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 and disability.
Dr. Barratt strives to strengthen relationships between government, NGOs, academia, and industry to influence policy and improve the quality of life of older people. She is a strong contributor to international dialogue on the social, political, cultural and physical environments that impact the lives and human rights of older people.
Over many years, Dr. Barratt has led in organizational management, staff development, and operations analysis. Her work has led to improvements in policies, programs, and client outcomes across sectors and disciplines. She is an international speaker and facilitator of repute, with a flair for thought-provoking sessions that spur audiences to action.
Dr. Barratt is a Churchill Fellow, and she was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in Canada in recognition of her efforts to enhance understanding of ageing, engage governments and the private sector, and improve the quality of life of older people.
Dr. Barratt represents the IFA at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. She is directly responsible for formal relations with the Ageing and Life Course Department of the World Health Organization. She holds numerous adjunct academic positions, executive positions, and board positions, including Age Macular Degeneration Alliance International and Baycrest, which is one the world’s premier academic health sciences centres focused on ageing, here.