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6th APAC Eldercare Innovation Awards Judges

Dr Lam Ching-Choi, BBS, JP, Member of the Excecutive Council, Hong Kong Special Adminstrative Region The People's Republic of China, Chairman, Elderly Commission, CEO, Haven of Hope Christian Service, Hong Kong SAR

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Dr Lam is the Chief Executive Officer of Haven of Hope Christian Service and the non-official member of the Executive Council of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He is the Chairman of the Elderly Commission, as well as the Chairman of the Community Investment & Inclusion Fund Committee and the Advisory Committee of “The Opportunities for the Elderly Project” of Social Welfare Department. Dr Lam has been honored by the HKSAR Government with the Justice of Peace in 2003 and Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2008.


Mr Fabian Bigar, Director, Civil Service Delivery Unit, Prime Minister's Department, Malaysia

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Mr. Fabian Bigar is with the Civil Service Delivery Unit (CSDU) since 1st March 2017. His primary responsibilty is to oversee the transition of the work of the National Transformation Programme to the civil service after the deestablisment of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU).  Prior to CSDU, he was the Director for both the Healthcare NKEA and Low Income Households NKRA in PEMANDU. During his tenure in PEMANDU between January 2010 to February 2017, he was also involved the establishent of the Healthcare NKRA for the Tanzanian Government and several other healthcare related projects in South Africa and in Malaysia as well. Prior to joining PEMANDU, he spent 15 years with the Ministry of Health, Malaysia. Fabian received his BSc. from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and his Masters in Public Policy from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo.


Professor Hiroyuki Murata, Professor, Tohoku University, Smart Ageing Centre, President, Murata Associates Inc., Japan

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Professor Hiroyuki Murata is a foremost pioneer of active-ageing businesses in Japan and an internationally recognised leader in thinking about ageing societies. He has worked with over 850 companies and contributed to develop various innovative products and services such as Curves Japan, part of the world’s largest fitness chain for women, and Raku-Raku phone, the best-selling age-friendly mobile phone. He is Professor at Smart Ageing International Research Center at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. Not only did he create the concept of “smart ageing” but also contributed to establishing the Smart Ageing Square, an area in the Center that houses active-ageing-related businesses jointly set up with various industry partners, and the Smart Ageing College, an on-campus intergenerational school that focuses on smart ageing. Both are the firsts for a Japanese national university.


 Mr John Collyns, Executive Director, Retirement Village Assocation (NZ), New Zealand

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John Collyns was appointed Executive Director of the Retirement Villages Association (NZ) Inc (RVA) in October 2007. The RVA represents the interests of retirement village owners, developers and managers around New Zealand. John is responsible for setting the Association’s strategy and policy direction, as well as developing relationships with members, key stakeholders, central and local government agencies, and the media. Key stakeholders include the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment, the Retirement Commissioner, the Financial Markets Authority, the Office for Senior Citizens, District Health Boards, Business NZ, statutory supervisors, and consumer advocacy groups such as Age Concern and Grey Power, amongst others. Prior to this appointment John was the Executive Director of the Bus and Coach Association (NZ) Incorporated, a position he had held since September 1994. John was a founding director of the Road Transport and Logistics Industry Training Organisation and he is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Association Executives. He has a BA from Victoria University in Wellington. 


 Mr Kevin Tsang, CIO, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), Singapore

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Kevin serves as AIC’s Chief Information Officer, where he oversees the planning, implementation and support of information systems and infrastructure for AIC and also AIC’s IT Programmes for community partners. He also works on aligning AIC’s IT strategy with national health IT plans, and leads the team in establishing and maintaining AIC policies for information systems usage. Previously, Kevin was Programme Director, Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), where he led a team to support patient administration and accounting for all hospital clusters and policlinics. In 2013, Kevin was appointed Project Director to oversee the Community Hospital Common System with vertical integration of the participating community hospitals with partnering acute hospitals. The project was successfully implemented in 2015. After that, he joined IHiS’ Business Planning Office, responsible for the planning and implementation of cross programme IT systems for new hospital cluster facilities (National Healthcare Group and SingHealth). Prior to working in Healthcare IT, Kevin was an IT Project Manager in the Finance sector. Kevin holds a Bachelor degree in Computational Science from the University of Liverpool UK and a Master of Business Administration from the Warwick Business School UK. He is a Certified Outsourcing Manager of IT (Senior) and Certified IT Project Manager (Senior) by Singapore Computer Society in 2015.  


 Mr Kelvin Lim, Chief, Senior Support and Carer Services Development Division Home First Group, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), Singapore

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Kelvin currently holds the appointment of Chief, Social Care Division in AIC, responsible for the development of social aged care and caregiver support programmes in Singapore. Kelvin joined the Centre for Enabled Living (CEL) in 2012 as its Deputy Chief Executive. CEL was established by the Ministry for Social and Family Development to deliver social aged care programmes for the elderly and the disabled. In this role, Kelvin oversaw the roll out of new social aged care grants and services for the elderly and disabled in Singapore. The aged social care functions of CEL were merged with the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), the aged health care agency established under Minstry of Health (MOH).


 Ms Pat Sparrows, CEO, Aged Care Services Australia (ACSA), Australia

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Pat Sparrow is a social policy leader and innovator with expertise in stakeholder engagement and management. She has specific and detailed expertise in ageing policy and aged care, having worked as, and with, a diverse range of stakeholders including consumers, service providers, workforce, health professionals, corporate organisations and Government. This unique ‘360 degree’ perspective ensures that Pat’s leadership approach is strategic and nuanced, inclusive and collaborative. Pat is currently leading Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) toward a new era, as a recently-transitioned national organisation and with the challenges it faces in an increasingly competitive, consumer-driven environment. She is focused on ensuring the organisation has genuine respect and influence among key stakeholders through the establishment of a strong national voice. Pat’s breadth of knowledge, depth of experience and constructive approach enable her to achieve results that benefit ACSA members and contribute to the best possible outcomes for older Australians. 


Mr Sean Rooney, National CEO, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), Australia 

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Sean Rooney joined LASA as its inaugural national CEO in June 2016. He has held several Chief Executive/Senior Executive roles in public, private, and not-for-profit sector organisations including the CSIRO, Medicare Local Alliance and in the ACT Government. He has led membership based organisations and represented the interests of members on the local, national and international stage, including influencing public policies and, programs, and the development and delivery of a range of value - adding services for members. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from the ANU, a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne University and Post Graduate qualifications in Cross Sector Collaboration from Cambridge University. He has been recogni sed as a finalist in the Australian Institute of Management’s Not - For - Profit Manager of the Year awards (2014) and a Future Summit Future Leader award in 2006. He has also been an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Business School at Griffith University. 


Mr Thomas Krarup, Alderman and Member of City Council Aalborg Municipality, Denmark

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Thomas Krarup is the politically elected chairman (alderman) of the Department of Senior and Disability Services in the municipality of Aalborg, Denmark. He holds a Master of Science in Political Science. His main focus is to reform the welfare state and direct organisational focus towards moving from compensatory help to independent living, streamlining public welfare, activating and motivating elderly citizens. All fuelled by the organisations common vision: ”We want to further the individuals potential to live in independent life”. Thomas has worked as lifeguard, project manager and economical advisor.


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