Our board

HelpAge International is governed by a strong and diverse board of trustees. At least six of our board members are representatives of our affiliates. 

Arun Maira (Chair)

Arun Maira at the World Economic Forum (c) Eric Miller/World Economic Forum

Arun Maira has held leadership positions across the private as well as the public sectors, working with the Tata Group in India, and Arthur D Little in the USA, before returning to India as Chairman of the Boston Consulting Group.

In 2009, Mr Maira was appointed by the Prime Minister of India as a member of the Planning Commission of India and has been Chairman of the Axis Bank Foundation and Save the Children India. He has authored several books on topics including leadership, capitalism, democracy and his home country of India.

David Causer, FCA

David Causer, FCA, HelpAge Board member

David is a non-executive director and audit committee chairman of Schroder Income Growth Fund plc, an investment trust listed on the London Stock Exchange. He is a qualified chartered accountant and a member of the Securities Institute.

David has held a number of senior positions within financial services organisations, including as finance director of Mercury Asset Management Group plc and as a managing director of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers until 2001.

He was finance director of The British Red Cross Society until December 2007. He is a trustee of a number of charities and of a pension fund.

Mathew Cherian

Mathew Cherian, HelpAge Board member

Mathew has worked in the area of rural development with cooperatives, in association with the National Dairy Development Board. He was a consultant to voluntary agencies and to the National Wastelands Development Board.

His further assignments include the post of Director, Oxfam, UK and India, Programme Director, South Asia, Plan International, and Country Representative, Charities Aid Foundation.

He is the Founder of Association of Third Sector Researchers in India, Resource Mobilization Network in India, Campaign for Human Rights (Dalits and Tribals), and CAF India. Mathew serves full time as Chief Executive of HelpAge India.

Follow Mathew on Twitter @mathewhelpage.

Pham Hoai Giang

Pham Hoai Giang, HelpAge Board member

Pham Hoai Giang is a women's activist and Head of the International Relations Department of the Vietnam Women's Union (VWU). 

The VWU is a large organisation which is taking the lead on ageing and gender issues in Vietnam. It has also been a valued partner of HelpAge International for more than ten years.





Cho Hyunse

Cho Hyunse, HelpAge International Board member

President of HelpAge Korea, Mr Cho has been instrumental in promoting initiatives like the ASEAN Homecare programme and other regional initiatives like the OPA leaders regional event and supporting links for KOICA and other Korean donors.

He has been instrumental in providing direct funding for small projects in Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia. He is a member of the Advisory Committee on Ageing, Seoul City and member of the Policy Forum for the Elderly and the Policy Department for the Elderly in Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Korea.

John Kingston

John Kingston, HelpAge Board member

John is the Founder and Director of Venturesome (2001-11), a company which pioneers social investment in the UK. He was previously a director of Save the Children UK, and before that at 3i plc.

He was also Chair of the BIG Social Investment Committee (2011-12) and of the NCVO Commission on Tax Incentives for Social Investment (2011-12).

Currently, he is Chair of the Association of Charitable Foundations, a senior advisor at Social Finance Ltd and non-executive director of Big Society Capital and of the European Venture Philanthropy Association. 

Laura Machado

Laura Machado, HelpAge Board member

Laura Machado currently holds the position of International Coordinator to the United Nations for the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG).

She is also Executive Director of InterAge Consulting in Gerontology.

She was the Latin American Regional Representative for the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) between 1997-2009.





Mike Wade

Mike Wade, HelpAge Board member

Mike Wade started his career at the development charity Oxfam, where he worked for 17 years in a variety of roles – most recently as Head of Individual Fundraising.

After a further three years at WaterAid, he joined the National Deaf Children's Society in July 2008 as Director of Fundraising and Communications.

As well as helping and advising HelpAge International, Mike is also a Trustee for Childlife, Age International and the Institute of Fundraising, where he also chairs their Policy Advisory Board.

Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeW1965.



Sola Mahoney

Sola Mahoney, HelpAge Board member

As a Gambian, Sola Mahoney worked for the Government of the Gambia for over 10 years in various aspects of development work before moving to international banking.

Having worked in the field of international banking for close to 20 years, during which he worked in a number of different countries and regions across Sub-Saharan Africa, Sola is currently on sabbatical from his banking career. He lives in The Gambia.

Follow Sola on Twitter @SMahoney.

Professor Du Peng

Professor Du Peng, HelpAge Board member

Professor Du Peng is Director of the Gerontology Institute at Renmin University of China in Beijing.

He is an academic and activist on ageing in China.



Isabella Aboderin

Isabella Aboderin, HelpAge Board member

Isabella is a senior research scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center in Nairobi, Kenya.

She currently leads the programme on ageing and development in sub-Saharan Africa.

She is also a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford, UK.

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