INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Mr Kevin Beirne, Group Director - Housing Care & Support, One Housing Group, United Kingdom
A Postgraduate of Oxford Brookes University Estate Management School, Kevin is a Group Director and Board member of One Housing Group Ltd (OHG) with 25 years’ experience in the health and specialist housing sector. He leads the Health Care & Support business for OHG comprising of Season Senior Living, Baycroft Care & Senior Villages and One Support. OHG is the first Housing Association to have a formal alliance with an NHS provider for operating joint ventures and optimising estate, which Kevin had brokered this alliance with Camden & Islington Foundation Trust. Most recently Kevin has worked with the Smith Institute to launch the influential think tank report ‘housing associations and the NHS: new thinking, new partnerships’, arguing that the health goal of integration must be driven by NHS land being in part prioritised for senior living and complex supported housing for people with long term conditions. Kevin is also a Director of ARCO (Associated Retirement Community Operators) the trade body for senior living operators and is a member of the National Housing Federations Delivering Great Homes Group.
Ms Carol Allen, CEO, Sapphire International, Australia
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.
Ms Chow Mee Tim, Assistant Director, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Council, Hong Kong SAR
Chow Mee Tim is one of the Assistant Directors of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council, responsible for leading the Council’s residential care homes for the elderly as well as supervising a series of community services. She has been actively participating in the advocacy of quality elderly care in the NGOs sector. She is the vice-chairperson of the HKCSS Specialized Committee on Elderly Service, and convenes a working group under the Specialized Committee on long term care of elderly. She has been a member of various working groups of the Hong Kong Government, which includes the Project Steering Group of Project on Enhancement of the Infrastructure of Long-term Care in Hong Kong and the Working Group on Elderly Services Programme Plan.
Dr Cheung Moon Wah, General Manager (Elderly Services), Hong Kong Housing Society, Hong Kong SAR
Dr Moon Wah Cheung is the General Manager of Elderly Services in the Hong Kong Housing Society responsible for developing and operating senior housing and skilled care services. As a registered social worker with a doctoral degree in business administration, Dr Cheung has devoted to elderly services for more than 30 years and has served a lot of public duties. Currently he is a member, the Working Group on Elder Abuse, Social Welfare Department; the Project Steering Group of Project on Enhancement of the Infrastructure of Long Term Care in Hong Kong, Social Welfare Department; Advisory Committee of Department of Applied Social Science, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Advisory Committee of the Age-friendly City Project, The Hong Kong Jockey Club; Committee on Management and Operation of Lam Tei Elderly Home, Pok Oi Hospital.
Mr Etsuaki Morikawa, Board Member, CSAS, President, ORIX Living Corporation, Japan
Mr Etsuaki Morikawa joined the Senior Housing Business to perform a mission to build a community that last for generations. In 2002, ORIX Real Estate Corporation, which is responsible for ORIX Group’s real-estate business, built their first Pay Nursing Care Home. As a next step, ORIX Living Corporation was built in 2005, to run the Pay Nursing Care Homes itself. As the president of ORIX Living Corporation, Mr Morikawa took strong leadership to provide comfortable and active living for senior citizens by creating a “new standard of nursing care” in Japan, an Independent and Dignified Aging care. To pursue its mission, ORIX Living manages 19 Good Time Living, a chain of private nursing homes, and 2 Platesia, residential rental properties for active seniors in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Kansai region. Mr Morikawa also serves as President of The Council of Senior Housing Industry Executives in Japan to give policy recommendation and exchange ideas in the senior housing industry to create a better future of the Japanese senior citizens.
Professor Hiroyuki Murata, Professor, Tohoku University, CEO, Centre for Studies on Ageing Societies, Japan
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 Gustav Strandell, CEO, Maihama Club. Co. Ltd, Japan
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.
Ms Janice Chia, Founder & Managing Director, Ageing Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore
Janice founded Ageing Asia – Asia’s first ageing market consultancy social enterprise, with the mission to drive innovation in the way future generations age, by engaging the business community to create better products and services that will enable healthy ageing, independent ageing and dignified ageing. Janice has accumulated her vast experience from visiting over 250 residential and aged care homes from over 15 countries. Since 2009, she has been actively involved in consulting organisations seeking global best practices in housing, health and care models that can be translated for the Asian market. Janice is also quoted regularly in the media on Asia Pacific business trends in ageing. Janice has also launched several industry innovations, including, ASPIRE55 Singapore – Asia’s first virtual retirement village, a wellbeing community that offers a combination of social, health and care services, but enables members to continue living in their existing homes.
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) Welfare Council.She initiated an annual event, Social Enterprise Summit in 2008 and served as the Chair for 9 years. Currently, she is Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Social Entrepreneurship Forum and member of the Board of Directors of Hong Kong Policy Research Institute. In government committees, she is Member of Sub-Committee on Promotion of Volunteering in Committee Organizations, Member of Lump Sum Grant Steering Committee, Member of Elderly Care Service Industry Training Advisory Committee, Member of Advisory Committee on Built Heritage Conservation, Assessment Panel of the Innovation and Technology Fund for the Better Living and Member of Admissions, Budgets and Allocations Committee of The Community Chest. In NGO governing bodies, she is Executive Committee Member of St James Settlement, Council Member of Sheng Kung Hui St. Christopher’s Home Limited, Board and Management Committee Member of HKSKH Lady Maclehose Centre. She also serves as Supervisor of SKH Lui Ming Choi Secondary School,School Manager of The True Light Middle School of Hong Kong, Vice-chair of School Council of Macau Anglican College, Vice-chair of School Council of Sheng Kung Hui Choi Kou School (Macau), Advisor of Center for Strategic Development of Macau; Council Member of St. John’s College, University of Hong Kong.
Ms Julie Ockerby, Creative Director, Meli Studio, Australia
With more than 15 years’ experience, Julie has worked with some of the most innovative designers and hoteliers from around the world and has been a leader in translating this experience into the residential and broader commercial arenas.Julie’s background in the health sciences, boutique hotels and designing avant-garde and functional commercial spaces, has enabled Julie to be one of the pioneers incutting edge interior architecture and design in the Aged Care and Retirement Living space. Combining home-like features together with functional aesthetics enables Meli Studio’s client to consistently achieve their goals. Julie is the Creative Director and Principal of Meli Studio. She leads all projects within the Aged Care and the Retirement Living portfolio. It is a personal passion of Julie’s 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, Hong Kong SAR
Mr. Sham Ka Hung obtained his Master in Social Policy from the University of York, England and Master in Social Sciences (Social Work) from the University of Hong Kong respectively. His researches focused on “Comparative Study in Community Care policy between Hong Kong and England” and “The effect of Group Housing Arrangement on the Psychosocial Well Being of Seniors in Hong Kong”. Mr. Sham is a registered Social Worker, working as Assistant Director for the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council, his major duties include planning and management of Senior Housing, Community Medical Services, Elderly District Centre, Elderly Day Care Centre, Home Care Services, Self financing Residential Care Home, Professional Counseling Centre, Professional Training Centre and Social Enterprises. He leaded a trans-disciplinary team in planning, design and operating of the community medical service network which blendered medical and social work professions. Furthermore, Mr. Sham is also responsible for the planning and supervision of the Enshan Social Services Centre in Guongzhou which runs the first Elderly Integrated Community Centre in mainland China, an integrated family services centre, consultancy services in building design, service management and delivery system design, social work manpower establishment design and training. Mr. Sham is also appointed as adjunct lecturer in the School of professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong.
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, CEO, Haven of Hope Christian Service, Hong Kong SAR
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 Tony Wang, CEO, Watermark Senior Living, China Limited, China
Watermark China is the exclusive operating platform of Watermark Retirement Communities, Inc. (“WRC”) in Greater China. Established in 1985, WRC is a premium senior living owner, developer and operator in the US. Tony co-founded Watermark China in 2014. During 2012-14, Tony was Managing Director of Belmont Village Senior Living Hong Kong (“BVHK”), a JV between M3 Capital Partners and Belmont Village in the US. During 2007-14, Tony also worked at M3 on real estate private equity. Prior to that, Tony worked for IBM and CNOOC in China. Tony holds a MASc in Building Engineering from Concordia University, a MS in Real Estate Development from MIT, and a BEng from Southwest Petroleum University in China.