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Javier Okhuysen

Seasoned entrepreneur with a strong finance background. Passionate about scalable impact, innovation, and infrastructure deal-making.

After years of working in finance in London, Madrid, and NY, Javier decided to apply what he had learned to become an entrepreneur. Combining his passion for impact and entrepreneurial acumen, he made his mission to give all Mexicans the possibility to see well to transform lives.

Mr. Okhuysen co-founded salauno, a vertically integrated medical vision provider, operating a network of tech-enabled eye care clinics. After nine years as CEO he now serves as Chairman.

Javier leads Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) efforts in Mexico to invest in infrastructure and assets in the energy (renewables and midstream), transportation (airports, ports and rail), water, and waste sectors.

He has been honored by CNN/Expansion as Entrepreneur of the Year 2012, Endeavor Entrepreneur 2013, Mexican National Entrepreneur 2014, Forbes 30 business promises of 2014, WEF/Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award 2015, MIT Solve Entrepreneur 2019. salauno’s impact, growth, and operating model were the subject of case studies by HBS, HBR, IPADE/Darden, Duke, and the World Bank.

Javier is an industrial engineer, driven by large scale impact.

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For-profit Social Enterprise
Mexico; Latin America
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Latin America, Mexico


Cataract surgery is the most frequently performed type of surgery globally. Success rates are over 95% and total recovery time can be less than one week, with some patients recovering vision in as quickly as a few hours. But in Mexico, people with cataracts had few options for surgery. In 2011, government hospitals offering free cataract surgeries were unable to accommodate the volume of patients and waiting times could be as high as a year. Patients with other pathologies, such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, had even lower access to care, leaving 70% of glaucoma cases undiagnosed and up to 7% of diabetic patients blind.

salauno was founded to create a cost-efficient, high-quality solution to this growing problem. salauno's mission is to eliminate needless blindness in Mexico by providing affordable and accessible eye care services to patients of all income levels. In the first five years since its founding in 2011, the company has provided eye care to over 230,000 people and grown from one surgical centre in Mexico City into a network of 10 mid-sized diagnostic centres with a staff of over 300, offering a range of services throughout the Mexico City Metropolitan Area and the broader Valley of Mexico. salauno focuses on: operational efficiency; patient-centric care; excellent clinical outcomes; and accessibility.

With estimates that 80% of people with lower incomes in Mexico have a smartphone, in 2016 salauno began a large-scale effort to integrate digital and mobile solutions and pursue an omni-channel strategy. salauno thus aims to be Mexico's leading surgical eye care provider, treating 500,000 patients and performing 25,000 surgeries each year. salauno also sees the potential to replicate its business model and thus expand its impact across borders. The company continues to tap into partners that can help it to innovate, adapt new technologies, and pursue its objective of ending needless blindness in Mexico.


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