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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 PRESIDENTMs. Grace Chan is a social worker by profession in Hong Kong. She is currently working in the field of Innovation and Technology for Ageing of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service. Grace’s first involvement in the IFA was 13 years ago. 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
Alan How TREASURERMr. 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. View Profile
Sue Hendy REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, ASIA PACIFICSue 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 … View Profile
Sandra Hirst REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, NORTH AMERICADr. 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 … View Profile
Ruth Marks REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, EUROPEMs. 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. 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. He is renowned gastroenterologist, associated with a number of prominent hospitals, a highly accomplished physician, and a teacher of medicine. 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. He was the Head of the youth sector at the General Authority for Youth and Sports for eight years and chaired the Arab Youth Hostel Union for nine years. View Profile
Amy D’Aprix 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 … View Profile
Xiao Caiwei Mr. Xiao Caiwei is the Vice-president of China National Committee on Ageing. He has been working in this organization since 1987 serving as Deputy Director-general, Director-general of the International Department, Deputy Secretary General of Gerontological Society of China, Assistant President of … 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
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 … 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.  She is passionate about social justice, human rights and ageism. 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
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. 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), an organization that is engaged in humanitarian, environment and participatory development, and sustainability in Pakistan and abroad. 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. Over the last 30 years, Professor Martins’ insight into Alzheimer’s disease … View Profile
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