Secretariat & Directors

Secretariat

Jane Barratt

SECRETARY GENERAL

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

DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL & CORPORATE RELATIONS

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

PROJECT OFFICER

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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Hannah Girdler

PROJECT OFFICER

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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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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Huong (Helen) VuThi

CONFERENCE AND EVENTS OFFICER

Huong joined the IFA in May 2019 as a Conference and Events Officer. She is currently working on a diploma of Special Event Management at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

During her time at college, she has trained within the meeting and conferences environment, and she has broadened …

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Lindsay Watt

PROJECT OFFICER

Lindsay joined the IFA team as a Project Officer in July, 2019. She recently completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University, where she studied Health Studies and Gerontology, earning an Honours BA.

Throughout Lindsay’s undergrad, she gained a strong understanding of research skills, …

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Megan Acton

PROJECT OFFICER

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

CONFERENCE AND EVENTS MANAGER

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

PROJECT OFFICER

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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Robyn Beckett

PROJECT OFFICER

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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Officers

Amy D'Aprix

PRESIDENT

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

TREASURER

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

REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, AFRICA

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

REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, ASIA PACIFIC

Graeme Prior is one of the founding Directors of Hall & Prior Residential Health & Aged Care Group and has been CEO since 1997. H&P provides care to approximately 1,800 high care residential clients and 1,000 community clients in Western Australia and New South Wales.

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Ruth Marks

REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, EUROPE

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

REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, NORTH AMERICA

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

VICE PRESIDENT, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

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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Directors

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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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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