Secretariat & Directors


Jane Barratt


Jane Barratt is the Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing, an organization with members in 62 countries which represents 50 million older people. She brings to her position over 35 years of public and private sector experience in public health, community and aged care, and ageing …

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Greg Shaw


Greg Shaw serves as Director of International and Corporate Relations for the International Federation on Ageing. Prior to joining the IFA, he held senior management positions within the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, working with residential and community aged care programs …

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Paula A. Colaso


Paula Colaso joined the IFA team as the Media, Marketing and Communications Officer in March 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo, specializing in Speech Communications and Business.  As part of her degree, she participated in the globally recognized co-op program and sought …

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Jessica Rochman-Fowler


Jessica Rochman-Fowler joined the IFA team as a project officer in 2016. Jessica holds a Masters of Social Work from York University, where she focused her research on the effects of capacity to consent to treatment legislation on people who are institutionalized.

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Hannah Girdler


Hannah Girdler joined the IFA team as a Project Officer in 2017. She recently completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, earning a BSc in Global Health and Bioethics. Hannah was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship, which allowed her to travel to Nairobi, Kenya …

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Angela Burns


Angela Burns joined the IFA team as a project officer in October 2017. Angela first developed an interest in ageing while working towards her Bachelor of Health Sciences at Western University, where she gained theoretical and practical knowledge of health issues pertaining to older persons, including …

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Megan Acton


Megan Acton joined the IFA team as a Project Officer in February 2018. She recently spent a year abroad in London, UK to complete her master’s degree in Ageing and Society, taught by the Institute of Gerontology at King’s College London. There, she gained a strong understanding of the experiences of …

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Nathalia Wittingham


3 Nathalia Wittingham joined the IFA team as a conference and events intern in 2018, she is currently a student at George Brown College in the special events management program.

She holds a diploma in dental assisting from Fanshawe College, London Ontario and she worked in the dental industry for …

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Bjarne Hastrup


Bjarne Hastrup (M.Sc.Econ.) is CEO and founder of DaneAge Association.  Under his leadership, DaneAge has grown to almost 830,000 members (a large number compared to the total population of 5.5 million).
Mr. Hastrup is very active in the debate on social welfare in Denmark and has, being a prolific …

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Amy D'Aprix


Dr. Amy D’Aprix is an internationally renowned expert on lifestyle issues related to aging. In Canada, she works with a number of organizations and consults BMO Financial Group as a Life Transition Expert.

Dr. Amy, as she is affectionately known, uses her gerontological social work background to …

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Alan How


Mr. How has been the treasurer of the International Federation on Ageing since 2006. He is the Group Director of Finance of the Avenues Group, a charity which provides specialist social care to people living with illness and disability, ensuring they can live full lives in their communities.

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Madanumbal Boolell


Madanumbal Boolell worked at the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation for 23 years from 1967 to 1990 as a presenter, newscaster, reporter and live broadcast commentator for radio and television. She also served as a senior producer and program organizer.

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Graeme Prior


Mr. Prior is Chief Executive Officer of the Hall + Prior Residential Health and Aged Care Organization. He was born and educated in Perth, and completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Western Australia in 1983.

Hall + Prior provides care to approximately 1,200 high care residential clients …

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Ruth Marks


Ms. Marks is the Chief Executive of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action. She leads the independent national membership body for the third sector in Wales and sits on several advisory committees covering a range of social and economic policy themes.

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Sandra Hirst


Dr. Sandra Hirst is an Associate Professor in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Nursing. She has held a number of leadership positions in gerontology, including President of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association, President of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, and President of the …

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Grace Chan


Ms. Grace Chan is the Chief Officer of Elderly Service of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service,  an umbrella organization of over 440 non-governmental organizations which together provide 90% of Hong Kong’s social welfare services. Ms. Chan sits on a number of networks, committees, and appeal …

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Yitzhak Brick

Professor Brick was the President of the International Federation on Ageing between 2000 and 2006. He served as Director General of JDC-ESHEL, the Association for the Planning and Development of Services for the Aged in Israel, from 1988 to 2012.

Before to his time at JDC-ESHEL, Professor Brick spent …

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Ayuk Eyong Christian

Ayuk Eyong Christian works at the Medical Corporation Junkei-kai in Akita City, Japan. He also serves as Vice President of the Friends of IFA (FOIFA) Japan. He has vast experience attending and participating in events on ageing, bringing with him an understanding of issues faced by all people as …

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Suzanne Garon

Dr. Suzanne Garon is a full professor at the University of Sherbrooke’s School of Social Work. She teaches at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level, and she is responsible for the epistemology seminar in the Gerontology Ph.D. program. She also trains practitioners in program evaluation …

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Helen R. Hamlin

Helen R. Hamlin has represented the International Federation on Ageing at the United Nations since 1991. She served there as Chair of the Non-Governmental Committee on Ageing from 1997 until 2003, and she continues to serve on the Executive Committee.

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Sue Hendy

Ms. Hendy has worked in the field of ageing for nearly 40 years. She possesses a deep understanding of issues faced by older people, including the ways in which age discrimination reduces options for older people, diminishes their capacity to pursue meaning, and prevents them from maintaining independence….

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Hisashi Hozumi

Dr. Hozumi is the CEO of the Medical Corporation Junkei-kai, an umbrella organization made up of a number of several health and long-term care facilities in Akita City, Japan.

Dr. Hozumi specializes in internal medicine, with most of his work focusing on elderly persons.

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Ralph Martins

Professor Ralph Martins is well-known and highly respected internationally as a prominent researcher in ageing and Alzheimer’s disease. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Federation on Ageing in 2014. 
Over the last 30 years, Professor Martins’ insight into Alzheimer’s disease …

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Muhammad Ajmal Khan

Dr. Muhammad Ajmal Khan is a prominent Pakistani philanthropist, social activist, and humanitarian who is the founder of the New World Hope Organization (NWHO), an organization that is engaged in humanitarian, environment and participatory development, and sustainability in Pakistan and abroad.

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Francis Njuakom Nchii

CEO, CDVTA, Cameroon

Mr. Francis Njuakom Nchii is the founder and Chief Executive of CDVTA, Cameroon’s leading organization promoting homecare for the elderly at the grassroots level. Mr. Njuakom has 21 years of experience working in the community development sector, 18 of which have been spent in the aged care sector….

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Vinod Shah

Dr. Shah is the founder and chairman of the Janaseva Foundation. He has served as Director at Large for the Board of the International Federation on Ageing. He is a renowned gastroentologist, associated with a number of prominent hospitals, a highly accomplished physician, and a teacher of medicine.

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Wang Shaozhong

Mr. Wang is Vice President of the China National Committee on Ageing. He has held numerous senior positions within China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs and the China National Working Commission on Ageing, an advisory and coordinating organ of the State Council.

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