Secretariat & Directors


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).

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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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Anna Sangster


Anna Sangster joined the IFA team as a Project Officer in 2019. She recently graduated from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health with a Master’s in Public Health specializing in Behavioural Health Sciences and Addiction Studies. Anna also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of …

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Jun Wang


Jun joined the IFA team as an Administrative Assistant in September 2019. After her seven-year career as a Marketing Specialist in an international corporate travel company, Jun returned to college to continue her education in Toronto, where she received two post-graduate …

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Wayne Nguyen

Wayne Nguyen joined the IFA team in 2019 as a Media, Marketing and Communications Officer. With a proven track record of success in marketing and communications, he works to realize his passion of helping people, not only for over 75 million older people through the membership of the IFA but also for …

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Megan Acton


Megan Acton joined the IFA team as a Project Officer in February 2018, leading the Vaccines 4 Life, Hearing, and IFA United Nations projects.

From 2016 to 2017, Megan spent a year abroad in London, UK to complete her master’s degree in Ageing Society, taught by the institute of Gerontology at King’s …

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Nathalia Wittingham


Nathalia Wittingham first joined the IFA team in 2018, and has since been promoted to Conference and Events Manager, leading various events from planning to execution.

She holds a diploma in dental assisting from Fanshawe College, London Ontario and she worked in the dental industry for over 7 …

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Nicole Pinto


Nicole Pinto joined the IFA team as a Project Officer in 2019. She recently graduated from the University of Guelph with a Master of Public Health. This degree fuelled her passion for improving health among vulnerable populations by way of effective health communication and promotion initiatives, as …

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Yifan Zheng


Yifan joined the IFA team as a Project Officer in August 2019. Yifan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Her interest in gerontology and passion for serving older people has been developed ever since she was an undergraduate …

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Robyn Beckett


Robyn joined the IFA team as a Project Officer in May 2019. Robyn is passionate about public health and social justice and their intersections. Robyn’s road to public health has not been linear. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Science from McMaster University …

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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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Ayuk Eyong Christian


Ayuk Eyong Christian works as a consultant with 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 …

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Graeme Prior




With a deep understanding of how the aged care sector is evolving and an appreciation for the diverse health and wellbeing needs of our ageing community, Graeme Prior has dedicated his career to …

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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 a social worker by profession in Hong Kong. She is currently working in the field of Innovation and Technology for Ageing of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service. Grace’s first involvement in the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) was 13 years ago.

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Xiao Caiwei

Mr. Xiao Caiwei is the Vice-president of China National Committee on Ageing. He has been working in this organization since 1987 serving as Deputy Director-general, Director-general of the International Department, Deputy Secretary General of Gerontological Society of China, Assistant President of China …

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Samantha Edmonds

Samantha Edmonds is the Silver Rainbow, National Project Manager at the National LGBTI Health Alliance. Silver Rainbow provides national coordination and support activities promoting the well-being of LGBTI elders and older people and the ongoing delivery of the LGBTI awareness training to create an …

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Suzanne Garon

Prof 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.

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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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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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Sue Hendy

Sue has worked in the field of ageing for most of her 40-year career, in many settings and diverse roles; residential care, rehabilitation, local and state government, advocacy NGO for older people, lecturer in university and member of numerous committees and working groups of government on matters …

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Kari Henley

Kari is a visionary social entrepreneur, expert host, virtual training consultant, and creative strategist in the aging industry. Age Without Borders bridges the longevity and digital revolutions, and is building a movement in redefining aging as a commitment to never stop growing.

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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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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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Francis Njuakom Nchii

CEO, CDVTA, Cameroon

Francis Njuakom Nchii, is a leading eldercare crusader, with 22 years of championing positive messages on ageing in and out of Africa. He is completely driven by his passion for inspiring a society where the elderly can be encouraged, motivated and supported, to do extraordinary things and Live fulfilled …

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Vinod Shah

Dr. Shah is Founder and Chairman of Janaseva Foundation. He served as Director at Large and is now International Director, IFA, since more than 6 years. He is renowned gastroenterologist, associated with a number of prominent hospitals, a highly accomplished physician, and a teacher of medicine.

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