Faanya Rose

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Faanya Rose was born in South Africa and emigrated to London from Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) in 1980. She ... was Group Treasurer of BAA plc for ten years and a member of the Heathrow Express Project Board – the 100mph electrified train service operating between Heathrow Airport and central London which commenced service in June 1998. During that time she was Financial Advisor to the London Ambulance Service for three years.

"She joined the Council of The Iris Fund in 1999, became Vice-Chairman in 2002 and Chairman in 2004 when the name was changed to The British Eye Research Foundation. The charity merged with Fight for Sight in 2005 and she became a Trustee of the new charity.

"In 1998 with Thor Heyerdahl as her sponsor, she was elected to the Board of the Explorers Club in New York. In 2000, Faanya Rose was voted the 34th President of The Explorers Club. She was the first woman and first Briton in the Club’s 96 year history to hold that position. Faanya was the recipient of the 2002 medallion of Honour from the New York Council of SARA (Society of American Registered Architects, USA) for excellence and outstanding service to the Community.

"She is currently on the grant award committee of The Charles Lindbergh Foundation and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Faanya has held numerous voluntary positions. Those include being a member of the Duke of Edinburgh 50th Anniversary Committee, Treasurer for the Standing Conference for Schools’ Science and Technology (SCSST), Founding Trustee on the Jewish Association of Business Ethics (JABE) and is a Sponsor at Garsington Opera and a member of the Lotos Club in New York.

"Faanya Rose became President of Fight for Sight in May 2009. " [1]

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  1. President, Fight for Sight, accessed December 8, 2010.