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Ageing Asia International Advisory Board

Alliance Board
Founder

Ms Janice Chia, Managing Director, Ageing Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore

Singaporean entrepreneur Janice Chia founded Ageing Asia Pte Ltd with the mission to drive innovation in how future generations age, by engaging the business community to create better products and services that seek to enable healthy ageing, independent ageing and dignified ageing. Influenced by the changing needs of her relatives as they age, and aspirations in quality of life of the baby boomer generation, Janice firmly believes that the social challenges of ageing can be transformed into an economic opportunity for Asia. Her passion for the ageing industry has led her to focus her business on the development of industry training programmes, business matching, trends research and establishing strategic partnerships to bring the world's best leaders in the business of ageing together to drive change in Asia Pacific.

Board Members


Professor Dr Hans Becker, Chairman, Humanitas Foundation, The Nethelands

Recently recognised in the 2011 Global Over 50s Housing-Healthcare Awards in United Kingdom, Professor Dr Hans Becker was presented with a 'Lifetime achievement Award' for his contributions as one of the most significant seniors living / aged care thinkers in the world and is the "Father‟ of the "Apartment for Life‟ concept. Dr Becker uses his philosophy of human happiness to revolutionise the social and commercial perception of developing, managing and operating nursing homes.


Professor Hiroyuki Murata, President, Murata Associates Inc., Japan 

Hiroyuki Murata is a Pioneer of Active Ageing Business in Japan and an internationally recognised thought leader in ageing societies. He has worked with over 550 companies and contributed to develop various innovative products and services such as Curves Japan, the world's largest fitness chain for women in Japan, Raku-Raku phone, the best-selling age-friendly mobile phone, and the first college-linked retirement community in Japan. He also serves as Professor at Smart Ageing International Research Centre (SAIRC) at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. He created the concept of "Smart Ageing" and contributed to establishment of the Smart Ageing College, the intergenerational school on the campus and Smart Ageing Square, the ageing-business-on-campus with various industry partners. Both are the pioneer implementations in Japanese national universities.

Mdm Low Mui Lang, Executive Director, The Salvation Army: Peacehaven Nursing Home, Singapore 


Mdm Low is the Executive Director of Peacehaven Nursing Home and Peacehaven Bedok Multi-Service Centre, both run by The Salvation Army. Peacehaven is the largest nursing home in Singapore, with a capacity of 401 beds. The dementia specific facility Mdm Low set up there to allow early to moderate dementia residents to live as independently as possible was awarded the Ministry of Health's ExCEL Award 2010 Best Innovative Project 2nd Prize. She also spearheaded the setting of a Transitional Convalescent Facility at the Home to provide lower-intensity rehabilitation for elderly patients after their episodes at an acute hospital before they are discharged home. Both these facilities are the first of their kind in Singapore. She was also instrumental in the setting up of an Integrated-Care-in-Place programme at Bedok Multi-Service Centre to delay institutionalization of elderly clients and allow them to remain in the community. The programme's success prompted the health authorities to select the Centre to run the Singapore Programme for Integrated Care for the Elderly (SPICE) pilot programme. Under her leadership, Peacehaven is also the first nursing home to implement IngoT, an IT system with a full clinical suite, to increase productivity and efficiency in nursing home management. 



Mr Nick Abbey, CEO, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, United Kingdom

Nick Abbey was appointed as the Chief Executive of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, based in Coventry, England in January 2010. ExtraCare's aim is to give older people an independent, safe and secure future in a network of inspirational communities, irrespective of a person's ability to pay for their need for care. Their Mission Statement is "To give older people an independent, safe and secure future in a network of inspirational communities". The Trust employs more than 1,500 members of staff, mainly as care staff, and over 3,500 volunteers of all ages. Nick has previously worked in senior housing management positions for Local Authorities and not-for-profit Housing Associations. Nick was Vice Chair of the National Housing Federation, the trade body for housing associations, from 2004-2006. ExtraCare currently delivers services to over 4,000 older people in 14 retirement villages and 17 smaller schemes throughout the Midlands and the North.


Ms Ninie Wang, Founder & CEO, Pinetree Senior Care Services Ltd, China


Ms Wang has been committed to bettering the lives of the senior citizens of her home country, China, for much of her career. She is the Deputy Director of Community Home LTC Research & Training Base, served as International Director of the GSC (Gerontological Society of China), and has been a GSC council member since 2005. In 2009, Ms Wang became a China Social Welfare Service Standard Committee Member as well as a Member of Presidium for National Union of Long-term Care, and most recently, was elected as Standing Director of China Association for Life Care in 2011. In 2004, Ms Wang founded Pinetree, China's first and fastest growing professional home care services provider for the aging population. Her previous experience also included heading the Asia Pacific Headquarters of the ECDL Foundation as Deputy CEO and setting up the ICDL computer literacy certification program in China, aiming at narrowing the digital divide. Ms Wang had also worked at Motorola (China) Electronics Co., Ltd. Ninie has a BA in Economics from UIBE, China, and MBA from INSEAD in France and Singapore.Ms Ninie Wang has been committed to bettering the lives of the senior citizens of her home country, China, for much of her career. She is the Deputy Director of Community Home LTC Research & Training Base, served as International Director of the GSC (Gerontological Society of China), and has been a GSC council member since 2005. In 2009, Ms Wang became a China Social Welfare Service Standard Committee Member as well as a Member of Presidium for National Union of Long-term Care, and most recently, was elected as Standing Director of China Association for Life Care in 2011. In 2004, Ms Wang founded Pinetree, China's first and fastest growing professional home care services provider for the aging population. Her previous experience also included heading the Asia Pacific Headquarters of the ECDL Foundation as Deputy CEO and setting up the ICDL computer literacy certification program in China, aiming at narrowing the digital divide. Ms Wang had also worked at Motorola (China) Electronics Co., Ltd. Ninie has a BA in Economics from UIBE, China, and MBA from INSEAD in France and Singapore

Mr Ankur Gupta, Joint Managing Director, Ashiana Housing Ltd, India

Mr Ankur Gupta is the Joint Managing Director of Ashiana Housing Limited, which is rated by Forbes as Best 200 under a billion dollar in Asia and has completed MS in Real Estate from New York University (USA). During his MS as well at Ashiana he has been focused on residential projects for senior citizens. He was the pioneer in bringing the retirement resort concept (branded as 'Utsav') to India. Ashiana has a portfolio of 1500 units in retirement housing and are located in three different locations and one more has just got added. His success has been in selling the retirement housing concept where many have failed. He specializes in maintenance and management of retirement housing. He is also a founder member of Association of Senior Living India.


Mr Daniel Teo, Chairman & MD, Hong How Group, Singapore, Director, Tong Eng Group, Singapore

Mr Daniel Teo is Chairman and Managing Director of Hong How Group of Companies and Director of Tong Eng Group of Companies. The company's businesses range from property development & investment holding in sectors such as commercial, residential, industrial and hospitality in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Australia, UK, USA, Spain and Sweden.


Mr Tan Choe Lam, Founder and Managing Director, Jeta Gardens Group, Australia, Jeta Care Group, Malaysia

Mr. Choe Lam Tan found his passion in aged care after his father suffered a stroke in 1981, sowing the seed that would later sprout into the developments of the first culturally apt aged care & retirement resorts in Australia and Malaysia. As Founding Director of facilities in Australia and Malaysia, he is well equipped with hands on experience in research / design / funding / construct / management & operation of Seniors Living Resorts. His success in the creation of Jeta's "4H" model in the design and operation of seniors living resorts is highly regarded in the industry and had also won him many prestigious awards.

Adjunct Professor Stephen Muggleton, CEO, RSL Care, Australia
Stephen Muggleton is the CEO of RSL Care. Prior to joining RSL Care, he was previously the CEO of RDNS, an iconic 130 year old company that now provides care and support to more than 100,000 people across Australia, New Zealand and China. He is also a Director of Aveo, a listed company operating more than 75 retirement villages in Australia, the USA and China. Stephen has a long record of success and innovation across the health, hospital, community and residential aged care sectors. He has particular interests in translation of research into best practice, healthy ageing, tele-health and creating organisational culture that empowers front line care teams. He has been instrumental in developing integrated communities in Australia, redefining effective in- home care and has developed a series of partnerships with major hospitals and primary care networks that have improved economic and client outcomes. Stephen Muggleton has been a member of a number of National and International Expert Advisory Committees including the Australian Governments Ageing Consultative Committee and The Victorian Governments Health Innovation Councils Expert Advisory Committee on Health Exports. He holds a Degree in Applied Science and a Master's Degree in Health Administration from the University of NSW. His contributions to health and aged care have been recognised with an Adjunct Professor title from the University of Queensland, a Health Promotion Foundation Award, two organisational Excellence Awards and a Queensland Institute of Management Award for Manager of the Year.


Mr Patrick Cheung, Chairman, Waterdrops Foundation & The Jade Club, Hong Kong SAR


Mr. Cheung is a serial-entrepreneur. He started his career working for a multinational and built the Asian business for the company. In 1992, he founded his own company on flexible packaging business in China, and grew it into a leading player in China. At the age of 50, Mr. Cheung sold his company and devoted full time in promoting social entrepreneurship in Hong Kong and China. He is one of the founding Directors of Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Forum, the leading social entrepreneurship platform in Hong Kong. He successfully brings Dialogue in the Dark to Hong Kong and quickly achieved financial sustainability without donation and government funding. Mr. Cheung is also the interim country representative for Ashoka for Greater China region from 2009-2010. In 2011, Mr. Cheung established Water Drops Foundation to focus his philanthropic work in promoting social innovation for elderly sectors. Mr. Cheung graduated from Hong Kong University with B.Sc. Degree in Industrial Engineering. He had attended the PMD program at Harvard Business School, and the Management Training from INSEAD. He also holds a Masters Degree in International Relations and Public Affairs from Hong Kong University.


Dr Jane Lee, Director, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council, Hong Kong SAR

Dr. Jane Lee is Director of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (Anglican) Social Welfare Council. Prior to this, she was Deputy Director and Head of College of Business and Finance of the School of Professional and Continuing Education, University of Hong Kong (2002-2011) and Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute (HKPRI) (1995-2002). She has also held appointments at City University of Hong Kong (1988-2004) and Burson-Marsteller (1994-95), serving as University Lecturer and Public Affairs Director respectively. She specializes in public administration and public policy research. Dr. Lee is the Chair of the Organizing Committee of the Social Enterprise Summit since 2008. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Directors of Hong Kong Policy Research Institute, Member of Social Enterprise Advisory Committee, Executive Committee of St James Settlement, Council Member of Sheng Kung Hui St. Christopher's Home Limited, Management Committee Member of HKSKH Lady Maclehose Centre, Council Chairman of SKH Lui Ming Choi Secondary School, School Manager of The True Light Middle School of Hong Kong, Co-opted member of the Planning and Evaluation Sub-committee of Hong Kong Family Welfare Society, Panel Member of Appeal Panel (Housing); Witness Protection Review Board; Advisor of Center for Strategic Development of Macau; Council Member of St. John's College, University of Hong Kong.


Mrs Norah Barlow, MD & CEO, Summerset Group Holdings Limited, New Zealand

Norah has been the CEO at Summerset since 2001. During this time the company has evolved from a relatively small operator based in the lower North Island to a national provider with 14 retirement villages operating across the country and one further under development. Having been a part of New Zealand's retirement village sector since the very early days, Norah is considered as one of its founders. She has been president of the Retirement Villages Association for the previous six years. She was involved in the formation of the Retirement Villages Act, and was instrumental in leading the sector's involvement in the formation of the industry Code of Practice from 2004 to its completion in 2008.


Mr Patrick Tsang, General Manager - Planning & Development, Hong Kong Housing Society, Hong Kong SAR 


Mr Patrick Tsang graduated at the Hong Kong Polytechnic Department of Surveying in 1981 and obtained the professional qualifications as the Associated Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors in 1984. He was elected as the Fellow Member of both institutions in 1992. Mr Tsang has 27 years post qualification experiences in both public and private sectors covering property valuation, property development, sale and leasing, urban renewal and land administration. He has been working in the Hong Kong Housing Society since 1994 and his current post in HKHS is General Manager (Planning & Development) of the Development and Marketing Division, responsible for Quality Retirement Housing, Public Rental Housing developments, Subsidised Public Housing Sale Scheme, new business developments and land administration


Dr Mary Ann Tsao, Chairman, Tsao Foundation, Singapore

Dr Mary Ann Tsao is the Chairman of the Tsao Foundation, a Singapore-based – but regionally oriented – not-for-profit operational foundation dedicated to aged care and ageing issues. Dr. Tsao is a frequent invited speaker at conferences and seminars on ageing, civil society and philanthropy both in Singapore and internationally. Most recently, she was one of three international experts invited to address the United Nation's 45th session of the Commission on Social Development to launch the fifth year review of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA+5).Over the past years, Dr. Tsao has served on numerous policy and technical committees in Singapore and internationally. For her work on ageing in Singapore, she received the Public Service Medal in 2000 and Public Service Star in 2004.


Mr Ong Chu Poh, Group Executive Chairman, Econ Healthcare Group, Singapore

Mr Ong Chu Poh, Founder of ECON Healthcare Group, set up the group's first nursing home in 1987 in Singapore. Mr Ong has extensive management experience in both local organisations and MNCs. The Group progressed and expanded steadily under his strong leadership and vision for the industry and now has businesses locally and overseas. During his younger days, Mr Ong actively participated in youth movement activities. At that time, he was appalled by the helplessness of the aged and the poor quality care at the old folks home. He aspired to operate nursing homes providing affordable high quality services, and to provide their family the assurance that their loved ones will receive love and meticulous care. ECON provides one-stop integrated healthcare services for the elderly and their caregivers in Singapore, Malaysia and China. Mr Ong was awarded the Top 10 Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002. In the same year, he was awarded The Pingkat Bakti Masyarakat (PBM) or Public Service Medal (PSM) on National Day by the President of Singapore.


Mr Kevin Ryan, Chairman, Waterbrook Asia, China & Australia
In 1998 Mr Kevin Ryan had a vision to revolutionise the Australian Retirement Industry and develop Australia's first 5-Star Lifestyle Village for Seniors. Waterbrook Lifestyle Resorts is now recognised as Australia's leading Luxury Retirement Living brand targeting the "high-end" socio-economic retiree segment of the market who prior to the Waterbrook would not have considered a 'traditional retirement village' as a viable housing solution. Providing unrivalled excellence in retirement resort living, the multi-award winning Waterbrook offers a unique experience for retirees who have not previously been catered for in the Australian retirement marketplace with world class facilities, luxury interiors, exquisite service and quality senior healthcare. With over 30 years experience in construction, property development, marketing, sales and operating high-end residential and luxury Retirement Villages, Kevin is now focused on the Chinese Retirement Living market where Chinese developers are seeking to develop a cultural specific model for the booming ageing Chinese market. His commitment to the retirement industry is demonstrated by his executive profile and active participation in both the National and State Boards of the Retirement Village Association in Australia. Kevin's vision is to deliver his "Waterbrook" model throughout key locations in China as well as the wider Asian region.

Mr. Jim Hazel, Chairman, Ingenia Communities Group, Australia
Jim is non-executive Chairman of Ingenia, an ASX 300 Australian listed seniors’ housing business. Ingenia is pioneering an innovative affordable seniors’ housing solution in Australia, using manufactured housing in (former) tourism parks. He is a long time participant in the seniors’ housing sector in Australia; as a banker supporting operators at Adelaide Bank where he was Chief General Manager, and at the publicly listed Primelife Corporation, where he was Managing Director when the business was reconstructed and recapitalised, and ultimately sold to Lend Lease Group. As a well respected thought leader in Australia, he has been a regular presenter at Industry conferences, particularly on financial matters. He is also Chairman of Omega Communities, a private group investing in the retirement villages in Australia, and a director of Bendigo & Adelaide Bank Limited, which is a major lender to the sector.

 

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