Dr Anjali Tripathi
Dr Anjali Tripathi is the Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), an international non-governmental organization with general consultative status at the United Nations and a non-State Actor with the World Health Organization (WHO).
Representing over 75 million older people through the membership of government, NGOs, academia, industry and individuals Anjali has direct responsibility for its strategic development and implementation and operational performance. This includes leadership and collaboration with the IFA representatives in New York, Geneva and Vienna at the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
Throughout her career Dr Tripathi has directed efforts towards initiatives that positively impact people and populations. She has consistently chosen work that informs and improves the lives of people all ages and the prosperity of communities.
Her Doctoral studies have focused on the epidemiology of dermatophytosis (Skin disease caused by Fungi) across all age groups, and contributed to numerous studies for the WHO, UNICEF, and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She collaborated with the WHO SAGE group to support evidence-based policy development for guidelines on vaccination during humanitarian emergencies, including war, internal conflicts and natural disasters. Further collaborations were with UNICEF to measure the impact of MDG4 and MDG5, advocating for innovative financing for primary healthcare in the Southeast Asia Pacific region.
Part of her work at the Hospital for Sick Children, included participation in the Global Action Plan for Diarrhea and Pneumonia (DGAPP) a joint project from UNICEF, The Hospital for The Sick Children and the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation. The Research work primarily focused on evidence-based medicine, nutrition and vaccination status in children and pneumococcal vaccination status in the ageing indigenous population in Australia, Canada, and the United States.
Anjali is also one of the founding members of South Asians for Life, a non-profit organization that closely collaborated with Canadian Blood Services to raise awareness about the Stem Cell registry and promote heart health in the ageing South Asian population in Canada.
Other areas of interest include serving as a citizenship consultant to TD Bank Financial Group, tasked with creating a framework to measure the ESG impact generated by TD Ready Commitments initiatives.
Most recently as an Employment Counselor at Employment Ontario Dr Tripathi focussed on counseling older people on securing meaningful employment and access to essential supports. Through personal narratives real-life evidence was gained on the challenges faced by older individuals, which extend beyond employment and financial struggles to include housing, food, healthcare, emotional well-being, social support and loneliness.
Throughout her career, Dr Tripathi has actively engaged in shaping age-related policies, advocating for the rights of older individuals, and fostering strategic collaborations at local and international levels. She emphasized the importance of facilitating cross-sector and cross-disciplinary collaborations, a fundamental tenet of IFA’s philosophy, to address complex challenges and create environments that enable older people to realize what they value.