Foundation expand its horizons over the next 12 months, tackling complex challenges, including the growing prevalence of both diabetes and trachoma.”

Andrew is available to speak on a variety of eye health and international development issues, for conference, school and community groups, and media comment. For any enquiries, please email or phone 0800 227 229.  

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