Board Members

Meet the team

Board Members

Claudio Bussandri
Claudio Bussandri
Chairman of World Wide Hearing Foundations (International & Canada)
Board Member of World Wide Hearing Foundation USA
Board Member of World Wide Hearing Member Association

Claudio is the Chairman of World Wide Hearing Foundation International, one of its founding members, and an active member of the Montreal health care and business communities. Though afflicted with severe hearing loss at a young age, its early diagnosis and continued treatment allowed him to continue his education and achieve success in the business world. He graduated with honours from McGill University with a Bachelor of Engineering in 1969, and subsequently obtained an MBA from the same university in 1976. He is the former President and CEO of McKesson Canada, the largest diversified healthcare services company in Canada. Prior to working for McKesson, he was President and CEO of Lantic Sugar Limited. Today, Claudio is a board member of several business associations and serves as Chairman of the Board of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), a premier clinical, educational, and research-based institution.

Andrew de Carpentier
Andrew de Carpentier
Chairman of World Wide Hearing Member Association
Board Member of World Wide Hearing Foundations (International, Canada, USA)

Andrew is the Chairman and one of the founders of World Wide Hearing. For over thirty years, he has been the Executive Director of the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf and Deafblind Children in Salt, Jordan, an organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, education, training and employment of sensory impaired individuals. He has attended conferences and participated in training courses in Europe, North America, the Middle East, East Africa, and Asia in order to raise awareness of hearing loss around the world. Andrew has served as advisor and board member for dozens of international agencies dealing with hearing impairment, sign language, audiology, and special education, including CBM–Germany and CHEF–Pakistan, and is recognized by the World Health Organization as an authority on providing assistance to the sensory impaired. For his services in the field of the development of deaf education he was made a Knight of the Netherlands in 1996.

Christian Garms
Christian Garms
Board Member of World Wide Member Hearing Member Association
Board Member of World Wide Hearing Foundations (International & Canada)

Christian is one of the founding members of World Wide Hearing and currently serves as Treasurer on its Executive Committee. For over twenty years, he has worked for international agencies dedicated to the prevention and treatment of blindness. In 1987, he was named Executive Director of Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM), a development organization that provides medical eye care services, offers education and rehabilitation programs for handicapped people, and works to prevent blindness and deafness. Since 1991, Christian has occupied leading positions at the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), a consortium whose goal is to raise awareness of and finance blindness prevention programs in the developing world. The global campaign “VISION 2020, The Right to Sight” was initiated and developed in 1995 under his leadership, and has since become a joint program of the IAPB and the World Health Organisation (WHO). In recognition of his work for visually-impaired and other handicapped people, Christian was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2006.

Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith
Board Member of World Wide Hearing Member Association

Andrew is a founding member of World Wide Hearing and Secretary of its Executive committee. From 1996 to 2008, Andrew was responsible for the program for Prevention of Deafness and Hearing Impairment at the World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to working at the WHO, he was head of the Hearing Impairment Research Group at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He has also worked for the UK Medical Research Council in the Gambia, and for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Pakistan. Originally trained as a pediatrician in the United Kingdom and Canada, Andrew later developed an interest in international public health issues. He has been principal investigator and has provided technical advice in surveys and intervention studies on hearing impairment in developing countries around the globe. Today, he is an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His principal interest continues to be the epidemiology and prevention of deafness and hearing impairment in underdeveloped parts of the world.

Rudolph Auslander
Rudolph Auslander
Board Member of World Wide Hearing Foundation USA

Rudolph became involved with the deaf and hearing-impaired after the birth of his daughter, who is deaf. He is the President of the Board of Trustees of the Mill Neck Manor School for Deaf Children and has been involved with the Mill Neck School for the Deaf and The Mill Neck Family of Organizations, which includes the Lutheran Friends for the Deaf, for the past 40 years. During his long tenure with the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, he has worked on a number of projects throughout the world helping deaf and hearing-impaired children, including the establishment of schools for deaf children in Brazil, Hong Kong, Kenya, and Jordan. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska and has worked in air transportation and logistics for over 50 years. Rudolph retired in 2007, and is currently the Executive Director of the JFK International Airport Chamber of Commerce in New York.

Geoff Moore

Geoff Moore
Board Member of World Wide Hearing Foundations (International and Canada)

Geoff has built his career over the past 20 years in the global investment management industry, and is a board member of World Wide Hearing.  He holds a B.A. in political science from McGill University and a M.A. in modern international studies from the University of Leeds. Geoff’s involvement in international development began in 1986 when he went to West Africa as a volunteer for Crossroads International, where he continued to volunteer for a decade, eventually becoming a member of its national board of directors. He has held high-ranking positions in asset management at Bank of Ireland and Deutsche Bank where he specialized in institutional sales, while launching and managing Canadian-based divisional operations.  In 2010, he co-founded TBC Capital Inc., a firm with a special focus on impact investments created to direct capital towards investments delivering financial as well as social and/or environmental returns.  He was a delegate to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in 2011. Today, Geoff is Senior Vice President Institutional Sales Leader - Canada at GE Asset Management and continues to volunteer for diverse organizations.

Nadeem Mukhtar
Nadeem Mukhtar
Board Member of World Wide Hearing Association

Nadeem is an Executive Committee member of World Wide Hearing. He obtained his medical degree at King Edward Medical College in Lahore and his M.Sc. in audiological medicine at the University of Manchester. In Pakistan, he has been responsible for establishing numerous state-of-the-art audiology facilities, including the first temporal bone lab in the country for the training of ENT surgeons and the cochlear implant program, which is now used in cities throughout Pakistan. He successfully introduced neonatal hearing screening in private hospitals, and is actively pursuing a campaign to have it instituted in government hospitals. In addition to performing clinical work, research, and teaching, Nadeem has undertaken consultancies and missions in several South East Asian countries in order to spread knowledge of audiological techniques. Today, he is the Director and Chief Consultant Audiological Physician at the Audiology Centre in Lahore.

Loretta Murray
Loretta Murray
Chairman of World Wide Hearing Foundation USA

Loretta is the Director of Mill Neck Services, where she has exercised responsibility over the management of non-profit organizations serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults throughout the New York Metropolitan Region for the past nineteen years. A late-deafened adult since 1990, Loretta has lectured extensively about the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability-related issues. She has been involved in litigation relevant to disability rights and is a former adjunct professor at Long Island University’s Management Program. She is also the former Executive Director of the Harlem Independent Living Center in New York, and currently serves on its board.

Ramachandra Parar
Ramachandra Parararajasegaram
Board Member of World Wide Hearing Member Association

After obtaining his medical degree in Ceylon, Ramachandra completed his post-graduate training in the United Kingdom and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. In 1982, he was appointed the WHO’s first Regional Adviser for Prevention of Blindness in South East Asia. Since then, he has become an international leader in the prevention of blindness. He was a founding member, and later, President of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) from 1994 to 1999. He has also undertaken numerous missions to African and South East Asian countries to introduce and teach community ophthalmology. Ramachandra continues to serve as board member for leading non-governmental organizations and has received several awards including the International Prevention of Blindness award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Distinguished Service Award of the IAPB.