UKZN alumnus Mr Marios Damianides is being honoured by the Lighthouse Guild in the United States for his work in helping provide integrated vision and healthcare services to the blind and visionally impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions.
As a result of the Guild’s work, many sufferers are able to lead productive, dignified and fulfilling lives.
Damianides is being recognised by the Guild as the Visionary of the Year at a gala dinner in New York.
Born in Cyprus, he immigrated to South Africa in 1973, and studied at the then University of Natal, later graduating with a degree in Business, Economics and Accounting.
He is now a partner at Ernst & Young LLP in New York.
The Lighthouse Guild Light Years gala dinners salute individuals and organisations whose vision and philanthropic spirit transform lives.
The Guild is a leading not-for-profit vision and healthcare organisation, with a long-standing heritage of addressing the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions. Through the integration of vision and healthcare services and the expansion of access through education and community outreach, the Guild’s innovative and comprehensive approach helps people achieve and maintain the highest possible level of function and independence.
Damianides is a pioneer and published author, whose thesis research and findings on the Access Path Methodology were published in several technical periodicals as well as in technical reference series published by Ernst & Young, including Demystifying IBM’s Alphabet Soup and Access Methodologies. His work on data protection via layered access management routines focused on the most complex systems of the time and was regarded as groundbreaking.
He is married to Anna and they have two children, Eleni and Andreas.