Our global ambassadors support our work by speaking at events and introducing us to new contacts. They have all worked closely with us and are recognised internationally as experts on ageing.
Professor Nana Araba Apt
Professor Nana Araba Apt is an academic from Ghana who has published widely on ageing in Africa. She is currently Dean of Academic Affairs at Ashesi University College, Accra.
She was previously based at the University of Ghana, Legon, where she created and ran the Centre for Social Policy Studies. She is a founder member and current president of HelpAge Ghana.
"Who would have thought that Africa, well acknowledged for its traditional caring systems, would now face a crisis of caring for its ageing family members? I have committed much of my academic life to exploring avenues to make older people's life less burdensome in Africa and I welcome this role with HelpAge."
Nicholas Barr is Professor of Public Economics at the London School of Economics and the author of numerous books and articles including The Economics of the Welfare State (OUP, 5th edn, 2012), Reforming Pensions: Principles and Policy Choices (with Peter Diamond) (OUP, 2008) and Financing Higher Education: Answers from the UK (with Iain Crawford) (Routledge 2005).
Alongside his academic work is wide-ranging involvement in policy, including two spells at the World Bank and as a Visiting Scholar at the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund.
He has also been active in policy debates, particularly on pension reform and higher education finance, advising governments in post-communist countries and in the UK, Australia, Chile, China, Hungary, New Zealand and South Africa. He is a member of the Council of the Pensions Policy Institute and was a Trustee of HelpAge International.
A range of academic and policy writing can be found online.
Cindy Cox Roman
Cindy Cox Roman is a strategic market research expert based in Washington DC, with over 25 years of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research for corporations and non-profits. She served on the board of HelpAge International from 2008-2015, the last two years as board chair.
As a member of the board, Cindy witnessed HelpAge’s work around the world first-hand. She said: "Every time I met the older people we worked with, I was deeply inspired by their strength and resilience. Elevating their voices and bringing attention to their needs is the most important work we can do."
In addition to her role as HelpAge ambassador, Cindy serves on the board of HelpAge USA, where she works to make US audiences aware of the issues faced by older people in the developing world.
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Dr Alexandre Kalache
In 2012 Alexandre Kalache took up the Presidency of the newly-created International Longevity Centre-Brazil in his home city of Rio de Janeiro. ILC-Brazil is an autonomous think tank which is part of an international consortium of fourteen such centres.
Concurrently, Dr Kalache serves as Global Ambassador of HelpAge International, Senior Advisor at the New York Academy of Medicine and sits on a multitude of boards ranging from the World Economic Forum to the Gulbenkian Foundation. He acts as worldwide adviser on ageing issues to national, state and municipal governments, civil society organisations and the private sector.
Following his medical training in Brazil and then his MSc and PhD in the United Kingdom, Kalache held research and teaching positions at both the Universities of Oxford and London for almost twenty years. During this time he founded the Epidemiology of Ageing Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1983) and created the first European Masters degree in Health Promotion (1991).
From 1995-2008 he directed the World Health Organisation’s global Ageing and Life Course Programme from the Geneva headquarters. During his thirteen years at WHO he launched the Active Ageing Policy Framework and the global movement on Age-Friendly Cities among many other enduring initiatives.
Dr Alexandre Sidorenko
Dr Alexandre (Sasha) Sidorenko has raised older people's issues worldwide as head the United Nations Programme on Ageing from 1993 to 2009.
He was responsible for the 1999 International Year of Older Persons, the Second World Assembly on Ageing in 2002 and the 2002 Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA). He currently holds a range of advisory roles, including as a member of the board of trustees of the World Demographic and Ageing Forum of St Gallen.
In October 2011, the NGO Committee on Ageing honoured Dr Sidorenko for his passionate commitment to shaping society in positive way for the ageing population and future generations.
"HelpAge has proven to be the major if not the only developmental agency on ageing. Being part of this effort is an opportunity to continue what I have been doing at the United Nations and to fulfil the tasks which as a professional I set for myself."
Dr Mary Ann Tsao
Dr Mary Ann Tsao has pioneered new approaches to elder care in south-east Asia as a founder member, former chief executive and current president of the Tsao Foundation, Singapore.
After training and working as a doctor in the USA, Dr Tsao set up the Tsao Foundation with her grandmother in 1993 to provide community health services for older people and promote successful ageing. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2000 and Public Service Star in 2004 for her work on ageing.
"On establishing her foundation, my grandmother said: ‘There's nothing as desperate and bleak as being old and poor. Poor young people can always work for a brighter future. For poor older people, however, especially for those who are weak and sick, there is absolutely no hope for a better tomorrow.'
"HelpAge International works tirelessly to improve the wellbeing of disadvantaged older people around the world, and I am privileged to join its effort as an ambassador."
Dalmer Hoskins is the Director of AARP's Division of Program Studies at the Social Security Administration (SSA), where he heads a team of researchers and analysts charged with developing cross-national research. Prior to joining the Social Security Administration, Dalmer worked for the AARP Public Policy Institute, the International Social Security Association (ISSA), the Commissioner of Social Security, Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Comparative Studies, SSA.
Dalmer received his Master's and Doctorate degrees from University of Michigan, and is a graduate of Earlham College. He has served as a board member and advisor for the International Council of Social Welfare, Rehabilitation International, the UN International Institute on Aging and current serves on the advisory board of the World Demographic and Ageing Association (WDA).