AAIF2017 Conference Speakers

Mr Laurence Lien, Co-Founder & CEO, Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), Chairman, Lien Foundation, Singapore

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Laurence Lien is Co-Founder and CEO of the Asia Philanthropy Circle (APC), a new non-profit platform for Asian philanthropists to exchange, learn and collaborate. Through its members and partnership network, APC catalyses collaborative projects to address pressing social challenges and grow social impact in Asia. Laurence is also the Chairman of Lien Foundation, a family foundation established in 1980. Under his leadership, Lien Foundation has become well-regarded for its forward-thinking and radical approach in the fields of education, eldercare and the environment.  

Laurence was the CEO of the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre in Singapore from 2008-2014.  In 2008, he founded the Community Foundation of Singapore and is currently its Chairman. He is also Board Member of the Lien Centre for Social Innovation at the Singapore Management University. Prior to his work in the non-profit sector, Laurence served in the Singapore Government. Laurence holds degrees from Oxford University, the National University of Singapore, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2010, Laurence was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship. He was also a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2012-2014. 

Ms Jane Ashcroft, CBE, CEO, Anchor, United Kingdom

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Jane joined Anchor in 1999 from BUPA, which had acquired Care First plc where she was Personnel Director. She was appointed Chief Executive of Anchor on 9 March 2010. Prior to joining Care First she held HR and governance roles with Bromford Housing Group and Midlands Electricity plc. Jane is a Trustee of The Silverline, a helpline for older people and a Non-Executive Director of Dignity plc. She is Vice Chair of Associated Retirement Community Operators, representing the growing market for retirement village provision in the UK. Jane is also a Board member of Care England, the largest representative body for providers of adult social care and a Board member of the National Housing Federation which represents housing associations in England. Jane is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to older people.

H.E Scott Wightman, British High Commissioner to Singapore, The United Kingdom 

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His Excellency, Scott Wightman arrived at the British High Commission, Singapore in May 2015 as British High Commissioner. He began his career in the Diplomatic Service in 1983 and has worked in the British Embassies in Beijing, Paris, Rome and, most recently, in the Republic of Korea, where he was the UK ambassador. Scott’s ties with Asia continued during his tenure as Director for the Asia Pacific region in the FCO from 2008 to 2010. Scott is from Edinburgh in Scotland and has a degree in French from the University of Edinburgh. He is married to Anne and they have two daughters.

H.E Paula Parviainen, Ambassador, Embassy of Finland in Singapore, Government of Finland 

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Ambassador Paula Parviainen presented her credentials to Dr Tony Tan, President of the Republic of Singapore in September 2015 and became Finland’s 7th Ambassador to Singapore. For Ms Parviainen, it is her first Ambassador posting. Prior to that Ms Parviainen served four years as Minister, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland in Beijing, PRC. Ms Parviainen has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Abo Academy, the Swedish speaking University in Turku Finland and Master Studies in Corporate Communications and Public Relations at the Boston University, in Massachusetts, USA. During her University years she worked as Flight Attendant at Finnair from 1984-1994. She has also worked as freelance journalist while living in South Korea in 1988 and South Africa 1991-93. Ms Parviainen joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland as of 1st January 1995. She has served on postings in Singapore 1996-1999, Paris, France from 2003-2007 and at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations in New York from 2007-2009. 

Mr Kees van der Burg, Director-General Long-Term Care, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlands

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Kees van der Burg was born in 1969 in Gorinchem, the Netherlands. He studied Public Administration at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Kees chose as his specialization Financial Economic Management. In 1991 he started his career at the ministry of Finance, where he fulfilled various positions such as Head of division, after which he started working at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in 2002 as deputy director of the Financial Economic Department. In 2005 Kees was appointed as Director of the Social Support Department and from 2009 he also was Deputy Director-general Youth and Social Care. In 2011 Kees became director Long-term care as well as deputy Director-general Long-term Care. As of September 1, 2014 Kees is Director-General Long-Term Care.

Mr Kelvin Lim, Chief, Social Care Division, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), Singapore

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Kelvin started his career in the Singaporean public service as a Naval Officer in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). During his 15-year military career, he assumed key appointments in the SAF and the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). After leaving the military service, 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. Health and social aged care in Singapore was integrated under the Ministry of Health (MOH) in 2013. With this integration, the aged social care functions of CEL were merged with the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), the aged health care agency established under MOH. 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. 

Dr Lam Ching-Choi, BBS, JP, Chairman, Elderly Commission, CEO, Haven of Hope Christian Service, Hong Kong SAR

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Dr Lam is a specialist in Paediatric and Community Medicine, and isnow the Chief Executive Officer of Haven of Hope Christian Service. Under his leadership, Haven of Hope Christian Service is one of the pioneers in the provision of holistic end-of-life care for the elderly in Hong Kong. 
He is now the Chairman of the Community Investment & Inclusion Fund Committee and the Advisory Committee of “The Opportunities for the Elderly Project” of Social Welfare Department. He is also the Vice-chairman of the Elderly Commission and the Elderly Care Service, Industry Training Advisory Committee of the Education Bureau. Being a strong advocate on community care for the elders, he heads the Elderly Commission Working Group on Long Term Care Model and advises the Government on the reform in the related policies.  Dr Lam is also the Executive Committee Member and the Chairman of the Special Committee on Elderly Housing of the Hong Kong Housing Society. Dr Lam has been honored by the HKSAR Government with the Justice of Peace in 2003 and Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2008 for his devotion to public services.

Mr Mike Orgill, Head of Public Policy, Airbnb, Asia Pacific

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Mike Orgill leads Airbnb's public policy and government affairs activities across the Asia Pacific region. In this role Mike partners with governments and policy makers to develop new policy and regulatory frameworks for home sharing and the sharing economy. Prior to joining Airbnb Mike led Google's public policy efforts in Asia's emerging markets on a range of Internet policy issues, including data protection, security, content regulation, freedom of expression and cross-border data flows. Mike began his career in Washington D.C., at the US-ASEAN Business Council where he represented major US investors in Southeast Asia on complex trade and investment issues across a variety of industries. Mike is a graduate of Stanford University.

Professor Hiroyuki Murata, CEO, Centre for Studies on Ageing Societies, 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.

Dr Shunei Kyo, President, Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Hospital & Institute of Gerontology, Japan

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Professor Shunei Kyo is cardiac surgeon, who applied extracorporeal ventricular assist device (VAD) first in man in 1980 in Japan. Prof. Kyo has been worked for more than 10 years to introduce implantable LVAD in Japan as Chairman of the Association of Relevant Academic Societies. Four kinds of 2nd and 3rd generation of iLVAD, EVAHEART, DuraHeart, HeartMate II, and Jarvik 2000 have been approved since 2011. Heart failure (HF) is also serious medical problem for elderly patients although HTx is not applicable. Therefore, destination therapy (DT) is very important for elderly patients with end-stage HF. Professor Kyo is one of the most enthusiastic surgeon to introduce DT for elderly patients as President of Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Hospital & Institute Gerontology.

Dr Ow Chee Chung, CEO, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, Singapore 

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Dr Ow Chee Chung is currently the CEO of Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital. The hospital is in the midst of major redevelopment to build an Integrated Nursing Home and Community Hub. It will double both its inpatient and outpatient capacity. Dr Ow is a medical doctor by training with a Master in Business Administration (MBA, Surrey). He has held several leadership appointments in Public Service, VWO and in the restructured hospital and institution. He has a personal interest in the development of community care services.

Dr Nart Fongsmut, MD, Board Member, Development of Housing at the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Board Member, Sawangkanives Home for Thai Elderly and Thai Red Cross Society, Thailand

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Dr Nart graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and from the Graduate School of Management, Boston University, USA. She was the Project Manager of Thailands first comprehensive retirement home “Sawangkanives” by the Thai Red Cross Society during 2010-2014. She was also a member of the development team for the comprehensive Aged Care Center “Sor Tor” at Chulalongkorn Hospital, Bangkok during 2012-2014. Currently she is a member of the board for the development of housing for elderly in Thailand under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. She is also the medical director of Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Thailand.

Dr Kenny Tan, CEO, St Luke’s Eldercare Ltd, Singapore

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Dr Kenny Tan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of St Luke’s ElderCare in August 2016. Established in both clinical and healthcare management, his previous role as Chief Operating Officer for St Luke’s Hospital and St Luke’s ElderCare, had brought the community hospital and eldercare centres through capacity growth in infrastructure and services. His approach in putting the patient and client first continues to make an impact on the service culture and care delivery. As a performance driver, he was instrumental in bringing about an increase in services, programmes and innovation projects. In his personal time, Dr Tan provides counseling to caregivers and has been participating in humanitarian work overseas since 1997. He received the prestigious Healthcare Humanity Awards in 2016 for his work. 

Mr Kevin Lim, Executive Director, SC Capital Partners, Singapore

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Mr Lim joined the firm in June 2015 and performs acquisition, asset management, value enhancement and realisation activities. Prior to joining the firm, Mr Lim worked at RREEF (rebranded to Deutsche Asset & Management Alternatives & Real Assets) since 2008 as a Vice President responsible for acquisition, disposition and asset management activities in China, Hong Kong and Australia. Mr Lim was also the portfolio manager in RREEF for the Employees Provident Fund in Malaysia and successfully invested a $1.4billion mandate on behalf of the client. From 2005-2008, Mr Lim was a Senior Consultant at Argus Global Consulting and responsible for real estate financial analysis, acquisition support, transaction audit and trainings. He worked on a secondment basis with various real estate managers and sovereign wealth funds in acquisition and disposition support and trained over 300 real estate professionals in financial modelling and investment reporting. 

Mr Pierre Bouchelouche, Medical Director - Department Of Clinical Biochemistry, Zealand University Hospital, Koege. Denmark 

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Dr Pierre Bouchelouche, MD, heads the Clinical Biochemistry department as the medical director in Zealand University Hospital, Koege – the main hospital and teaching hospital in the Zealand region of Denmark. Dr Bouchelouche is the brain behind The World's First Mobile Hospital Laboratory, which provides examination and treatment of elderly citizens in their own home. His passion and research has led him to create a whole new concept of a mobile hospital lab from scratch – from technical solutions to fitting laboratory equipment into a custom built vehicle and more. Dr Bouchelouche has also gain the recognition as the first author / co-author of more than 64 peer reviewed original publications.

Dr Elsie Hui, Consultant and Chief of Service of the Department of Medicine and Geriatrics at Shatin Hospital, and Cluster Coordinator of the Community Geriatric Assessment Team of New Territories East Cluster, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong SAR

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Dr Elsie Hui graduated from Imperial College, London in 1989. She joined the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong in 1992 and trained in Geriatric Medicine under Professor Jean Woo at Prince of Wales and Shatin Hospitals. She is currently Consultant and Chief of Service of the Department of Medicine and Geriatrics at Shatin Hospital, and Cluster Coordinator of the Community Geriatric Assessment Team of New Territories East Cluster. She is also an Honorary Associate Professor of the Faculty of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 
Dr Hui is responsible for a convalescent medical unit which serves patients transferred from acute care. She also oversees community geriatric services which support residential care homes for the elderly and high risk elderly who live at home. She works closely with the Hospital Authority's Strategic Planning Team in planning new directions and service models in the areas of community care, rehabilitation, orthogeriatrics, dementia and end of life care. Her research interests include end of life care and applications of technology in care of older persons, particularly those with cognitive impairment.

Dr Timothy Low, CEO, Farrer Park Hospital, Singapore

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A medical doctor by training, Dr Timothy Low was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Farrer Park Hospital in September 2015. He is responsible for the strategy and growth of the hospital in Singapore and the region. Dr Low has 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry spanning across pharmaceutical, medical devices and healthcare services. Prior to joining Farrer Park Hospital, Dr Low was Chief Executive Officer of Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore, where he established it as an award-winning private healthcare provider in the region. Dr Low has also previously served in senior management positions for pharmaceutical and medical device industries in the Asia Pacific region. With his vast experience and contributions to the industry, Dr Low is listed in the ranks of Stanford Who’s Who. Dr Low graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also a graduate of the NUS Graduate School of Business, Stanford University Executive Programme and Singapore Management University Asia Pacific Hospital Management Programme. 

Mr Gustav Strandell President, Maihama Club, Japan

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Gustav Strandell is the CEO at Maihama Club Nursing Home. Prior to that, Strandell was initially involved with the home’s operation as a consultant, giving advice about ways to give effective care to its residents and users before taking on the role of General Manager. Strandell first came to Japan in 1992 as an exchange student from Stockholm University to the Waseda Senior High School. In 1999, he pursued his Master’s Degree nursing home field studies in Sweden and Japan. Strandell also sits on the board of the Geriatric Research Institute in Japan, and Japan-Sweden Society. He has been featured in the media on several occasions like Asahi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan Times and Nikkei Business FujiTV and NHK. 

Dr Ng Wai Chong, Chief, Clinical Affairs, Tsao Foundation, Singapore

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Dr Ng is Chief, Clinical Affairs of Tsao Foundation, a non-profit organization inaugurated in 1993 to positively transform the experience of ageing. He has been practicing Family Medicine for seniors since 2000, when he started full time as the visiting physician in Hua Mei Mobile Clinic. Over the years, he has grown while contributing to the Foundation’s efforts in the development of community aged-care systems and active ageing framework. His interests include primary care for frail seniors, multi-disciplinary health teams, comprehensive needs assessment standards, elder mistreatment, end-of-life care, community-based dementia care as well as community care management system.  

Professor Arto Hautala, Senior Scientist, University of Oulu, Finland

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Arto Hautala has worked almost 20 years in the Research Group of Cardiology in the University of Oulu, Finland, focusing during past years mainly on type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease patients. At the present he works as a director of research and education at HUR. He holds also a senior scientist position in the Center for Machine Vision and Signal Analysis at the University of Oulu and he has been appointed adjunct professor of physical therapy to the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Arto is a chair in the working group planning Finnish Current Care guideline for exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation and an expert appointed by the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim and the Executive Board of Current Care for the Finnish guideline of physical activity and exercise training.

Mr Arthur Koumoukelis, Partner, Dentons Australia (formerly Gadens), Australia


Arthur is a partner of Dentons (formerly Gadens Lawyers) and has been with the firm since 1989. He holds dual degrees of Commerce (Accounting and Financial Management Information Systems) and Law and a Masters of Law. He is a public notary. Arthur has developed a specialist knowledge and practice in the aged care and retirement village industries. He heads Denton’s national and Sydney aged care and retirement village practice group. He also leads the not for profit and tax areas of the firm. His practice centres on advising operators and providers on all aspects of the regulatory framework, contractual matters, commercial aspects, mergers and acquisitions and disputes relating to aged care providers. He is a regular presenter to industry associations and advises on regulatory reforms. Arthur has been the primary adviser to major aged care and retirement village projects in Australia including Mark Moran Vaucluse, Harbord Diggers Freshwater and the development of lending products for La Trobe Financial Services. Arthur has appeared in major Courts and Tribunals in relation to disputes arising from the operation of both aged care and retirement village facilities and has dealt directly with regulatory authorities in relation to facilities and sanctions. Aside from his legal practice, Arthur holds the positions of Vice President Australian Diabetes Council, Director of The Vasey Housing Association and has been a former director of a number of other charities in the arts and sciences.

Mr Ardi S. Hardjoe Chief Executive Officer, Thye Hua Kwan Nursing Home, Singapore

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My passion for eldercare issues and the less fortunate started as a teenager volunteering in the “Adopt a Granny” programme while I was studying in the UK. I feel extremely privileged to now serve in the eldercare sector and in helping deliver a seamless solution in step-down-care with internal and external agencies; by designing and delivering meaningful programmes for those living in the community and in providing quality institutional care, for those who need it.

Ardi has over 15 years of experience in progressive organisations in the Healthcare and Voluntary Welfare Sector. He is a registered social worker and started his career in Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society as a management trainee, before specialising in operations and managing centres, including Home Help Service, Homes for the Disability Sector and the Destitute. He was also a Steering Committee Member of the third Enabling Master Plan. 

Ms Carol Allen, CEO, Sapphire International, Australia

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Carol joined the Sapphire Group Board in 2003 and in 2015 became the CEO of Sapphire International Holdings to oversee the international strategy and operation. Carol has also been a director of the BlueCross Board since 2005 with more than 20 years’ experience in the community sector. From 2006 to 2015, Carol was BlueCross’ CEO and Executive Director. She was responsible for the operations of Residential and Care at Home services, marketing and human resources. Carol’s passion is to change the way aged care is delivered; she has formed a team of highly committed and experienced managers who share her vision. Carols holds a Bachelor of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Research and Development. Carol is also on the Board of Leading Aged Services Australia. 

Dr Carol Tan, Executive Chairman & Founder, The Good Life Co-operative Limited, Singapore

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Dr Carol Tan
 is a geriatrician by training. She was also with the Ministry of Health, Singapore and held concurrent appointments in the Epidemiology and Disease Control, Integrated Health Services and Health Finance Divisions. She also served as served as Deputy Director (Elderly and Disability Policy), Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and worked on the Prime Minster Office (Ageing) portfolio. She has also been active in the development of geriatric medicine services in Singapore where she headed Geriatric Medicine units in both Changi General Hospital and Singapore General Hospital. She is currently spearheading Active Ageing Programmes that partner patients and their families and include health screening, risk assessment and follow-up programmes for the middle agers. She is also working with life and health insurance providers to promote active ageing programmes as part of a lifelong approach to healthy ageing for policy holders.

Mr David Lane, Chairman, ThomsonAdsett, Australia

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As one of Australia’s best-known architectural specialists in the Elderly Care industry, David has worked on major domestic projects across private, public and charitable sectors. He has directed work on significant international projects located in Asia, United Kingdom, Canada, and USA.  He has been instrumental in developing ThomsonAdsett’s reputation as a Specialist Consultancy Practice through the expansion of Retirement and Aged Care divisions in key growth markets around Australia. 

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

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Singaporean entrepreneur Janice Chia founded Ageing Asia Pte Ltd with the mission to change the way future generations of elderly age in Asia, by engaging the business community to create better products and services that will enable healthy, independent ageing and dignified ageing. Ageing Asia Pte Ltd is an Ageing Market Consultancy that specialises in facilitating collaborations and strategic partnerships between CEO-level business, government and community leaders to access Asia Pacific's US$3.3 trillion silver industry through a combination of in-depth industry research and networking with key decision makers in the business of ageing.

Mr John Collyns, Executive Director, Retirement Village Association Inc., 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. 

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

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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 institutionalisation 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 Sean Rooney, CEO, Leading Aged 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 recognised 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.

Ms Sharon Callister, CEO, The Salvation Army ‎Aged Care Plus, Australia

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Sharon has qualifications in Nursing, Business and Health Administration and graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She began her leadership journey at St.Vincent’s Hospital, followed by The Australian Red Cross Blood Service. In 2006, Sharon secured her first CEO role with Benetas Anglican Aged Care Services. In 2008 she moved to Sydney to become the CEO for The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus where under her leadership she has developed it into a thriving $120m service caring for 1700 older Australians. With more to give, in 2012 Sharon took on an additional CEO role to lead The Salvation Army Humanitarian Mission Services delivering a $75m Federal Government contract, managing welfare for Asylum Seekers at Nauru and Manus Island. Sharon’s leadership has been recognized by many and in 2012 was a finalist in the NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the Year and was included in the 2012 Westpac/Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards. Sharon is also known to ‘run for her life’ in 250km ultra marathons that tests physical and mental endurance; qualities contributing to her successful leadership journey.

Mr Tadamichi Shimogawara, President, Silverwood Co Ltd., Japan

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Mr. Tada"Michi" Shimogawara was born in Tokyo in 1971. He is founder/CEO of Silverwood Ltd. of Japan from 2000. He developed and implemented "steel panel construction" by the building construction method of the frame materials made of steel sheets. He started the planning and development projects for the elderly housing and facilities from 2005. He launched rental housing for requiring long-term care "Ginmokusei-Kamagaya" and special rental housing for the aged in which a person receives medical "Ginmokusei-Ichikawa". One of the stances is preventive long-term care, he investigates development like a second-home until they pass away for best end-of-life of residents. He is on the board of director of the general incorporated foundation for rental housing with service for elderly.

Mr Tony Bridge, Managing Director, Bridge Advisory Group, Australia

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Tony Bridge has been working with major private and community based organisations in the aged care and seniors living market throughout Australia, China and other parts of the Asia-Pacific Region for over 20 years. Formerly Founding Partner and Chairman of one of Australia’s leading strategic advisory and project management companies, Tony founded Bridge Advisory Group as an advisory company with a specialist focus on this critical sector. In this capacity, Tony and his team bring skills and vast experience to clients through areas such as market analysis to financial modelling with a strong focus on achieving successful projects that are market relevant and financially viable.

Mr Tirupathi Karthik, CEO, Napier Healthcare Solutions Pte Ltd, Singapore

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As an eldercare thought leader, he has been driving productivity agendas for eldercare delivery models across healthcare organisations globally, and seen to the expansion of Napier’s product vision to include eldercare solution across all formats of services delivery. Applying technology-enabled solutions for senior care providers offering nursing home, home care and activity-centre services, Napier today enables productivity and improved quality of care. A passionate advocate of mobile technology, he has underpinned all these solutions with a “mobile first” approach. Across Asia, US and the Middle East, Karthik shares his vision for the evolving senior care landscape as speaker at major conferences and a regular contributor to ICT journals. He is passionate about dementia care and education, and devotes his time and energy to charities and mentoring aspiring innovators in a local university. An industry veteran who has worked in global firms such as SAP and HP, he is also an entrepreneur and the founder of an EDB investee company. Karthik was awarded the ‘Spirit of Enterprise Award’ in 2007 for demonstrating exceptional self-reliance in the establishment and operation of a successful SME in Singapore.

Mr Igor Statkevitch, Co Founder & Managing Director, Australia 

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Igor Statkevitch, is the Managing Director & Co-Founder of BLISSCARE® HEALTH. He is an entrepreneur, visionary leader and executive in healthcare and medical industry that leads and inspires the team towards innovation that matters. With a team of highly skilled professionals Igor Statkevitch with his brother Andrei Statkevitch and wife Skevi Statkevitch established and transformed BLISSCARE® HEALTH from a small healthcare operator into one of the industry’s leading and fastest growing companies that specializes in medical and healthcare management, aged care allied health services, wellbeing and fitness for seniors. Due to Igor’s passion and desire to make a different in the industry and combined efforts of everyone in the company, BLISSCARE® HEALTH has been recognised both nationally and internationally for its innovation and growth in Smart50 Companies and BRW100. Igor Statkevitch is married to Skevi Statkevitch, raising four daughters and loves spending time with the family.

Mr Juhana Ojala, Co-Founder & Sales Director, VideoVisit Ltd, Finland 


Juhana Ojala, is the Co-Founder and Sales Director of VideoVisit Ltd, a Nordic health technology company developing cost-efficient virtual care solutions to home care and healthcare sectors. With Juhana’s guidance VideoVisit has claimed the market leader position in the Nordic digital healhtcare markets, and has been collaborating with city of Helsinki to create Helsinki’s virtual care service concept. In Finland Juhana has been involved in various national level eHealth projects where he has provided his experties of  integrating virtual care solutions into healthcare and home.

Ms Riitta Laanala, Head of the Business Unit, City of Helsinki, Finland

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Ms Laanala is the Head of the Business Unit in the city of Helsinki. Telephone and wellness Service Center is providing the services needed to continue living at home whether people are elderly person or recovering from illness. Ms Laanala has worked more than 25 years in the city of Helsinki, last ten years at the forefront of development, actively collaborating with contract partners to design new technical services that support living at home with the Social and Health Care Department.  Her aim has been eg. to create efficient and powerful virtual care service concept for home care services in Helsinki. Currently virtual care in Helsinki is 85% more cost efficient than traditional physical home care with more than 20.000 virtual calls per month.

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