Silver Economy

Convening Global Leaders to Transform Society for the Silver Economy

What is the
Silver Economy?

As science and business innovate to meet the needs of aging populations, the evolving marketplace calls for new strategies for all.

Leading Future
Thought & Action

We bring together leaders from across sectors for critical discussion, groundbreaking informational presentations, and actionable programs and policies to positively impact aging populations around the world and the global economy.

Defining Themes of the Silver Economy


Maintaining the well-being of others is now a cross-generational issue with immense impact on the health ecosystem

financial wellbeing

Longevity demands financial wellness with new approaches to private financial products and publicly financed social security

Health Systems Transformation

Health and social care changes bring sustainability, affordability, and innovation and blend high-tech with high-touch into value-based care


The role of AI, scalable solutions, and remote care is increasing to support healthy aging and cost mitigation

workplace innovations

The demographic changes of the 21st century call for a new social and work-life contract

Connecting Leaders

Through our ongoing series of events convening top-level decision-makers in government, business, research, NGO’s, global institutions, and academia from around the globe, the Silver Economy Forum gives voice to initiatives that will provide solutions to the issues facing aging populations around the world in the decades to come.

Surya Kolluri

Surya Kolluri leads the efforts on Thought Leadership for the Bank of America Retirement and Personal Wealth Solutions Business. In this capacity he oversees research and programs in the areas of Longevity, Retirement and ESG. He manages external relationships including the Stanford Center on Longevity, MIT AgeLab, Wharton Pension Research Council, Boston College Center for Retirement Research and the Gerontological Society of America.

Surya has spoken at a number of public forums including the Tokyo G20 Summit on Aging and Financial Inclusion, White House Conference on Aging Regional Forum in Boston, the National Governors Association summer meeting, the Dementia X forum in Stockholm, the World Health Organization Convening on Healthy Aging in Geneva, the OECD roundtable at Oxford University on the topics of Longevity, Cognitive Decline, Caregiving and Social Impact Investing. He has also engaged with students and researchers on these topics at Harvard, Brown, Yale, Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania.

Surya joined Bank of America in 2006 from Bain & Company. He spent 14 years as a strategy management consultant based out of New York city serving clients in the US and around the world. Surya has an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MS from Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez

Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez currently serves as New York City commissioner to the Department for the Aging. Appointed commissioner by Mayor Bill de Blasio in April 2019, Cortés-Vázquez works to advance the department’s mission to eliminate ageism, ensure the dignity and quality of life of older adults, and support caregivers. Cortés-Vázquez previously worked within the Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs as senior advisor to Mayor de Blasio. 

Prior to serving in the Mayor’s Office, Cortés-Vázquez was senior vice president of Corporate Relations and Government Affairs at EmblemHealth, where she was responsible for EmblemHealth’s relationships with key government, community, and industry stakeholders, better positioning EmblemHealth for new growth opportunities. Cortés-Vázquez was also the executive vice president for Multicultural Markets and Engagement at AARP, where she developed a comprehensive 5-year strategic plan. Before joining AARP, Cortés-Vázquez was New York State's 65th secretary of state, and the first Hispanic appointee to serve in that role.  

Kevin CrainKevin Crain

 Kevin Crain is head of Workplace Solutions Integration for Bank of America. In this role, he is the executive business lead for the delivery of Workplace Solutions through Bank of America's local markets, as well as communicating the bank's thought leadership and insights to the industry and marketplace. Crain has been with Bank of America for 15 years. Prior to that, he gained 35+ years of experience in the workplace and employee benefits with a number of leading institutions. Crain is co-chair of the Age Friendly NYC Commission and serves as a trustee for the Employee Benefit Research Institute. 

Catherine Collinson

Catherine Collinson is CEO and president of nonprofit Transamerica Institute and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. Catherine is a retirement and market trends expert and champion for people who are at risk of not achieving a financially secure retirement. She oversees all research and outreach initiatives, including the Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey. Catherine also serves as executive director of the Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement based in the Netherlands.

With two decades of retirement industry-related experience, Catherine has become a nationally recognized voice on retirement trends. She has testified before Congress on matters related to employer-sponsored retirement plans among small business, which have featured the need to raise awareness of the Saver’s Credit. Catherine is regularly cited by top media outlets on retirement-related topics, speaks at industry conferences, and authors articles in leading industry journals. She co-hosts ClearPath: Your Roadmap to Health and Wealth on WYPR, Baltimore’s NPR news station.

In 2018, Catherine was recognized as an Influencer in Aging by PBS’ Next Avenue. In 2016, she was honored with a Hero Award from the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER). In 2015, Catherine joined the Advisory Board of the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging.

Catherine is employed by Transamerica. Since joining the organization in 1995, she has held a number of positions and has identified and implemented short- and long-term strategic initiatives, including the founding of the nonprofit Transamerica Institute and its Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies.

She volunteers for a number of community organizations and currently serves as a Board Member of the Retirement Housing Foundation and a Trustee for the California Science Center Foundation. She is also an active member of the Scripps College Alumnae Association.

Linda FriedLinda Fried

Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, Dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health since 2008, is a leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatric medicine. Trained in cardiovascular and chronic disease epidemiology, she has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging and creating a health span that matches our increased life expectancy, prevention of frailty, disability and cardiovascular disease, and defining how to transition to a world where greater longevity benefits people of all ages. An internationally renowned scientist, she has led seminal work in defining frailty as a new clinical syndrome and illuminating its causes. She is the co-designer and co-founder of Experience Corps, a community-based senior volunteer program that places older volunteers in public elementary schools to support both the academic success of the children, as a public health program, and the health of the volunteers.

Since 2006, Dr. Fried has served as a member of the international “Aging Society Network,” to create a roadmap to a successful society of longer lives. She has proposed the concept that it is possible to create a Third Demographic Dividend that enables society and individuals of all ages to experience the benefits of our now-longer lives through innovation in design of a life course approach to prevention, rethinking of society’s environments and developing meaningful roles for older adults. She was a member of the Council of the National Institute on Aging, served from 2006-2016 as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Aging and co-chair of WEF’s Council on Human Enhancement (2016-2018), and is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2014, she was named as among the top 1 percent “most influential scientific minds of the past decade” by Thomson-Reuters, and in 2012, by the New York Times, as one of 15 world leaders in science.

Mike BoyerMike Boyer

As COO of International Markets, Mike Boyer leads a team responsible for international franchise development and international business development of Home Instead Senior Care, Inc., which has the largest global presence of any senior care company in the world.

Before joining the organization, Mike held senior positions in sectors ranging from healthcare to international media and philanthropy. He has written extensively on international affairs for numerous publications and has appeared as an expert commentator on media outlets around the world. Mike earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

Ming-hui YANGMing-hui YANG, MD, FRCSEd(Ortho), FHKCOS, MRCS(Edin)

As a national expert in geriatric hip fractures, Dr. Yang is Secretary General of the Fragility Fracture Network – China, working together with top multi-disciplinary experts across the country to advance research and practice new models of care for geriatric othopaedics patients aimed at improving their in-hospital care and longer term quality of life.
Dr. Yang has been a surgeon in the Department of Traumatology and Orthopaedics, Beijing JiShuiTan Hospital, China’s leading hospital in orthopaedics, since 2007, and became Deputy Director of the department in 2014. He obtained his Bachelor, Master and Doctor or Clinical Medicine degrees all from The Medical College of Peking University, Beijing, China, received surgical training and high orthopaedic training in Beijing JiShuiTan Hospital and in Hong Kong, and did his AO fellowship in Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada. His publications have covered a broad spectrum of subjects regarding the management / improvement of intraoperative, in-patient and continuum of care for elderly patients.

Victor J. Dzau, M.D.

Victor J. Dzau, MD is a Chinese-American doctor and academic. He serves as the President of the United States National Academy of Medicine of the United States National Academy of Sciences. He was previously the president and CEO of Duke University Medical Center. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He was the previous Chairman of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Cardiovascular Disease Advisory Committee, and he served on the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH.

Dr. Dzau has made a significant impact on medicine through seminal research in cardiovascular medicine and genetics, his pioneering work in the discipline of vascular medicine, and his leadership in health care innovation. His seminal research laid the foundation for the development of angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, which are used globally for the treatment of high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. He pioneered gene therapy for vascular disease, being the first to introduce DNA decoy molecules to block transcriptions as gene therapy in humans.

Professor DU Peng, Vice President Renmin University

Prof. Du Peng received his post-doctoral degree at the Duke University Population Research Institute, and was a visiting scholar at the Center for Aging Studies at Flinders University, Australia, and Fulbright Fellow at the Davis School of Gerontology and Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at University of Southern California in the U.S. Prof. Du served as Chair of Asia and Oceania Region, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics from 2009 to 2013, Vice President of China Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, member of the Expert Committee of Ministry of Civil Affairs, and President of Beijing Society of Gerontology.

Prof. Du has been teaching at Renmin University of China since July 1992. He was Deputy Director of Department of Population at the School of Sociology and Population Studies, Director of the Research Office, and Director of the Organization Department. He became Vice President of RUC in July 2017.

His main research fields are aging population, policy on aging issues, population and development. He has taught courses on Aging Population, Economics of Aging and Population Generality. He has also published and edited many books, including Study on the Aging Process of Chinese Population, Aging Issues and Policies in EU, Retrospect and Prospect: Studies on Chinese Elderly Care, Chinese Population in the New Century: Analysis on the 5th National Demographic Census, Study on Chinese Rural Disabled People and Social Security, Translation Collection of Contemporary Gerontology, and others.

Professor BA Shusong

Dr. Ba is the Deputy Director-General of the Financial Research Institute of the Development Research Center of the State Council and holds various key positions in the public and private sectors; including Chief Economist of the China Banking Association, Deputy Secretary of the China Institute of Macroeconomics, Member of Advisory Committee of Economic and Trade policy under Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, Advisor to the Examination Board of the China Banking Regulatory Commission, Member of Expert Guidance Committee of the China Banking Regulatory Commission China Banking Industry to implement the new Basel Capital Accord, Member of the M&A Specialists Committee of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, Member of Economic Development Commission of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Penny Wan, Regional VP and General Manager, JAPAC, Amgen

Penny Wan is Amgen’s vice-president and general manager of the Japan and Asia Pacific region. With over 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceuticals industry, she leads Amgen’s expansion efforts in the region. Since joining the company in 2014, she has been instrumental in building Amgen’s commercial presence across the region, ensuring that innovative medicines reach patients, payers, and physicians in these markets.

Prior to Amgen, Wan was general manager of Roche Pharma China, which became one of the fastest-growing multinational corporations in the country. She spearheaded innovative partnership solutions with government, professional and patient groups to improve access and outcomes for patients. Wan also worked in the pharmaceuticals division of Wyeth, where she held various management, marketing and commercial positions in the US, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

During her time in China, Wan served as an executive committee member of RDPAC (R&D-based Pharmaceutical Association Committee), where she led the industry-shaping efforts in biologics and served as vice-president of the Shanghai Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investments. She received the 2013 White Magnolia Memorial Award from the Shanghai municipality in recognition of her contributions to the city.

Päivi Sillanaukee, Ambassador for Health and Wellbeing of Finland, Director-General, Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Päivi Sillanaukee (MD, PhD, eMBA) is the thematic Ambassador for Health and Wellbeing at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland as part of a pilot program of cross-sectoral cooperation on global issues. Dr. Sillanaukee is on leave from her duty as the Director-General of the Department of Safety, Security and Health of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland.

Dr. Sillanaukee served as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry in 2012 - 2019. Between 2008 and 2012, Dr. Sillanaukee was the Director General of the Department for Social and Health Services at the Ministry. Previously, she was the Deputy Mayor and Director of Social and Health Services in the City of Tampere, Finland. Between 1990 and 2004, she held clinical and managerial positions in the Pirkanmaa Hospital District and was a member of the Tampere City Council.

Dr. Sillanaukee is a specialist in public health and management from the University of Helsinki. She has worked on policies to promote public health, social protection and gender equality in the European Union and global levels. She has represented Finland in the WHO Executive Board since May 2018 and served as its first and third Vice Chair from May 2018 to May 2020. She is the co-chair of the Alliance for Health Security Cooperation (AHSC), a member of the Steering Group of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and a member of Health Advisory Board of the UN Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL) Finland

Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson was elected Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU on 24 October 2014 and started his mandate on 1 January 2015.

From 2007 to 2014, he served as Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB). In this post, he spearheaded activities in cybersecurity, climate change and accessibility. He increased the involvement of developing countries and academia in ITU’s standards activities, introduced free downloading of ITU–T Recommendations, and initiated a programme to address developing country concerns over lack of interoperability and conformity to ITU standards. He achieved a threefold increase in the activities of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector without increasing its budget. Between 2003 and 2006, Mr Johnson was International Coordinator at the United Kingdom’s Office of Communications (Ofcom), where he had lead responsibility for the United Kingdom in ITU and in CEPT.

From 1992 to 2003, he was Director of the United Kingdom’s Radiocommunications Agency and European Coordinator for WRC 93, WRC 95 and WRC 97.

Between 1988 and 1992, he worked in the European Commission’s Telecommunication Regulations Division, where he represented the Commission in the Council of the European Union, EU Parliament, CEPT and ITU.

Andy Cachaldora, General Manager Digital Service N. Europe, GE

Mr. Cachaldora’s started his role at GE, in 2019 and is focused on digital healthcare transformation to optimize operation and patient experience. His prior positions include Director of Managed Services South at Philips, focusing on outcomes, patient flow, quality and patient experience and Director of New Business Development, Philips, focusing on home monitoring solutions for telecare and telehealth.

Mr. Cachaldora received his MBA from the University of Brighton.

John Beard

John Beard led the World Health Organization’s work on ageing and life course for 10 years, from 2009. He now works as a change agent with academia, policymakers, and the private sector to make the world a better place in which to live and age.

He has a number of ongoing formal appointments including as Chief Advisor to EIT Health (the European Institute for Innovation and Technology); a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Human Enhancement and Longevity; visiting academic positions at universities in China and Australia; and a number of private sector initiatives related to population aging.

Prior to commencing with WHO, he was Senior Epidemiologist at the New York Academy of Medicine, a clinical professor at the University of Sydney, and manager of Public Health for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Werner Baumann

After studying economics at RWTH Aachen University and the University of Cologne, Werner Baumann began his career at Bayer in 1988. He joined the Board of Management in 2010 as Chief Financial Officer. From October 2014 until his appointment as Chairman of the Board of Management, he served as Chief Strategy and Portfolio Officer.

On May 1, 2016, Werner Baumann became Chairman of the Board of Management (CEO) of Bayer AG.

Jane Barratt

Jane M Barratt, Ph.D. is the Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing (IFA) an international non-government organisation with general consultative status with the United Nations and its agencies including formal relations with the World Health Organisation (WHO). Representing over 75 million older people through the membership of the IFA, Jane has direct responsibility for the corporation’s global operational performance, quality and strategic implementation, and business development.  This includes leadership at the United Nations Economic and Social Council in New York, Geneva and Vienna and the WHO.

Among her many current positions Jane is a Member of Vision Academy, Director, Baycrest Health Sciences and Chair of the Education Advisory Committee, Associate Scientist, Sinai Health System, Member, Global Committee for the DR Barometer Program, and Member of the International Council for Adult Immunisation.

Phyllis Barkman Ferrell

Phyllis Ferrell and her team are responsible for Marketing and Operations worldwide. Previously Phyllis was Vice President of the Global Alzheimer’s disease team, where she and her team were responsible for the late-development and global registration of solanezumab, Amyvid and lanabecestat, including global launches and commercialization.

Phyllis received an MBA in general management and a certificate in public management from Stanford University where she graduated with Arjay Miller Scholar honors and was the Arbuckle Award recipient. Phyllis was recognized with the Rising Star Award from the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and is a member of the World Dementia Council. She is also on the Boards of Directors for the Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Stanford Associate Board of Governors; a founding member of Women Against Alzheimer’s; and a wife and mother of two very active boys (ages 16 and 12).

Ville Alijoki

Ville Alijoki is an executive producer in The Finnish Broadcasting Company Yleisradio. He is in charge of Yle Learning and Web Development for Yle Factual. He has also worked as a producer in the consumer tv-show in Yle and as a producer of the daily current affairs show in the youth radio channel YleX. He has a long background as a news editor in radio and print.

Ville is a big advocate of lifelong learning, and was responsible for Yle’s Online – at any age -campaign. The campaign’s mission was to get rid of the fear of the online and activate individuals and corporations to give support to getting everyone online.

Ville is an aspiring datajournalist and a wanna-be-coder, who hopes one day to actually build something by coding himself. He loves all things tech and gadgets.

Esko Aho

Esko Aho is Chairman of the Board of Cinia Oy and Adven Group and on the Supervisory Board of Sberbank, Russia’s biggest bank. He is a member of Europe, Middle East and Africa Advisory Council at JP Morgan.

Mr. Aho was a Member of the Finnish Parliament from 1983 to 2003 where he chaired the Centre Party from 1990 to 2002 and was elected Prime Minister at the age of 36, making him the youngest PM in Finland’s history. Under his leadership, Finland joined the European Union. After his political career, Mr. Aho served as President of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and then led Corporate Relations and Responsibility at Nokia. Mr. Aho serves as elected member of the Executive Board at the International Chamber of Commerce. He is an invited member of Club de Madrid, an independent organization of former heads of state and government dedicated to strengthening democracy.

Ann Aerts

Kristine Mullen

Kristine Mullen is the North American Market Leader, Population Health Management for Philips, the leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care.

Prior to Philips, Kristine had multiple positions in the healthcare industry accumulating more than 20 years of health care experience across the areas of integration of delivery systems, physician relations, long-term care, and, as a senior vice president in one of the nation’s largest payer organizations, Kristine Mullen partnered with both established and start-up organizations to transform businesses and work to improve the health and happiness of consumers everywhere.

Throughout her career, Kristine has been a passionate advocate of innovative digital health offerings that provide healthcare practitioners, employers and members differentiated solutions focused on improving health and well-being, slowing progression of disease and increasing productivity. She was a pioneer in integrating and connecting into the larger healthcare ecosystem to drive desired health actions, leveraging data and analytics that make it easier for consumers to achieve their best health.

Kristine has held senior level positions in digital, product, marketing, sales, business development, regulatory compliance, innovation, strategy and operations and maintained profit and loss responsibilities for a wellness division serving nearly 30 million consumers and representing over $300M in annualized revenue. Kristine brings a unique and diverse perspective to the discussion on what makes population health, analytics and well-being such a critical part of the current and future landscape of healthcare.

Esko Aho

Esko Aho is Chairman of the Board of Cinia Oy and Adven Group and on the Supervisory Board of Sberbank, Russia’s biggest bank. He is a member of Europe, Middle East and Africa Advisory Council at JP Morgan.

Mr. Aho was a Member of the Finnish Parliament from 1983 to 2003 where he chaired the Centre Party from 1990 to 2002 and was elected Prime Minister at the age of 36, making him the youngest PM in Finland’s history. Under his leadership, Finland joined the European Union. After his political career, Mr. Aho served as President of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and then led Corporate Relations and Responsibility at Nokia. Mr. Aho serves as elected member of the Executive Board at the International Chamber of Commerce. He is an invited member of Club de Madrid, an independent organization of former heads of state and government dedicated to strengthening democracy.

Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD

Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD is Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab ( He teaches in MIT's Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the Sloan School's Advanced Management Program. Coughlin conducts research on the impact of global demographic change and technology trends on consumer behavior and business strategy. He advises a wide variety of global firms in financial services, healthcare, leisure and travel, luxury goods, real estate, retail, technology, and transportation. Coughlin has served on advisory boards for firms such as Bell Canada, British Telecom, Daimler, Fidelity Investments and Sanofi-Aventis. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the White House Advisory Committee on Aging and by Governor Charlie Baker to the Governor’s Council on Aging in Massachusetts where he co-chaired the Innovation & Technology Subcommittee. A Behavioral Sciences Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a Fellow of Switzerland’s World Demographics & Ageing Forum, Coughlin is a Senior Contributor to Forbes and writes regularly for MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal. He was named by Fast Company Magazine as one the ‘100 Most Creative in Business’ and by the Wall Street Journal as inventing the future of retirement. Recently, Coughlin was recognized as one of 15 World Minds by the Zurich-based World Minds, a select community of global leaders in science, arts and business. His new book, The Longevity Economy: Inside the World's Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market (Public Affairs, 2017), is one of CEO READ’s Business Bestsellers.

Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson(@edyson)  is executive founder of Wellville (@WaytoWellville), a 10-year nonprofit project (2015-2024) to nudge society towards long-term and equitable thinking by showing the  social and financial value of investing in health for all.  She is also an active angel investor, focusing on human capital and health  (more than “care”), space travel and a variety of useful innovations in areas such as agtech and logistics. Her health  investments include 23andMe (former board member),  4D Healthware,, Big Health, Bioz, (now owned by Thrive Global), Care.Coach, CareMESH, Clover Health, Devoted Health, Doppel, Eligible, Enso Relief,,,  Hawthorne Effect, HealthCelerate, HealthTap, i2Dx,  MealShare, Medesk, MedicaSafe, mEquilibrium, Mindright, Nanowear, NeuroGeneCES,  Nuna, Omada Health,  PatientsKnowBest, Pocket Naloxone,, Proofpilot, Resilient, Solera (also an advisor), StartupHealth, Supportiv,, Tega Pharmaceutical, Tocagen,,, Valkee, Virgo, X-VAX and Zipongo.

She started her career as a a proofreader, journalist, Wall Street analyst and finally editor/publisher/conference manager (Release 1.0 and PC Forum - 1982-2007).  In 1996, she wrote the best-seller “Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age (Broadway Books).  In addition to a Harvard BA in economics, she earned a certificate of completion from the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (2009) outside Moscow, for her six months of training  as a backup cosmonaut.

Han van Doorn

Han was born 83 years ago in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Han was also a caregiver for his wife with dementia for 5 years, with whom he has been very happily married for 50 years and with whom he had two children who now also have two children. Han's experience as a caregiver was very trying, and he realized that 80% of the long-term care in Europe is provided by informal caregivers and that almost 20% are overloaded in the Netherlands. This experience was one of the reasons for starting his Silver Starters project "Are You Okay Today" and taking the Silver Starter course in the first place. Han has a lot of hobbies and does a lot of sports to stay vital. Before founding his start-up, Han worked at IBM for 31 years in research and development.

Jeffrey L. Schwartz, Senior Consulting Partner, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Jeff is a senior consulting partner and is a recognized global advisor and thought leader in the future of work.  He has been a consulting partner for 25 years and he has extensive experience in workforce and workplace transformation, work redesign, and human capital issues in global and growth markets.  He has lived in and led practices in the US, India, Russia, Belgium, Israel and Kenya.  He currently leads the US Consulting Future of Work research and practice; he is the co-founder and was the US lead partner from 2016-2019 for Deloitte Catalyst in Tel Aviv

(the US-Israel Innovation Tech Terminal), and he has been the global editor and senior researcher for 10 years of Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends report, one of the world’s leading annual reports on the future of the workforce, organizations and HR, which he started in 2011.  He has authored and contributed to more than 40 articles for the Wall Street Journal. The Deloitte Review, the MIT Sloan Management Review, the Rotman Management Review (at the University of Toronto), and Wired Magazine. Jeff is the author of a forthcoming book:  WORK DISRUPTED:  Opportunity, Resilience and Growth in the Accelerated Future of Work, Wiley, forthcoming, January 2021,Author, Book.

Dr. Mitchell Psotka, MD, PhD

Mitchell Psotka, MD, PhD is Director of the Infiltrative Cardiomyopathy Center at the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute in Falls Church, Virginia. He also serves as Associate Director of Heart Failure Site-Based Research. He is a heart failure and transplant cardiologist and clinical trialist who specializes in cardiomyopathies and pharmacologic as well as mechanical circulatory support, including for right ventricular failure and pulmonary hypertension.
He received his medical degree and Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, in Charlottesville, Virginia, and completed his residency and fellowship training in internal medicine, cardiology, advanced heart failure and transplant, pulmonary hypertension, and clinical research at the University of California San Francisco.

Jean-Luc Eiselé, PhD

Jean-Luc Eiselé, PhD, has worked in medical professional association management for 11 years. He earned a MSc in Natural Sciences from Lausanne University, Switzerland. He received a PhD in Microbiology from Basel University, Switzerland. Part of his PhD work was conducted at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany. After completing a post-doc at the Institute Pasteur in Paris, France, he was offered a permanent position. In 1999, Jean-Luc joined the European Respiratory Society (ERS) in Lausanne as Scientific and Educational Activities Manager. In 2001, he was promoted to Deputy Executive Director and in 2007 appointed Executive Director of ERS. Jean-Luc has extensive international experience in the field of association management, public health and advocacy. Previous roles include Director of Les Ligues de la santé, which focuses on primary prevention and health promotion, and Executive Director of the FDI World Dental Federation. In this latter role, he was responsible for developing global and national advocacy activities, and successfully launching and developing World Oral Health Day. Jean Luc Eiselé was appointed World Heart Federation’s Chief Executive Officer, effective from 1 May 2017.

Professor Ian Philp, MD, CBE

For the past 30 years, Professor Ian Philp has been developing, refining and enhancing the EasyCare methodology of person-centred care. In 2017, combining the best of his data, knowledge and insights with an enhanced assessment tool and a digitised platform, Age Care Technologies was created to advance the health, independence and well-being of older people everywhere.

Prof. Ian Philp is the Professor of Global Ageing at the University of Stirling, UK, and an Associate of GE Health Partners and a Consultant to the World Health Organisation.

Ian holds a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Edinburgh and was a practicing physician for 35 years in the UK National Health Service. As Professor of Health Care for Older People at the University of Sheffield, he led teams which won the UK hospital team of the year in the care of older people and the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for research into improving the quality of life of older people.

Ian has ten years’ experience as an Executive Medical Director of hospital and community services and from 2000-8 he was the National Clinical Director for Older People in England.

Mary J. Cronin

Mary J. Cronin, Ph.D. is a Research Professor at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College and President of 4Q Catalyst. LLC (,  4QCatalyst provides strategic consulting, business planning, and executive coaching services for corporate and organizational clients.  Dr. Cronin is currently researching, speaking, and publishing on entrepreneurial engagement and social innovation among older adults, in the context of the future of work.  She serves on the Advisory Board of BeyondWork2020 ( a program exploring the transformation of work in the 21st century, and will chair a panel at the BeyondWork2020 conference in Bonn, Germany on October 21, 2020 hosted by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Dr. Cronin’s latest book, Starting UP Over 50: Building a Resilient and Profitable Small Business presents inspirational stories of the challenges, successes, and lessons learned by entrepreneurs who started their companies over the age of 50, together with advice from experts in business formation, finance, marketing, social media, sales, and human resources.  Staring UP Over 50 will be published in December 2020.

Dr. Cronin has already authored 11 books on digital strategy, innovation, and corporate sustainability including the international best sellers Doing Business on the Internet (1994), Smart Products, Smarter Services (2010), and Managing for Social Impact: Innovations in Responsible Enterprise (2018).  She is a board member of the Encore Boston Network and The Boston Authors Club, and a member of the Executive Committee Founders Over Fifty-Five.

Mike Mansfield

Since 2015, Mike has been responsible for delivering and further developing Aegon's annual Retirement Readiness Survey and other publications. Mike has also been responsible for the establishment of the Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement, a collaboration of experts assembled by Aegon with representation from Europe, the Americas, and Asia. The mission of the Center is to conduct research, educate the public and inform a global dialogue on trends, issues and opportunities surrounding longevity, population aging, and retirement security.

Mike has been with Aegon for 17 years where he has previously worked as Sustainability Officer and Group Internal Auditor. Prior to working for Aegon, Mike worked for PwC and Wells Fargo Bank.

Kuzumi Nishikawa

His former responsibilities included those of director of the Healthcare Industries Division at the Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) from 2017- 2020. Before that position he served as Deputy Director of the Defense Policy Division at the Japan Defense Agency (Ministry of Defense) from 2004 to 2006, and of the Multilateral Trade System Department of METI from 2006 to 2008. From 2008 to 2009, he served as Principal Deputy Director of the Small and Medium Size Enterprises Finance Division of METI, and of the Policy Planning and Coordination Division at the Minister’s Secretariat also at METI from 2009 to 2012. From 2012 to 2013, he was Director for Policy Planning (Growth Strategy) at the Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau of METI, and from 2013 to 2016, the Executive Director of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Singapore as well as Special Advisor to the Minister of METI. From 2016 to 2017, he was Director of Trade Strategy at the Trade Policy Bureau, and of the Global Economic Policy Unit at the Minister’s Secretariat at METI.

Mr. Nishikawa graduated with a BA from the faculty of Law of the University of Tokyo in 1996, an LLM from Northwestern University’s School of Law in 2003, and obtained another LLM in International Study from Georgetown University Law Center in 2004. He was also Attorney at Law in New York State, USA.

Sara Smolley

Sara is the co-founder and COO at Voiceitt, a digital health startup that has developed a unique speech recognition technology to help people with disabilities live more independently. Sara's academic background and her growing career in impactful technologies have been driven by her passion for combining high-ambition entrepreneurship with positive social impact. Having grown up in South Florida, she moved to Israel after spending five years in Asia - at a biotechnology startup in Hong Kong; and in various corporate and startup environments in Seoul, South Korea, where she also completed a Global MBA. Sara holds an Economics degree from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York City, where she co-founded the Columbia Chapter of Net Impact, the international nonprofit which strives to orient business principles toward sustainable social goals. Passionate about socially-responsible business, high-ambition entrepreneurship, innovations in medical tech and accessibility technologies, and women's business leadership anywhere in the world. Sara now leads Voiceitt's business development, grant writing, and strategic partnerships. She lives in between New York and Tel Aviv.


David P. Ryan

Dave leads the global Health & Life Sciences business unit at Intel that focuses on digital transformation from edge-to-cloud in order to make precision,value-based care a reality.His customers are the manufacturers who build life sciences instruments, medical equipment, clinical systems, compute appliances and devices used by research centers, hospitals, clinics, residential care settings and the home. Dave has served on the boards of Consumer Technology Association Health & Fitness Division, HIMSS’ Personal Connected Health Alliance,the Global Coalition on Aging and the Alliance for Connected Care. Dave is an outspoken advocate worldwide on the challenges and opportunities in an aging world–including United Nations, OECD, USA Capitol Hill, Milken, IFA, IAGG events and ministerial meetings across Asia & the EU. His call for a new social contract across ages was published in the AARP International Journal. He founded Intel’s China Health unit and was elected to the American Chamber of Commerce’s China Health Cooperation Program Steering Committee. He also led the build-out of Intel’s worldwide Age Friendly Initiative on aging including engagement across APEC to OECD, WHO and G-20. He previously served as the commercial GM of Intel’s BioChip Operation. Dave holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University, an M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and is a Wharton Fellow. He is a board member and former Chair for a worldwide non-profit dedicated to improving infant care ( He is also President of the Board of Governors of a veteran’s historical preservation organization (

Angeli Möller

Dr. Angeli Möller has two roles at Bayer Pharmaceuticals, she leads the artificial intelligence workstream and heads Global Data Assets. The Global Data Assets team ensure the Bayer pharmaceutical division has both the analytical platform and the data it needs to bring value to patients and health care professionals. Before joining Bayer she worked as a data scientist for translation medicine at ThomsonReuters, and as a researcher at Cancer Research UK and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine. As keen proponent of pre-competitive collaboration she also sits on the executive committee of the Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare (AAIH) and on the investment committee of the Pistoia Alliance. In addition to her role at Bayer, Dr Möller is a board member of RareX, an organization that accelerates research into rare diseases. Follow Angeli Moeller on LinkedIn.

Julia Wilkins

Julia gained degrees in Biochemistry and Oncology from Liverpool University before joining the pharmaceutical industry in 1991. After fulfilling several NHS liaison roles and gaining a Diploma in Business Management and PRINCE2 Practitioner certification, Julia co-founded the health informatics agency Harvey Walsh Ltd in 2003. The company grew steadily working with over 80 organisations from both the private and public sectors, before the company’s sale in 2012 to Open Heath Ltd. In 2017, following 5 years with Open Health, Julia joined Imperial College Health Partners (ICHP) as the head of data and analytics. ICHP works in collaboration with their health partners to generate evidence-based change to improve patient outcomes and system efficiencies. Having specialist expertise in healthcare data sets and the software application for visualisation and machine learning, Julia is focused on the adoption and spread of innovation working with NHS England, NHS Rightcare, NHS Improvement, NHS Trusts nationally and private companies.

Ursula Wynhoven

Ursula is an international lawyer with 24 years’ experience. She joined the ITU in 2017 as its Representative to the UN. The ITU is the UN’s specialized agency for information & communication technologies with the mission to connect the world. Ursula leads UN relations and represents the agency and its Secretary-General at the UN in NY. She heads the ITU’s UN Liaison Office and works at the intersection of technology and development, promoting digital inclusion and the use of ICTs for sustainable development. Previously, Ursula spent 14 years with the UN Global Compact, the UN’s corporate sustainability initiative. Her last position was Chief, Social Sustainability, Governance & Legal and member of the Executive Committee. Ursula led the UNGC's work on human rights & decent work, gender equality, poverty & inequality, peace, anti-corruption & the rule of law. Ursula also led legal affairs and oversaw policy development & implementation of the UNGC’s integrity measures. Ursula began working with the UNGC in 2002 and played an active role in helping to grow the initiative to more than 13,000 signatories in more than 160 countries with a full roster of corporate sustainability workstreams. Ursula's tenure included a 6 month loan as Senior Advisor, Business & Human Rights to the UN’s Human Rights Office. Ursula has LLMs from Columbia Law School, where she was a Human Rights Fellow, and Monash Law School, and Bachelor’s degrees in Law, Economics, and Letters.

Grace Whiting

C. Grace Whiting, J.D., is the President and Chief Executive Officer at the Alliance, where she continues her tenure from previous roles including Chief Operating Officer and the Director of Strategic Partnerships. Ms. Whiting led the launch of the Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 report with AARP and directed the first national study of rare disease caregiving with Global Genes. She has contributed to several national reports on caregiving, including Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 with AARP, Cancer Caregiving in the U.S. with the National Cancer Institute and Cancer Support Community, and Dementia Caregiving in the U.S. with the Alzheimer’s Association. She has spoken on caregiving at national and international conferences, including the 7th International Carers Conference in Adelaide, Australia and at three national summits at the National Institutes of Health. Ms. Whiting has also served as a resource to major media on the topic of caregiving and aging, including C-SPAN, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and Kiplinger’s Retirement Report.

Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen

Mr. Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen took up his duties as Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD in January 2019.  His portfolio includes the strategic direction of OECD policy on Science, Technology and Innovation; Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Migration, Health; and Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs’, Regions & Cities. He also oversees the OECD Centre for Skills and the newly established Well-Being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity Centre (WISE). Jointly with the Secretary-General, Mr Knudsen transformed the OECD Executive Committee in Special Session into the Global Strategy Group to have a strategic forum to discuss issues of global relevance and to engage with key partners. He chaired the Global Strategy Group from 2013 to 2017.

Until the end of 2018, Mr. Knudsen was Permanent Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark. In this capacity, he has served numerous Danish Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Development Cooperation, Trade and European Affairs since 2013. Prior to this, he served as Sherpa and Chief Diplomatic Advisor to two Danish Prime Ministers on Security Policy, EU and Foreign Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Mr. Knudsen was appointed Ambassador in 2006. He served as Ambassador to the OECD and UNESCO in Paris (2008-2009). Prior to this, he was Press Officer and Principal Private Secretary to a number of Danish Ministers for Foreign Affairs.

Besides his diplomatic career, which includes postings in London (2003-2004), Washington (1998-2000)  and Moscow (1997), he briefly served as Group Director for International Policy in Vodafone, London (2013).

He holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen (1994), where he also acted as external lecturer, and he has published various papers and publications on Asia, WTO, trade policy and globalisation.

Judith A. Salerno, MD, MS; President, The New York Academy of Medicine

Judith A. Salerno, MD, MS is the President of The New York Academy of Medicine and is leading its strategic vision to advance health equity.

A physician executive and one of the nation’s pre-eminent leaders in health and health care, Dr. Salerno most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Susan G. Komen ™, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, with over $2.9 billion invested in research, community health and advocacy since 1982. During her tenure from 2013 to 2016, she oversaw global operations, guided the development of a new strategic direction and re-branding for the organization, and directed the launch of an innovative $27 million, 10-city health equity initiative.

She joined Komen from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), now the National Academy of Medicine, where she was the Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer, serving as executive director and chief operating officer. While at IOM, she led its partnership with HBO to create an Emmy-nominated documentary series in 2013 on America’s obesity epidemic, The Weight of the Nation, and co-authored a companion book that examined the crisis and proposed solutions.

Previously, Dr. Salerno served as Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She oversaw the Institute’s research into aging, including research on Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, frailty and function in late life, and the social, behavioral and demographic aspects of aging. In that role, she designed public-private initiatives to address aging stereotypes, novel approaches to support training of new investigators in aging, and programs to communicate health and research advances to the public.

A board-certified physician in internal medicine, Dr. Salerno earned her MD degree from Harvard Medical School in 1985 and a Master of Science degree in Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1976.

Cindy Hounsell

Cindy Hounsell is President and Founder of the Washington D.C. based Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER), an attorney and retirement expert, Ms. Hounsell has been widely quoted in various media and publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes/PBS Next Avenue, Barrons, U.S. News and World Report.   

 Ms. Hounsell serves as Director of the National Resource Center on Women and Retirement – she  provides technical assistance to national organizations and trains leaders and grassroots advocates. In addition, she has testified before Congress and various government agencies, served as a delegate for a number of White House Summits and Aging Conferences and authored many chapters, columns, articles, op-eds, papers and booklets focused on women’s retirement issues.  

Ms. Hounsell was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Plan Sponsor Council of America in 2018 and named an Influencer in Aging by PBS- Next Avenue.  The Influencers in Aging list highlights thought leaders, researchers, experts, executives and everyday people who are redefining what it means to grow older in America.  

Terry Fulmer, President, John A. Hartford Foundation

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the President of The John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City, a foundation dedicated to improving the care of older adults. Established in 1929, the Foundation has a current endowment of more than half a billion dollars. She serves as the chief strategist for the Foundation and was recently recognized for her leadership as one of the top 50 Influencers in Aging by PBS’s Next Avenue, the premier digital publication dedicated to covering issues for older Americans. Dr. Fulmer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. She previously served as Distinguished Professor and Dean of Health Sciences at Northeastern University.

Dr. Fulmer is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading expert in geriatrics and is best known for conceptualization and development of the national NICHE program and research on the topic of elder abuse and neglect, work that has been funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Nursing Research. Her recent effort with the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative in partnership with IHI is a potential game changer for how we think about care for older adults.

She is a Trustee for the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, Springer Publishing Company, the Bassett Healthcare System, and is co-chair of the National Academy of Medicine’s Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence. She previously served as the Chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program, and held board positions at Skidmore College, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Advisory Board for Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Nursing. She is the recipient of prestigious awards, including the 2017 American Society on Aging Rosalie S. Wolf Award for her body of work on elder abuse. In 2016, she received the 2016 Award for Exceptional Service to The New York Academy of Medicine for her distinguished service on the Academy’s Board of Trustees, including as vice-chair and for her active engagement in the policy work of the Academy, especially its Age-friendly NYC initiative. She has been honored with invitations for named lectureships from noted universities.

Chad Brough

Chad Brough has worked in healthcare for more than 27 years.  His leadership experience began in community hospitals and has included work in large health systems and academic medical centers.  Today, Chad is the Vice President of Healthcare Transformation at Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s largest home care company headquartered in Omaha.
Chad graduated from Hanover College with a degree in Business Administration.  In 1999, he completed an MBA at Indiana University.
From 2005-2006, Brough served on the Malcolm Baldrige Board of Examiners.  The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.
Brough is a native of Salem, IN.  Since 2016, Brough has resided in Omaha, NE.  Since moving to Omaha, Brough has served on the Maha Music Festival Board of Directors and founded F3Omaha, a men’s fitness group focused on invigorating community leadership.

Nick Padula

Nick Padula is the Vice President, Health & Human Services for Philips Healthcare. He is responsible for helping government partners and providers to evolve into a completely connected, clinically integrated healthcare organization with patient-centric solutions that help remove boundaries and enable systems, devices and people across the health continuum to share information easily and securely when and where they need it.
Relative to extending care beyond hospital walls and population health management, he recently served as V.P. of Philips Home Monitoring business where he co-created new Artificial Intelligence based, predictive analytics engines enabling health systems to better monitor and care for patients, by combining actionable insights with wearable devices and monitoring.
Mr. Padula is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and completed post-baccalaureate studies at Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Harvard, School of Business, Cambridge, Massachusetts with an emphasis on Leading Change and Organizational Renewal.

Melissa Mitchell

Melissa Gong Mitchell is Executive Director of the Global Coalition on Aging, the leading business voice on aging policy and strategy. She also serves as Managing Director at High Lantern Group, a strategic communications consulting firm. GCOA uniquely brings together global corporations across industry sectors to promote good public policy and market-based solutions centered on healthy and active aging.  In her role, Melissa is responsible for the operations and management of the coalition, internal and external communication strategies, and member and stakeholder outreach and development, including fostering relationships and aligning partners across industry, academia, the NGO community, advocacy organizations, governments and global institutions. Melissa has spoken around the world about the opportunities of the aging mega-trend and the role of business in leveraging aging for economic growth. She has served as a member of the Professions Working Group that advises the Age-friendly New York City Commission and as a member of the Benefit Committee of the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Richard Marshall

Richard Marshall is Business Development Director for CareClever, the makers of Cutii, the companion robot for seniors at risk of being lost to isolation and loneliness. Richard has brought new technologies to market for 21 years. This includes 10 years as CEO of TenasiTech, an advanced manufacturing company working in healthcare, electronics and other applications. Previously Richard was a venture capital investor in health technology, engineering and manufacturing startups, with Uniseed Ventures. Richard previously enjoyed a technical career in software engineering including with Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. Richard has an MBA (Honors) from Oxford University, and Bachelors of Engineering and Applied Science from the Queensland University of Technology.

Danielle Duplin, Cofounder and Global Director, AGENCY, the CIC Global Longevity

Danielle D. Duplin, President, FreeWind Productions, is an award-winning public speaking coach and strategic event curator, and innovation catalyst. Danielle combines her unique background in software engineering, executive leadership, and ideas theater to help clients inform, inspire, and influence their audiences. Previously, Danielle served as co-founder of TEDxBoston, an inaugural producer for HUBweek, and Vice President, Innovation and Technology at Fidelity Investments for 26+ years. Danielle currently serves as an advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank Working Cities Challenge, and a mentor for startups in MassChallenge and the FinTech Sandbox. Danielle’s latest venture is co-founder and Global Launch Director of AGENCY: Worldwide Innovation for Living Longer and Aging Better; premium coworking space at CIC international hubs + high-touch programming + concierge ecosystem connections to amplify the work of age-tech innovators.

Yumiko Murakami

Since Yumiko joined OECD in 2013 as the head of OECD Tokyo Centre, she has been at the forefront of policy discussions between OECD and governments, businesses and academia in Japan and Asia, covering a wide range of economic policy issues.  She has been leading discussions with various stake holders in Japan and Asia, particularly in the areas of Corporate Governance, tax guidelines, gender diversity, education, international trade and innovation. Prior to joining the OECD, Yumiko held a number of leadership positions as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. Yumiko has diverse professional experiences, ranging from banking in New York and London to UN Peace Keep Operations in Cambodia.  Yumiko has an MBA from Harvard University, MA from Stanford University and BA from Sophia University.  She sits on the Japan Advisory Board of Harvard Business School as well as several advisory committees of the Japanese Government. She is the author of a bestseller book, “Turning Demographic Challenges into Economic Opportunities”. (Japanese only) Ranked #1 at Amazon Japan, economics category.

Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson was elected Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU on 24 October 2014 and started his mandate on 1 January 2015.

From 2007 to 2014, he served as Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB). In this post, he spearheaded activities in cybersecurity, climate change and accessibility. He increased the involvement of developing countries and academia in ITU’s standards activities, introduced free downloading of ITU–T Recommendations, and initiated a programme to address developing-country concerns over lack of interoperability and conformity to ITU standards. He achieved a threefold increase in the activities of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector without increasing its budget. Between 2003 and 2006, Mr Johnson was International Coordinator at the United Kingdom’s Office of Communications (Ofcom), where he had lead responsibility for the United Kingdom in ITU and in CEPT.

From 1992 to 2003, he was Director of the United Kingdom’s Radiocommunications Agency and European Coordinator for WRC‑93, WRC‑95 and WRC‑97.

Between 1988 and 1992, he worked in the European Commission’s Telecommunication Regulations Division, where he represented the Commission in the Council of the European Union, EU Parliament, CEPT and ITU.

Born in Trallwng, Wales, United Kingdom, on 19 June 1947, Mr Johnson graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff, with MSc and BSc (1st class honours) degrees. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and an Academician of the International Telecommunication Academy. He is fluent in English and French, and has some knowledge of Spanish.

Dr. Don Wright

Dr. Don Wright has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) since January 2012. In this capacity, he leads coordination and policy development for public health and prevention activities within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

As Director of ODPHP, Dr. Wright provides leadership for the Healthy People Initiative, a framework for public health priorities and actions comprised of a comprehensive set of ten-year national health objectives; oversees the development of evidence-based health policies such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and supports the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition.

Kazimierz Kuberski


  • the Faculty of Law at Warsaw University,
  • postgraduate courses in administration and MBA studies at the University of Kentucky,
  • postgraduate studies in management in public administration at the Koźmiński University in Warsaw.

Professional experience:

From 2002, he was an expert at Adam Smith Research Centre.

From 1993, he worked in the office of the Capital City of Warsaw, in which, from 2003, he became the deputy director of the Social Policy Department and the Plenipotentiary of the President of Warsaw for the “Warsaw without barriers” program.

In 2005-08 he was the Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, in which he was responsible for international relations, social dialogue, migrations and non-governmental organizations.

From 2008, he was a director in the Foreign Affairs Office of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, and in the last three years he worked as a director of the Office for Cooperation with the Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad.

From 2019 – Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy.

Reinier Koppelaar

Reinier Koppelaar is Program Director at the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports of the Program on Ageing in Place (Langer Thuis). The program aims to strengthen conditions for a good quality of life for elderly persons living independently. The program focuses on 3 conditions: integrated healthcare delivery on the community level, supporting informal caregivers, and adequate housing conditions.

The Program is carried out under the Director-General of Long-term Care and has been adopted by 20 national associations representing municipalities, health insurance companies, housing corporations, healthcare providers and professionals, elderly people, informal caregivers, private enterprises, etc.

Before, Mr Koppelaar worked as head of the Strategy and research team at the Directorate for Macro-Economic and Labour Affairs of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports. Before that he was Policy Coordinator for Market Regulation at the same Ministry. From 2010-2014 he served as Counsellor for Health, Welfare and Sports at the Netherlands Embassy in Beijing, P.R. China. Under the Balkenende-IV administration (2007-2010), he served as Political Adviser to the Vice-Prime Minister and minister for Youth and Families, Mr André Rouvoet. He studied International Economics & Economic Geography at Utrecht University.

Kari Kohtamäki

Mr. Kohtamäki leads commercial operations in the field of health technologies at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. This role involves assessing future trends and bridging the gap between scientific research and business needs, as well as creating international partnership networks for VTT. Mr. Kohtamäki has an extensive business background from various management positions in global medical device companies, most recently at GE Healthcare. His international experience also includes an assignment at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, focusing on industrial development in African countries. Mr. Kohtamäki received his master’s degree in medical technology from Tampere University of Technology.

Katarina Ivanković Knežević

In the past, Katarina has served as a State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Pensions of Croatia. Over the past 20 years, her duties have been linked to the promotion of human rights and gender equality, social policy and employment.

She joined the European Commission last year. She is now responsible for the modernisation of social security systems and social policy, supporting social and labour market inclusion. She is also in charge of the monitoring of employment and social policies in 8 Member States, including Finland, and for the effective implementation of ESF and FEAD in these 8 countries.

Krista Kiuru


Kalle Killar


Dr Amy Khor

Dr Amy Khor was appointed Senior Minister of State for Health and Environment & Water Resources on 1 Oct 2015.

Prior to her current appointment, she was Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower from 1 Sep 2013.

Before her promotion to Senior Minister of State, Dr Khor was Minister of State for Health from 21 May 2011 and concurrently appointed the Minister of State for Manpower from 1 Aug 2012.

Previous appointments she held included Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources in May 2006 and subsequently, Minister of State for Environment and Water Resources in November 2010. She was also the Mayor of South West District from Aug 2004 to May 2014.

Dr Khor was first elected as a Member of Parliament in the 2001 General Elections and was re-elected for a fourth term as a Member of Parliament in the 2015 General Elections.

She holds a PhD in Land Management from the University of Reading, UK.

Piia-Noora Kauppi

Piia-Noora Kauppi (born 1975, LL.M), has served as Managing Director of Finance Finland since 2009. She is a member of the Board of Directors & Chairman of the Audit Committee, UPM Kymmene plc, board member of Sulava Oy and Finnish Financial Ombudsman Bureau. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Helsinki Deaconess Institute and HSE Foundation as well as World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Between 1999 and 2008, she was a member of the European Parliament and Head of the Finnish Delegation in the EPP-ED Group from 2004 to 2008. From 2010 to 2011, she served as President of the European Banking Industry Committee EBIC 2010 and between 2014 and 2015 as Chairman of the European Banking Federation Executive Committee 2014-2015.

Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki

Dr Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki serves as the Director General of Strategic Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. She joined the Ministry in 2010 as the Director of the Health Care Group. Previously she was employed as the Senior Medical Adviser of the Finnish Association of Local and Regional Authorities in 2004-2009, Chief of Emergency and Acute Care of the Helsinki University Hospital District in 2000-2004 and as a specialist and Adjunct Professor of Medicine in the University of Turku, Finland.

She is a specialist in internal medicine and cardiology and has published over 100 original papers in cardiovascular medicine. Since 2014 she has been actively involved in the Finnish Government´s “Health Growth Strategy” of personalized medicine and national competence clusters. In 2017 she was elected to chair the Steering Committee of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, a WHO hosted partnership supporting evidence-informed health policy making. She resides in Helsinki and is actively involved in the preparations of the Finnish EU Presidency during the second half of 2019.

Anneli Taina

Member of Parliament 1987–1999
Minister of Housing 1995
Minister of Defence 1995–99
Governor of the Southern Finland Province 2004–09
Director General, Regional State Administrative Agency for Southern Finland, 2009–2016
Chair of the Board, National Seniors’ Union, 2017–

Sinikka Salo

Dr Sinikka Salo, Ph.D. DDS, Specialist in Telemedice and eHealth, Leader of Change, Permanent Secretary`s Cabinet, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health , Finnish Government

Dr. Salo serves as the Leader of Change at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. Her mission is to enhance implementation of the national health growth strategy and health ecosystems as well as international co-operation. Dr. Salo is supporting Finnish EU-presidency 2019 and several events related to that. Dr. Salo was serving as the Leader of Change for the national reform of health and social services during 2016-2019. Previously Dr. Salo has lead international missions in Japan and Kosovo. Dr. Salo has also served as the Deputy Mayor of City of Oulu, Chief Dental Officer at City of Kemi and researcher at the University of Oulu. Dr Salo is a sought-after lecturer both in Finland and abroad, and she has published more than 70 scientific or popular articles.

Tapani Piha

Tapani Piha worked in the European Commission from 2001 and served as Head of Unit for 14 years until August 2018. During this time he was responsible for digital transformation in healthcare, building digital cross-border exchange for e-prescriptions and patient data, setting up the European Reference Networks for rare diseases, implementation of the Directive on patients’ rights in cross-border health care, developing policies on Health Technology Assessment (HTA), health strategy, health information, expert advice for health systems, health law, health research coordination, and worked also Head of Unit for Human Resources.

After completing a medical degree in 1980, he studied epidemiology, interventions on health behaviours, health promotion and cardiovascular disease. He served the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, and coordinated Finland’s EU policies in health in 1995-2001. At the WHO Regional Office for Europe in 1989-94 he was responsible for the Action Plan for a Tobacco-Free Europe.

Jaana Leikas

Dr Leikas is Principal Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. She holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor in Cognitive Science at Jyväskylä University. She is responsible for leading research and customer projects in technology ethics, responsible innovation and foresight. In this context, she is particularly interested in how emerging technologies can best serve the society as well as the quality of life and changing life goals of citizens, especially into advanced age. She has long track record in human-driven design thinking as well as social evolution and acceptance of technology, and has participated extensively in national expert groups for e.g. various ministries. Current research includes study on ethics and acceptability of AI and software robotics (for the Prime Minister’s Office) and research on the changing role of public authority and the potential for steering society (for the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland). Dr. Leikas is a member of the board of the International Society for Gerontechnology.

Dr. Jonathan Cylus

Dr. Jonathan Cylus is the Coordinator of the London Hubs of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, based at both the London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His main research is on health systems, focusing primarily on health financing policy, health economics and health system performance. He has worked on these topics in support of a number of countries, including Finland, as well as with the European Commission, OECD and WHO.

Prior to joining the Observatory, Jon was an economist at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the United States.

Alex Wynaendts

Alex has spent over 30 years in international finance and insurance and was appointed CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board in 2008. Educated in France, he began his career with ABN AMRO bank in 1984, working in the bank’s private banking and investment banking operations in Amsterdam and London. Prior to being appointed as CEO, Alex held a number of different positions at Aegon, beginning in 1997 in Group Business Development. In particular, he expanded Aegon’s presence in new markets in Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. Following his appointment as CEO, Alex led Aegon through the economic crisis, ensuring the company maintained its strong capital position. He has subsequently redefined Aegon’s strategy, making its purpose of helping people take responsibility for their financial future central to the business. Central to this has been the digital transformation of the company, which has enabled it to engage with millions of new and existing customers.

Ninie Yan Wang

In 2004, Ninie founded Pinetree Care Group, focusing on innovation and talent development in the home healthcare services space. She is a Standing Committee Member of the China Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Ninie has published papers on the restorative, integrated care service model and has helped draft senior care industry standards and policy papers in China. Ninie is a member of WHO Clinical Consortium on Healthy Ageing and World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Health and Healthcare. She has a BA Econ. from UIBE, China, MBA from INSEAD, and is a student of Johns Hopkins-Tsinghua University joint DrPH program. Her roles also included WEF Young Global Leader (2013-2018), China Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (since 2016) and the first France-China Young Leaders Program (2013).

George Vradenburg

George is Chairman of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, which he co-founded in October 2010. He was named by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the Advisory Council on Research, Care, and Services established by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act and has testified before Congress about the global Alzheimer’s pandemic. He is a member of the World Dementia Council. He and UsAgainstAlzheimer’s co-convene both the Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD) Coalition and the Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease.

With his wife Trish (1946-2017), George has long been a dedicated member of Washington’s civic and philanthropic community. George served as Chairman of The Phillips Collection for 13 years and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Economic Club of Washington. He has served in senior executive and legal positions at CBS, FOX and AOL/Time Warner. George and Trish published Tikkun Magazine for 10 years.

Jan Vapaavuori

After an extensive career in Finnish national politics, Mr. Jan Vapaavuori became the Mayor of Helsinki in 2017 after winning the election with a record number of support. He represents the National Coalition Party, center-right moderately liberal movement.  As his first task, he set forth a city strategy, laying ground for an ambitious four-year agenda. The strategy champions Helsinki as the “most functional city in the world” with a special focus on sustainable growth, digitalization, global problem solving, creativity and the best possible conditions for happy everyday city life.

Mr. Vapaavuori is Finland’s former Minister of Economic Affairs. As Minister of Housing, he started the Housing First program that resulted in a decrease of long-term homelessness by fifty percent. From 2003 to 2015 Mr. Vapaavuori was a Member of Parliament. During his term as MP, he served as chair of the party’s parliamentary group. He has worked also as Vice President of the European Investment Bank.

Sushant Trivedi

Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Sushant is a Senior Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble, currently leading the Male Blades & Razors segment for Gillette North America. Sushant is also the Co-Founder of Gillette TREO, the World’s First Razor Specifically Designed for Assisting Shaving. In 2018, TREO was named one of Time Magazine’s Innovation of the Year as well as one of the Top 5 Inventions that Can Change the World by the International Business Times. TREO is also the recipient of 7 Cannes Lions Awards. P&G’s core purpose and mission is ‘Touching Lives, Improving Life.’ TREO was born out of understanding the caregiver’s difficulties associated with grooming their loved ones. As P&G serves out its mission, Sushant designed a product to meet the unique needs of this consumer. He believes TREO is the first step towards defining a new category within the CPG industry; to serve caregivers and those being cared for.

Vappu Taipale

Vappu Taipale holds a specialty in child and adolescent psychiatry. She served as Finland’s minister of health and then minister of social affairs. Dr. Taipale has been director general of National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health in Finland (Stakes) and has held chairmanships of academic and technological research bodies nationally and within the European Union. She was a member and chair of the United Nations University Council 1999-2007. After retirement she is involved in the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Policies. She was co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) 2008 – 2012. She is currently Member of the Board of Trustees, HelpAge International 2016 –

Vappu Taipale was a founding member of  International Society for Gerontechnology and its first president. She is Honorary President of ISG. The Taipale Family has 4 children and 7 grandchildren.


Yasuhiro Suzuki

Dr. Suzuki was born in 1959. He graduated from School of Medicine, Keio University (MD) in 1984 and trained as neurologist. He received PhD for public health from Keio University in 1996 and two Master’s degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health (MPH in 1989 & MSc in 1990).

Dr. Suzuki has a professional career at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), Japan for 30 years covering infectious diseases, mental health, environmental health, food safety, international health, ageing & health, and health research policy. He also worked for the World Health Organization as Executive Director for Social Change & Mental Health, later for Health Technology and Pharmaceuticals (covering vaccines, immunization and biologicals) from 1998 to 2002.

He is currently the Chief Medical & Global Health Officer, Vice-Minister for Health in MHLW from July 2017

Timo Strandberg

Timo Strandberg is MD, PhD, Professor of geriatric medicine, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital Specialist in geriatric medicine and in internal medicine. Member of the Executive Committee (2019 – 2023) of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics for the European Region and the Chair of its Clinical Section. Past President, European Geriatric Medicine Society (EuGMS)

Research interests: Geriatrics, cognitive disorders, frailty, cardiovascular diseases and their prevention, quality of life in old age, successful ageing. Over 400 scientific publications listed in PubMed. Investigator in FINGER and SPRINTT studies.

Janine Small

Janine Small is the Regional President of Pfizer Vaccines in the International Developed Markets (IDM). In her role she focuses on ensuring millions more lives are protected by vaccines, and aims to educate people about the value of life course vaccination. Janine brings more than 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Since joining Pfizer in 1988, she has worked in a number of diverse markets, including Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Italy and Japan. She has undertaken a range of roles ranging from medical representative, marketing manager in the UK, country manager in Eastern-European Countries to Regional President of Pfizer Essential Health (PEH) in Asia-Pacific and later Europe.

Janine has also been a Board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in several countries, and sits on the board of Nova Medica and the US-Russia Business Council. Janine earned a BSc in Chemistry from Leeds University in the United Kingdom.

Päivi Sillanaukee

Päivi SILLANAUKEE (MD, PhD, eMBA) is the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland since 2012. Between 2008 and 2012, Dr Sillanaukee was the Director General of the Department for Social and Health Services at the Ministry. Previously, she was the Deputy Mayor and Director of Social and Health Services in the City of Tampere, Finland. Between 1990 and 2004, she held clinical and managerial positions in the Pirkanmaa Hospital District and was a member of the Tampere City Council.

Dr Sillanaukee is a specialist in public health and management from the University of Helsinki. She has worked on policies to promote public health, social protection and gender equality in the European Union and global levels. She has represented Finland in the WHO Executive Board since May 2018 and is currently serving as its first Vice Chair. She is the co-chair of the Alliance for Health Security Cooperation (AHSC) and a member of the Steering Group of the Global Health Security Agenda.

Jane Shaw

Jane Shaw is Principal of Harris Manchester College, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and Professor of the History of Religion at the University of Oxford. Before returning to Oxford in 2018, she was Dean for Religious Life and Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University. She is the author of several books on the history of religion. Harris Manchester College is the only college in the University of Oxford dedicated to mature students (both undergraduate and graduate) and Professor Shaw has a particular interest in the place of higher education across the whole of our lives, especially as we live longer, and as part of a strategy for healthy and active ageing. Her interest in how we approach and plan for later life was inspired by her childhood, growing up in a community (founded in 1249) of 150 people over the age of 65, in Norwich, England.

Martin Seychell

Mr Seychell is a graduate in chemistry and pharmaceutical technology. He occupied the post of Head of Directorate at the Malta Standards Authority between 2001 and 2006. He has been responsible for the implementation of a number of EU directives in the areas of risk assessment, food safety, chemicals and cosmetic products legislation, and has actively participated in negotiations on major technical proposals such as the new chemicals legislation, REACH and in screening processes in the areas of free movement of goods, environment and agriculture during the process leading to Malta’s accession to the EU.

He was appointed Deputy Director General for Health and Consumers at the European Commission in March 2011.  Since 2014, he has been Deputy Director-General for Health in the Health and Food Safety Directorate-General (SANTE), responsible for directorates dealing with public health and health systems and products.

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Lorna Sabbia

Lorna Sabbia is a 25-year veteran with the firm and is currently Head of Retirement & Personal Wealth Solutions at Bank of America.  Lorna is responsible for both the institutional and personal retirement capability set to include 401(k), Equity Health Benefit plans for companies of all sizes as well as college savings, personal retirement planning, retirement income, insurance and estate planning for individuals.

Prior to this role, Lorna served as Head of Managed Solutions where she led the discretionary and non-discretionary fee-based invest platforms, the global mutual fund and the ETF offerings across all channels, and relationship management with third-party investment partners. In addition, she drove the creation and implementation of Merrill Lynch One, the largest and most successful launch of an investment advisory platform in Bank of America’s history.

Previous to this position, Lorna was Head of the Client Solutions Group, leading all Investments & Wealth Management and Wealth Structuring specialists and support desks, the Portfolio Strategies Desk, Annuity and Life Insurance Product management, in addition to the management of investment partner and insurance carrier relationships.

Before joining Client Solutions Group, Lorna was head of Sales and Marketing for Merrill Lynch Trust Company (now part of Bank of America Private Bank), and from 2002 to 2006, she served as National Sales Manager for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.  She began her career at the company as a specialist for nearly eight years in two divisions, New York and New England, across three different disciplines.

Lorna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University.  She is a member of the firm’s management and operating committees, Executive Sponsor of the company’s Diverse Leader Sponsorship Program, Co-Chairs the firm’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council, and serves as Market Sponsor for the Knoxville market.  She is also Chair Emeritus for the Money Management Institute’s Board of Governors.

Lorna is a member of the Women Against Alzheimer’s Leadership Council, the World Dementia Council and the business development committee for More Than Words, a Boston-based job training and youth development program.  She also serves on the Executive Advisory Council of the Pat Summitt Leadership Group.

Dave Ryan

Dave leads the global Health & Life Sciences business unit at Intel that focuses on digital transformation from edge-to-cloud in order to make precision, value-based care a reality.  Dave is on the boards of Consumer Technology Association Health & Fitness Division, HIMSS’ Personal Connected Health Alliance, the Global Coalition on Aging and the Alliance for Connected Care.

Dave is an advocate on the challenges and opportunities in an aging world – including United Nations, OECD, USA Capitol Hill, Milken, IFA, IAGG events and ministerial meetings across Asia & the EU.  His call for a new social contract across ages was published in the AARP International Journal.  He founded Intel’s China Health unit and was elected to the American Chamber of Commerce’s China Health Cooperation Program Steering Committee.  He also spearheaded Intel’s worldwide Age Friendly Initiative on aging.  Dave holds an M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and is a Wharton Fellow.

Aisling Ryan

Aisling Ryan is Managing Partner and Global Consulting Principal at The Corporate Practice at WPP. A seasoned strategist, Aisling founded The Corporate Practice with the belief that impact is accelerated by partnership between corporates, government and NGOs. She consults across multiple sectors and has over 25 years experience in global strategy and communications. Aisling also heads up WPP’s relationship with the United Nations with a focus on the SDGs and climate change.

In 2018, she pioneered The People’s Seat for the United Nations and UNFCCC, providing an unprecedented opportunity for people around the world to have their voices directly heard by world leaders with #TakeYourSeat. The campaign recently won a Gold and Silver Cannes lion, the Grand Prix at WARC Awards, a D&AD Pencil and was honoured at the UN SDG Awards. In 2016, Aisling led the launch of #JoinTheHerd – a global lobby platform created to stop the ivory trade.

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Olli Rehn

Dr Olli Rehn is Governor of the Bank of Finland and member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank as of 12 July 2018. He is also Governor of the International Monetary Fund for Finland.

Before joining the Bank in 2017 Mr Rehn served as Minister of Economic Affairs in Prime Minister Sipilä’s Government in 2015–2016. Mr Rehn was Vice-President of the European Commission in 2011–2014. As a Member of the European Commission, he was responsible for Enlargement in 2004–2010 and for Economic and Monetary Affairs in 2010-2014.

Since Spring 2017 Mr Rehn has also been Vice-Chair of the Governance Committee of the International Football Federation (FIFA). Mr Rehn holds a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in international political economy from the University of Oxford (1996).

Jussi-Pekka Rantanen

Jussi-Pekka Rantanen is Senior News Presenter and Producer at the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle. On top of anchoring flagship news bulletins, he has worked on several other programs like concerts, opera productions, current affairs programs and TV series. Rantanen is also known for his work as a commentator of the Independence Day Reception of the President of Finland – traditionally the most watched broadcast program of the year.

In addition to his work at Yle, Jussi-Pekka Rantanen has regularly hosted and moderated events, seminars and forums in Finland and abroad (EBU, Unesco, EU, NewsXchange, Council of Europe, NHK, Prix Europa).

Rantanen has studied journalism and mass communication as a major at the University of Tampere and graduated (MSc) in 2000. He has also studied film and television at the University of Texas in Austin.

Manoj Pradhan

Manoj Pradhan is Chief Economist at the independent macroeconomic research firm Talking Heads, which he founded in 2016, analyzing global macroeconomic issues and financial markets.

He was previously Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he led the Global economics team. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2005, he served on the faculty of George Washington University and the State University of New York. He has a Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University and a Masters in Finance from the London Business School.

Željko Plazonić

Dr Željko Plazonić is State Secretary of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia. He holds an MD degree with a specialty in internal medicine and subspecialty in cardiology from the University of Rijeka and has completed postgraduate studies in clinical pathophysiology. Prior to assuming his duty at the Ministry of Health, Dr Plazonić was Coordinator of endovascular medicine at the Clinical hospital Rijeka, Head of Department of Invasive and Interventional Cardiology (Clinic for Internal Medicine), Head of Department of Cardiology Laboratory (Internal Clinic Sušak), Head of Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology, and Head of Cardiology Department III. As one of the pioneers of heart surgery innovation in Croatia, Dr Plazonić performed many surgery procedures within his field of expertise, and published numerous scientific and professional papers, articles and summaries in internationally indexed periodicals.

Kirsi Pimiä

Ms Pimiä has been Non-Discrimination Ombudsman in Finland since May 2015. The task of the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman is to promote equality and to prevent discrimination. The competence of the Non-Discrimination Ombudsman covers all the other discrimination except discrimination based on gender. Discrimination is forbidden for example on the grounds of age, ethnic origin, language, health, disability and sexual orientation. The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman is an autonomous and independent authority.

Since 2017 Ms Pimiä has also been Member of Equinet Executive Board (the European Network of Equality Bodies). Ms Pimiä holds a degree in Master of Laws, her previous positions include Director in the Ministry of Justice and Head of Unit in the EU Affairs Department at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Aino-Kaisa Pekonen

Aino-Kaisa Pekonen is Finland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Health. She has served as Member of Parliament since 2011, focusing in particular on questions regarding social and health policy. Pekonen is a trained Practical Nurse for Social and Health Care and she used to work as a housing counsellor and practical nurse before being elected as Member of Parliament. She has served as Vice-Chair of the Left Alliance and chaired the party’s Parliamentary Group. Pekonen has also been active in many civil society tasks, for example as Chair of the Board of the HIV Foundation.

Anne-Sophie Parent

Since 2002 Ms. Parent is Secretary General of AGE Platform Europe (AGE), a network of 110 organisations representing some 40 million seniors across Europe in 27 EU Member States. AGE aims to promote older persons’ rights at EU and UN level and voice the interests of the 200 million inhabitants aged 50+ who live in the EU.

Ms. Parent is a member of the High-Level Group on Pensions and sits in the Euro Retail Payment Board of the European Central Bank. She also chairs the Financial Services Users’ Group set up by the European Commission, and the Advisory Board of the Assisted Ambient Living Joint Programme.

Since 2016 Ms. Parent is also Secretary General of the European Covenant on Demographic Change, a large network bringing together subnational public authorities, non-for-profit and profit actors who wish to join forces to promote age-friendly environments in support to active and healthy ageing in cooperation with WHO.

Anders Olauson

Anders Olauson was involved in the founding of the Agrenska Centre in 1989. He served as director until 2004 and since then has been chairman. He is responsible for establishing The Agrenska Virtual International Academy, a research centre for rare disorders. In 2003 The Eesti Agrenska Foundation was inaugurated, and Anders is serving as Chairman of the Council since then.

Anders is particularly concerned with the impact of rare conditions on children and their families. His work involves contact with both national and regional legislative bodies on the subject of rare disorders. He is also in contact with representatives of hospitals, education and labor unions as well as other key players in the field of rare diseases.

Anders is past member of the board of Eurordis, and was president from 1999 to 2001. He represented it as a member of the board of the European Patients’ Forum (EPF) until 2016. He has been president of EPF since June 2005 until 2016, when he was appointed Honorary President for EPF.

Agrenska was in 2005 appointed member of ECOSOC within United Nations, with “special consultative status”. Agrenska became full member of CoNGO within the UN in 2014, and started with EURORDIS as a partner Committee for Rare Diseases (CfRD) in 2015. Anders is elected Chairman since then for CfRD.

Between 2006 and 2012, Anders was a member of the advisory group for Health Research within DG Research. Since 2013/14 until 2018 Anders was appointed member of the Horizon 2020 Advisory group for Societal Challenge -Configuration ‘Health, demographic change and well-being.

The Swedish Government appointed Anders to serve as a member of the Advisory Council at The National Board of Health and Welfare from 2008 – 2014.

Anders Olauson received HM The King of Sweden’s Medal for his valuable contributions in the field of disability. Anders was presented with the King’s medal 8th size, with the Seraphim Ribbon at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, the 28th of January 2010. He received City of Gothenburg’s medal for outstanding service for the city. Anders was presented the medal in June 4th 2014. In February 2017, Anders received EURORDIS Lifetime Achievement Award, for his vision and goals for the rare disease community and to honour all that Anders has done for the rare disease community.

In March 2018, Anders was elected board member of CoNGO.


Alana Officer

Alana’s academic background spans Podiatric Medicine, Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science) and Public Health.

Prior to joining WHO, Alana held a range of clinical and managerial positions working on health, disability, rehabilitation and development in Africa, Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and the Western Pacific. After 8 years of leading WHO’s work on disability, Alana joined the Ageing and Life course team in 2014 to lead the development of the World Report on Ageing and Health (2015).

She currently oversees the development of the Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030 and coordinates the organizations work on age-friendly environments including the Global Network on Age-friendly Cities and Communities as well as the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism.

Ryoji Noritake

Mr. Ryoji Noritake leads Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI), a Tokyo-based independent and non-profit health policy think tank. He also serves as a pro-bono consultant for Project HOPE. Through HOPE and HGPI, he has led health system strengthening projects in the Asia-Pacific region and engaged in US Navy’s medical humanitarian projects. His focus is a multi-sectoral approach for health issues such as public-private partnerships and civil-military coordination. He was a Working Group Member for the World Health Organization’s “Expert Consultation on Impact Assessment as a tool for Multisectoral Action on Health” in 2012.

Mr. Noritake is a graduate of Keio University’s Faculty of Policy Management and holds a MSc in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, a member of Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Policy Discussion Roundtable for Super Ageing Society.

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Britt Monti

Britt is a Creative Leader at IKEA of Sweden in the Range & Design department, responsible for developing a range called OMTÄNKSAM that is based on the needs of the aging population. IKEA is a global home furnishing company with 427 stores on 52 markets and over 200.000 co-workers, founded 75 years ago by Ingvar Kamprad.

Britt’s assignment is to monitor customer needs from a home furnishing perspective. In this role, she identifies, leads and supports new range initiatives on a global level. Britt has been working at IKEA for over 15 years in various positions. Her background is within marketing and retail.

Ripley Martin

Ripley Martin recognized for his leadership in strategy efforts across the professional healthcare domain, serves as the Business Leader for Aging & Caregiving at Philips. Ripley is currently focused on delivering health services to ease and enrich the aging journey for seniors and their caregivers.

Ripley has held various leadership roles at Philips spanning healthcare informatics and services, patient monitoring and imaging systems. Prior to Philips, Ripley served as Principal in the Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) Healthcare, Industrial Goods and Strategy practices, where his work centered on value creation from disruptive technologies and business models, notably in the medical device sector.

Ripley earned his MBA with high distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and his BA in Economics from Colby College.

David Marsh

David is the General Secretary of the Fragility Fracture Network (FFN) – a global organisation dedicated to better prevention and management of fractures caused by a combination of osteoporosis and falls. Both of these are strongly age-related and fragility fractures are therefore increasing in frequency to an alarming extent, especially in emerging economies. He is a retired professor of orthopaedics, who played a leading role in developing ‘orthogeriatric’ co-management of patients with fragility fractures in the UK, including secondary prevention to reduce the future incidence of hip fractures in particular, which rob older people of their independence. That experience led him to initiate the FFN as its founding president. The FFN, in partnership with sister organisations,  published last year a Call to Action, which spells out what needs to be done globally to meet this huge challenge to healthy ageing.

Marco Marsella

Marco Marsella is Head of the “eHealth, Well-being, and Ageing” Unit in the Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) of the European Commission. From 2016 to June 2018, Marco Marsella was leading the Unit responsible for the Web Accessibility Directive, Safer Internet and Language Technologies. He has worked on policy development, innovation and research implementation in the areas of digital content, technologies for learning, e-inclusion and assistive technologies.

Robert Madelin

From 2004-2016, Robert held a series of senior leadership positions at the European Commission: as Senior Adviser for Innovation, as Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT) and as Director General for Health and Consumer Policy (SANCO). Prior to that, Robert was for 20 years a negotiator in international trade and investment, first for the UK, and then for the EU. Robert served notably in the Cabinet of European Commission Vice-President Leon Brittan. Robert studied at Magdalen College, Oxford and at the French Civil Service College (ENA). Robert’s other current major engagement is as Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations. He is also an Honorary Doctor of the University of Edinburgh, an alumnus Policy Fellow of Cambridge University’s Centre for Science and Policy and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. Robert is the author of ‘Opportunity Now: Europe’s mission to innovate’ (2016).

Niku Määttänen

Niku Määttänen holds a PhD in Economics from University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He is currently research director at the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy (ETLA) and adjunct professor at Aalto University in Helsinki, where he teaches regularly.

Niku’s ambition is to do rigorous research that is relevant for policy making. His research has focused on fiscal policy, housing markets and social security. He has also led many collaborative research projects, including a recent Horizon 2020 project on fiscal coordination in the EU (

Patrick Kamphuis, Ph.D.

Patrick Kamphuis is senior medical director and heads worldwide medical and scientific affairs for the adult medical nutrition portfolio at Nutricia, the specialized nutrition business of Danone, headquartered in Amsterdam. Patrick started his career in research in 2001 at Danone Nutricia Research as a scientist leading various scientific and clinical projects in different disease areas, researching the role and impact of nutrition in managing various paediatric conditions as well as Alzheimer’s Disease.

He recently served as Global R&D Director Adult Therapeutic Areas and Life Sciences, where Patrick was responsible for innovation and (pre)clinical research in the therapeutic areas frailty, oncology, critical care, dysphagia and stroke as well as Alzheimer’s Disease. Patrick has a PhD in Neurosciences and is the author of peer-reviewed publications in the fields of neurosciences, geriatrics, immunology, endocrinology and paediatrics.