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H. E. Osamu Yamanaka

Ambassador of Japan to the United Nations

Bio and photo forthcoming

Ivo Vojtek

Head of Vaccines Medical and Development, GSK Japan

Ivo Vojtek, Head of Vaccines Medical and Development, GSK Japan is a microbiologist by education and a public health expert by heart. After completing his PhD in the lab of Nobel Prize laureate Emmanuelle Charpentier, he has been driven to finding new ways to improve patients’ lives through innovative medicines and vaccines. Japanese by marriage, Ivo is currently based in Tokyo where he is in charge of developing medical and clinical strategies to bring new vaccines to all members ofJapanese communities.

Bernice Teo

First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations

Bernice Teo is First Secretary (Social and Humanitarian Issues) of the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations. Prior to joining the Permanent Mission, she was Senior Assistant Director (Policy and Sector Funding) at the Early Childhood Development Agency in Singapore. She has also served in the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s Children in Care service as well as the Ministry of Education in Singapore.

Laura Tamblyn Watts

Founder and CEO, CanAge

Laura Tamblyn Watts is the CEO of CanAge, Canada’s National Seniors’Advocacy Organization. She is an advocate, author, academic, lawyer, and media commentator.

She has previously served as National Director of the Canadian Centre for ElderLaw and Chief Public Policy Officer at CARP. She is an Assistant Professor(status) at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Laura is the recipient of a number of awards for her work, including aCommunity Leadership in Justice Fellowship by the Law Foundation of Ontario. She is affiliated faculty at a number of global universities and was called to the BC Bar in 1999.

Laura is a Board Director of the Canadian Investment RegulatoryOrganization (CIRO) and previously of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). She also sits on the Board of Directors of Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, PACE Independent Living and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO). She serves on a number of consumer-focused committees including as Chair of the Consumer Advisory Panel of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA), a member of the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) Consumer Advisory Panel.

She was part of the Canadian Standards Association’s team who developed new National Standards for Long Term Care and is now working with theCSA on developing National Standards for Home and Community Care.

Her warm and humorous new book: Let’s Talk About Aging Parents is out in April 2024 (The Experiment distributed by W.W. Norton).

Andrew Sigley

Permanent Mission of the UK to the UN

Bio and photo forthcoming

René Ruidíaz

Deputy Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations

Minister Counsellor Ruidíaz is a career diplomat from Chile who took over as Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Chile to United Nations in February 2019. He is a lawyer by training (Graduated of Juridical and Social Sciences, Universidad de Chile,Law School, 1987), graduated from the Diplomatic Academy “Andrés Bello” in Chile (1990), diplome of the Cycle Long from the Institut International d’Administration Publique, (Paris, 1992) and Master in International Relations (2009, Universidad de Santiago de Chile).

His diplomatic career includes posts in India, Finland, Poland, Brazil, Peru * and New York *, having dealt with human rights and indigenous issues, democracy, civil society and the rule of law in bilateral as well as multilateral Missions. (*2 periods).

At headquarters (MFA), he has worked extensively on human rights, indigenous issues, ASEAN and negotiations with the EU regarding the modernization of the bilateral Association Agreement.

He has been Deputy PermanentRepresentative at the Permanent Mission of Chile to United Nations, New York since February 2019.

Masumi Ono

Chief, Social Inclusion and Participation Branch, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), United Nations

As Chief of the Social Inclusion and Participation Branch (SIPB) in the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs, Masumi leads a dedicated team of specialists on issues related to older persons, youth, persons with disabilities, and family. Her 25 years of UN experience include supporting the development of Sustainable Development Goals from the Secretary-General’s office, mobilizing high-level advocacy work on education finance, preparing reports for the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly on cross-sectoral themes such as gender, poverty eradication and UN system coherence, and managing trade facilitation programs in the Asia Pacific region. Before joining the UN through the National Competitive Exam (YPP), she worked in Finance having obtained an MBA and BA (Economics) both from Cornell University (USA).

Werner Obermeyer

Director, WHO Office at the United Nations

Bio and photo forthcoming

Mary Chi Michael

Vice President, Patient Advocacy and Stakeholder Management, Otsuka

Over the course of her career, Mary Chi Michael has taken a creative approach to work that embraces a simple but powerful idea: we must listen to, understand, and truly engage the communities we serve. As the VP of Patient Advocacy and Stakeholder Management at Otsuka, she leads a team that engages communities in mental health, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, and digital medicine. In her work, Mary engages with people with lived experience, care partners, key opinion leaders, healthcare providers, advocates, technologists, and more. Her fundamental priority is to connect, collaborate, and create with the communities being served in order to drive new collaboration, spark innovation, and generate new solutions for people who need them.

Mary’s vision is to change how healthcare companies and the pharmaceutical industry both understand and meet the needs of the people they serve. Her dedication has been recognized across the industry, receiving MM+M’s Pinnacle Award and being named an MM+M Woman of Distinction. Mary was also the recipient of the 2022 Pioneer Award from Dementia Action Alliance.  

Prior to joining Otsuka, Mary served as Executive Director at Pfizer, Inc. where she developed and executed Global Opinion Leader business strategies and plans which resulted in expanded accountability and visibility for leadership. During the first 13 years of her career, Mary held various roles in sales and marketing at Bristol-Myers Squibb, where she led innovative Advocacy and Opinion Leader related engagements.

Emily Allen

Director of Thought Leadership and Advocacy, Home Instead, an Honor Company

Emily Allen is an influential leader serving as the Director of Thought Leadership and Advocacy at Home Instead, anHonor Company, where she plays a role in advancing the company’s mission toexpand global care capacity.  HomeInstead, the world's leading provider of relationship-based home care services, has nearly 1,200 locations worldwide, and delivers more than 100 million hoursof care to older adults annually.

As a member of the Leadership Team, Emily is committed to ensuring a high-quality care experience, transforming healthcare delivery, and shaping aging and home care policy on a state, federal and global scale. She is key in the Home Instead diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, which contribute to the enhancement of the organization's work culture. Her impact reaches beyond Home Instead, as she leads and participates in forums on aging and caregiving with the GlobalCoalition on Aging.  Additionally, she serves on the International Franchise Association’s Diversity Advisory Board, providing valuable insights and guidance.

Prior to her current role, Emily served as an attorney at a national law firm, with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Teaching and a J.D. from Creighton University School of Law. Outside of her role, she serves on various non-profit committees and guilds.

David Humphreys

Global Practice Lead, Health Policy, Economist Impact

David Humphreys is the Global Practice Lead for Health Policy at Economist Impact. This practice area offers high quality clinical and health policy analyses that inform micro level health decision making and produce macro level perspective. Through a multidisciplinary group of experts, he and his team support clients across the health ecosystem on such issues as evidence reviews of health interventions, value based healthcare approaches and impact of new policy initiatives.

David has held multiple roles at the EIU, first as the AmericasDirector of Custom Research managing a business that delivered projects on public policy and market strategy, and then as the Head of EIU Healthcare in the US. Prior to the EIU, he was a senior director at Frost & Sullivan, where he led strategic intelligence projects in industries such as Technology and Healthcare, and spearheaded the firm’s expansion in Latin America. He also served as a senior adviser at Management Partners, a consulting firm for US municipal governments, and a junior economist at FIEL, an economic think-tank in Argentina.

Ron Robinson

CEO, Beauty Stat

Ron is a veteran cosmetic chemist with over 20 years experience in creating innovative, big-selling beauty products for leading beauty brands (Clinique, Estee Lauder, La Mer, Revlon, Avon, and Lancome).  Ron recently started his own beauty brand, BeautyStat. His brand, already an award-winner, is fast-growing with a star vitamin C serum (Universal C Skin Refiner) that has been named one of the best by Oprah Magazine, Allure, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.  Ron is thrilled that his brand is distributed nationwide in all doors of ULTA Beauty.

Todd Haim

Director, Office of Strategic Extramural Programs, National Institute on Aging

Dr. Todd Haim serves as the Director of the Office of Strategic Extramural Programs at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), which coordinates NIA training, career development and small business funding programs.  Todd leads the development of initiatives to foster and accelerate commercialization of innovative products that address aging and Alzheimer’s Disease as well as efforts to support career development of aging researchers. Under Todd’s leadership, NIA’s seed funding programs have grown to provide ~$150M per year in non-dilutive funding in aging research and dozens of awardees have raised significant follow-on investment, obtained key regulatory approvals, and/or reached commercialization. He oversees several efforts to elevate the impact ofNIA’s small business seed funding programs (namely SBIR and STTR) and career development programs.  His previous position was Program Director at theNational Cancer Institute’s SBIR Development Center. Todd graduated from AlbertEinstein College of Medicine in January 2007 with a PhD in biomedical research and obtained a certificate in technology commercialization from John Hopkins’Carey Business School in 2011.

Peter R. Fisher

Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

Peter R. Fisher is a Managing Director at BlackRock, in the Strategy Function, leading the firm's global retirement initiative. Peter re-joined the firm in January 2022 having spent the previous eight years teaching at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. From 2004 to 2013, Peter held a variety of roles at BlackRock, including Chairman of Asia and Head of the Fixed Income Portfolio ManagementGroup.

From 2001 to 2003 Peter served as the Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for Domestic Finance. From 1985 to 2001 he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, concluding his service as an executive vice president and Manager of the Federal Reserve System Open Market Account.  He has previously served as a non-executive director of the Financial Services Authority of the United Kingdom, as a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Agence France Tresor of the French Treasury, as a member of the Board of Directors of AIG, as a member of the Board of Directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Jon Lensing

Co-Founder and CEO, OpenLoop

Bio and photo forthcoming.

Lawrence Kosick

Co-Founder and President, GetSetUp

Bio and photo forthcoming

Daniel E. Aks

President, Undertone

Daniel Aks is the President of Undertone by Perion, leveraging his broad operating experience in C-level roles for the information, education, and consumer media industries. For the two years before joining Undertone, Daniel was the CEO of Antenna International, where he led their successful turnaround by introducing new products, lowering costs, & building an innovative culture. He also served as COO of the Educational Records Bureau for the prior three years, introduced new assessment products, and reduced costs.

Previously, Daniel served as COO/CoS of McGraw-Hill Education, where he led its reorganization and developed formative testing and data-driven instruction products. He also served as COO for PRIMEDIA Consumer Magazines and as President of its Internet Business, where he launched & led the pioneering digital business. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics/Business Administration from Rutgers University.

Michael Tamblyn

CEO, Rakuten Kobo

Michael Tamblyn, President and Chief Executive Officer at Rakuten Kobo, combines a passion for books and reading with a deep focus on hardware and software experiences that can make reading lives better. In addition to leading Rakuten Kobo, the global digital bookseller, he is a Senior Executive Officer of Rakuten, the Japanese ecommerce giant. In his spare time, he advises start-ups focused on aging and technology as volunteer Chief Entrepreneur of Age-Well NCE, and is on the board of directors of the Law Commission of Ontario, Ontario’s law reform body. Michael has been a part of Rakuten Kobo’s executive team since its founding in 2009. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Kelsey Knoedler Perri

Director of Public Relations, Road Scholar

Kelsey Knoedler Perri is the Public Relations Director at Road Scholar, the nonprofit world leader in educational travel for older adults. She has worked in travel and tourism throughout her career and has been with Road Scholar since 2016. There she has developed her skills in and knowledge of communicating with and marketing to adults over 50 who #AgeAdventurously. She has special expertise in digital communications, social media, and public relations. She holds an MFA in creative writing and lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Rachel E. Cooke

VP, Impact, 1Community

Rachel E. Cooke works at 1Community, an entertainment production and co-finance company using the power of storytelling to drive real-world impact. As the Vice President of Impact, Rachel combines diverse and unconventional tactics through culture and media to achieve social change.

Over the course of her career, Rachel has led several out-of-the-box storytelling strategies for global brands and leading nonprofits. She has played a key role in product launches for McDonald’s USA at a top PR agency; developed successful digital media projects like KIKI’S WITH LOUIS, AMAZE and produced theatrical production of OUT OF SILENCE to reach Millennials and GenZ interested in reproductive and sexual health with Advocates for Youth; and reinvigorated the impact narrative of Khan Academy, an edtech company in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining 1Community, Rachel led executive communications for the Sandberg, Goldberg, Bernthal Family Foundation, better known as LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org which focused on equity for women in the workplace and building resilience through grief.

A native Washingtonian, Rachel is a graduate of The George Washington University and serves on the board of Black Women for Wellness Los Angeles and Advocates for Youth.

Richard Rosen

Principal, Perkins Eastman

Richard Rosen is a principal in the Senior Living Studio at Perkins Eastman. He is responsible for the design and planning of all levels of senior housing, fromIndependent Living Communities through Long Term Care Environments. He has written a variety of articles and has presented at numerous conferences on a range of issues effecting the lives and care of Seniors. Though he specializes in the design of Senior Living communities, he has more than 40 years of experience in a variety of institutional building types, including courthouses, hospitals, laboratory buildings, and multi-family housing.

Prior to joining Perkins Eastman, he was a senior design manager for Marriott SeniorLiving Services, responsible for the design of senior living communities in NewEngland and New York. In addition, Richard served as the Chairman for NAHB’sBest of Senior Housing Awards for 2005-2006, Co-chaired NYAIA Design for Aging, and was on the Advisory Group for the National AIA Design for Aging.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature at the University of Rochester and Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Brian P. Kennedy

President, Brian P. Kennedy Arts Consulting

Brian P. Kennedy, M.A., Ph.D., is President of Brian P. Kennedy Arts Consulting LLC, based in Salem, Massachusetts.  As an arts and community leader, he was director of the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire), the Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, Ohio), and the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, Massachusetts), and assistant director of the National Gallery of Ireland (Dublin).  He has published and edited many books, and contributed to journals, as well as conferences worldwide. He is a recognized thought-leader in visual literacy, and in creative aging.

Dominika Murphy

Director, Patient Engagement, Novartis

Dominika Murphy is a patient engagement leader, and community champion with 20 years of experience ensuring patients, and their diverse needs are at the center of healthcare, drug development and business decisions. At Novartis, Dominika leads the Patient Engagement efforts to systematically and consistently engage patients and communities across cardiovascular, and rare renal diseases. Dominika is a health literacy and behavior change expert. She has her Master’s Degree in Public Health, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Terris King

Pastor, Liberty Grace, and former Senior Executive Director of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Terris King is committed to transforming healthcare by creating scalable innovative models that seek to lower cost and improve the health of vulnerable American populations. Most recently, he launched the Lukan Group, which serves as an interface between healthcare and the church. The Lukan Group has sponsored both statewide and county focused vaccine and health improvement efforts, and has partnered with Microsoft, Center forGlobal Health Innovation, Kaiser-Permanente, and Harvard University. Terris also launched the King Enterprise Group: an entity that concentrates on consulting at the intersection of HIT, population health, capacity building and infrastructure support. Terris established a successful Baltimore City Interfaith Immunization process during the COVID-19 pandemic, partnered withJohns Hopkins International Vaccine Center and the city’s health department to increase the influenza vaccine rate by 13%, and resolved the city’s access and equityCOVID vaccine challenges.

He previously served the federal government in several roles, including Deputy Director of the Office ofClinical Standards and Quality (OCSQ) at the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services (CMS). At CMS, he established the Office of Minority Health and served as its first Director. While serving at CMS he designed an initiative called Everyone with DiabeticCounts, which remains the nations largest health disparities reduction program.

Murray Aitken

As head of the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, Murray Aitken provides policy setters and decision-makers in the global health sector with evidence, analysis, and insights that contribute to the advancement of HumanData Science to improve human health outcomes. 

Aitken is tasked with creating and managing a research agenda that leaders in global governments, payers, providers, academia, and the life sciences industry use to accelerate the understanding of global trends in disease patterns, data science, and technology. This research is used to foster innovation critical to evidence-based decision-making and the advancement of human health. A renowned healthcare expert, Aitken addresses the challenges facing the global healthcare industry and prospects for improving patient outcomes, managing costs and maximizing access through the application of HumanData Science—an emerging discipline that combines insights from  human science (disease biology, prevention, and treatment), data science (AI, Machine Learning, and predictive analytics),and human health (social, environmental, and behavioral).

 He holds an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard University and a Master of Commerce from the University of Auckland in NewZealand.  

 A frequent speaker on the international healthcare industry circuit, Aitken’s perspectives are widely covered in the business/financial press, including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Fortune,Time, The Associated Press, Bloomberg Business, Reuters, CNBC as well as in local market publications across Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Hon. Yuji Kuroiwa (video message)

Governor, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Governor Yuji Kuroiwa was inaugurated as Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture in 2011 after previously working as a journalist and professor. He has won re-election 3 times. Now in his fourth term, he has made Kanagawa Prefecture a model for healthy aging policy in Japan and around the globe through his Health Care New Frontier policy package. He has strongly promoted the pursuit of cutting-edge medicine, improvement ofME-BYO, and practical use of life-assist robotics for nursing care and medical care. Kanagawa has been selected as the only prefecture among the 47prefectures in Japan for both the “SDGs Future City” and “Local Government SDGsModel Project” initiatives. Governor Kuroiwa is the only local Government executive to be named Healthcare Policy Advisor (2013) and member of the Robot Revolution Realization Council (2014) by the Japanese Cabinet Secretariat. Governor Kuroiwa is a graduate of Waseda University.

Mark Williams

Associate Director, FasterCures, Milken Institute

Mark Williams is an associate director at FasterCures, of the Milken Institute. He manages a number of projects aimed at creating a high-functioning biomedical system, including countering antimicrobial resistance, engaging patients within health systems, and fostering innovation and collaboration in medical research.He also has experience in the development of national policies and guidance focusing on health security, emergency management, and public safety. Before joining FasterCures, Williams worked for the National Health Service on policy initiatives tackling crime and security threats in healthcare facilities across the United Kingdom. Williams is also a volunteer first responder in the State of Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the University of Lincoln; a Master of Science in international security and global governance from Birkbeck, University of London; and a Graduate Certificate in global health from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Henry Skinner

CEO, AMR Action Fund

Henry Skinner, PhD, MJur, is the CEOof the AMR Action Fund. He is an experienced executive who is deeply versed inthe economic and scientific challenges of antimicrobial drug development. Priorto joining the Fund, he held leadership positions across the pharmaceutical andventure capital sectors, including serving as Senior Vice President, Venture atTekla Capital Management and as Deputy Head and Managing Director of theNovartis Venture Fund. Henry was a postdoctoral fellow at Baylor College ofMedicine in the department of Human and Molecular Genetics. He holds a PhD inMicrobiology and an MS in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois; an MJurin Health Law, Policy, and Management from Texas A&M; and an MS and a BS inBiology/Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

Shruti Singh

Senior Economist, Ageing and Employment Policies, OECD

Shruti Singh is a Senior Economist in the Skills and Employment Division of the OECD.  She currently leads the work on Ageing and Employment policies. She joined the OECD in 2007, and has since then, led and co-authored several landmark reports in the area of active ageing, career mobility and retention of older workers, promotion of age-inclusive workplaces, age diversity, disability, mental health and work policies. Shruti also co-leads the award-winning initiative Living, Learning and Earning Longer to support global companies reshaping employer practices and policies to nurture a multigenerational workforce. She has had articles, reviews and interviews published in a variety of publications including Journal of the Economic of Ageing, Le Monde and Financial Times.

In her previous roles at the OECD, Shruti was the Manager of the OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality (COPE), as part of the Inclusive Growth Initiative. She has also written extensively on a wide range of labor market policy issues including Active Labor Market Policies and Displaced Workers policies aimed at labor-market reintegration of the unemployed and under-represented groups. Prior to joining the OECD, Shruti was a policy analyst at the Department for Work and Pensions in the United Kingdom where she was responsible for designing and providing policy advice on UK’s key labor market policies.

Lin Shi

Principal, Mercer

Lin is a Fellow for the World Economic Forum on theLongevity Economy Initiative, with the aim of working across public and privatesector to advance financial resilience for all generations. She is also aPrincipal actuarial consultant with Mercer’s multinational consulting team. Shehas over 10 years of experience helping global organizations with theirbenefits strategies for employees across all ages in the workforce, with afocus on financial wellbeing. Lin received a Fulbright-Schuman fellowship to studypension economics and labor force exit trends across the European Union, andwas later honored as a Fulbright Ambassador. Passionate about financialinclusion and international collaboration, Lin also serves as a governingmember of several NGOs, including Pathways LA, Fulbright Association, WEF’sGlobal Shapers Community, and the Money Health Collective.

Ryan Murray

Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging

Ryan A. Murray, a native Brooklynite who was raised in Barbados, is the Executive Deputy Commissioner and Chief Program Officer for the New York City Department for the Aging (NYC Aging). NYC Aging delivers services to help older adults safely age in place with dignity and remain engaged in society. The Agency is the largest Area Agency on Aging in the United States and advocates for the needs of 1.8 million diverse older New Yorkers and their caregivers. NYC Aging also mobilizes partners to combat ageism and works with all City Agencies to be inclusive in policy development, experience design and service delivery.  

Mr. Murray is a recognized change agent, team and capacity builder, and leader in government innovation, bringing nearly twenty-five years of expertise in social services to NYC Aging and its partners. He previously served in senior executive positions in government, including as deputy agency head of two New York City Agencies and deputy to the Mayor of Long Beach, California. Mr. Murray has led citywide civic transformation initiatives, advanced workforce and community development programs for vulnerable stakeholders, and nurtured entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships. He holds a Masters in Public Health degree from Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY).

Vanessa Fuhrmans photographed in The Wall Street Journal newsroom on August 30, 2018. Credit: Dave Cole/The Wall Street Journal

Vanessa Fuhrmans

Deputy Bureau Chief, Careers and Workplace, The Wall Street Journal

Vanessa Fuhrmans is deputy bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal's Careers & Workplace bureau, where she edits and writes about all things concerning our lives at work and the modern workplace. A 20-year veteran of the Journal, Vanessa is a 2020 recipient of the Newswomen's Club of New York's Front-Page Award for her coverage of women in the workplace and has served two tours as a foreign correspondent in Germany. Prior to the Journal, Vanessa was a correspondent for Bloomberg News and has a Master of Science from Georgetown University’s Edmond A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Jax Kelly

President, Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) Palm Springs

Jax Kelly, JD, MPH, MBA is a tireless advocate for people aging with HIV like himself. Diagnosed in 2006, Jax is President of Let’s Kick ASS Palm Springs, a 501(c)3non-profit focused on witnesses to the AIDS plague years, HIV long-term survivors, and people aging with HIV. Besides serving on the board of the Mizell Center in Palm Springs, Jax works on the state level with the California Equity Advisory Committee on Aging and Disability and the California Planning Group, an advisory board for the CA Department of Public Health’s Office of AIDS. Nationally, he serves on the steering committee of The Reunion Project, the nationwide alliance of long-term survivors of HIV. As a member of the third cohort of the HIV and Aging Scholars Program of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Jax will be presenting “Barbershop: A Black Men’s Space for Honest Talk about Sexual Health” which is funded by a grant from BEAM. He is grateful for numerous awards and recognition, especially the 2022 Spirit of Stonewall Volunteer of the Year award from Greater Palm Springs Pride. 

Betty Chiang

Vice President, US Medical Affairs, Virology, Gilead Sciences

Betty Chiang, MD oversees the US Medical Affairs HIV Treatment and Prevention, Liver, and Covid therapeutic areas.

Betty Chiang is the Vice President and Head of US Medical Affairs, Virology at Gilead Sciences. She joined Gilead in 2006 and held various leadership roles within the Medical Affairs organization, including Vice President of International Medical Affairs and Global Medical Affairs Oncology. She acquired her expertise in global health from her hands-on implementation of catalytic public health initiatives, disease elimination programs, and research programs ,collaborating with healthcare providers, community-based organizations, global health organizations, and governments.  

She has been actively involved in the Employee Relations Group, serving as the Co-Chair of GAIN, the Gilead Asian Interest Network. Prior to joining Gilead, Betty was a practicing physician in New York City and a teaching attending physician at NYU Downtown Hospital for nearly 10 years. She received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University and underwent her Internal Medicine residency at NYU School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital.

Jeremy Abbate

Vice President and Publisher, Scientific American

Jeremy A. Abbate is the Vice President & Publisher of Scientific American and all of its related titles. He founded Scientific American’s biotechnology brand extension, Worldview, as well as many other new programs and collaborative ventures in global health, planetary sustainability, energy, security, and neuroscience.

Abbate appears frequently at conferences and events to facilitate high-level discussions on healthcare, innovative science and technology, policy, and scientific entrepreneurship. He has
spearheaded co-branded partnerships with several international organizations and corporate entities, including The Carter Center, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Johnson & Johnson and Google Health.

His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Psychology Today, and other national
publications. Abbate penned the forward to the popular medical travel guide, Patients Beyond Borders.

As a trained musician, performer and composer, he is passionate about the links between science and
the arts.

He lives outside of New York city with his family and mini cockapoo, Pearl.

Dubravka Šuica (video message)

Vice President, Democracy and Demography, European Commission

Since December 2019, Dubravka Šuica has been Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Democracy and Demography. Mrs Šuica a Croatian politician from the city of Dubrovnik, where she served for two terms as its first female mayor and was awarded the 2006 World Mayor Award. Dubravka Šuica entered politics in the 1990s as a Member of the Croatian Democratic Union and served as a Member of the Croatian Parliament and Vice Chair of the EU Integration Committee. Between 2004 and 2009 she was a Board Member of the Union of the Association of Towns and Municipalities of the Republic of Croatia. During ten years she was the Vice President of Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. From 2013 to 2019 Dubravka Šuica served as a Member of the European Parliament and Vice Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee. In June 2019, Šuica was elected as first Vice Chair of EPP Group in the European Parliament. Since 2012, she is the Vice President of EPP Women.

Yesmean Wahdan

Dr. Yesmean Wahdan, MD is the Vice President for Bayer US MedicalAffairs. Dr. Wahdan is an OB/GYN specialist by training with a passion for patients, their care, and medical innovation that drives optimized care for all. She received her bachelor’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia and her Medical Degree fromGeorgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She completed her OB/GYN residency at combined program at Georgetown University Medical Center and Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC and has published several abstracts and articles in the field of Women’s Health. In her tenure at Bayer, Dr. Wahdan has served as Medical Science Liaison, Medical Director, and most recently is serving as Head of the US Medical Affairs group for Women’s Healthcare & Specialty Medicine at Bayer.   

Rachel Hoagland

Senior Vice President, Consumer Products, Major League Soccer

Rachel Hoagland is the Senior Vice President of Consumer Products at Soccer United Marketing where she leads the team overseeing the on and off-field licensing, gaming, e-commerce, and retail marketing efforts of  Major League Soccer and the organization’s property business. As SVP, Rachel creates and executes strategies designed to exponentially grow the League’s Consumer Product revenue with a keen focus on Adidas products. She strategically manages a team whose focus is on keeping Clubs at the forefront of cultural and fanwear trends while maximizing the League’s key retail and licensing partnerships.

Before joining the MLS, Rachel was the Vice President ofConsumer Products, Gaming, Esports, & Partnerships at the NationalFootball League (NFL). As the Vice President, Rachel leveraged her digital expertise to develop and lead the execution of a multi-category licensing strategy, driving product innovation and revenue growth of consumer products for the NFL. During her tenure, Rachel was recognized as a Sports Business Journal “Game Changers” class of 2021.

In the past two decades, Rachel has continued to drive brand reach and promote commercially successful digital games across a variety of platforms. Prior to the NFL, she spent 14 years at Hasbro, activating the brand’s presence across multiple lines of business. Throughout her tenure,Rachel advanced into three senior director positions, driven by her achievements driving revenue growth and igniting the Hasbro brand presence on a global scale. 

Rachel has been featured in several notable industry publications for her work at the NFL and Hasbro, including ESPN, Bloomberg, Reuters, Adweek,and Front Office Sports. She formerly served as the President and Member of the Board of Directors of the American Marketing Association’s Boston Chapter. She holds a Master of Business Administration from D’Amore-McKim School of Business Northeastern University.

Chris Farrell

Senior Economics Contributor, Marketplace

Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor at Minnesota Public Radio and Marketplace, American Public Media’s nationally syndicated public radio business and economic programs. Chris is a columnist for Marketwatch, PBS Next Avenue, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Among his most recent books are The New FrugalityUnretirement, and Purpose and a Paycheck.

Linn Free

Senior Vice President, Operations, Home Instead, an Honor Company

As Senior Vice President of Operations, Linn Free brings more than a decade of invaluable experience and a track record of driving operational excellence in Fortune 500 companies.

Linn possesses a keen understanding of brand strategy, people development, employee and franchisee relations, and digital technology implementation. He is currently working with the executive team at Honor to lead the development and integration of tools and technology which are designed to enhance business efficiency and create industry-leading care for clients and work experiences for Care Professionals at Honor and its Home Instead franchise network.

Linn is recognized for his innovative approach to promoting business growth and ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders. His insights provide unique perspectives on how businesses can promote healthy aging and expand the world’s capacity to care for older adults.

Prior to joining Honor, Linn worked for Yum! Brands, where he spent over 13 years as an integral member of the executive and leadership teams. His roles included serving as the Global Director of Operations for KFC, where he played a pivotal role in driving growth strategies across 18 business units across 140 countries and 25,000 restaurants worldwide. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for KFC Canada, overseeing operations for more than 650 franchise locations.

Katie Couric

Journalist and Founder, Katie Couric Media

Katie Couric (@katiecouric) is an award-winning journalist and #1 New York Times best-selling author of her memoir, Going There, which was published in October 2021. She is also a co-founder of StandUp To Cancer (SU2C) which has raised more than $700 million for cancer research. Couric was the first woman to solo anchor a network evening newscast, serving as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from 2006 to 2011following 15-years as co-anchor of NBC’s Today show.

 In 2017, she founded Katie Couric Media (KCM), which has developed a number of media projects, including a daily newsletter, “Wake-Up Call,” a podcast, “Next Question,” digital video series and several documentaries. You can find it all at

Jessica C. Guthrie


Jessica C. Guthrie is dedicated to reshaping the landscape of caregiving. With over nine years of caregiving experience, she champions the cause of providing dignified, respectful, and compassionate care for loved ones. She believes in the power of deep empathy, patience, and unwavering curiosity, even in the face of adversity.

As a caregiver, Jessica has observed the challenges faced by families, particularly those caring for individuals with dementia. She emphasizes the need for a fundamental shift in the way caregiving is approached, involving individuals, families, and healthcare professionals working in synergy. Through her platform "Career & Caregiving Collide™," Jessica shares her insights and pioneering ideas, guiding others in navigating the intersection of their professional careers and caregiving responsibilities. Her mission is to amplify diverse caregiving narratives and ensure caregivers feel fully supported.

You can learn more about Jessica and her caregiving journey at or follow her on Instagram @CareerCaregivingCollide.

Vice President, Vaccine Product and Pipeline, Global Communications and Government Affairs, GSK

Madeleine leads Communications and Government Affairs (CGA) for GSK's Vaccines Commercial Portfolio and Pipeline. Her team develops and delivers corporate communications for Vaccines and leads development of disease awareness campaigns and strategic policy and advocacy initiatives.  

Madeleine joined GSK 11 years ago and held roles in Global Corporate Communications and as Head of Communications for Australia & New Zealand before joining Vaccines. In these roles she managed media handling for many high-profile milestones for the company, including the GSK-Haleon demerger, and led CGA strategies for corporate, commercial and R&D priorities.

A biochemistry graduate, Madeleine started her career in medical and scientific communications, then led public awareness and behavior change campaigns for the UK government before joining GSK.

Lotte Steuten

Deputy Chief Executive, Office of Health Economics

Lotte Steuten is a health economist by training and primarily interested in health technology assessment and decision analytic modeling of health innovations.

Alongside her position at OHE, Lotte is a Visiting Honorary Professor at City University of London, a member of the ISPOR Board of Directors and associate editor atValue in Health. She has published over100 peer–reviewed papers.

Lotte’s current research interests include applied health economics, health policy and market access. She specializes in quantitative methods for estimating and comparing the expected health and economic benefits of new interventions across their lifecycle, and novel approaches to efficiently building the evidence for these.

Bill Novelli

Founder, Business for Impact, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, and Former CEO, AARP

William D. Novelli

Bill Novelli is an emeritus professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where he taught ethical leadership, corporate social responsibility and other courses in the MBA program. He founded and oversaw the Georgetown Business for Impact Center there, and remains involved.

He co-founded/co-chairs the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), a national alliance to reform serious illness/end of life care in the U.S.He is involved with numerous other organizations in population aging and health promotion/disease prevention.

Previously, Bill was CEO of AARP; founder/president of theCampaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; EVP of CARE; and president of Porter Novelli, the global public relations agency. He began his career in marketing management at Unilever and also was Director of Advertising & Creative Services at the Peace Corps.

Bill serves on a number of boards and committees in climate action, combating mis-and disinformation and science and technology, as well as chair of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

His most recent book is Good Business: The Talk, Fight, Win Way to Change theWorld(2021, Johns Hopkins Univ. Press)

Lindsay Clarke

Senior Vice President, Health Education and Advocacy, Alliance for Aging Research

Lindsay Clarke is the Senior Vice President of Health Education and Advocacy at the Alliance for Aging Research. As Senior Vice President, Lindsay oversees the Alliance’s educational and advocacy initiatives and campaigns that focus on diseases and conditions that disproportionately impact older Americans. Lindsay produces a wide variety of resources including brochures, films, websites, tip sheets, workshops, surveys, and traditional and social media campaigns that educate and empower patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Lindsay also works closely with the Alliance’s public policy team on issues of access, research, and awareness. Additionally, as a member of the Alliance’s senior team, Lindsay is closely involved in the strategic planning and execution of the Alliance’s mission and goals.

Prior to joining the Alliance more than 15 years ago, Lindsay was an attorney in Chicago and worked for Chicago-Kent College of Law as director of institutional projects. In that capacity she oversaw projects related to the institutional progress of the school, conducted extensive research and legal analysis, and produced key reports and proposals.

Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan, with a concentration in biology; and a Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Temi Folaranmi

Vice President and Therapeutic Area Lead for Vaccines Medical and Clinical Affairs, GSK

olaranmi, Vice President and Therapeutic Area Lead for Vaccines Medical and Clinical Affairs at GSK, provides strategic leadership to a team of physicians, pharmacists, epidemiologists, and scientists. He engages with various vaccine stakeholders to inform scientific knowledge andthe utilization of vaccines to prevent diseases in the United States.

Temi has experience in medical affairs strategy and field execution, development strategy, and business development. Within his role, Temi is involved in the development and execution of vaccines for infants, children, and adults to prevent measles, Rotarix, MMR, RSV, and the flu.

He has always been passionate about delivering innovative vaccines and medicines to populations with unmet medical needs. Before his experience at GSK, he worked at the United Nations Population fund in Nigeria, where he worked with adolescent health and HIV. Temi served in an infectiousdisease control program at the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and was Executive Director and Lead of Global Medical Affairs at Merck. While at Merck, he led the development and execution of the company’s strategy for Pneumococcal Vaccines.

Temi holds a Master of Public Health from HarvardUniversity and an MPP (Master of Public Policy) from the University ofOxford.  He is also a public health physician by training and a medical epidemiologist.

Claire Gill

CEO, Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation

After a 20+ year career in public relations and marketing for national nonprofits and public relations firms with Fortune 500 clients, Claire Gill joined the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation in 2013. While serving as Chief Mission Officer for this health-based nonprofit, Ms. Gill realized there was no national nonprofit dedicated solely to women’s journey to and through menopause, so she set out to create one. She launched the National Menopause Foundation in 2019 with a mission to create a positive change in how people perceive, understand and experience menopause through education, peer-to-peer support, activism, and research.

Through its website, The Positive Pause podcast, The Hot Flash electronic newsletter, and its online community, called The Menopause Metamorphosis, the National Menopause Foundation seeks to bring about a world where women thrive at every stage of their lives and have access to the information and networks that ensure menopause is a positive, inspiring and empowering time in every woman’s life.

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.

Abby Miller Levy

Abby has spent her career helping businesses and consumer brands grow as an operator, entrepreneur and advisor, most notably in the wellness sector. Prior to Primetime Partners, Abby was an executive at SoulCycle, where she oversaw business development and revenue growth outside the consumer studio business, with an emphasis on building new digital products as the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Growth. Abby has also been a Founder herself, teaming with Arianna Huffington to launch Thrive Global, a behavior change technology company focused on employee productivity and wellness. Abby served as President of Thrive Global and remains on the Thrive Board. Abby began her career at McKinsey & Company then led product development at OXO International. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School.

Andrew Steinberg

Andrew serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Honor Technology. In his role, Andrew leads Honor's finance organization, drives global strategy for Honor and for Home Instead with a financial perspective, and manages the capitalization of the business. Additionally, Andrew serves on Honor’s Executive Team.

Prior to joining Honor, Andrew spent 10 years in banking as a Managing Director at Evercore with a focus on software and health technology. Before that, he worked at Google and Booz Allen in leading operational and consulting roles, respectively. Andrew earned his MBA at The Wharton School, MS in Biomed Science Policy at Georgetown, and BS in Biomedical Engineering and Econ at Duke.

Arno Rutte

Arno Rutte is an experienced thought leader and public affairs & strategy consultant on sustainable healthcare in an aging population. He combines his previous experience as a former member of parliament and spokesperson on healthcare in The Netherlands with an extensive career in the private sector as a strategist for a not-for-profit healthcare insurance company.

Arno hosts one of the top podcasts on Smart Health in The Netherlands and is the co-author of the book 'Value-Based Healthcare: The answer to our future health changes?' His mission is to keep healthcare available and affordable for everyone in an aging population.

Brian Kaskie

Brian Kaskie is a gerontologist who has studied the intersection between aging and work for more than 20 years. He has evaluated programs concerning aging workers in California, Colorado and Iowa, collaborated with the TIAA Corporation to illuminate the challenges presented by an aging academic workforce, and directed an investigation of America’s older workforce for the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging. In collaboration with the nonprofit Transamerica Institute and with support provided by the Next50Initiative, Brian directed the Colorado Above-Fifty Employment Strategies (CAFES) study and then created the Colorado Age Inclusive Management Strategies (AIMS) platform. The AIMS platform offers information for employers to learn about the positive value to recruiting and retaining experienced employees, and offers a set of organizational assessments to identify different strategies that might be pursued. Over the past year, the AIMS platform onboarded the “first generation” of 34 Colorado employers. With so many entering their retirement years with the potential of living to 100,  today’s older Americans want and need to extend their working lives, especially those who have experienced setbacks during the COVID pandemic. Through this work, Brian Kaskie seeks to better understand what leads employers to recognize value in America’s aging workforce and move to adopt age-inclusive management strategies.

Catherine Collinson

Catherine Collinson is the founding CEO and President of nonprofit Transamerica Institute and its operating division Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and she is a champion for Americans who are at risk of not achieving a financially secure retirement.

With more than two decades of retirement industry-related experience, Catherine is a nationally recognized voice on retirement trends. She was named a 2018 Influencer in Aging by PBS’ Next Avenue. In 2016, she was honored with a Hero Award from Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER). In 2015, Catherine joined the Advisory Board Leadership Council of Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging. She co-hosts the podcast ClearPath: Your Roadmap to Health and Wealth on WYPR, Baltimore’s NPR news station.

Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is Deputy CEO at Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and Director of Policy, Communications & Publications.

Chris has over 25 years’ experience in global, regional and national policy and advocacy, communications, marketing, business development, publications and events, across private, public and not for profit sectors.  At ADI he is responsible for the World Alzheimer Report, World Alzheimer’s Month campaign, plus WHO and UN engagement, biopharmaceutical engagement, and serves on the WHO Civil Society Working Group on NCDs.  On the Director team at Alzheimer Scotland, Chris had responsibility for communications, external affairs and international liaison, marketing, membership, events, the Dementia Friends programme and digital strategy, becoming a Scottish Government Digital Champion.

David Sinclair

David has worked in policy and research on ageing and demographic change for 20 years.

David has a particular interest in older consumers, active ageing, financial services, adult vaccination, and the role of technology in an ageing society. He has a strong knowledge of UK and global ageing society issues, from healthcare to pensions and housing to transport.

David has presented on longevity and demographic change across the world (from Seoul to Singapore and Sydney to Stormont). And he has published reports on a range of topics including transport, technology, health and consumption.

David has worked as an expert for the pan-European Age Platform for 15 years and is the former Vice-Chair of the Government’s Consumer Expert Group for Digital Switchover. For ten years he chaired a London based charity (Open Age) which enables older people to sustain their physical and mental fitness, maintain active lifestyles and develop new and stimulating interests.

Prior to joining the ILC, David worked as Head of Policy at Help the Aged where he led a team of 8 policy advisors. David has also worked for environmental and disability organisations in policy and public affairs functions. His other experience includes working as a VSO volunteer in Romania, in Parliament for a Member of Parliament, and with backbench committees.

David is married, and has a 16 year old child. He runs (slowly) and cycles (a little quicker), is a retired football referee and once scored a penalty against Peter Shilton.

Esko Aho

Chairman of the Board, former Prime Minister
Mr. Aho was a Member of the Finnish Parliament for 20 years, from 1983 to 2003. He chaired the Centre Party from 1990 to 2002 and was Prime Minister of Finland 1991 – 1995. Under his leadership, Finland joined the European Union. After his political career Esko Aho served as President of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. From 2008 – 2012 he served as Executive Vice President for Corporate Relations and Responsibility at Nokia Corporation and was a member of its Executive Board. Furthermore he served as elected member of the Executive Board at the International Chamber of Commerce 2013 - 2019. Currently Esko Aho is Chairman of the Board of China Office of Finnish industries and Cinia Oy. In February 2019 he was appointed to the JP Morgan Advisory Council for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Esko Aho is Strategic Advisor for European Forest Institute (EFI). He also is an advisor to several international and domestic companies and communities. Esko Aho´s domestic and international activities are coordinated through his private consulting company Verbatum Oy.

Joseph Musgrave

Joseph Musgrave has led Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI) since 2018, bringing an essential mix of leadership and partnership to homecare in Ireland. Joseph passionately believes in an individual’s right to quality, regulated home care and that ‘There is no Place Like Home’. Over the last four years, as CEO of HCCI, Joseph has led an important public discussion about home care by highlighting the challenges the home care sector faces whilst putting a spotlight on the great work its member organisations do for their clients and the 10,000 carers who deliver care every day. At the height of the pandemic, home proved to be the safest place with infection rates rarely above 1% of the client base at any one time. In 2021, Joseph felt compelled to establish the annual HCCI Home Care Awards to recognise ‘unsung home care heroes’ – the carers who, on a daily basis, go above and beyond for our most vulnerable in society.

Each day, HCCI’s members provide vital home support services to more than 20,000 clients in their own home. Joseph is acutely aware of the significant and important role care in the home will continue to play in the lives of older and more vulnerable people for decades to come. HCCI has publicly said that Ireland is at a critical juncture when it comes to care of older people with many lessons learnt during the COVID pandemic.
Joseph’s earlier career was in Communications and Public Affairs having worked on the ‘Freedom to Marry’ campaign for the Conservative Party in the UK and as Chief of Staff for leading Communication Consultancy firm WPP Burson-Marsteller.

Kevin Crain

Kevin serves as executive business lead for research and insights for the Bank’s Retirement and Financial Life Benefits business. In this position, he leads a team of experienced professionals, who create and deliver research focused on workforce aging, longevity, benefits diversity and inclusion, employee financial wellness and other workplace trends. The team shares their research through research pieces and national/local market events for the Bank’s associates, advisors, bankers, individual investors, institutional clients and their employees.

Prior to this role, he served as the executive business lead for the delivery of Workplace Solutions through the Market Presidents organization, involved in the creation of the Employee Banking and Investing program and communicating workplace insights and thought leadership to the marketplace.

Previously at Bank of America, Kevin led Enterprise Financial Solutions and held leadership roles in Institutional Retirement. Including Integrated Benefits Product, Sales, Client Relationship Management and Plan Participant Solutions.

During his 40 year tenure in the financial services industry, he held a number of senior management roles with Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments and Bankers Trust Company.

Kevin is Chair of the Age Friendly New York City Commission.

Kevin holds the Series 7, 24 and 66 registrations and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Georgetown University.

Lorna Sabbia

LORNA SABBIA is a 27-year veteran with the firm and is currently Head of Retirement & Personal Wealth Solutions at Bank of America. Lorna is responsible for the institutional retirement business which encompasses the capability set to include 401(k), Equity and Health Benefit plans for companies of all sizes, client service & management, plan participant experience, retirement research & insights and sales support.

Previously, Lorna served as Head of Managed Solutions where she led Merrill’s discretionary and non-discretionary fee-based investment platforms, the global mutual fund and 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 Merrill’s history.

Previously, Lorna was Head of Merrill’s 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.

Lorna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University. She is a member of the Bank of America’s management and operating committees, Executive Sponsor of the company’s Diverse Leader Sponsorship Program, Co-Chairs Bank of America’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 a number of organizations including the Women’s Leadership Board at the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, Women Against Alzheimer’s Leadership Council, and the World Dementia Council. She serves as a board member for Home Instead, which is a global leader in home care services, as well as More Than Words, a Boston-based job training and youth development program. Lorna also serves on the Executive Advisory Council of the Pat Summitt Leadership Group.

Mary Mullin

Clients have been entrusting their assets to Mary since she joined Merrill Lynch in 1981. She diligently works with individuals and families and demonstrates the professionalism and compassion required to understand their needs and desires. Mary is adept at helping clients who may not have the time or inclination to immerse themselves in the day-to- day investment process to build, manage and preserve their wealth so that they can live the life they envision.

She believes her dedicated work ethic and caring nature are two of the many reasons several of her client relationships span two or three generations of a family. Mary’s goals are to exceed their expectations with exceptional service and personalized attention as well as to be a financial advocate and collaborator in matters large and small. Mary dedicates much of her time learning about her clients’ current needs, concerns and future aspirations. Backed by the vast resources and investment insights of Merrill Lynch and the banking strength of Bank of America, she develops strategies and solutions for the various life scenarios clients may face.

Mary possesses the academic and professional credentials and training necessary to address and educate clients on a wide variety of wealth management strategies. These pursuits help her stay abreast of new ideas and important industry trends to prepare for potential events that may affect clients’ financial situations. Her long tenure in the industry has given Mary invaluable insights that she applies in helping clients navigate the ever-changing investment environment.

Mary graduated from the University at Albany in New York with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. She successfully completed the Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor’s Leadership Program at The Wharton School of Business and participated in an executive symposium at the Harvard University Extension School.  Mary served a term on the Financial Advisory Council to Management at Merrill Lynch and is a past member of the Managed Solutions Advisory Board.  She is a member of Merrill’s Advisor Growth Network.  She sits on the Finance Council at Ascension Parish in Sudbury and is a member of the Lincoln Sudbury Scholarship Fund committee. Mary is a contributor to the MetroWest Daily News, and Wall Street Journal online.

Mary has four children and resides in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Mary Naylor

Mary D. Naylor, PH.D., RN, FAAN, is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and Director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Naylor leads a multidisciplinary team of clinical scholars and health services researchers in generating and disseminating evidence to enhance the care and outcomes of chronically ill older adults and their caregivers. She is the architect of the Transitional Care Model, a care management approach proven in multiple NIH clinical trials and foundation sponsored translational efforts to improve older adults’ experience with care and health outcomes while decreasing use of costly health services. In recognition of her significant and sustained contributions to science and health care, Naylor has received multiple honors including election to the National Academy of Medicine and AcademyHealth’s Distinguished Career Award. She is a board member of leading health and quality organizations in the U.S.

Meral Akçay

She graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. She received an MSc in Medical Microbiology from Georgia State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Atlanta, GA , USA. Upon graduation she was awarded a Research Fellowship from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA where she worked for 3 years as an international researcher. She then worked as Senior Research Specialist at Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA until 2004. She received her PhD on influenza virus genetics from Department of Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine where she served as the Coordinator of the National Influenza Reference Laboratory for 9 years. She became an Associate Professor in 2013 at the same institution.

She was a board member of European Scientists Working on Influenza (ESWI).She served as editor for WHO Influenza Bulletin. She was the founding member of  country Influenza Stakeholer Network (Grip Platformu) in Turkey and regional network, MENA-ISN.

Dr. Akçay has authored and co-authored over 50 articles published in peer reviewed journals and gave numerous talks at local and international congresses.

She joined Sanofi Pasteur in 2014 as a Regional Disease Expert on Influenza for Africa, Middle East and Eurasia Regions (MENA)

Since 2108 she is based in Lyon as Global Medical Expert/Influenza, Sanofi.

Dr Michael Devoy

Dr Michael Devoy is the Executive Vice President for  Medical Affairs and Pharmacovigilance for the Pharmaceuticals Division at Bayer AG. He is also the Chief Medical Officer of Bayer AG. Dr Devoy joined the former Schering AG in 2005 as Senior Vice President of Global Medical Development and was appointed to his current position in 2014.

Dr Devoy studied Medicine and Pharmacology at University College London and graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MB, BS, graduated with honors) and BSc in Pharmacology. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians in London. He is also an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Drug Information Association (DIA).

Dr Devoy has extensive experience across Clinical Development and International Medical Affairs. His career in the pharmaceutical industry began when he joined Glaxo Group Research in Clinical Pharmacology.

Mike Mansfield

Mike is the CEO of ProAge. He is a seasoned thought leader on the topics of longevity, age-inclusion and multigenerational workplaces.

ProAge is a UK charity dedicated to creating age-inclusive workplaces and high-performing multigenerational teams.

Mike has been responsible for the establishment of the Aegon Center for Longevity and Retirement. While working at Aegon, Mike authored and published 13 reports on retirement security with insights and recommendations for governments, employers and individuals. He also developed and piloted the Silver Starters program to help people age 50+ understand if entrepreneurship is something for them and help them start their own business.

Mike worked at Aegon for 18 years, previously holding roles as Sustainability Officer and Group Internal Auditor.

Mike is based in Amsterdam, is originally from Dublin, Ireland and has worked in San Francisco, USA.

Regina Regenass

Regina has worked in the financial industry for over 30 years – primarily in Human Resources where she was responsible for delivering global strategies, employee development trainings and HR processes for front, logistics, IT and back office units. During the recent big financial crisis she co-launched the independent corporate Ombudsman Office for UBS employees in Switzerland.

After joining WDA in 2014, she founded the WDA demography network for big corporates as well as small and midcap enterprises. More than 25 companies already joined and follow the demography road map by tackling their specific demographic challenges on „How to create the future of work?“

At WDA Regina is focussing on the demographic changes that will especially influence our “Work Life”. She provides a co-creative platform by facilitating and promoting demography workshops engaging and bringing together diverse representatives from academia, business leaders and human resources experts. The workshop results go beyond „best practice exchanges“: new and innovative rapid prototyping methods are applied for quick analysis and recommendations. The workshop participants – especially the employers - benefit from a fresh unbiased spirit, interactive exchanges and open discussions.

“Successful employers will have to rethink their strategies along the demographic shifts and requirements of all working generations. In future: Intergenerational work force power will dramatically enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The positive aspects of living and working in an age of longevity need to be identified and unlocked for the benefits of both: economy and society. “

Regina studied Economics & Banking (Commercial High School Diploma) and Human Resources Management in Switzerland. Since 2011 she is Board Member of the Swiss HR Association (more than 6’000 affiliated members and companies). The International Ombudsman Association also accredits her as Mediator.

The WDA Forum was founded in 2002 and acts as platform and Think Tank for a worldwide coordination of efforts and activities related to demographic change and ageing.

Simon Bottery

The King’s Fund is an independent charity that works to improve health and care in England. Simon leads The King’s Fund’s work on adult social care, including writing its annual summary of the state of the sector, ‘Social Care 360’.

Before joining The King’s Fund in September 2017, Simon spent almost 10 years as Director of Policy at the older people’s charity Independent Age, researching and campaigning on issues including care home quality, unmet needs for care, social care funding and the social care workforce.

Simon has wide experience in policy, communications and journalism, including as Director of Communications at Citizens Advice. He has also worked for the development charity ActionAid, in the commercial sector for Guinness and in BBC local radio. He is a trustee of the learning disability charity ActionSpace.

He is active on Twitter as @blimeysimon.

Stephen Klasko

He has been a president, a dean, a CEO, an obstetrician, and now pursues his vision for the creative re-construction of American health care by bridging traditional academic centers with entrepreneurs and innovators. His passion is to use technology to close the gaps of health disparities and offer everyone the promise of health assurance.

At the same time, Dr. Klasko is a lifelong DJ, a disc jockey who believes that the message in the music can give us the courage to tackle a broken, fragmented, unfriendly, expensive and inequitable health care system.

As president of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health from 2013-2021, he led one of the nation’s fastest growing academic health institutions based on his vision of re-imagining health care and higher education.

Steven Krein

CEO, Co-founder & Managing Partner

Steven Krein is the CEO, Co-founder & Managing Partner of StartUp Health, whose mission is to solve the biggest health challenges of our time. StartUp Health invests globally in a large diversified portfolio of seed and early-stage digital health and biotech startups. Since 2011, StartUp Health has invested in more than 400 startups from 27 countries. Steven is a serial entrepreneur, speaker, investor, advisor, and entrepreneurial coach. Prior to StartUp Health, Steven co-founded and led several technology companies including OrganizedWisdom,, and Webstakes, which he took public on Nasdaq before it was acquired by iVillage in the early 2000s. Steven received his JD from Delaware Law School and BA from the University of Maryland. He's an active member of YPO and lives in NYC with his wife and three daughters.

Dr. Steven Smith

Dr. Steven R. Smith is Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of AdventHealth guiding the research vision for AdventHealth across the system. AdventHealth is a multi-state hospital system with 50 hospital campuses, more than 1,200 care sites and over 80,000 team members. Dr. Smith's oversight includes all research operations, services and oversight for the nine states in which we serve.

Dr. Smith earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas in 1988. Smith's scientific work bridges the gap between cell/molecular biology and clinical care. Translational science involves translating discoveries in the basic sciences to the clinic and importantly informing basic science with clinical phenotyping, biospecimens and modern molecular methods. Dr. Smith's research is currently funded by the NIH with two RO1 Grants, industry and philanthropic support. In his research career, Dr. Smith has published more than 200 peer- reviewed scientific manuscripts, reviews and chapters.

Mark Doherty

Mark Doherty graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1990, and joined GSK in 2011. In between, he has worked in biotech, public health institutes and universities in the US, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Brazil, Ethiopia and India, as well as consulting for organizations such as BARDA, WHO, MRC, Wellcome Trust and the Gates Foundation. He has held – and continues to hold - multiple professorships and editorial positions. Throughout this career, his work has focused on immune activation, and biomarkers which show the development of immune processes, and he continues to work and publish in this area. However, that has been coupled with a commitment to turning basic immunological insights into better public health, which has been reflected in work on clinical trials, product launches and public health education.

Thomas Hach

Dr. Steven R. Smith is Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of AdventHealth guiding the research vision for AdventHealth across the system. AdventHealth is a multi-state hospital system with 50 hospital campuses, more than 1,200 care sites and over 80,000 team members. Dr. Smith's oversight includes all research operations, services and oversight for the nine states in which we serve. Dr. Smith earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas in 1988. Smith's scientific work bridges the gap between cell/molecular biology and clinical care. Translational science involves translating discoveries in the basic sciences to the clinic and importantly informing basic science with clinical phenotyping, biospecimens and modern molecular methods. Dr. Smith's research is currently funded by the NIH with two RO1 Grants, industry and philanthropic support. In his research career, Dr. Smith has published more than 200 peer- reviewed scientific manuscripts, reviews and chapters.

Alana Officer

Alana Officer is the Unit Head for Demographic Change and Healthy Ageing at the World Health Organization. She coordinates the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021-2030) and overseers WHO’s work on Age-friendly physical and social environments including the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism and the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

Amanda Stucke

Amanda is principal and the Americas regional lead for Health Policy & Insights at Economist Impact. She collaborates within a global, multidisciplinary team to lead and deliver robust, high-visibility research and analysis programs across the public and private global health ecosystem. Amanda has a diverse background in health policy and systems, serving in roles which integrate technical research, systems design, engagement with high-profile experts, facilitating change in complex environments, especially at the policy level, and using data to inform meaningful decisions across the health sector. Amanda holds a Master of Public Health degree from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Andre Belelieu

Andre Belelieu is the Head of Insurance & Asset Management at the World Economic Forum where he oversees the Forum’s relationships with the global insurance industry and develops initiatives and research around key themes shaping the future of insurance and asset management (climate change, aging and longevity, digital transformation, sustainability). Belelieu began his career in Washington DC at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and since then has held a series of positions at the intersection of financial services, strategy and public policy. He served as Assistant Director of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue and worked from 2006 to 2011 at American International Group (AIG) prior to joining the World Economic Forum to head up the Forum’s Infrastructure Investment Initiatives. Belelieu attended the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He speaks French and German and resides in New York City.

Barbara Marder

Barbara Marder is a Senior Partner of Mercer and is the Global Wealth Products & Solutions Leader. In this newly created role, Barb oversees product development and innovation for Mercer’s Retirement & Investment businesses with the goal to further scale and modernize Mercer’s Wealth Business. Barb will also envision and architect Investments and Retirement product solutions in response to customer needs, including digitally delivered manager research. Most recently Barb led Mercer’s Innovation Hub where she created a new offering for Mercer in the talent acquisition space. Barb led the innovation team from idea generation to product development to commercialization of Mercer’s new offering, Mercer Match. As a result of her innovation work, Barb has been recognized as a thought leader on talent acquisition innovation with a specific focus on new, data-driven Predictive Hiring technologies and gamification. Barb was recognized as a 2017 Top 25 Consultant by Consulting Magazine.

Before this role, Barb led Mercer’s Global Mobility practice and before that she led two global businesses for Mercer’s Retirement segment –Global Defined Contribution Consulting and International Benefits Consulting. Barb has more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of Talent and Retirement programs.

Carolee Lee

Women’s Health Access Matters (WHAM), a 501(c)3, was launched by Carolee Lee in July 2018 as an initiative to focus on increasing awareness of women’s health issues, investing in women’s health research and implementing strategies to improve the inequities and bias in research while accelerating scientific discovery.  A board of 25 leading businesswomen supported and steer this initiative.

The Connors Center at Brigham/Harvard is WHAM’s Lead Scientific Partner.  Other partners of The WHAM Reports include The American Heart Association, La Jolla Institute for Immunology and The Bright Focus Foundation.

Carolee Lee, was the founder and CEO of Carolee Designs, one of the world’s leading accessories brands. After the sale of her business to Luxottica, Carolee’s vision was to create AccessCircles, a global network providing connectivity, knowledge and access to thought leaders, resources and experiences that transform the health and well-being of women’s lives.

Celina Gorre

Celina Gorre is the CEO of WomenHeart, the leading nonprofit focused on greater awareness and education on the number one killer of women, as well as the injustices that women face in their heart journeys. Prior to WomenHeart, Celina served as executive director of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases where she led the GACD Secretariat based in London, funding research in over 70 countries around the world. She also worked in the field with United Nations Populations Fund and UNICEF in Angola as a senior advisor to the Angolan government on HIV/AIDS and child survival and to multinational companies on their social and local community investments.

Celina also has extensive experience developing health and social programs for multinational companies. She has worked for the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (now GBCHealth), guiding companies such as Nike, Volkswagen, Colgate, American Express, and Chevron, on their strategy implementation for employees, consumers, and communities. She holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology, a Master's in Public Health in epidemiology, both from UCLA and a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Peter Kaldes, Esq.

Peter Kaldes joined ASA in March 2020 and at the start of the global pandemic. His visionary and innovative leadership is transforming how ASA unites, empowers and champions everyone working to improve aging. Before joining ASA, Kaldes was President and CEO of the South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) where he led the transformation of a 55-year-old, community-based organization by launching new programming, impactful thought leadership and nearly doubling its budget. Prior to SoFIA, Kaldes led a $20 million philanthropic economic development portfolio as a senior executive at JP Morgan Chase & Co. He also has a distinguished career in public service including as senior economic policy advisor in the Obama White House, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Senate. Kaldes began his career as an international litigator at the global

Adrita Bhattacharya-Kraven

Adrita Bhattacharya-Craven, is the Research Director of Health and Ageing at the Geneva Association, a leading global think tank dedicated to the insurance industry. Her work at the GA focuses on the strategic and long-term research priorities of health and life insurers which is undertaken in collaboration with CEOs and senior executives of GA member companies, academic institutions as well as global organisations. Her work reflects the growing convergence of life and health insurance, against the backdrop of an emerging risk landscape brought about by new disease patterns, ageing, technology and other market disruptors that are central considerations for improving consumer access to risk protection and business sustainability. Prior to joining the GA, Adrita has worked extensively in global health across the public and private sectors as well as with global multilateral organisations such as the World Bank and UKAID. She specialises in strategic purchasing of healthcare, health market analysis and have closely supported several high-level health financing interventions internationally.

Amal Abou Rafeh

Chief, Programme on Ageing Unit, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), United Nations

Amal Abou Rafeh is the Chief of the Programme on Ageing Section at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York. She serves on the Secretariat of the General Assembly's Working Group for the purpose of strengthening the protection of the human rights of older persons. Amal is a member of the Steering Group of the Titchfield City Group on Ageing-related Statistics and Age-disaggregated Data.

Amal joined the United Nations in 2001, working in the areas of social policy, sustainable development and demography, and served on the Secretariats of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (2002) and the High-level Meeting on Youth (2011). She held positions in Beirut and New York. Before joining the United Nations, Amal lectured on analysis of social and demographic data.

Amal is the recipient of the 2022 Rosalie Wolf Memorial Award from the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. She was also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Healthy Ageing and Longevity from 2020 to 2021.

Amal was born in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and holds a Master of Science in Population Studies from the American University of Beirut. Amal is fluent in Arabic and English. She has a son.

Andrew Otoo

About Drew
Career pharmaceutical professional and executive leader in vaccines with 20+ years’ experience in global marketing and commercialization. Committed to strategy, scientific rigor and leadership excellence through cross-functional collaboration, people development and communications.

Bill Glover

Care Professional, Home Instead, an Honor Company

Borjana Pervan

Borjana Pervan is a journalist and communications leader who asks questions, seeks solutions, and communicates reasons for action. While working as a broadcast and print reporter in her country of origin, Bulgaria, she uncovered a major international human trafficking ring.  Before joining the World Heart Federation, she worked in advertising and more recently led the communications teams of two international organisations, aiming to improve the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in the areas of environment and sustainable development.  At WHF Borjana leads the effort to empower the global cardiovascular community to speak with a strong voice and inspire change.

Caroline Conroy

Councillor Caroline Conroy was elected the 354th Lord Mayor of Dublin at the Annual Meeting of Dublin City Council held on 27th June 2022 in the Council Chamber of City Hall. Councillor Darcy Lonergan was elected the Deputy Lord Mayor.

Caroline grew up in Ballymun, Dublin and lives in Glasnevin. She is married and has three children. She is a member of the Green Party, having been elected to Dublin City Council (DCC) in 2019, representing the Ballymun/Finglas local electoral area. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Green Party.

She is a member of the DCC Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) on Transport, focusing on making Dublin easier to move around on public transport as well as on foot and by bike. She sits on the Animal Welfare Committee and is involved in the move by DCC to take on direct responsibility for dog welfare.

As Councillor she has led efforts to create ‘Mini Orchards’ on open ground, with the active involvement of local community groups and schools, and she succeeded in driving a significant increase in tree planting in the Ballymun, Finglas and Glasnevin areas. She successfully pressed for a pilot scheme to create ‘teen spaces’ for young people in Finglas, as well as passing a motion to put CCTV in place in DCC parks. She arranged for free water butts and gardening courses for residents through community groups. She led an initiative to clamp down on bike theft, and a drive to encourage people to insulate their own homes. She also initiated powerlifting exercise classes and strength training in local parks and gyms.

Caroline graduated with a degree in Business Studies from Dublin City University (DCU), completed at night while working full time. She worked in a range of Irish and multinational companies, serving as Human Resources Manager. She has been actively involved in her community since she was a teenager: leading youth groups, supporting people who live alone, serving on the committees of local community groups and campaigning on local issues. She has served as Chairperson of school Parents’ Committees and a local Residents’ Group, on Ballymun Biodiversity Group, and on a local adult Orchestra ‘Setanta Strings’. She started up a local Tidy Towns group, and has a close relationship with others throughout her constituency. She has represented organisations at meetings at local and national levels, including a Dáil Committee.

Caroline Conroy is the 11th woman to hold the office of the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the third consecutive female Lord Mayor of Dublin. The Lord Mayor is addressed as “Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy” or “Lord Mayor Caroline Conroy”.

Chris Durrance

Chris Durrance is an Emmy, Peabody and duPont Columbia award-winning filmmaker, who has produced and directed dozens of films throughout Europe, Asia and the Mideast for PBS' "Frontline," presidential biographies for PBS' "American Experience," and two major documentary series' with filmmaker Ken Burns (Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies, The Gene: An Intimate History) adapted from books by Pulitzer Prize winning author and oncologist Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee.  

Currently, Durrance is directing and producing Caregiving, a four-hour multi-platform documentary series, slated to premiere in primetime on PBS stations throughout the United States, in Spring 2024, accompanied by an expansive public media outreach, engagement and education campaign, and global distribution.  Caregiving is an Ark Media production (executive producer Barak Goodman), in association with Lea Pictures (executive producers Bradley Cooper & Weston Middleton), and WETA, the flagship PBS station in Washington, DC (executive producers John Wilson & Tom Chiodo).

Christine O'Kelly

Christine O’Kelly is the Coordinator of the Age-Friendly University Global Network led by Dublin City University. Under her leadership, the network has grown in strength and number and welcomes over 100 members from across the globe.

She is also responsible for the Age-Friendly Programme at DCU, where she leads the ongoing development of a creative, meaningful, and innovative community of practice.

Christine has an extensive background in working with a range of agencies and networks engaged in enhancing the well-being of older adults. She was the former CEO of Ireland’s Older Women’s Network, a global network focused on gender and ageing. She works closely with policy and decision-makers. Christine is a respected member of the AGE Platform and the Covenant on Demographic Change in Europe and is a passionate advocate for older people promoting age inclusivity, intergenerational and lifelong learning, challenging ageism and working to change the narrative on ageing.

Christine is a member of the Greenleaf Centre for Servant Leadership and was educated at the National College of Ireland, Trinity College and DCU and is currently concluding a Doctorate in Education with a focus on Leadership.

Ciara Doherty

Ciara Doherty has worked in television and radio for over a decade and is a qualified Barrister at Law. Ciara presents ‘The Tonight Show’ on Virgin Media One. The show offers a unique take on the big stories of the day with a panel of guests. There is also a panel discussion covering the key issues in the news.

She previously was the co-anchor on Ireland AM on Virgin Media One Ireland’s number one breakfast show. She studied law in UCD Dublin but later moved to London where she studied Broadcast Journalism at the London College of Communications. After spending 3 years as a researcher in ITV, working on everything from the Pride of Britain Awards to Celebrity Love Island, Ciara returned home in 2006 to take up a position on Newstalk Breakfast, a daily news and current affairs programme.

Craig Ritchie

Affiliation: Chair of the Psychiatry of Ageing at the University of Edinburgh and Founder of Brain Health Scotland

 Biography: Prof Craig Ritchie is the Professor of the Psychiatry of Ageing at the University of Edinburgh, having moved from his role as Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Mental Health at Imperial College London in October 2014. He completed his PhD at UCL through an MRC Health Services Research Fellowship and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry at Imperial College London in 2007. He has also served as R&D Director at West London Mental Health Trust from 2010-14 and Deputy Director of the London Northwest NIHR Clinical Research Network. In 2014 he was appointed as Chair in Psychiatry of Ageing at the University of Edinburgh. In 2015 he established the Centre for Dementia Prevention and that year took on the academic leadership role of the EPAD (European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia) Programme. Between 2017 and 2022 he was the elected Chair of the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium and in 2020 he founded and was the inaugural Director of Brain Health Scotland. He has published over 350 academic papers, conference abstracts and book chapters and secured approximately €100M of grant funding in his career to date.

His main research interest is the interface between clinical trials and translational epidemiology (cohort studies) with a drive to develop the infrastructures at a national level (in Scotland) to prepare health systems and prosecute rapid ‘research into practice’ programmes. He is a pioneer and leading advocate for the Brain Health Movement that works across the life course from primary to secondary prevention of late-stage neurodegenerative disease. This involved working at a public health and policy level as well as developing and implementing Brain Health Clinics across Scotland following ‘The Scottish Model for Brain Health Services’. This work has led Scotland to being one of the Flagship Countries in the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative for Health Care Readiness.

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Cynthia Stuen, PhD

Cynthia Stuen is the Main  Representative to the United Nations on behalf of the International Federation on Ageing and is Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing/NY.  Dr. Stuen is active in advocacy for the protection of the human rights of older persons and monitoring of inclusion of older persons in the UN’s Agenda 2030 and support of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing.

Serving in various capacities at Lighthouse International during her 24 year tenure.  She was Director of its National Center for Vision and Aging developing public and professional education on age-related vision and  hearing  loss for older persons. Her last position was as Senior Vice President, Chief Professional Affairs Officer that involved advocating for policies to support older sensory impaired persons at the national, state and local level while also maintaining involvement and education in international environments to preserve sight and prevent excess disability resulting from vision and other sensory impairments.

Her numerous publications, presentations and research endeavors cover topics of age-related sensory loss, evidence-based electronic records, access to environments for older adults with impaired vision and contributions older persons make to society.

Dr. Stuen is a past Chair of the American Society on Aging (ASA) She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and also the NY Academy of Medicine.  Her entire professional career has been in the field of aging.

Dr. Stuen received her Bachelor’s Degree from Valparaiso University, her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago and her doctorate from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Deepali Patel

Deepali Patel joined the Fund with more than 15 years of experience in global health policy in the US, Europe, Central America and Asia.  Most recently, she spent seven years serving as a Senior Policy Officer at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, where she led the development of policies and strategies to accelerate the development, distribution, and uptake of high-impact vaccines in low and middle income countries.  During that time, Deepali oversaw the successful approval of Gavi’s $2billion malaria vaccine investment.  She previously spent nine years at the national Academy of Medicine in the US, developing health policy and research recommendations for national and global stakeholders.  She is a 2009 Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of the 2017 Advanced Course in Vaccinology.  Deepali received an MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Eileen Rocard

Eileen Rocard works as a Junior Health Analyst in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the OECD. She is an economist with expertise in ageing and long-term care, and she authored/co-authored 20+ OECD reports, including on the long-term care workforce. She holds a master’s degree in health economics of Paris Dauphine University, where she now teaches a course on Welfare systems.

Finbarr Martin

Finbarr Martin was a consultant geriatrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS hospitals in London for 32 years, now clinically retired (but back vaccinating). He helped develop and evaluate a broad range of acute and community clinical services for older people in urgent and post-acute care, patients having surgery, and in care homes.  As emeritus Professor of Medical Gerontology at King’s College London, Martin researches geriatric syndromes including falls, fracture prevention, delirium and muscle function, and the applications of CGA across clinical areas.  Martin is a member of the WHO Clinical Consortium on Healthy Ageing (2016- ), the past-president of the European Geriatric Medicine Society from 2020-2021, and was president of the British Geriatrics Society from 2010-12, and non-executive director of National Institute of Care and Health Excellence, England (NICE) from 2013-2016.  He led the England Department of Health falls and fractures toolkit and was clinical lead (2012-2018) for the NHS funded national Falls and Fragility Fractures Audit programme, which incorporates the National Hip Fracture Database.

Gitanjali Sah

Gitanjali Sah is Strategy and Policy Coordinator at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and is responsible for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process. She has more than 15 years of work experience in ICT policy issues at the national, regional and international level. She is an experienced International Civil Servant having worked at several UN Agencies. She holds M.Phil. Development Studies, University of Cambridge, UK and a Masters in Political Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India.

Haleh Nazeri

Haleh leads the World Economic Forum’s work on the longevity economy. She works with senior executives from the insurance, asset management, and institutional investors industries to advance new thinking in the retirement ecosystem and to promote financial innovations for a more resilient, equitable and sustainable longer life. She leads workstreams on risk and resilience, with a special focus on building greater societal resilience to future shocks.

Hidenori Arai

Hidenori Arai (MD., PhD) is the President of the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG), Japan since 2019. He is also the President of the Japan Gerontological Society, the Vice President of the Japan Geriatrics Society, the President of the Japanese Association on Sarcopenia and Frailty and the Vice President of the Japan Atherosclerosis Society. Additionally, he is the President of Asian Academy of Medicine for Ageing, and the Vice President of Asian Association of Frailty and Sarcopenia. He is a member of the Science Council of Japan since Oct. 2020. After graduating from Kyoto University School of Medicine in 1984 and from Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in 1991, Dr. Arai spent most of his career in the Department of Geriatric Medicine, Kyoto University. Then he became Professor of the Department of Human Health Science, Kyoto University School of Medicine in 2009 and since then he has been working on frailty and sarcopenia. After the work in the Department of Human Health Science, Kyoto University School of Medicine, he moved to NCGG as the Deputy Director in 2015. He then became the Director of NCGG in 2018 and the President of NCGG in 2019. He is the co-chair of the Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia and his primary research focus is frailty and sarcopenia.

Ishtar Govia

Dr Ishtar Govia is the Jamaica lead for the multi-country dementia care improvement study called Strengthening Responses to Dementia (STRiDE), which is focused on understanding and informing national and individual practice and policy for people living with dementia and their carers. She is the Jamaica Lead for a flagship project with the Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative Healthcare System Preparedness Focus Area focused on timely detection of Alzheimer’s disease using digital cognitive assessment and blood biomarkers. Certified in Advanced Clinical Practice in Dementia Care, Dr. Govia assists persons living with dementia and their care network with care management and coordination. She consults with leaders and innovations-oriented teams to offer support in: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Organisational and Leadership Development; Workplace Wellness; Medical Education; and Research Design and Implementation

Jared Polis

Governor Jared Polis is an entrepreneur, education leader, public servant, and Colorado native. After launching several successful companies, including one out of his college dorm room. Polis committed himself to making sure other Coloradans had the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Polis founded schools for at-risk students and new immigrants and started nonprofits to help veterans and entrepreneurs.

Jason Sterne

Jason Sterne leads Gilead Sciences policy advocacy and alliance relations for oncology. In this role, he is responsible for building and enhancing strategic partnerships with key stakeholders. Through the development of coordinated policy advocacy strategies targeting unjust patient barriers, Jason advances solutions that promote an inclusive, responsive, and equitable care delivery system and health innovation ecosystem. Jason has over 20 years of experience in both the nonprofit and corporate sector leading strategic planning, care delivery, and policy development. Before joining Gilead, Jason ran a national nonprofit organization committed to improving the health of marginalized communities impacted by infectious diseases and substance use. Prior to that, he ran a global NGO focused on improving maternal and newborn health in low- and middle-income countries. Jason is an active member on several committees fighting to end the HIV, HCV, and opioid epidemics, promote equity in aging, and dismantle the underlying structural and discriminatory barriers that reinforce health inequities.

Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky is the founder and CEO of and the coaching programs FinanceFixx and InvestingFixx. She is the host of the podcast HerMoney With Jean Chatzky and the co-host of the national radio show Everyday Wealth. The Financial Ambassador for AARP, she was the Financial Editor for NBC Today for 25 years. Jean is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author, and a fierce advocate for financial literacy.  Her latest books are Women with Money: The Judgment-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (and Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve and How To Money, a guidebook for Gen Z women. Follow her @JeanChatzky

Jenelle Krishnamoorthy

Dr. Jenelle Krishnamoorthy is the Vice President for Global Public Policy and International Affairs at MSD and is trained as a licensed clinical psychologist with deep expertise in domestic and global health policy. Jenelle leads regional and therapeutic asset teams globally and is responsible for the development and execution of MSD’s positions on crosscutting public policy issues for all the medicines and vaccines that are produced by MSD for human and animal health.

Jennifer Lavelle

Ms. Jennifer Lavelle, Head of Global Business Marketing, Ambulatory, Monitoring & Diagnostics Philips

As head of Global Business Marketing for Philips Ambulatory, Monitoring and Diagnostics, Jennifer Lavelle brings over 20 years of healthcare expertise to drive the transformation of care to become more decentralized and virtual by connecting data across the patient ecosystem. Shifting care from in the hospital to anywhere, episodic to continuous, reactive to proactive, condition specific to holistic.

Jennifer is passionate about problem solving and advocating to address and improve critical topics in healthcare specifically around social determinants of health and healthy aging.

Jennifer holds an MBA in Marketing and Managing Human Capital from Saint Joseph’s University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bucknell University.

Joanna Skoczek

Career diplomat and civil servant, since August 2021 Joanna serves as Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Poland to the UN. Between 2014 and 2018 she has served as the Consul General of Poland in Guangzhou, China. From May 2012 to November 2013 she was the Director of Public and Cultural Diplomacy Department at the Polish MFA. Since 2002 Joanna dealt with the European Union policy, i.a. coordinating the first Polish Presidency in the Council of the EU of 2011. Besides her diplomatic duties Joanna regularly gives lectures at Polish and foreign universities and training institutions. She has also served as expert in assistance programmes for public service development in Ukraine, Serbia and Montenegro, Georgia, Moldova. Graduate of Jagiellonian University in Cracow and National School of Public Administration, Warsaw. Joanna speaks English, French, Russian, Mandarin.

Joanne Moore

JoAnne Moore is Vice President of Thought Leadership and Strategic Programs with Corebridge Financial. She researches and reports on topics related to retirement, aging, longevity, the generations, and policy and legislation focused on improving financial wellbeing for American workers. Her work includes studies on public service workers and student loan debt, how Americans move forward and plan for the future during times of uncertainty, and how individuals and families understand and include Social Security as part of a broader plan for lifetime income.

She has held roles in thought leadership, marketing, public relations and communications with AXA, Citibank, TIAA and MetLife, where she served as head of marketing for The Mature Market Institute, MetLife’s center of expertise on aging and retirement planning. JoAnne is also cofounder of UK-based startup Halixia, a digital platform designed to help people live better longer lives.

JoAnne lives in Connecticut. She received a Master’s in Public Administration & Policy from American University and a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Julien Pahud

Julien is passionate about digital transformation, innovation and Digital Health; a geeky intrapreneur to make it short!

After years of various leadership roles at both local and international level (such as European Customer Analytics Team Leader, Head of Operations Switzerland or National Sales Manager) and two years in Germany leading the Analytics Transformation for the German Hub (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), he is now back to his native Switzerland as International Digital Health & Innovation Sr Director with Eli Lilly International Business Unit. In addition to this role, he has been studying Blockchains as well as theorizing and piloting how they could disrupt today’s business model, especially in the little-studied field of Health Data. On the personal side, when he's not taxiing his kids to basketball practice, he likes to host game-nights, play beach volleyball (weather permitting) and collect vinyl records.

Kassim Javaid

Dr Javaid is an adult rheumatologist and Associate Professor in metabolic bone disease at the University of Oxford. He specializes in common and rare metabolic bone diseases. He is the clinical lead for Oxford Fracture Prevention Service, and the national Fracture Liaison Service Audit for England and Wales and co-chairs the Capture the Fracture programme. Hi is the clinical lead for the Oxford Rare bone disease service for adults and the Musculoskeletal Genomic Clinical Interpretation partnership. His research interests include the epidemiology of musculoskeletal diseases with a focus on rare diseases of the bone, vitamin D and secondary fracture prevention.

Keizo Takemi

Keizo Takemi is a member of the House of Councillors of the Japanese Parliament, or Diet, where he belongs to the Liberal Democratic Party. He has been a senior fellow with the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) since 2007, and was a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health from November 2007 to June 2009. Takemi has been involved in various global initiatives including the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), WHO expert working group on R&D Financing, and the international organizing committee of the Prince Mahidol Award Conference (PMAC). He has also been serving as the chair of the parliamentary caucus on Stop TB Partnership and the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD).

In 2016, he was appointed to the UN High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, and in 2018, to the UHC Financing Advisory Committee for the G20 2019. He has served as Senior Vice Minister for Health, Labour and Welfare, and State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, where he led the initiative to establish the UN Trust Fund for Human Security. Within the LDP, he is Chairperson of the Special Committee on Global Health Strategy of the LDP Policy Research Council, Acting Chairperson of Headquarters for Novel Coronavirus, Acting Chairperson of Project Team for COVID-19 Vaccines and Chairperson of Subcommittee on Governance for Infectious Diseases. In recognition of his contributions to the field over the past decade, he was appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in July 2019.

Prof. Mario Barbagallo, MD, PhD

Prof. Mario Barbagallo, MD, PhD, is Full Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics; Director of the Department of Medicine, University Hospital of Palermo; Director of the Post-graduate program in Geriatrics;

President of IAGG-ER (International association of Geriatrics-European Region).

Member of the Superior Council of the Italian Minister of Health.

He is included in the list of the Top Italian Scientists (

He previously worked in Parma and in Rome where he obtained the PhD, and in the US (at the Cornell University Medical Center, NY, NY, USA, and as a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA).

He is an expert of clinical, social and biological problems related aging, and to the prevention and treatment of aging-related diseases.

He is member of numerous national and international scientific societies and appreciated speaker in Italy and abroad. Author of over 500 publications in scientific journals.

Mary Bussell

Dr Bussell’s career has led to a comprehensive knowledge of the health ecosystem with expertise in building and managing relationships with key stakeholders locally, nationally and globally. As a health professional committed to public health, Dr Bussell examines the burden of diseases and the need for transformative change to provide patient-centric care through all stages of life. She led Economist Impact’s global research on integrated care pathways in bone health and researched and authored The Economist Intelligence Unit’s comparative analysis of lung cancer policies in Europe. In addition Dr Bussell leads The Economist Group’s Vaccine Ecosystem Initiative aiming to promote a sustainable vaccine ecosystem by examining and reimagining elements critical for vaccine development, deployment, and adoption.

Dr Bussell received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University, a Master's in Public Health in health policy and comparative health systems, a second Master’s in political science and comparative politics, and, a Doctorate in medical innovation, technology development and the role of public-private partnerships from Columbia University.

Massimo Visentin

Massimo Visentin is a senior executive in Pfizer whose current role is President, Chief Commercial Office in the International Developed Markets, which includes Europe, the UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Korea.  He has held positions of increasing responsibility during his 19 years in the pharmaceutical industry. His expertise is varied and includes leading the mid-size European countries such as Greece, Portugal and Ireland amongst others.  Prior to that he was General Manager of Pfizer in Italy,  has led the Specialty business in Greece following his tenure in the finance team. He has lived in Amsterdam, Paris and Greece as well as his native Italy.  Massimo  is a keen runner and  loves to spend time with his daughter.

Matteo Cesari

Matteo Cesari, MD, PhD, is a Scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO; Geneva, Switzerland) in the field of Geriatrics and Gerontology. He is Professor of Geriatrics on leave at the University of Milan (Milan, Italy).

His research activities have always been focused on the frailty condition and strategies aimed at preventing the disabling cascade. In particular, Dr. Cesari’s activities at the WHO are primarily aimed at the development of policies to promote healthy ageing and improve care services for older persons.

Dr. Cesari has published more than 600 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and his h-index is 85. He is a coordinator of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EuGMS) Special Interest Group on “Frailty and resilience in older persons”, and member of the EuGMS Academic Board.

Matthew Blake

Matthew Blake holds completed his undergraduate studies in international affairs, Boston College, Universite Robert Schuman, Institut Etudes Politiques (IEP); Master’s in Public Administration, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; Certified Investment Management Analyst, Wharton School of Business in partnership with the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA). Former: Business and Market Risk Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Investment Consultant, Oppenheimer & Co., with responsibilities for institutional and private client portfolios; Head, Banking and Capital Markets, World Economic Forum, tasked with formulating and implementing the Forum’s value proposition for the sector. Currently, Head of Financial and Monetary System Initiatives, World Economic Forum; responsible for the strategic direction, execution, and impact of flagship Forum initiative on the global financial and monetary system. Deputy Mayor, Incorporated Village of Ocean Beach, Suffolk County, NY. Volunteer firefighter, Suffolk County, NY.

Michael Wright

Michael Wright opened Home Instead's 8th Irish office in Thurles, Co. Tipperary in 2008 and managed this to 2019 when he joined Home Instead Ireland's National Office as Director of Public Affairs. In this role Michael developed Home Instead's strategy in response to Government policy to introduce home care regulation and a statutory right to home care for Irish citizens.

Since 2021 Michael is Director of Corporate Operations for Home Instead Ireland and has responsibility for the operations of 20 Home Instead offices in Ireland. Home Instead is Ireland’s largest private home care company, delivering home support services publicly funded by the Irish Health Service (Health Service Executive) and funded privately by individuals and their families. Home Instead Ireland is part of a global network of Home Instead companies operating in a dozen countries around the globe.

Mikiro Suga

Mikiro Suga was appointed the Head of Health and Welfare at the Japan External Trade Organization’s New York Office in November 2019. JETRO is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world. Mikiro is conducting research on health care system in U.S. He is committed to strengthen U.S.-Japan relations on healthcare and promoting mutual understanding.

Since joining the Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare Japan in 2006, Mikiro has served in several positions including the Health Policy Bureau, the Insurance Bureau and the Minister’s Secretariat. He was involved in drafting bills and the Comprehensive Drug Reinforcement Strategy and setting a target of the volume share of generic drugs to at least 80%. He will return to the MHLW in 2023 and be involved in developing policies in Japan.

My Linh Ka

My Linh Kha is Senior Vice President and Regional General Manager, JAPAC. She was appointed as Vice President & General Manager, Japan Asia-Pacific (JAPAC) in November 2020. Until July 2021, she was also Vice President and General Manager of Amgen China. Prior to returning to Amgen Australia as the General Manager in 2016, My Linh spent more than two years as Executive Director Marketing for Amgen’s Intercontinental Region (Latin America, Canada, Turkey, Middle East & Africa).

Ms. Kha has had more than 20 years of broad international experience in both emerging and mature markets in the biopharmaceutical industry. Ms. Kha’s expertise includes business start-ups, turn around and transformations. She has deep knowledge of brand and organization strategy, healthcare regulatory policy and product pricing. She has a track record of delivering performances beating market expectations.

Ms. Kha began her career with Amgen in early 2011 when she joined Amgen Australia as the Business Unit Director for General Medicine, with responsibility for the Bone, Nephrology and Cardiology therapeutic areas.

Before joining Amgen, Ms. Kha spent more than a decade at Merck (MSD) taking various leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including Marketing Lead (New Zealand), Managing Director (Vietnam), and Head of Commercial Operations (Korea).

Ms. Kha’s career started in the building and construction industry where she worked in business development and management consulting.
Ms. Kha holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Law degree from University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Neil Johnson

Neil Johnson is Chief Executive of Croí, the Irish Heart & Stroke Charity and the Irish National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health. He is a founder and Executive Director of the Global Heart Hub, the international alliance of heart patient organisations. The Global Heart Hub aims to provide a voice for those living with or affected cardiovascular disease.

He has over 30 years leadership, management and development experience in the ‘not-for-profit’ sector in the field of cardiovascular health – working across service development; prevention, rehabilitation; education and training; research; patient engagement and patient advocacy. He is a founder of Ireland’s first Heart & Stroke Centre dedicated to cardiovascular health and wellbeing which is recognised by the European Society of Cardiology as a European Centre of Excellence in CVD prevention.

He is an Honorary Clinical Fellow of the School of Medicine at the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Fellow of the National Institute for Prevention and Cardiovascular Health. He holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from the NUI, Galway.

Orlaith Carmody

Orlaith Carmody is a communications consultant and executive coach, and Principal Business Advisor to Age Friendly Ireland. She has delivered key notes, coaching and training for many years, nationally and internationally, and has facilitated high level workshops and strategy days.

Orlaith is the author of  Perform As A Leader, which offers a complete toolkit to anyone looking to develop their front line communication skills – pitching, presenting, chairing, negotiating, performing on the media or coaching and leading teams.

Following an early career as a broadcast journalist with Irish National station RTÉ, Orlaith became a director of a number of SMEs in media and recruitment, and served on the board of RTÉ from 2010 to 2015. She currently serves on the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Paula Narváez Ojeda

H.E. Ms. Paula Narváez Ojeda is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations. She presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres on 8 June 2022. Before this latest appointment, Ms. Narváez was the Officer-in-Charge at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) in Guatemala, from February to May 2022. She also served as Socio-Political Adviser at the UN-Women Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, from October 2021 to February 2022, and Regional Adviser for Governance and Political Participation in the same office, from 2018 to 2020. Between 2016 and 2018, Ambassador Narváez was Minister Secretary General of Government, and she served as a Presidential Adviser from 2014 to 2016. From 2012 until 2014, she was a Latin America and Caribbean Section Program Specialist at UN-Women, based in New York. Following the eruption of the Chaitén Volcano in Chile in May 2008, Ambassador Narváez served as the delegate of then-President Michelle Bachelet to the Chaitén Volcano Emergency, from 2008 to 2009. She has also held a number of other Government positions. Ambassador Narváez earned a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in the United States; a master’s degree in economics and regional management from the Universidad Austral de Chile; © Picture – Gobierno de Chile and a degree in psychology from the Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello, also in Chile.

Philip Hogan

Philip is a CEO and founder of Origin Care Group  an age/ med tech company.  Origin Care Group developed award winning ACORN Age Friendly smart tablet and solutions to support organisations digitally engage patients and clients.

With over 26+ years of global technology expertise Philip was co-founder and CCO of Openet, a global telecommunications software provider and one of Ireland’s largest software companies. He established Openet as a global leader in telecommunication software. Now focussing his skills on the Age tech market to develop patient centric digital health and wellbeing solutions.

Philip holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer applications from DCU. He also holds a number of senior Board Advisor positions with Software and Telecommunications, Information systems and Health Care solution companies.

Pol Vandenbroucke

Dr. Vandenbroucke’s career has been dedicated to Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, and Marketing in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Before his current position, he was responsible for Medical Strategy for Pfizer Inc. and for Medical Affairs of Pfizer’s Essential Health portfolio in North America.

He previously also led the Clinical Development of all Pfizer compounds in Asia, Central/Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Africa-Middle East and of Pfizer’s Established Products globally.

He was also responsible for developing compounds specifically for diseases of the developing world, such as malaria and river blindness.

Dr. Vandenbroucke serves on the Board of AFAR and BIO Ventures for Global Health. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, University of the Witwatersrand-Johannesburg, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, CA. He also is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Medicine of the United Kingdom.

A frequent speaker on health, aging, diversity, and policy issues, he is also a Visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College and the Module Coordinator for Medical Affairs in the Medicines Development Certificate Program at IFAPP Academy and King’s College London.

Ramsey Alwin

Ramsey Alwin is the president and CEO of the National Council on Aging (NCOA). She holds a Bachelors degree from Simmons University and an MBA from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. At NCOA, Ramsey leads a nationwide movement to ensure equitable aging for every American. A seasoned thought leader and policy advocate, Alwin has changed the way people think about older adult poverty and economic security. She designed a new measure of economic security for older adults that better accounts for out-of-pocket health costs and worked to introduce the Measuring American Poverty Act in Congress to redefine the federal poverty measure for the older population. Thanks to Alwin’s efforts, the U.S. Census Bureau formally implemented the Supplemental Poverty Measure nationwide, virtually doubling the elder poverty count and better demonstrating true needs among this population.

Rich Nuzum

Rich Nuzum is Executive Director, Investments and Global Chief Investment Strategist. Rich is also the Executive Sponsor for Mercer’s Pride Business Resource Network. Before this role, Rich was President of Mercer’s Investments & Retirement business for five years and a member of Mercer’s Executive Leadership Team.

Rich is responsible for Mercer’s delivery of investment consulting, open architecture manager-of-managers investment management, and retirement actuarial consulting services and solutions globally. During the past 25 years, Rich has provided investment advice to clients in more than 20 countries, including many of the world’s largest institutional investors.

Rich holds an MBA (with high honors) in analytic finance and accounting from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree (with honors) in mathematical sciences and mathematical economic analysis from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Rich also did graduate work in international economics at Tokyo University. He is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute.

Richard Eisenberg

Richard Eisenberg is an "unretired" freelance writer, editor and podcaster. He currently writes "The View From Unretirement" column for MarketWatch; writes for Next Avenue, the PBS site for people 50+; and co-hosts the Friends Talk Money podcast. Previously, he was Managing Editor and Money and Work channels Editor at Next Avenue; Executive Editor of Money; and Front Page Finance Editor of Yahoo! He is author of "How to Avoid a Midlife Financial Crisis" and "The Money Book of Personal Finance." He helped lead the Age Boom Academy in

2022 and mentored at the Geronotological Society of America Journalists in Aging program. He received Coming of Age's 2022 Impact Award for Leadership in Positive Aging.

Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson is an internationally recognized authority on global aging and retirement policy. He is president of the Global Aging Institute (GAI), a nonprofit research and educational organization he founded in 2014 that is dedicated to improving understanding of the economic, social, and geopolitical challenges created by demographic change, and especially population aging, in the United States and around the world. Richard is the author or co-author of numerous policy studies, has spoken on aging-related issues at dozens of conferences in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States, and is widely quoted in the international media. He holds a B.A. from SUNY at Albany and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Richard Lui

Richard Lui’s 30-year career sits at the intersection of politics, journalism, technology, filmmaking, publishing, and finance. Currently he is news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News and formerly at CNN Worldwide. In 2007, he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily national news broadcast in America.

Ritu Sadana

Dr Ritu Sadana is Head of the WHO Secretariat for the independent Council on the Economics of Health for All,  that aims to reorient economic and financial policy to increase public and private investments for health in multiple sectors.  She is also Head of WHO’s Ageing and Health Unit, where she led the research and writing of WHO’s Decade of Healthy Ageing: baseline report, coordinated the development of the first WHO Global Strategy on Ageing and Health including conceiving the objective towards the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing and co-authored the WHO World Report on Ageing and Health.  She is Principle Investigator of WHO’s new area of work to Extend the Benefits of Healthy Ageing across the Life Course, involving policy makers, researchers and civil society in health, education, labor and social protection.  Working with public and private sectors, Dr Sadana has championed health equity in low, middle- and high-income countries, earned her Doctor of Science degree from Harvard University and Master of Science degree from UCLA, and has expertise in economics, epidemiology, demography and health policy. She has over 200 scientific and policy publications.

Roxana Widmer-Iliescu

Senior Coordinator Digital Inclusion International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Ms Widmer-Iliescu has 25 years of experience and contribution to the overarching goal of Digital Inclusion through her work in the Development Sector of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Ms Widmer-Iliescu advises ITU members and stakeholders on establishing policies and executing strategies to meet all people's needs in using information and communication technologies (ICTs), especially for those in vulnerable situations. In response to the two megatrends of the ageing population and technology rise and in line with the engagements of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing 2021-2030, Ms Widmer-Iliescu also uses her holistic expertise to address the topic of ageing in a digital world to support policy and decision-makers in building digitally inclusive and age-friendly environments for present and future generations.

Finally, Ms Widmer-Iliescu advocates and promotes ICTs/digital accessibility as the key enabler to ensure active participation in the digital society and economy of everyone and thus ensure that no one is left behind in the digital age.

Rune Hørby

Rune Hørby is Vaccines Policy Director for Mid-Europe at MSD. His role is to lead the Vaccines Policy Strategy across 32 European countries to create better access to vaccination for all age groups across Europe.

Prior to joining MSD 6 years ago, Rune worked in different positions and locations within the Danish Foreign Service, including most recently as the Director of the Danish foreign investment promotion agency, Invest in Denmark, in North America. Through his work, he’s developed expertise in political decision-making and the drivers of healthcare prioritization in that context.

Rune graduated from University of Copenhagen and holds a Master of Law degree.

Shalini Desai

Dr. Shalini Desai is a Medical Officer within the Immunization, Vaccines and Biologics Department at the World Health Organization.

Dr. Desai has a background in pediatric infectious diseases and public health.  She has worked in the field of immunizations for many years nationally and globally.  Her specific interests are related to using evidence to inform policy and vaccine program implementation in populations such as older persons.  She has published in peer review journals and continues to work to have impact in these areas.

Siveem al Nashar

Siveem El Nashar works with the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) that is the lead Mayoral agency addressing public policy and service issues for the aging. It is also the largest agency in the federal network of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in the United States. Ms. El Nashar serves as a Senior Director of Older Adult Workforce -Commissioner's Message - DFTA ( and has been in the field of Workforce Development for 15+ years both in Canada and the US government and non-profit sectors. She holds master's degree in Political Economics & Labor Market and is fluent in three languages. She currently resides in NYC with her husband and children and is most proud of being a mom to their three children.

Stefan Oelrich

Stefan Oelrich has been a member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and head of the Pharmaceuticals Division, headquartered in Berlin, Germany, since November 1, 2018. He is also responsible for the region Europe/Middle East.

Oelrich was born in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, on June 1, 1968. After graduating from high school in Paris, France, he joined Bayer AG as a commercial trainee in 1989 and qualified as a commercial assistant in 1991. Over the next 20 years, he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in the health care business in Latin America, Europe and the United States. In 1998, after working in Argentina and Uruguay, Oelrich transferred to headquarters in Leverkusen for two years before assuming responsibility for Pharmaceuticals in Belgium. Between 2003 and 2005, he was Vice President of Marketing at Pharmaceuticals in the United States. He was subsequently appointed President of Healthcare and Diagnostics in France. In 2006, Oelrich returned to the United States as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Women’s Healthcare.

In 2011, he joined Sanofi as General Manager in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In 2015, Oelrich became head of Sanofi’s Diabetes and Cardiovascular business unit in Europe. At the same time, he served as Sanofi Europe Coordinator. In 2016, Oelrich became head of Sanofi’s global diabetes franchise. A year later, he was appointed Executive Vice President Diabetes & Cardiovascular on the Executive Committee of Sanofi.

Since 2016, Oelrich has been a member of the Supervisory Board of the Berlin Institute of Health.

Oelrich is a German citizen. He is married and has two children.

Stefano Costanzo

Stephen Donnelly

Stephen Donnelly TD is the Minister for Health. He was appointed to this role in June 2020.
He has been a TD for the Wicklow constituency since the 2011 general election.

Stephen has previously worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co., specialising in transformational change for large public and private sector organisations.

He has worked across many sectors, including private equity, retail, public infrastructure, healthcare, education, international development, and the voluntary and social sectors.

At the Harvard Kennedy School he studied international development, with a focus on rebuilding economies and protecting and strengthening vulnerable populations.

Sue Peschin

Sue Peschin, MHS, is President & CEO of the Alliance for Aging Research, the leading nonprofit organization accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries to improve the experience of aging and health. Ms. Peschin has guided efforts to increase federal investment in aging research; raise awareness of geriatric cardiovascular diseases; develop Talk NERDY to Me, a research advisory network of more than 120 older adult patients and family caregivers; advocate for patient affordability and equity-based value frameworks; and improve Medicare treatment access. Ms. Peschin serves on the Boards of: Heart Valve Voice U.S.; the National Health Council; the Committee for Advancement of Respite Research; and the Preparedness and Treatment Equity Coalition; as well as on the Science Advisory Board for the UCSF-Stanford Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation; the USP Council of the Convention; and on the UMD Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Community Advisory Board.

Thiago Hérick de Sá

Dr. Thiago Hérick de Sá holds a degree in Sports Science, and a Masters and PhD in Public Health from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He started his career as a physical educator, working with older people at hospitals, primary care settings and households in Brazil. Since 2010, Thiago has worked as a researcher in Brazil and in the UK, with a track record of scientific publications in high-impact journals.

Thiago joined WHO in 2017 to support the work around urban, transport and health, including the development of WHO’s Urban Health Initiative (ongoing) and WHO’s Urban Health Research Agenda (2022). He also led the development of several technical resources such as the Sourcebook on Integrating Health in Urban and Territorial Planning (2020) and the adaptation for global use of the HEAT tool (2021).

In 2022, Thiago joined the Department of Social Determinants of Health to lead the work on Age-friendly Environments, including the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

Tracy Laabs

Dr. Tracy Laabs is the Chief Development Officer at the Wyss Center for Bio and Neuroengineering in Geneva, Switzerland. In this role, she leads the Center’s development strategy, partnerships and fundraising efforts to accelerate the translation of science and technology to the patient. She assumed this role in Spring of 2020 after five years as the Founding Deputy Director of the Center where she was instrumental in growing and evolving the Center into an international leader in neurotechnology translation. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Brain Project, an international organization advocating for women’s brain and mental health, and is a member of a Thrive with Mentoring community in Western Switzerland.

Dr. Laabs has over eighteen years of combined professional and research experience in multiple life science disciplines including neuroscience, neurotechnology, molecular biology, physiology, human performance, and regenerative medicine. Prior to joining the Wyss Center, she was a Senior Scientist at Strategic Analysis, Inc. where she provided technical expertise and scientific program management support on high risk, multidisciplinary programs at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Defense Sciences (DSO) and Biological Technologies offices (BTO).

Dr. Laabs has extensive research experience as well as experience in strategic planning, development and management of high risk/high reward multidisciplinary programs and coordinating interdisciplinary teams of academic and industrial scientists in the development of technologies. She enjoys mentoring young scientists and entrepreneurs, writing and presenting to broad audiences about neuroscience and neurotechnology translation. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a BS in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (US).

Veli-Mikko Niemi

Veli-Mikko Niemi was appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in August 2022. Previously he worked as Director General of the Department for Communities and Functional Capacity and the Department for Promotion of Welfare and Health. When acting as Director of the International Affairs Unit he was responsible for the Ministry´s coordination of the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the European Union (2019). Niemi worked as Director of Food Safety at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in 2007–2014 and as Deputy Director General in 2002–2007. Before that, he held various expert positions at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the European Commission. Niemi holds the degree of Licentiate of Veterinary Medicine.

Yosuke Kita

Dr. Kita is Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations. Prior to joining the Permanent Mission, he was Senior Coordinator for Global Health and Director of the Office for Global Strategy of Medical Service and Health Industry in the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare of Japan. He has also served in the Yamaguchi Prefectural Government, and as a Medical Officer for Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and the WHO’s Global Malaria Programme.

Dr. Kita received his MD from MIE University School of Medicine in Japan, his MPH from Yale University School of Public Health, and his MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Public Policy, and his work has been published in numerous global publications.

Yuka Sumi

Medical Officer, Ageing and Health, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health and Ageing (MCA), UHC life course, World Health Organization

Yuka Sumi holds an MD from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, a PhD from Osaka University, Japan, and MPH from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She is a certified specialist of Acute and Critical Care Medicine. She has worked as an associate professor in the Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine and in the Faculty of Gerontology in Juntendo University. In 2016, she joined the Healthcare New Frontier Promotion Headquarters Office in Kanagawa Prefectural Government in Japan as a Global Health Senior Project Leader.

Since December 2016, she is responsible for WHO Integrated Care for Older People (ICOPE) approach and involved in the publication of ICOPE guidelines in 2017, and led the development of ICOPE package of tools such as ICOPE handbook and digital app: guidance for person-centred assessment and pathways in primary care in 2019. She is a secretariat of WHO Clinical Consortium on Healthy ageing (CCHA)  to contribute to the development of standards and guidelines on the clinical aspects of Healthy Ageing. Under CCHA, she coordinates activities such as ICOPE implementation pilot programme, and published ‘ICOPE implementation pilot programme ready-phase report’ in 2022 to support country implementation. She is responsible for clinical guideline development on chronic low back pain for adults. For COVID-19 response, she has been a focal person on care for older people, contributing to several COVID technical guidance.  

Etienne Krug

Dr. Krug is Director of the Department for Social Determinants of Health at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He leads global efforts to prevent violence and injuries, to address social determinants of health and promote healthy ageing. He oversees the development of intergovernmental resolutions and global reports, the implementation of multi-country development projects, and advocacy campaigns. He Chairs the International Organizing Committee for World Conferences on Injury Prevention, the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration and Co-Chairs the Executive Committee of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children. He is a member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals. Before joining WHO, Dr. Krug worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, USA, with Médecins sans Frontières and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Dr. Krug holds a degree as Medical Doctor from the University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Harvard University and has received many awards.

Ambassador Paula Naváez Ojeda 

Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations

H.E. Ms. Paula Narváez Ojeda is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations. She presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres on 8 June 2022. Before this latest appointment, Ms. Narváez was the Officer-in-Charge at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) in Guatemala, from February to May 2022. She also served as Socio-Political Adviser at the UN-Women Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, from October 2021 to February 2022, and Regional Adviser for Governance and Political Participation in the same office, from 2018 to 2020. Between 2016 and 2018, Ambassador Narváez was Minister Secretary General of Government, and she served as a Presidential Adviser from 2014 to 2016. From 2012 until 2014, she was a Latin America and Caribbean Section Program Specialist at UN-Women, based in New York. Following the eruption of the Chaitén Volcano in Chile in May 2008, Ambassador Narváez served as the delegate of then-President Michelle Bachelet to the Chaitén Volcano Emergency, from 2008 to 2009. She has also held a number of other Government positions. Ambassador Narváez earned a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in the United States; a master’s degree in economics and regional management from the Universidad Austral de Chile; © Picture – Gobierno de Chile and a degree in psychology from the Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello, also in Chile.


Charles Bark

Founder and CEO, HiNounou

Charles has graduated from Oxford, HEC Paris and UTC and is fluent in French (native), English, Chinese and Korean. He is a Senior International Director whose career spans 10 years in Executive Education, 20 years in Innovation Digital Transformation including 10 years of general management, in both corporate and entrepreneurial environment.

He has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and Asia and his experience ranges from R&D, Consulting to Business developments in {Bio-Med-Insur} TECH in 4 continents. For the past 16 years, he is based in Shanghai and scale up Digital Health Innovation in Preventive Care, Healthy Longevity for Older Adults and Chronic Patients in 12 countries. He is passionate to facilitate Innovative Digital Transformation in Healthcare pathway worldwide. His latest consultancy in APAC region was to define the Universal Health Coverage 2.0 for the World Economic Forum with KPMG and Sanofi.  

After a combined 12Y R&D in 4 countries, Charles founded his startup HiNounou Intelligent Robot. HiNounou is AI Predictive Healthcare Data Platform company that helps Seniors and Chronic Disease Patients to live Longer, Healthier and Happier at home.

Conny Helder

Ian Philp

Mateusz Rafat

Deputy Director at the Digital Transformation Center at the Ministry of Education and Science

Stephania Ilinic

Teena Gates

Family caregiver and former journalist

Ambassador H.E Paula Narvaez

H.E. Ms. Paula Narváez Ojeda is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations. She presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres on 8 June 2022. Before this latest appointment, Ms. Narváez was the Officer-in-Charge at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) in Guatemala, from February to May 2022. She also served as Socio-Political Adviser at the UN-Women Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, from October 2021 to February 2022, and Regional Adviser for Governance and Political Participation in the same office, from 2018 to 2020. Between 2016 and 2018, Ambassador Narváez was Minister Secretary General of Government, and she served as a Presidential Adviser from 2014 to 2016. From 2012 until 2014, she was a Latin America and Caribbean Section Program Specialist at UN-Women, based in New York. Following the eruption of the Chaitén Volcano in Chile in May 2008, Ambassador Narváez served as the delegate of then-President Michelle Bachelet to the Chaitén Volcano Emergency, from 2008 to 2009. She has also held a number of other Government positions. Ambassador Narváez earned a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University in the United States; a master’s degree in economics and regional management from the Universidad Austral de Chile; © Picture – Gobierno de Chile and a degree in psychology from the Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello, also in Chile.

Mario Ottiglio

President, GCOA Europe

Mario Ottiglio leads the Geneva, Switzerland office of High Lantern Group. He brings over a decade of leadership at global health organizations – spanning the public and private sectors to meet the public affairs needs of clients across Europe and Asia. Mario focuses on the global reputation strategies of firms, trade associations and international institutions, especially in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and life sciences sectors. He holds experience in managing trade associations and building consensus among diverse interests for creative public affairs solutions. In addition, he has extensive knowledge of the United Nations system.


Previously, Mario served as the Director of Public Affairs, Communications & Global Health Policy at the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA). In this role, he acted as a spokesperson for the global R&D biopharmaceutical industry, promoting active, cross-sector dialogue with key stakeholders. Mario was often involved with high profile media and authored several thought pieces. Prior to that, he worked in public institutions and private firms across a range of issues. An Italian national, he holds a MA in Political Sciences and International Relations. Mario speaks English, French and Italian

Stefania Ilinca

Technical Advisor on Long-term Care, WHO European Office, World Health Organization

I am a health economist interested in multi-disciplinary research on equity, ageing, health and social policy. My work focuses on discrimination and inequity in access to health and long-term care, with particular attention to intersecting inequalities and disadvantage accumulation over the life course. At WHO Europe I will be supporting the work of the recently initiated programme to strengthen long-term care across the region, providing technical support on long-term care as well as reviewing evidence, models of care and setting up regional networks to support cross-country learning.

José Ángel Gurria

As Secretary-General of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 2006, Angel Gurría has firmly established the Organisation as a pillar of the global economic governance architecture including the G7, G20 and APEC, and a reference point in the design and implementation of better policies for better lives. He has broadened OECD’s membership with the accession of Chile, Estonia, Israel, Latvia and Slovenia, and has made the Organisation more inclusive by strengthening its links with key emerging economies. Under his watch, the OECD is leading the effort to reform the international tax system, and to improve governance frameworks in anti-corruption and other fields. He has also heralded a new growth narrative that promotes the well-being of people, including women, gender and youth, and has scaled up the OECD contribution to the global agenda, including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Christine Lagarde

Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

After being admitted as a lawyer to the Paris Bar, Christine Lagarde joined the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie as an associate, specializing in Labor, Anti-trust, and Mergers & Acquisitions. A member of the Executive Committee of the Firm in 1995, Christine Lagarde became the Chairman of the Global Executive Committee of Baker & McKenzie in 1999, and subsequently Chairman of the Global Strategic Committee in 2004.

Christine Lagarde joined the French government in June 2005 as Minister for Foreign Trade. After a brief stint as Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, in June 2007 she became the first woman to hold the post of Finance and Economy Minister of a G-7 country. From July to December 2008, she also chaired the ECOFIN Council, which brings together Economics and Finance Ministers of the European Union.

As a member of the G-20, Christine Lagarde was involved in the Group's management of the financial crisis, helping to foster international policies related to financial supervision and regulation and to strengthen global economic governance. As Chairman of the G-20 when France took over its presidency for the year 2011, she launched a wide-ranging work agenda on the reform of the international monetary system.

In July 2011, Christine Lagarde became the eleventh Managing Director of the IMF, and the first woman to hold that position. Christine Lagarde was named Officier in the Légion d'honneur in April 2012.

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.