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Board of Directors

IFA Directors govern as part of a collective leadership body and have a broad duty to execute responsibilities to the organization with care and diligence, to maintain the confidentiality of non-public information about the organization; and exercise loyalty to the organization.

The IFA is a registered charity in Canada, with an international and democratically elected Board who are responsible for ensuring that the corporation meets legal requirements; that it operates in accordance with its mission and goals; and is soundly managed through the appointment of the chief executive, known as the Secretary General.


Graeme Prior PRESIDENTWith 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 shaping aged care delivery in Australia. View Profile
Grace Chan INTERNATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT Ms. Grace Chan has worked in the social welfare arena for over 25 years in Hong Kong. Ms. Chan’s first involvement in the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) was 15years ago. At present, she is a member of the IFA Board of Directors, and she also serves as the International Vice President. View Profile
Ayuk Eyong Christian REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, AFRICAAyuk 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 … View Profile
Sue Hendy REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, ASIA PACIFIC Ms. Sue Hendy 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 important to older people. View Profile
Sandi Hirst REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, NORTH AMERICASandra Hirst is an Associate Professor Emeritus 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 Alberta Association of Gerontology. View Profile
Alan How TREASURERMr. How has been the treasurer of the International Federation on Ageing since 2006. He retired in 2017 most recently being employed as 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. View Profile
Ruth Marks REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, EUROPEMs. Marks is the Chief Executive of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action. View Profile
Vinod Shah REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, ASIA PACIFICDr. 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. View Profile


Nasser Al Alayyar Mr. Nasser Al Alyyar, studied Management Science at Kuwait University and worked as Director of Public Relations for ten years. View Profile
Siobhan Casey Siobhan Casey is the Director of Marketing & Business Development at Age NI and is a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute. View Profile
Amy D’Aprix Amy D’Aprix, MSW, PhD, CPCA, is an internationally renowned expert on lifestyle issues relating to retirement, aging, caregiving, and family dynamics. She is a life transitions expert, social entrepreneur, coach, speaker, author, and consultant to North American organizations in aging and financial services. View Profile
Samantha Edmonds Ms. Samantha Edmonds is one of Australia's leading LGBTI inclusive strategists, policy makers and influencers with extensive knowledge and experience in assisting ageing, aged care and health providers develop LGBTI inclusive services. View Profile
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. View Profile
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. View Profile
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). View Profile
Kari Henley Kari Henley is the founder of Community Without Borders and is a visionary social entrepreneur, expert host, virtual training consultant, and creative strategist in the aging industry. View Profile
Jaco Hoffman Jaco Hoffman (DPhil, Oxon) is Professor of Socio-Gerontology at North-West University (Vanderbijlpark Campus), South Africa where he leads the Ageing and Generational Dynamics in Africa (AGenDA) programme and Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Population Ageing. View Profile
Alex Kalache The doctor and gerontologist Alexandre Kalache is president of the International Longevity Centre Brazil (ILC-BR), co-director of the Age Friendly Foundation. View Profile
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). View Profile
Dan Levitt Dan Levitt is an acclaimed international speaker, elder care leader, writer, and gerontologist, specializing in helping others to create better lives for seniors.  View Profile
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… View Profile
Cynthia Stuen Dr Cynthia Stuen is the Main Representative to the United Nations on behalf of the IFA. She is currently the Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing (New York), having served as vice chair from 2015-2019. View Profile
Ad van Berlo Ad van Berlo is both, mechanical engineer (1980) and psychogerontologist (1997).  He has a Ph.D. in biomedical technology (1985).  He worked in industry in R & D and marketing up to 1991, in the field of biomedical technology. View Profile
Yushao Wu Dr. Yushao Wu is the vice president of China National Committee on Ageing.  He has worked in the field of ageing for more than a decade and participated in the formulation of many important national laws, policies and programs on ageing. View Profile
Christine Young Christine has over 30 years’ experience working in both the not for profit and local government sectors.  She is Director Community Development at the City of Melville, Western Australia and is passionate about the difference local government can make to their local communities. View Profile
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