Our directors and leadership group

Our directors and leadership group are responsible for shaping our objectives and ensuring we succeed in achieving them.  

Justin Derbyshire, Chief Executive 

Justin Derbyshire, Interim Chief Executive, HelpAge International
Justin joined HelpAge International in 2014 as Director of Programmes, and was appointed Chief Executive in March 2017.
He has overseen emergency responses in Nepal and Ukraine, led regional and country strategic reviews and, as Chief Executive, has driven the strategic review of the organisation marked by a shift from a traditional NGO delivery model to working with, through and for a global network. 
Justin frequently represents HelpAge International at meetings, including the UN High Level Political Forum, the OECD Forum, WHO Stakeholders' Meeting on Ageing and Health, the International Federation on Ageing and the Commission for Social Development.
He previously worked at Save the Children UK, where he headed up the East Africa regional team, and before that with Merlin in the Central African Republic, South Sudan and London.

Follow Justin on Twitter @JJDerbyshire

Cherian Mathews, Director of Global Impact and Resourcing

Cherian Mathews, Director of Global Impact and Resourcing
Cherian joined HelpAge International in October 2017 as Director of Global Impact and Resourcing, responsible for Global Technical Unit, humanitarian team and regional hubs. 
He previously worked with Oxfam GB as International Programme Director and previously Asia Regional Director, where he led major humanitarian responses in the Philippines and Nepal. Before joining Oxfam in 2003, Cherian worked with Action Aid.

Kate Wedgwood, Director of Network, Advocacy, Communications and Campaigns

Kate Wedgwood, Director of Network, Advocacy, Communications and Campaigns
Kate joined HelpAge International in 2015 as director of a new department bringing together the policy, advocacy, campaigning and communications functions, and since 2017, the newly-formed network coordination and development team.
Kate previously worked at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in East Africa, and from 2012 was seconded to GirlHub, a Nike Foundation/DFID initiative to transform the lives of adolescent girls living in poverty. 
Before that, she worked for 15 years at Save the Children, and has extensive experience throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 1998, Kate was awarded an OBE for services to children in China and received a Friendship Award from the Government of China.

Follow Kate on Twitter @KateFWedgwood

Asif Sawar, Chief Operating Officer

Asif Sarwar, Chief Operating Officer, HelpAge International
Asif joined HelpAge International in 2007, was appointed Director of Finance and Corporate Services in 2014 and Chief Operating Officer in 2016. He is responsible for areas including human resources, finance, operations, IT and facilities.
Before joining HelpAge, he worked for 20 years for Save the Children UK in countries including Pakistan, Sudan, Rwanda, Kosovo and Indonesia. 




Regional directors


Eduardo Klien, Regional Director, Asia

Eduardo Klien, Regional Director, East Asia and Pacific
Eduardo joined HelpAge as Asia-Pacific Regional Representative in 2004, and over the past 14 years has established the organisation as a leading voice on ageing and demographic change, and grown as a highly respected partner for governments and international agencies across the region. 
Eduardo has extensive experience of working in social and economic development with both governments and international organisations. Previous roles included working for Oxfam GB as Regional Manager for the Horn of Africa and Regional Director for Mexico/Central America.
An economist by profession, he has worked at the universities of Oxford, Mexico and Nicaragua, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Ageing.

Prafulla Mishra, Regional Director, Africa

Prafulla Mishra
Prafulla joined HelpAge International in 2014, and has provided strategic direction in Africa, focusing on humanitarian engagement, social protection, health and care, and rights for older persons. 
Prafulla has nearly 25 years’ experience leading country and regional programmes in both humanitarian and development work in east Africa and India. He previously worked for the International Rescue Committee, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam and the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, India. He has a Masters and PhD in Ecological Sciences.


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