Elizabeth Kurian is Director of Global Advocacy at Sightsavers, an international organisation working to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people. Prior to this Ms Kurian has held senior positions in Sightsavers, with ORG-MARG Research Ltd/ The Nielsen Company. With over 22 years experience in the social developmental arena, Ms Kurian has expertise in the areas of governance, strategic leadership, research and policy. She is a member of various boards and advisory panels, has shared her experience at several national and international fora and has awards and research publications to her credit. Ms Kurian was a gold medalist at the Masters programme in Nutrition and has done an executive programme in business management from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.