Rhea Tariq appointed as new Director of Global Impact at HelpAge International


HelpAge International has announced the appointment of Rhea Tariq as its new Director of Global Impact.

Rhea brings more than 20 years of strategic and operational management experience to the role, having worked in humanitarian and development programmes across Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.  


This experience is complemented by a comprehensive knowledge and strong commitment to HelpAge and its work to improve the rights and wellbeing of older people. Rhea worked at HelpAge between 2012-2015 in various roles in the humanitarian team and returned in 2019 as Global Head of Network Development and Coordination.

I'm thrilled to be rejoining HelpAge International at this critical juncture as we confront the profound global challenge of population ageing. With one-fifth of the world's population projected to be over 60 by 2050, the urgency of our mission is clear. I look forward to collaborating with our talented team and network members worldwide to drive transformative change in societal perceptions of ageing and to foster a broader movement for their rights and well-being.

Rhea Tariq

Rhea’s thematic areas of expertise include health and protection programming – with a special focus on ageing and disability inclusion in humanitarian policy and practice.  

Cherian Mathews, the CEO of HelpAge International, welcomed this new member of his Executive Leadership Team.

I am delighted to welcome Rhea back to HelpAge. Her exceptional track record, coupled with her unwavering commitment to our cause, make her the perfect addition to our team. Her capacity strengthening and change management skills will be especially beneficial to us right now, as we undergo a transformation and pivot towards partner-led programming and locally led development. With her leadership, I am confident that we will amplify our efforts to empower older people worldwide, driving meaningful change and advancing our mission towards a more equitable and just society for all ages

Cherian Mathews

Rhea joins HelpAge from CAFOD where she worked as the Deputy International Programmes Director, managing five teams and programmes across 32 countries. She assumes her role on 1 April 2024.