GLOBAL AGEING INFLUENCERS
Honouring the outstanding achievements of the most influential global leaders impacting ageing in Asia Pacific
Ms Tara Singh Vachani, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Antara Senior Living Ltd, India
Holding the reins at AntaraPurukul Senior Living Ltd., India, CEO and MD Tara is driven by passion to create an enriching and fulfilling lifestyle for seniors in the Indian landscape. Prior to Antara, she worked with the Corporate Development team at Max India Ltd. and was actively engaged in philanthropy through her involvement with the Max India Foundation. She is currently appointed as a Director at Max Healthcare and as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Max India Ltd., also the parent company of Antara. In addition, she is actively involved in The Leeu Collection, her family’s international hospitality business with influence over U. K., South Africa and Italy. Tara comes from a diverse academic background, majored in Politics and South Asian studies at the National University of Singapore followed by courses in Strategy Management at the London School of Economics, and Hospitality Business Strategy and Management at Ecole hotelier de Lausanne, Switzerland.
Mr Roger Kwok, Managing Director, Arcadia Group Pty Ltd, Australia
Roger Kwok founded the Arcadia Group in 1999 after failing to find suitable accommodation for his own aging parents. Today Arcadia Group owns 6 resort styled villages in WA with a total of 600 completed units and a pipe line of another 130 more to go. He recently teamed up with a very reputable SGX listed company in Singapore to acquire two up-market boutique lifestyle retirement properties in Melbourne. The entry into the Victorian market resulted in the acquisition of a site which he plans to build one of the largest retirement villages in Australia with a total of about 550 homes set in a championship 18 holes golf course. Together with his new partner, they are very confident of the continued growth of this sector and are committed to seek out further opportunities for acquisition. Roger was a former board member of the RVA Ltd and currently sits on the Retirement Living Council of Property Council helping to shape the future of our industry.
Mr Marcus Riley, Chief Executive Officer, BallyCara, Australia
Marcus is the CEO of BallyCara, a charitable organisation and public benevolent institution which provides accommodation, health, and care services for older people as well as a range of support and advisory functions to service-based organisations. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP) and the immediate past chair of the Global Ageing Network. He was recently appointed as the Focal Point for the Stakeholder Group on Ageing for the Asia-Pacific region. Throughout his career, Mr Marcus had held numerous other key industry positions including Chairman & Deputy Chairman of Leading Age Services Australia, National Director of Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) and Retirement Villages Australia (RVA Ltd).
Prof Dr Areerat Suputtitada, M.D, Chairperson of Neurorehabilitation Research Unit at Chulalongkorn University, Advisor (Founder Chairperson) of
Excellent Centre for Gait and Motion at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Thailand
Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Chulalongkorn University and King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, Dr. Areerat Suputtitada is an expert in the area of neurological rehabilitation, spasticity and dystonia, gait and motion, and pain. At the age of 36, she was the youngest physician appointed as a Professor in Thailand. She had received 14 national awards, 7 international awards, and published more than 60 international and 20 national articles in her areas of expertise. Throughout her career, she had been invited to lecture as a keynote speaker, parallel and symposium speaker, and as the chairperson for over 100 international conferences. Dr. Suputtitada’s achievements had her elected and appointed as important positions in the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM), such as the Chair of Women and Health Task Force, International Exchange Committee and Representative to the ISPRM Assembly of Delegates for Asia & Oceania.
Dr Lam Ching-Choi, BBS, JP, Member of the Executive Council, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, The People’s Republic Of
China,Chairman, Elderly Commission, Hong Kong SAR, Chief Executive Officer, Haven of Hope Christian Service, Hong Kong SAR
A Specialist in paediatrician, Dr. Lam is the CEO of the Haven of Hope Christian Service. Under his leadership, Haven of Hope Christian Service rose as one of the pioneers in the provision of holistic care for the elderly in Hong Kong. He is also a non-official member of the Executive Council of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. In addition, as the Chairman of the Elderly Commission, he heads the Commission Working Groups on Ageing in Place, Long Term Care Model and Active Ageing, formulating the Elderly Services Programme Plan to advise the Government on long-term policies for elderly in Hong Kong. He is also the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of The Opportunities for the Elderly Project. Dr. Lam was 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 Lee Poh Wah, Chief Executive Officer, Lien Foundation, Singapore
As Lien Foundation’s first professional staff member in 2005, Poh Wah transformed a fledging organization into a regional philanthropic house lauded for its radical approach and innovative solutions. Under his leadership, the foundation is recognized as a first mover driving improvements in early childhood education and eldercare. Often taking the bull by the horns, the foundation proudly champion causes that not many want to talk about, such as better care for the dying or more dignity and choice for those who live in nursing homes. Prior to Lien Foundation, he was in the civil service where he established the Social Enterprise Fund. He also held several investment and business development positions in the private sector. Poh Wah draws inspiration from design, technology and the arts to develop solutions for complex questions – such as destigmatizing and improving care for those with dementia. He pursues research and advocacy to identify inconvenient or overlooked truths, inform progressive policies and inspire a culture of self-help in the community. Above all, he envisions Singapore becoming a collaborative living lab that could offer relevant lessons to a greying world on ways to age with dignity, meaning and choice, without facing financial ruin.
Prof Hiroyuki Murata, Professor, Smart Ageing Research Center, Tohoku University, President, Murata Associates Inc., Japan
Prof Murata, President of Murata Associates introduced the Curves in Japan and contributed to make it the biggest fitness franchise chain in Japan. 8.4-million women can conduct the preventive care at 1,860 Curves stores now.He created the concept of “Smart Ageing” in 2007 and realized it to the Smart Aging Research Center at Tohoku University as a leading-edge aging science research center in the world.Additionally, he conducted the export of “Learning Therapy”, a non-pharmaceutical dementia improvement program developed by Tohoku University, to the USA. This is the first globalization example of Japan’s innovative care program. Prof Murata believes that people’s lifestyle should be the ‘Smart Ageing Way’, keeping four necessary conditions; brain fitness, physical exercise, balanced nutrition, and socialization. He defined Smart Ageing as “all individuals and the societies are maturing intellectually while effectively dealing with the changes associated with ageing”. This concept is a revolutionary paradigm shift away from common negative concepts, such as anti-ageing that imply an unwillingness to accept or face the later stage of life.
Ms Natasha Chadwick, Founder & CEO, NewDirection Care, Australia
Natasha Chadwick is the Founder and CEO of NewDirection Care™, an innovative privately-owned organisation that created the world’s first inclusive microtown™ Aged Care community. A pioneer in the Australian Aged Care industry, Natasha is passionate about changing the way we care for our elderly members of society and those living with dementia, including younger onset dementia, not just in Australia but worldwide. Backed by more than two decades of experience in aged care, Natasha wants to revolutionise a sector often considered excessively institutionalised, segregated and task driven. Through her extensive experience and spending time with seniors in their last stages of life, it became apparent to Natasha on both a personal and professional level, that the industry can improve. “We needed to create a system that revolves around the things that really matter in life,” says Natasha. She is currently a committee member of Leading Aged Services Australia (NSW/ACT) and a past Board Member of this peak body. She has also been a member of the Ministerial Dementia Forum Working Group and the ACFA Advisory Group.
Mr Etsuaki Morikawa, President, ORIX Living Corporation, Japan
The founder and president of ORIX Living Corporation, Mr Morikawa presented a brand-new value of elderly care service and lead the creation of a new standard of nursing care in providing a comfortable and active life for seniors in Japan.Without the blessing of the public care insurance system, he built a unique brand and business model that had developed and operated over 2700 units of senior residence for 15 years. In addition, he made an impact as a founder of The Council of Senior Housing Industry Executives in Japan that provides policy recommendation and exchange of ideas within the industry, thus enriching relations of the executives who go for improving residents’ QOL regardless of operator license types. Mr Morikawa also played an integral role in contributing to the Asia pacific countries by providing knowledge and know-how based on ORIX’s operating experience through conferences and accepting delegates to his facilities.
Mdm Low Mui Lang, Executive Director, The Salvation Army Peacehaven, Nursing Home, Singapore
Mdm Low is the Executive Director of The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home, Singapore. She piloted several award-wining projects at Peacehaven to help with the re-modelling of residential care in Singapore, including a dementia specific facility, a transitional convalescence facility, InGot- an IT system with a full clinical suite built on cloud computing, and Welmed- a research programme using exercise machines for rehabilitation. Mdm Low holds a Master in Health Care Management and is a Rehabilitation Nursing Clinician. She is on healthcare committees workgroups and is frequently engaged as a speaker in conferences. She was also awarded the President’s Nurses Award in 2010, the highest accolade for a nurse in Singapore. Mdm Low played instrumental roles in several passion projects, such as a partnership with The Salvation Army Palu Academy, Indonesia, whereby Indonesian nurses are hired to work in Peacehaven and Salvation Army nursing homes, and introducing a micro-credit system in Singapore offering a 6 months caregiver course for girls from low income families. The girls are trained and given an opportunity to work in the healthcare setting and thus, alleviated from poverty.
Mr David Lane, Chairman Emeritus, ThomsonAdsett, Australia
David is one of Australia's best known Seniors Living industry architectural specialist, having directed over 1,000 projects in Australia and internationally over the past 30 years. Recognised in the ASEAN region as a specialist consultant in seniors Living, he had practiced on both the western and the eastern landscape, resulting in a strong knowledge of international markets. Responsible for establishing ThomsonAdsett's Tokyo and Hong Kong studios in the mid-90s, David is instrumental in building the practice’s international profile and securing work throughout Asia for the past 20 years.David is a passionate advocate for social and corporate responsibility internationally, particularly relating to issues impacting the elderly and their built environment. He is a prolific and highly regarded public speaker and had authored several design papers on issues surrounding the Seniors Living sector.David had served on several professional and charitable committees and boards including the Australian Institute of Architects Practice Committee, Aged Care Exporters Network (Chairman), Australian Masters in Aged Care Service, Presbyterian Aged Care NSW, and DACADS.
Dr Ng Wai Chong, Chief, Clinical Affairs, Tsao Foundation, Singapore
Dr Ng is the Chief of Clinical Affairs at Tsao Foundation, a Singapore based non-profit organization inaugurated in 1993 to positively transform the experience of ageing. He has been practising 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.
Dr Jun Sasaki, Founder & Chairman, Yushoukai Medial Corporation, Japan
Dr Jun Sasaki is the Founder & Chairman of Yushoukai Medical Corporation, Japan. In 1998, he graduated from the School of Medicine in Tsukuba University and started working in the internal department of Mitsui Memorial Hospital. He went on to the Graduate School of Medicine at the Tokyo University subsequently before establishing the MRC clinic, predecessor of Yushoukai. By 2008, he established the MRC clinic into today’s Yushoukai Medical Corporation. Currently, Yushoukai is the largest Japanese home medical care provider in metropolitan areta with 11 clinics and 76 doctors providing 24-hour home medical care to 4,000 patients in their final stages of life,He is also working to share his experiences in Japan with medical and care providers in Asia. Yushoukai’s facilities do accept local visits from China and ASEAN countries.
GLOBAL AGEING TRAILBLAZERS
Recognising multi-disciplinary leadership in ageing that inspires change in their home country
Ms Yeo Wan Ling, Chief Executive Officer, Caregiver Asia Ptd Ltd, Singapore
Ms Yeo is the CEO of Caregiver Group, a global aggregator of freelance caregivers and an award winning online marketplace for home caregiving services. Prior to running the Caregiver Group, she spent 15 years in the Singapore Economic Development Board where she was a foreign direct investment specialist based in Singapore, Chicago, Hong Kong and Shanghai dealing with Fortune 100 and Hurun listed companies and business owners. She is known for her extensive people’s network, and ability to warm cold relations. Ms Yeo believe that the core to ageing in place is about access to skilled and caring Caregivers, and over the last 4 years, Caregiver Group have built up as an aggregator, a database of 6,000 Caregivers (and growing) who are prepared to work in home care.
Mr Khoo Chuan Keat, Managing Director, Eden-on-the-park (P) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
Mr Khoo currently serves as Director to several public and private companies including the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation, He is also a Senior Adviser of ASEAN Advisory. More prominently, he is the Managing Director of Eden-On-The-Park, West Malaysia. Eden-On-The-Park is Malaysia’s First Integrated Seniors Lifestyle & Care Residence Resort. He is also a pre-eminent tax and strategic business consultant; a well-recognised leader in the industry. His industry specialism includes financial services, property development, media and telecommunications. Mr Khoo is a prolific writer for the media and a frequent speaker at conferences on a wide range of topics, most recently on retirement transformation, seniors living and aged care in which he is well-recognised as a leading authority. He was also a key facilitator at the PEMANDU Lab on Seniors Living and a speaker at the REHDA (Real Estate & Housing Developers Association) CEO Forum on “Real estate opportunities in Seniors Living”.
Ms Stephanie Tan, Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Evercare Health Limited, Hong Kong SAR
Stephanie believes that ageing should be a happy and stress free process. In 2016, Stephanie launched a healthcare start up, Evercare, which provides quality healthcare services in the comfort of people’s homes. Stephanie was named the 2016 Health Advocate for the Women of Hope Awards by the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Foundation. In 2014, she launched The Kinnet, a health and wellness center that is dedicated to active ageing for older adults in Hong Kong. Stephanie also previously served on the Board of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, from 2012-2014. Stefanie believes that elders in Hong Kong should be able to age in place, in the comfort of their homes, with the support of their loved ones through smart living. She envision a community for the seniors that have access to quality affordable health care, in an environment that they are familiar and comfortable with, allowing us, their family members to have a peace of mind.
Ms Tamar Krebs, Founder & CEO, Group Homes Australia, Australia
Tamar Krebs has been immersed in the field of people living with dementia for most of her adult life. Academically trained, with degrees from several universities, her skills and experience come from hands-on problem solving in Israel and Australia. In a career spanning over two decades, Tamar has worked in establishments where standards ranged from ‘shockingly inadequate’ to those where residents experienced near ‘5-star hotel’ treatment.She understands the needs of older people, particularly those living with dementia, and this led to her believing there had to be ‘a better way’. This belief led to her founding Group Homes Australia, where 6-8 residents living beyond a diagnosis of dementia live in a home in their local community where they engage in life. Just three words define her clear objective: “Doing Dementia Differently”.
Ms Gillian Tee, CEO & Co-founder, Homage, Singapore
Ms Gillian Tee is the co-founder and CEO of Homage, Singapore. A local start-up, Homage is a one-stop senior home care solution that bring together trained and curated caregivers with smart on-demand technology, allowing for seniors to age at home with grace, control, and dignity. Homage is described to had “gave many seniors and their families peace of mind...” by Singapore Prime Minister Lee HsienLoong at the National Day Rally 2017.
Mr Try Wibowo, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, PT InsanMedikaPersada, Indonesia
Mr Try Wibowo is the founder and CEO of PT. InsanMedikaPersada, a health-care provider company based in the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, that provides live-in nursing home care allowing seniors to remain safely in their own home while receiving medical care or assistance. Inspired by his beloved mother, he believes that the most important thing he have to create is great impact towards people and his surroundings. The problem of unemployment in Indonesia, particularly in health vocational school, nurses and health bachelor graduates, as well as the health skill potentials have underpinned his ideas to create a bridge for the graduates and the market demands. It is proven by his achievement that throughout 6 years he created multitudinous jobs and more advanced technology support for the Indonesian market. As a young entrepreneur, he had been awarded national and international awards during his career, such as the Bronze Achievement awarded by AnugerahWirausaha Indonesia. In addition, he is listed as one of the Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30 figure under healthcare and science.
Ms Julie Ockerby, Principal Creative Director, Meli Studio, Australia
Julie is the Creative Director and Principal of Meli Studio, one of Sydney’s leading innovative interior design practices that had worked with residential home and apartments, aged care and retirement villages, boats, retail, corporate and commercial office, hotels, and resorts. The well-respected studio is known to combine home-like features together with functional aesthetics and consistently excelling in achieving their client’s goals.She personally leads all projects within the aged care and the retirement living portfolio. With more than 15 years experience, Julie had worked with some of the most innovative designers and hoteliers from around the world and led to translate this experience into the residential and broader commercial arenas.Julie’s background in health sciences, boutique hotels and in designing avant-garde and functional commercial spaces enabled her to be one of the pioneers in the cutting edge field of interior architecture and design for aged care and retirement living space. It is a personal passion of hers to reinvigorate all spectrums of aged care living in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.
Mr Joe Sham, Assistant Director, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited, Hong Kong SAR
Joe, Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council, specializes in the aged care and healthcare field with extensive experiences in service planning, development and monitoring. He has been working on cross-disciplinary collaboration among the government, business, academics and society to leverage on each sector’s strength to benefit the people. His team has championed nearly 40 accolades on innovative elderly care services. Driven by strong passion in innovating, Joe designed and operated a first of its kind senior housing blended with medical and social care in Hong Kong. He initiated cross disciplinary collaborations to provide holistic care in stroke rehabilitation, cognitive training and pain management and developed self-health management programme to involve older adults as active players. Through transplanting the Hong Kong aged care experiences, Joe localized ,developed and supervised a pioneered integrated elderly community centre in Guangzhou, China.