Dr Zimar Sivardeen


Our President and Chairman, Dr Zimar Sivardeen, is an eyecare specialist who has devoted his adult life to his twin passions – Optometry and Sri Lanka.

Zimar was born in Sri Lanka and studied at St Thomas’ College, Colombo, before moving to the UK to where he studied Optometry at Aston University. Following this, Zimar moved to Kingston-upon-Thames, over 15 years ago, where he completed his PhD in the study of Multifocal Contact Lenses.

Having worked for the leading High Street opticians Specsavers for over two decades now, Zimar has held the position of Clinical & Commercial Director at the New Malden branch for over 12 years and is a valued and highly respected member of the team.

A proud husband and father of three, Zimar is an ambassador for many charities, as well as being an Honorary Clinical Advisor to the Al-Ihsan Trust and the Sri Lankan Eye Donation Society.

As a founding member of the British Sri Lankan Association, Zimar has had a passion for Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom since an early age and he is a fervent advocate of the work of BriSLA and its aims.