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.
Apart from this, Ms. Chan was formally invited to join the Strategic Advisory Group for the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities in 2013. In Hong Kong, she is a former member of the Elderly Commission. She also sits on some networks, committees and appeal boards in the statutory bodies of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Ms. Chan is the Business Director of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service. Her areas of expertise include innovation and technology for ageing, caregiving, long-term care, Age-friendly Cities and Communities, elderly participation and lifelong learning. In 2008, she engaged different sectors and led the writing of the Hong Kong Plan of Action on Aging. It is now considered a localised plan to support the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and the local agenda for social work and development between 2010 and 2020. In 2000, she was awarded The Outstanding Social Worker in Hong Kong. She is taking the lead in developing several innovative services, including Gerontechnology Platform, Jockey Club “age at home” Gerontech Education and Rental Service.
In 2019, Ms. Chan was awarded as Ageing Asia Global Ageing Influencer 2019, in honouring the outstanding achievements of the most influential leader impacting ageing in the Asia Pacific.