Cherian Mathews appointed as new Chief Executive of HelpAge International


HelpAge International has announced the appointment of Cherian Mathews as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). He assumed his role on 6 September 2023. 

Cherian first joined HelpAge International in 2017 as Director of Global Impact, and then took on the role of deputy CEO in 2022.


He brings with him a profound understanding of HelpAge’s work and a clear vision for the future direction of the organisation. He led on the development of the 2030 Strategy, putting him in a strong position to take its mandate forward. An ardent advocate of the HelpAge global network, Cherian is committed to HelpAge’s future direction of travel towards partner-led programming 



The future direction of HelpAge is in safe hands with Cherian, as he steps up to his new responsibilities and brings new impetus to the role of CEO. Under his leadership and with his in-depth knowledge of our work, HelpAge will be in a strong position to continue to grow our ambitions and take us from strength-to-strength.

Arun Maira, Chair HelpAge International

Cherian brings a wealth of experience in the international development sector, growing from various roles with local and national civil society organisations in India. He played a national role at Action Aid in India before moving to Oxfam in various senior roles in Asia and then at their headquarters in the UK as International Programme Director.  

He has been at the forefront of changes and challenges in the sector, having worked in development, advocacy and humanitarian response, and understands well the challenges we face.

I am deeply honoured and humbled to accept the position of CEO at HelpAge International. It is with great enthusiasm and a profound sense of purpose that I step into this role. As we celebrate the wisdom, experience, and resilience of older people, we also acknowledge the challenges they face in an ever-changing world. I am committed to working tirelessly with our dedicated team to advance our vision for a world where ageing is celebrated, not feared, and where every older person can age with dignity and purpose. Together, we will strive to create a future where no older person feels isolated, or their rights are violated but instead is valued and cherished for their unique contributions.

Cherian Mathews, CEO HelpAge International

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