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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 Grace Chan has dedicated over 26 years of her career to social welfare, and currently serves as the Business Director of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS). She is also a member of the Board of Directors and the International Vice President of the International Federation on Ageing, demonstrating her commitment to improving the lives of older adults. 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
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
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. Dan’s purpose is to teach people how to transform the lives of older adults across the globe.As a popular professional speaker, he has delivered inspiring keynote speeches impacting thousands of people on four continents. 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
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
Samantha Edmonds 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
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
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
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
Kari Cardinale Kari Cardinale Kari Cardinale 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
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
Prakash Tyagi Dr. PrakashTyagi, MD, PGDGM, is the Executive Director of GRAVIS and Founder-Director of GRAVIS Hospital. In his academics, he has studied Medicine and Geriatrics. 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
Elizabeth White Elizabeth White, author of 55, Underemployed, and Faking Normal (Simon and Schuster, 2019), is an age solutions advocate for older adults facing uncertain work and financial insecurity. 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
Xiao Caiwei Mr. Xiao Caiwei is the vice president of China National Committee on Ageing (CNCA).  He has worked in the field of ageing since 1987. Mr. Xiao’s previous appointments include Deputy Director of International Department, Director of International Department, and Assistant President of China National Committee on Ageing, and he was assigned a concurrent post as the Deputy Secretary General of Gerontological Society of China. View Profile
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