Dr. Jan Hively Ph.D, USA, International Consultant and Country Liaison for the U.S. After a career in city and schools planning and administration, Jan Hively earned her Ph.D. in 2001 at age 69 with a dissertation on “Productive Ageing in Rural Minnesota”. Since then, she has focused on raising awareness about new opportunities and challenges for older adults based on 21st century trends and research. And she has connected people and ideas and resources in networks empowering positive, productive ageing. As an “Encore Entrepreneur,” Dr. Hively is the co-founder of several thriving networks supporting lifework planning and positive ageing, including the Vital Aging Network, ArtSage Minnesota, and the SHiFT Network. As an Encore Purpose Prize Fellow, Dr. Hively is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter and consultant for programs that engage older adult leadership and support positive, productive ageing.
Moira Allan, France, International Coordinator. Moira Allan’s career is in journalism, public relations, life coaching, training, and managing an occupation health organization. She is from South Africa and has lived and worked in Paris for the last 35 years. Since 2006, she has followed the work of the Positive Ageing movement in the U.S. and coordinated the 2Young2Retire network in Europe with its French counterpart – Le Cercle des Seniors Actifs. – the association that conceived the Pass it On Network with Jan Hively in the USA.
Dr. Marie-Françoise Fuchs, France, President of OLD’UP an association she founded in 2008. She is member of the Law and Freedom Committee of the National Gerontology Federation (FNG) and of the users’ committee of the High Authority on Health, the HAS (Haute Autorité de Santé and CRUQ). Dr. Fuchs is a Doctor of Medicine (University of Paris), psychodramatist, psychotherapist and family therapist, a member of PSYFA and SFPPG (graduate of IFEP) trainer and group facilitator, Balint groups). She is a regular speaker in many family associations, trainer Lycée Rabelais in psychology and sociology at the School of Nursing from 1985 to 1990, Project “Shares” SOS Friendships from 1985 to 1995. President of the EPE Ile de France from 1988 to 1994, President and Founder of EGPE (School of grandparents Parents Europeans from 1994 until 2004). Dr. Fuchs has published to books about grandparenting: The Art of Grandparents in 1999, Minerva Edition in collaboration with Genevieve Laplagne and psychologists EGPE; and Questions Grandparents, 2001 Edition La Martinière in collaboration with Françoise Chaze and psychologists EGPE.
Professor François Forette, France, Director of the International Longevity Centre-France, is also Professor of internal medicine and geriatrics at the University of Paris V and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Broca Hospital in Paris. She is on the Board of Directors of the French Red Cross and is a Director of the National Foundation for Gerontology. Prior functions held by Françoise Forette include that of President of the French Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (2002-2004) and Chair of the Scientific Council of the Association France Alzheimer (1992-2004). She was also Counsellor of Paris and of the General Counsel (2001-2008). Françoise Forette was a member of unit 324 of INSERM research on the neuropsychology of normal and pathological ageing (1998-2002). Her main areas of interest and expertise include epidemiology, the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension in the elderly and risk factors for dementia, health systems for the elderly, social integration and the impact of activity on longevity.
Françoise Forette served on the Expert Advisory Committee on Health of the Elderly of the World Health Organization (1984-1998) and as a member of the Commission AMM (Authorisation to Market) (1984-1986 and 1994-2000). Françoise Forette is also a member of the editorial board of Ageing: Clinical and Experimental Research and has authored over 230 scientific publications. She is the author of ”La Révolution de la Longevité.”
Richard Adler, The Institute for the Future, is principal of People & Technology, a consulting firm in Silicon Valley. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, California. He has been actively involved in the field of ageing and technology for more than two decades. At IFTF, Richard conceived and co-led a multi-client research program on Boomers: The Next 20 Years. He also served as guest editor for the Fall, 2010, issued of Generations, the journal of the American Society on Ageing, on “the future of ageing,” and organized National Forums on the Future of Ageing for ASA in 2011 and 2012. He is a board member of the Institute for the Ages.
Dr. Marie-Anne Brieu, France, MD, MBA-CPA HEC Paris. Dr. Brieu was Secretary General of ILC-France from 1995 to 2003 and has been the scientific director since then. Previously, she spent two years in cardiology at the Hospital das Clinicas, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and since her return to France, she has held various management positions in the pharmaceutical industry.
Elizabeth Isele, USA, Founder and CEO, The Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship. Elizabeth is recognized globally as a pioneering senior and intergenerational entrepreneurship expert. Her passion (grounded in data and metrics) to create an “Experienced Economy” by unleashing the potential of the 50+ and catalyzing experience across generations is contagious. She strives to eliminate the prevailing gloom and doom scenario that describes this huge demographic wave as a “silver tsunami” and replace it with the image of a “silver lining,” yielding golden dividends. Elizabeth is part of the experienced economy. As a septugenarian, she founded The Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship, a comprehensive, cross-sector (business, government, education and research) ecosystem to propel and support cross-generational experience and entrepreneurship in the workplace as well as new business startups. For the past five years, Elizabeth has been crisscrossing the globe from Australia to Chile to Dublin to Istanbul and most recently Japan, convening forums among cross-sector thought leaders to raise awareness and ignite intergenerational experience. Her Experience Incubators® – ideas into actions workshops – have been adopted by entrepreneuring individuals and organizations and governments seeking to transform the 21st century workforce worldwide. Elizabeth has been a trusted advisor for the Obama White House, and continues to be for Congress, the European Union (EU), the US State Department, i4J (Vint Cerf and David Nordfors’ Innovation for Jobs), the Clinton Global Initiative, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the W-20, G-7 and G-20 world forums, as well as many other governments, universities, private sector corporations and NGOs worldwide.
Senior Fellow in Social Innovation, Babson College
Associate Fellow for the “Silver Economy,” Chatham House: The Royal Institute of International Research
Bruce Frankel, Communications Chair for the Life Planning Network and Editor of the LPN-Q quarterly. He is also the editorial director for BSLI Redstring and a co-host for Age Without Borders. Bruce is the author of the prize-winning What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? and the bestselling World War II: History’s Greatest Conflict. Bruce was formerly a national reporter for USA TODAY and a senior writer and editor for People Magazine.
Wendy Mayhew is Canada’s most influential advocate and catalyst for senior entrepreneurship today. Wendy took over authorship of Building Your Dream, a textbook on entrepreneurship published by McGraw-Hill Ryerson, and turned the 10th edition into a best seller deemed the most practical textbook on Entrepreneurship in Canada.
An entrepreneur herself for over 35 years, Wendy thrives on helping first-time entrepreneurs over the age of 50 establish successful businesses. To create awareness of the opportunity, Wendy created the WISE 50 over 50 Awards in 2014. Now supported by 80 Canadian organizations, the 2017 award process has been such a success that Wendy’s going to expand it globally in 2018, working through partner organizations including our Pass It On Network.
Judy Rough, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances for the Society of Certified Senior Advisors (SCSA). Judy oversees the SCSA Leaders Network groups around the U.S. She connects with corporations, professional associations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, Gerontology programs, subject matter experts, and individuals to establish strategic relationships in ageing. Judy is also a member of the Age without Borders leadership team developing video and Internet-based programs to combat ageism via professional education.
Betsy Werley is Director of Network Expansion at Encore.org. She has dedicated this phase of her career to building the encore movement and helping older adults realize their potential. She moved to the nonprofit sector in 2005, as the first Executive Director of The Transition Network, leading that organization through a growth phase from one chapter to 12. In her Transition Network role, she was also a founding member of Coming of Age New York City and the Encore Network Steering Committee. Betsy was part of the first Encore Innovation Fellows cohort, and joined Encore.org’s staff in 2014 to continue her work expanding and energizing the Encore Network, as well as developing Encore.org’s global strategy.
Betsy spent the first 26 years of her career as a corporate lawyer and a business executive at JPMorgan Chase. She served as a long-time board member and President of the Financial Women’s Association, and in 2002, launched a mentoring program for Baruch College undergraduate women business majors.
Dr Joze Gricar, professor emeritus of the University of Maribor, Slovenia, is our new network liaison for Active Aging Networks, part of the Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion that he coordinates. He is on the board of the Central-European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Budapest.
He is Program Coordinator of the Inter-Municipality Initiative: Cross-border eCollaboration in the eRegion and editor of the eRegion Portal.
He received Ph.D. degree in business & information systems from the University of Ljubljana in 1984. Prior to joining the University of Maribor in 1977, he held various managerial positions in Commerce Ljubljana, Representative of foreign firms for eleven years. His current research includes eCommerce and innovative cross-border eRegion development. He chaired the annual Bled eConference (http://BledConference.org) from its inception in 1988 till 2008.
Margie van Zyl Chapman of Cape Town, South Africa, has joined the Pass It On Network as the liaison from CommonAge, an international association created in 2013 to foster learning, experience and best practice in care for the ageing throughout the 52 member countries of the British Commonwealth (see below).
Margie is a social worker by profession with a truly global vision. She’s passionate about networking, sharing stories, discovering tried and tested solutions that can be applied locally and developing intercontinental partnerships for the greater good. Her academic credentials were earned cum laudé and have led to 40 years’ experience in multicultural ageing in South Africa with specific emphasis on long-term care, leadership training, and partnership development.
She’s been on the Board of CommonAge since its inception. She’s also a long-standing board member of GAN (the Global Ageing Network, previously IAHSA, the International Association of Homes & Services for Ageing). She is the founder of the South African Care Forum. Today she heads up Take the Lead, a consultancy focused on Living well, Ageing well. Through this she will continue to influence the care sector through leadership coaching and development alongside continued collaboration and partnership development.
Tom Holloway. After 25 years with IBM, Tom retired as Systems Engineer in 1990 and taught website design and setup at Warwickshire College and University of Coventry. Since then he has been active as a ‘community worker’ making fund-raising videos and setting up websites for charities in the UK and in India. He became so engrossed in his work in India that for the past 16 years he lived in Hyderabad much of the year where he worked for several charities making fund-raising films and websites. His main energies went into converting a community centre into a community free-school in an impoverished community of Dalits and landless families. You can read more at his website holloways.org. He is Editor of U3A Signpost (UK), now online, and is Secretary/General and webmonger of the WorldU3A Online Service http://worldu3a.org and many other charity websites. He has helped to put more than 50 local U3A Groups onto the World-Wide-Web. He offers telephone assistance with setting up a ‘wiki‘ or a website for other local groups. He can be reached on SKYPE as tomathollowaysorg and at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mateen Ansari, Country Liaisons for Hyderabad, India. Mateen Ansari and Manish Rai co-founded Team Dobara four years ago in Hyderabad, India. DOBARA means Once Again, Renew, Reinvent, Reconnect. “We envision a world where the experience of people 60 years and better is treated as a reservoir of wisdom tapped to benefit our society. We believe in celebrating longevity. Mateen Ansari is a social gerontologist committed to holistic wellness in elder care. She blends the sophisticated techniques for managing ageing services from the U.S. with the social and cultural norms of India’s diverse population of elders.
Barbara Penn-Atkins, Country Liaison for the U.S. (Sunrise Beginnings), living in Phoenix, Arizona. Barbara is an expert in leadership, retirement readiness, life options, and how to build a life of significance. Atkins has written a book, rightly called 70 is the New 40. In her chapter called Discover Your Power!, Atkins describes a transition all people go through: As a person celebrates age forty and beyond, something mystical and magical happens. How we feel life should be measured begins to take a different form. There is an awakening of the self, and our individual independence becomes profoundly important. …Internally, the psyche takes on a new maturity, and it only gets better and more positive with age.
Gustavo Boog, Country Liaison for Brazil works and lives in Sao Paolo as an executive coach, writer, management & organizational development consultant and workshop conductor. He founded his own consultancy, Sistema Boog de Consultoria, in 1983. His focus is on leadership, teamwork and communication. And his forte is integrating the human dimension with business results. He is a member of Sage-ing International and a leading light in the Open University of the Third Age that meets at Sao Paolo University.
Nan Bosler: Country Liaison for Australia
Nan Bosler is the founding president of the Australia Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA), dedicated to helping older people use modern technology. She represents ASCCA nationally and internationally and served on the Digital Switchover Expert Group and the Cyber Security Awareness Week Committee.
She is a Digital Inclusion Champion and a member of Project Broadband for Seniors Kiosks across Australia, funded by the federal government. Nan is a living example of her belief that learning is a lifelong experience. She was over 50 when she went to university where her first success led to others. In total, she earned 5 tertiary qualifications covering adult education, community organization, local and applied history, a Masters in local government management with specialities in business (governance) and training. She has been involved with community organizations for more than 60 years and has often received awards for her contributions. She is also a founder-member of the Careers Advisory Council.
Grażyna Busse, Country Liaison for Poland, has a Masters degree in Pedagogy in Adult Education and Social Gerontology, University of Lodz. She co-founded HIPOKAMP, an Educational Centre for Intergenerational Integration, in 2011. She also initiated the Seniors’ Club « Young in Spirit » and edits We, Young in Spirit, a social newspaper for seniors in Lodz. She is very involved in a wide range of activities supporting active ageing in good health: engaging the public participation of seniors and senior councils; serving as Vice-President of the Commission for Social Dialogue for Demographic Policy and Cooperation between Generations at The City of Lodz Office; and initiating and coordinating national and international projects that popularize gerogogical and gerontological knowledge. Since 2008, she has been conducting practical courses for various groups of seniors, not only in urban communities but also in small towns and villages. She is a Board member of the Lodz branch of the Polish Society of Gerontology and co-creator of Pro Age Consortium, a Gerontological and Gerontotechnology Education Lab.
Marie Carroll: Country Liaison for Ireland. With a history of being both “younger & older”, Marie has harnessed learnings and “unlearnings” from her colourful and innovative careers, ranging from social entrepreneur to thought leader and the precious role of being a parent.
Her primary focus now is to support others in creating a new model of engagement for a newly emerging Universe, where relationships are developed from a platform of love & compassion rather than power. Marie believes in and lives through “communication and collaboration” with others to further develop her passion for Conscious Leadership.
Currently supporting & navigating The Freebird Club organization and website www.thefreebirdclub.com through its start-up phase, she is really enjoying the experience of positive ageing.
Tumaini Chambua, Country Liaison for Tanzania, lives near Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. A graduate of the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tumaini taught all his professional life in secondary schools and retired as headmaster of the Manka Secondary School. Parallel to his career in education he is an active church member and served the Tanzania World Vision movement on issues concerning HIV/AIDS prevention, refugee and development programs. He is Secretary General of the ELCT Lutheran diocese.
Margie van Zyl Chapman, Country Liaison for South Africa. Margie is a social worker by profession with a truly global vision. She’s passionate about networking, sharing stories, discovering tried and tested solutions that can be applied locally and developing intercontinental partnerships for the greater good. Her academic credentials were earned cum laudé and have led to 40 years’ experience in multicultural ageing in South Africa with specific emphasis on long-term care, leadership training, and partnership development.
She’s been on the Board of CommonAge since its inception. She’s also a long-standing board member of GAN (the Global Ageing Network, previously IAHSA, the International Association of Homes & Services for Ageing). She is the founder of the South African Care Forum. Today she heads up Take the Lead, a consultancy focused on Living well, Ageing well. Through this she will continue to influence the care sector through leadership coaching and development alongside continued collaboration and partnership development.
Liliane Charenzowski, Country Liaison for Belgium. A trained psychologist, Liliane has over the years come to specialize in transitions and runs La Retraite Autrement. She was inspired by William Bridges and shaken by Victor Frankl’s revelation after years in Auschwitz that those who nurtured no plans for the “life after” perished from the sheer inhuman conditions they were subjected to. Both led her to a career devoted to helping people both professionally and personally realize how important it is to plan ahead. As a 2 Young 2 Retire facilitator, she’s especially sensitive to changes and meaning in the second half of life. She spends her time between Brussels and Toronto. She has been using “life stories” lately as a tool with people helping them to realize how much they have accomplished and how many talents they have developed over the years, both of which are the building blocks with which to start a new life!
Silvia Crom: Country Liaison for Argentina. “I live and work in Buenos Aires where I qualified as a clinical psychologist at the University of Buenos Aires. Throughout my life I have worked to develop my inner freedom and help my patients do the same. Women have always had to fight to carve out their rightful place in society. In the same way, ageing positively, as a new social phenomenon needs to be recognized for all its potential. It gives us the opportunity to live out our real values: respect, solidarity, joy, and meaningful occupation by developing multiple interests. I want to contribute to bringing about this. For the last three years I have been blogging about the many aspects of this subject as I myself have moved into this space at Reflexiones de una mujer de 60.
Riina Enke, Country Liaison for Estonia, lives in the old city of Tallinn, capital of Estonia. She has a double Masters, one in Psychology, the other in Physical Education. She’s an on-going learner and has just added Memory Training for Seniors, a course she did through EURAG, to an impressive list of accomplishments, including co-vision management through the International Supervision and Coaching Institute, and several courses on monitoring and implementing HIV/AIDS projects. The culminating 10 years of her formal career were spent as chief specialist at the Estonian Institute for Health Development, specializing in HIV/STI prevention among high risk groups. In this capacity she participated in several European Union programs and was project manager for Bordernet, an 8-country coalition collaborating as a network to improve HIV / AIDS and STI prevention. Her languages – she has mastered Estonian, Russian, English and Finnish – stand her in good stead for her broadening European interests. She joined the European Union of Women (EUW) in 2000 and, since 2011, serves as second vice president of the EUW commission “Europe Alive”.
Meg Evans, Country Liaison for New Zealand
Meg Evans lives mostly in New Zealand and is an independent educator. She began her career in primary education after earning a BEdPrimary. She studied ESL and tutored small groups in both Australia and NZ, became a qualified yoga teacher in Kerala, India, and an experienced meditator through MBSR and Vipassana. She has also developed workshops for local councils around growing and cooking food including ‘Garden to Table’ and ‘Love Food — Hate Waste’ in Sydney. For the past 10 years since hearing Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi on radio and purchasing his book, “From Ageing to Saging: A Revolutionary Approach to Ageing,” she has become passionate about ageing — undertaking extensive research and learning before developing her own workshops in Sydney including “55+ What’s Next” and “Writing Our Stories, Knowing Our Wisdom”. She is now developing additional courses to deliver online while video/blogging about ageing via Zen Ageing https://www.facebook.com/groups/ZenAging/
Carol Fleischman, Country Liaison for USA has been trained by and has a long-standing affiliation with the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA). She has a certification and a 20-year history with the coaching program “Success Unlimited Network – SUN”. Her skills include facilitation, coaching, program development and training. She lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA where she runs her own coaching practice. During more than three decades, she has helped countless numbers of private and business clients envision and reach their goals.
Njuakom Nchii Francis, Country Liaison for Cameroon. Francis is founder and chief executive officer of CDVTA – Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance, Cameroon’s leading organization in providing assistance and support to older people in northwestern highlands of Cameroon. He is coordinator of Nouvelle Planete projects in Cameroon, liaison for the Commonwealth Association for the Ageing – Commonage, board member of the IFA – International Federation of Aging and works with HelpAge. He holds a degree in Social Work from the Pan African Institute for Development and certificates in social gerontology, leadership and advocacy from the United Nations International Institute on Ageing.
Valerie Wood Gaiger, Country Liaison for Waleslives in the tiny village of Myddfai. She is the founder of Learn with Grandma, a growing network with 43 Learn With Grandma (LwG) groups around the globe, including 20 in Africa. She started the not for profit in 2006, was seriously side tracked by ill health and the re-launched in 2013 with gusto after discovering the impact of social media. She uses Facebook to spread the message of inter-generational and e-learning around the globe. LwG encourages all inter-generational activities including recording local folk stories that will contribute to Grandma’s Digital Library. Val attended the Mobile Learning Week organized in Paris at UNESCO’s headquarters that focused on Skills for a Connected World. « I love the Internet! Nothing can replace meeting people face-to-face but with modern technology I can connect – instantly – and work with people I will never meet!! It’s Magic ».
She also co-founded (1991) SOLUTIONS for Information & Management Services, a firm dedicated to helping teams and groups improve their performance. Carol has been an adjunct and visiting professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business since 1991. She is a faculty member in the Executive MBA program and has also been a visiting professor at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business in South Africa. Carol earned her BA from State University of NY-Stony Brook, her MBA from Pace University, and her doctorate from The George Washington University School of Organization and Human Studies.
Hans Kristjan Gudmundsson, Country Liaison for Iceland, is a physicist and engineer with a doctoral degree in Solid State Physics (TechnD) from KTH, Stockholm, 1982. After research, teaching and administrative careers at KTH, the University of Iceland and the Iceland Technology Institute, IceTec, Hans Kristjan Gudmundsson served as a scientific counselor with EFTA, the European Free Trade Organisation, from 1992 to 1994 and at the Icelandic Mission to the EU in Brussels from 1995- 1999. He was member of the Nordic Science Policy Council 1996-1999, served as Rector of NorFA, the Nordic Academy for Advanced Study, in Oslo, Norway, from 1999-2003 and in 2004 as chairman of the NorFA Governing Board. The years 2004-2006 Gudmundsson held the vice chair off IGFA, the International Group of Funding Agencies for Global Change Research. In 2003-2008 he was general director of RANNIS, The Icelandic Centre for Research. He then served as Dean of the Faculty of Business and Science at the University of Akureyri, He has an extensive experience of international cooperation on the Nordic and European Arena on research, research training, science policy and administration. After retiring in 2012 he has been working on different projects cultivating his interests.
Dr. Donghee Han, Country Liaison for Korea is one of the leading gerontologists in Korea and Director of the Research Institute of Science for the Better Living of the Elderly (RISBLE) where she has developed many programs for older people over the past 18 years. Her work has been officially recognized both at local and governmental levels. Her latest award was the Mayor’s Prize for her many initiatives to improve the lives of seniors in Busan, Korea’s second largest urban hub. She is a tireless advocate for active aging, and for digital literacy for seniors to live better. Frequently, she appears on TV promoting age friendly cities. Her research covers a wide spectrum of age-related issues from elder abuse to anti-ageing.
Peter Hansen, Country Liaison for Denmark, represents the Danish Seniors in EURAG. He works for the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy that falls under the Danish Foreign Ministry. He is involved primarily in hosting guests from Nepal and Bhutan and in teaching democracy on a local level. Peter traveled the world as a young man with one of Denmark’s leading shipping companies, and has maintained an active interest in international affairs ever since. After sailing the seas, he decided to qualify as a school teacher, spending 25 years in public schools and 17 years at the Niels Brock Business College where he taught project management, counseled students, chaired the environmental issues group, and acted as spokesman for the teachers. He retired from formal work in 2012 and continues with his community work as a long-standing municipal counselor with 32 years of service, during which he has served as chairman of the Social committee.
Cullen T. Hayashida, PhD, Country Liaison for the U.S. is the founder and former director of the Kupuna (Elder) Education Center at Hawaii’s Kapi‘olani Community College, where he developed curricula for both family caregivers and healthcare professionals. He presently serves as a program consultant and advisor to develop and analyze the effectiveness of St. Francis Healthcare System’s developing commitment to eldercare known as the Kupuna Village programs. He is also the Senior Advisor to Kupuna Monitoring Systems, one of Hawaii’s largest medical alert and home telehealth companies servicing approximately 1000 elders a day.
While trained as an academic, he has had the opportunity to help build and deliver eldercare services in Hawai‘i. Over the past 35+ years, he has been involved with developing over 40 new elder care service development projects in the hospital, nursing home, case management, home health care and the community college settings and has provided technical assistance to other organizations locally, nationally and in East Asia. Dr. Hayashida also specializes in the field of active ageing. He has developed active ageing programs at Kapi‘olani Community College, on Kupuna Connections TV series, and by is a founding members and leader of the Active Ageing Consortium Asia Pacific (ACAP), an international organization supporting active ageing programs in East Asia. Dr. Hayashida was also the principal author of the State Executive on Ageing’s White Paper called the 2020 Vision on Active Ageing (2014).
Dr. Hayashida has taught at the University of Washington (Seattle), Willamette University (Salem, Oregon), Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) and the University of Hawaii. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii – Mānoa (Sociology) and the University of Washington (Ph.D. in Sociology). He has also been trained at New York University (New York City), University of West Indies (Trinidad), and Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan).
Erastus Maina Itume, Country Liaison for Kenya is a competent advocacy leader who has broad experience working with older persons associations and older citizens’ rights monitors. He is currently the advocacy liaison for HelpAge International Kenya, based in Nairobi. Previously, he had been program coordinator for civic education and human rights under the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and coordinator for a sisal plantation workers labour and human rights advocacy program. He is an inveterate volunteer and facilitator of many community activities. He holds a diploma in Social Development Studies and a BA degree in social ministry from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. He and his wife, Nancy, are parents to Silvanus, Perpetual and Timothy.
Ilango Ponnuswami, Country Liaison for India, is a Professor for the Department of Social Work & Dean, Faculty of Arts, Bharathidasan University, Khajamalai Campus, Tiruchirappalli- 620023, India. He represented India at the BRICS Forum on Ageing which took place during the IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in Seoul in June 2013. His contribution was on “Income Inequality among Older Persons in India – The BRICS Context”. His areas of specialization are community development and mental health. Professor Ilango is Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Transformative Education (an International Journal) published by the SAGE. He received the Best Youth Red Cross Programme Officer Award for 2004-2005 from the Indian Red Cross Society, Tamil Nadu Branch. Professor Ilango is a Life Member of AGI (Association of Gerontologists of India).
Dr. Ana Krajnc, Country Liaison for Slovenia, is a Professor with Tenure of Andragogy at the University of Ljubljana and Professor Emeritus at the same university. She has a global outlook cultivated at leading universities around the world – Geneva, Florence, Toronto, Ulm, San Francisco, and Oxford. She is a tireless researcher in andragogy and the social sciences and has participated in many national and international projects. She writes prolifically and the titles of her books leave no doubt as to where her passion lies: for example Education – our Social Value; Social Participation and Adult Education; Education and Work and Methods of Correspondence Education. She plays a very active part as President (since 2006) of the Slovene Third Age University network she co-founded (1985). The motto she spreads is “everyone teach one”.
Gillian Leithman, PhD, Country Liaison for Quebec has spent the past 15 years studying the ageing workforce, retirement and knowledge transfer and management. She is passionate about helping mature workers prepare for life after work, if they choose to retire! Her company, rewire to retire, delivers seminars and workshops to employees nearing retirement. Her work focuses on the socio-emotional components of retirement planning to help people plan for a dynamic third age. When she is not facilitating seminars, she teaches at the John Molson School of Business in Montreal, Quebec.
David Oludare Mark, Country Liaison for Nigeria. David is an Agricultural Engineer and a Management Consultant. His interest in the care for elderly persons was roused after the demise of his mum, Major Olubunmi Idowu Okusanya, the founder of Family Ark Mission (Agency for the Aged) based in Lagos, Nigeria, who asked hilm to follow in her footsteps. It was a career changing decision that he took at that point and decided to lzarn aboutn the subject in depth. Mark therefore embarked on a doctoral research study at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa to compare government policy on care for the Aged in South Africa and in Nigeria. He completed his doctorate in 2016.
He organizes the annual World Elders Day in Lagos, an event that attracts over 800 participants. He is working on hosting The National Ageing Conference in Africa by networking with other organizations.
Agnes Mikkelsen, Country Liaison for BC, Canada, began her journey as a nurse and moved on to managing a doctor’s medical office where she developed an appreciation for a holistic approach to health. She flexed her entrepreneurial skills by creating her own speciality clothing and makeup shop in rural British Columbia. She then studied Gestalt therapy because the process embraces our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects and develops meaningful perceptions in an apparently chaotic world. She worked in Community Services and the school district doing workshops and one on one counselling. She was called to work within Sto:lo territory in Chilliwack, British Columbia where she served Aboriginal clients for 10 years as career and personal counsellor and workshops organizer. Today, Agnes is a volunteer, and has organized summer markets, filling in at her son’s record shop and organizing a women’s group for personal and spiritual growth. At present time she is volunteering for Shaw Cable in Chilliwack, and has taken the training for producing short shows and is in the process of creating a show focusing on Seniors and Seniors’ issues in the Chilliwack area.
Dr. Gulnara Minnigaleeva, Country Liaison for Russia. Dr. Minnigaleeva received her PhD in Adult Education in 2004 from Moscow State University, and then studied non-profit management at the Humphrey Institute of Public Policy, University of Minnesota, as a Fulbright scholar. In 2006, during her internship in the Ageing and Life-Course Department at the World Health Organization’s headquarters in Geneva, she became involved in the WHO Global Age-Friendly Cities Project. Later, she used WHO’s recommendations to create a Senior Resource Center titled Wisdom Ripening as a non-profit organization in her hometown in Russia. It is 100% volunteer-led and 90% of volunteers are retired persons over age 60. Still a volunteer CEO for her organization, Dr. Minnigaleeva has received an award from the Russian Premier, Vladimir Putin, for her work encouraging civic engagement. Dr. Minnigaleeva is also teaching as an assistant professor in the Public Policy Department at the State University Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She is actively promoting age-friendly policies and research and has recently convened an International Federation of Ageing conference in Ufa, the capital of the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan.
Gabriel Gouvea Monteiro, Country Liaison for Brazil. Gabriel, a psychologist and video specialist, is fascinated by the unfolding and rapid adaptation of society to the ever-growing number of dynamic seniors. His permanent home base is Rio de Janeiro but he sees himself as a citizen of the world curious to learn from what’s happening elsewhere. At present he’s in Paris doing a specialized course on professional autonomy and resilience. “I looked far and wide to find a course that would take me further in my studies and found the University of Metz that offered what I was looking for.” He represents Ageing2.0 in Brazil and has extensive contacts in the field. “What I like most is exploring and exploiting the extraordinary resources the digital world offers us and creating programs and workshops to bring out the best in people stimulate their cognitive capacities.”
Kathie NeuOrgan, Country Liaison for South Canada, has a MS degree in Gerontology and over twenty years experience in the non-profit sector. She works and resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her education and training stoked her passion for bringing together progressive, creative thinkers and doers in imagining and facilitating enhanced life quality along the entire life continuum, taking the positive outlook that ageing is as much about growing in skill and depth as it is about adjusting to change. She has actively and creatively served on a variety of Boards that shaped policy and advanced education at state, provincial and local levels. Dedicated to the non-profit sector, Kathie has served as consultant for age-friendly community program development, and has coordinated regional conferences and expos. Recently, she directed the 25th and 26th annual 50+expo of Nova Scotia, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Nova Scotia 55+ Games. Kathie also serves as founder and CEO of the new social enterprise she has launched, Chautauqua Education and Event Promotions, Inc., promoting intergenerational awareness and engagement for the North Atlantic Region. Kathie enjoys volunteering for community theater groups, and is a participating member of several national and international associations.
Florence Mavis Odoom, Country Liaison for Accra, Ghana and a nurse with a mission! She’s furthering her studies to become a physician’s assistant. She loves working with older patients and says her passion is to be able to bring a smile to their faces. She is the coordinator for the Family Ark Mission’s action in Ghana and as such initiates and facilitates a variety of community activities. She is keen to learn more about building on the strengths of the people she’s serving and seeks guidance on this from the Pass It On Network. She was able to attend the Seenagers Conference in Nigeria in October last year.
Mr. Armoogum Parsuramen, G.O.S.K., Country Liaison for Mauritius is currently the Founder President of the Global Rainbow Foundation (GRF), The University of Third Age (Trust) Mauritius (U3AM) and the Founder & President of Senior Citizen Solidarity (Mauritius) Foundation. He is also the Member of the Governing Board of Association Internationale des Universités du Troisième Age (l’AIUTA) and Chairman of International Tamil Diaspora Association (INTAD).
He was elected as a Village Councillor in 1978 and became Chairman of the District Council North in 1979. He has served as Minister of Education, Arts and Culture and Minister of Education and Science from 1982 to 1995. He joined the World Bank in 1997, as Education Policy Adviser and Coordinator (UNSIA). In 1998 he was appointed Director of UNESCO’s Division for the Renovation of Secondary and Vocational Education; in 2000 he became Director of the same organization’s Regional Bureau for Education in Africa before returning to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in 2004; serving therefore as Secretary of both the Executive Board and the General Conference. In 2009 he was appointed Director of UNESCO, New Delhi Office and Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka until June of 2011.
Manish Rai, Country Liaison for Hyderabad, India, has valuable cross-cultural experience, having worked for 10 years in the corporate world in the U.S. He describes himself as an Explorer of Ageing Experiences, a Social Changemaker, on a quest to Re-Define and Re-Imagine Experiences of Ageing. He inspires generations to visualize longevity as an opportunity to fortify generational solidarity. His vision is to engage older adults in meaningful ways, and challenge the status quo with his person-centric approach, innovative engaging programs and solutions.
Himanshu Rath, Country Liaison for New Delhi, India. Starting his career in advertising he graduated to become Communication Strategist and Social Commentator. After setting up Agewell Foundation as a non-profit initiative in 1999 presently he works full-time as its Chairman. Agewell currently has a nationwide network of over 7,500 primary and 80,000 secondary volunteers spread across 682 districts of India. Agewell interacts with over 25,000 old people across India on a daily basis. He is member of various consultative groups on age-related issues in and outside India. Agewell Foundation has been granted Special Consultative Status by the ECOSOC at the United Nations since 2011.
Vsevolod Rozanov, MD, PhD, Country Liaison for Ukraine. Born in Odessa, Prof. Rozanov currently is professor of suicidology and behavioral genetics at the chair of clinical psychology of the Institute of Innovative Post-Diploma Education of Odessa National Mechnikov University. Prof. Rozanov is a specialist in mental health promotion, a leader of several international projects dedicated to mental health of young and elderly, author of many published articles, chapters and books. He is also a leader of the Human Ecological Health NGO and popular lecturer and educator.
Lynda Smith, Country Liaison for South Africa. Lynda Smith is a social entrepreneur, coach, facilitator, networker and writer focusing on the future of retirement for South Africans. She runs The Refirement Network, which aims to engage at least 5% of the ageing population to take up Encore careers that will respond to social challenges. In her personal Refirement career, Ms. Smith is the CEO of a non-profit organization, Brainboosters. Ms. Smith has spent 35 years building networks and helping to bring social change through education. She also has worked with a global organization called TomorrowToday, helping companies locally and globally to understand and adapt to the disruptive technologies that are changing our world.
Pat Spadafora, Country Liaison for Canada, is the founder and former Director of the Centre for Elder Research, a research Centre of Excellence at Sheridan College in Ontario. The Centre enables researchers to go from “lab to life”® with its consumer driven focus and its emphasis on knowledge translation. With many years of experience in post-secondary education, social work and applied research, Pat has a proven track record of bringing innovative projects to fruition. Her expertise and research interests are broad and include creative aging, lifelong learning, technology to enhance active aging, social inclusion, promoting positive images of aging, supporting entrepreneurs 60+, and the health and well-being benefits of engagement in the arts.
Pat left Sheridan at the end of 2017 to establish a company called Kaleidoscope Consulting. Through Kaleidoscope, her passion is to continue to pursue many of these same interests with an emphasis on information sharing and knowledge translation.
Helen Hirsh Spence, Country Liaison for Canada. With three decades of experience in the public and private sectors, Helen’s extensive career in education has always involved helping others maximize their potential – a passion she brings to her latest endeavour, The Top 60 Over 60. As an advisor and consultant since 2007, Helen facilitates retreats and delivers seminars and workshops that are rooted in research and in leadership practice; she brings an international and versatile perspective to her projects. The Canadian Board Diversity Council selected Helen as a Diversity 50 winner in 2014. Helen is an active volunteer locally, nationally and internationally, including: Past Chair of the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada; a former President of the Ontario Principals’ Council; Executive member of the International Women’s Forum, Ottawa. In her spare time, she serves as a mentor and life coach to youth and new immigrants.
Dana Steinova, Country Liaison for 33 European countries. Dana Steinova travels the world training memory trainers. Based in Prague, she is a specialist in organizing educational activities. She is also the very active secretary general of European Federation of Older People (EURAG), created in 1962, with 156 member associations in 33 European countries. She holds degrees from the Institute of Enlightenment, the Economics University and the Charles University in Prague. She has, over the past 30 years, initiated a wide variety of programs including the U3A movement in the Czech Republic (1986), reciprocal senior student exchanges with more than 42 exchanges within its first 10 years (1991) and founding the first intergenerational non-vocational “University of Free Time” (1993) in the Czech Republic. She is fascinated by neuroscience and has been deeply involved with memory training since 1993. She founded the Czech Society for Memory Training and Brain Jogging in 1998 and later, the EURAG Memory Training Center in Prague in 2002 with the objective of making training opportunities available worldwide. Since then she has traveled the world extensively to achieve this objective. She organized the first National Day of Memory Training as a part of Brain Awareness Week, the worldwide event launched in 2005 by the DANA Alliance of the Brain and which takes place in March every year. In 2008 it became the National Week of Memory Training and has been growing ever since. In 2016, 309 free lectures were held throughout the Czech and Slovak Republic, attended by 7,781 persons. For more information, go to http://www.trenovanipameti.cz and http://aktivnistari.eu/en/.
Diane Tilstra, Country Liaison for Tacoma, Washington is a “re-fired” community activist and conscious elder working for social justice. After a 25-year career as a fundraiser for non-profits, she now mentors fledgling non-profits in fundraising practice. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Elders Action Network and for Washington Trafficking Prevention. She is passionate about the Meaningful Movies Project and helps organize it in Tacoma, Washington. Her goal is to generate community conversations and to encourage peace and civil discourse.
Kim Kirmmse Toth, Country Liaison for the U.S. is a ‘recovered’ therapist who had a private practice for 23 years. She retired from her practice in the fall of 2009 and hasn’t looked back. Currently, Kim works with ‘women after 50’ to build a financially self-sufficient on-line coaching business. This allows them to give back to those they care about, leverage their expertise and experiences and serve essentially as their own retirement plan.All you need is a phone and a computer to get started!
Margaret Young, Country Liaison for Vancouver, Canada inspires and enables organizations to improve their impact in serving older adults. Margaret believes ageing is boundary-less, and that any older adult can and will have a happier tomorrow – with the right support. Margaret is skilled in taking a systemic view of an organization’s needs or challenges, and working with a cross-functional team to create a plan for action. Her award winning career with a Fortune 500 company honed her craft in organizational development, especially in the areas of strategic planning, program management, capacity building, leadership, and sales. This deep experience, along with her Executive MBA and Gerontology Post Baccalaureate Diploma, gives wings to the older adult well-being movement. Her current projects include telling older adult storytelling and founding a non-profit to serve older adults.
Anara Zhakupova-Venter, Country Liaison for Kazakhstan has been involved in the community work of her mother Gulbarshin Kassimanova, a public school Math teacher in the former top-secret settlement, Pervomaiskii, in East Kazakhstan. After the collapse of the USSR, Anara’s parents and relatives created two rural NGOs to support the declining Pervomaiskii settlement, both socially and economically. While working for these rural NGOs, Anara received her Masters Degree in Botany in 2001 from East Kazakhstan State University, followed by a specialist degree on “Economy and the Law for NGOs” from Qaragandy State Technical University in 2002. In 2006 she spent a month in Tucson, Arizona, USA as part of the US AID Community Connections Program for “Youth NGOs.” This led to very active on-going contact with her host family that merits its own story. She is presently living in Windhoek and acting a international liaison for the two NGOs in Kazakhstan, as such she has linked her home country to the U3A movement through Tom Holloway, editor of Signposts.
Hellen Ziribagwa, Country Liaison for East Africa is the Founder of the Pass It On Trust Uganda and our liaison in Kampala, Uganda. This dedicated young woman has been working in the social field for a number of years – her main thrust is to keep girls at school and away from early childbearing. Right now, Pass It On Trust Uganda is seeking funds to build an Entrepreneurship Center where both young women and grandmothers will learn skills to start small businesses so they are better able to support themselves and their families.
Hellen is a Fellow of the Commonwealth and received the Queen’s Young Leader Award in 2017. She is a winner of the Ashoka-American Express Emerging Innovator award and a fellow of the Social Entrepreneur Transforming Africa program.
Aneta Zubekova, Country Liaison for Slovakia, is dedicated to working for regional cooperation and European policy-making. Her university career started with Geography and her doctorate was gained in the Natural Sciences. Her life is an outstanding example of lifelong learning and application. Slovakia’s build up to access EU membership offered her a rich field to grow her many talents. She has worked in most countries across the European Union from Ireland and Denmark to Italy and Moldavia and her mastery of Czech, English and Russian in addition to her mother tongue has been invaluable. Today she is a freelance Senior Expert/Consultant in EU matters.
Dieter Zwicky, Country Liaison for Switzerland, lives in Zurich, Switzerland. When he was sixteen years old, a trip aboard the Orient Express to Baghdad and back kindled the adventurous spirit which has led him through life ever since. After graduating from the EHL hotel school, he set off to San Francisco, where he successfully helped managing a renowned Italian restaurant in North Beach for ten years. There he enjoyed the multi-cultural environment and developed an affinity for coaching. Back in Zurich, he joined the executive ranks of American Express International and wrapped up that phase with a yearlong trip around the world that reinforced his belief in the power of adventure – to renew, restore, and provide novel experiences that lead to new perspectives. Dieter works with those who are looking for greater satisfaction in their post-career years. He helps them in a playful way to have their inner child come to life, thus finding a meaningful purpose in their golden years. Dieter ultimately supports his clients in fulfilling the dreams on their bucket list. To achieve and do all the fun things they have yet to complete in their lives. dreamplanliveit
German: Sigrid Niedermayer, PhD, education specialist and international manager, was born in Germany and lived on 3 different continents. She is fluent in 5 languages and has developed a rich and absorbing international career, rising to Head of Unit at UNESCO Paris. She was responsible for educational programmes in an international network of experimental schools. This led her to travel throughout the globe. Recently retired, she felt the need to slow down and turn inwards to find new meaning to the new stage of life she is embarking upon.
Portuguese: Evelyne Fridman is a Sorbonne graduate in English and Business Administration. She worked as a translator at the UN then moved to Brazil where she joined Air France and built an international career. Fluent in English and Portuguese, she lives in Paris and her interests are in the arts and social environment.
Greek: Vassiliki Gkovinas, after studying business administration she is now working in an advertising agency in Athens. She is fluent in English, handles French well and has developed a passion for Chinese, which she has been studying for the last four years. She travels as much as possible.