AAIF2018 Conference Speakers


Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources & Ministry of Health, Republic of Singapore

Dr Amy Khor was appointed Senior Minister of State for Health and the Environment & Water Resources on 1 Oct 2015. Prior to her current appointment, she was Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower from 1 Sep 2013. Before her promotion to Senior Minister of State, Dr Khor was Minister of State for Health from 21 May 2011 and concurrently appointed the Minister of State for Manpower from 1 Aug 2012. Previous appointments she held included Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources in May 2006 and subsequently, Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources in November 2010. She was also the Mayor of South West District from Aug 2004 to May 2014. Dr Khor was first elected as a Member of Parliament in the 2001  General Elections and was re-elected for a fourth term as a Member of Parliament in the 2015 GeneralElections. She holds a PhD in Land Management from the University of Reading, UK. 


Dr Bill Thomas, Gerontologist, Founder, The Eden Alternative, Creator, The Green House, USA

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Dr Bill Thomas has built a reputation as one the most eclectic and creative thinkers working in the field of medicine. Author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician, Dr Thomas’ wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human ageing. Named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten Americans shaping aging, Dr. Thomas is internationally known for his health care system innovations. He is the founder of a global non-profit (The Eden Alternative) and creator of The Green House Project, radical new approaches to reform long term care. Dr Thomas also developed the Senior ER model of care and is now prototyping a tiny-house model designed to maximize independence and wellbeing. Since 2014, Thomas has lead an ambitious new approach to growth and aging through his annual “non-fiction” theatrical Changing Aging Tour“People hear that a doctor is coming to town to talk about aging and they expect me to show up wearing a white coat with PowerPoint slides. I show up with a guitar, a bass player, a theater set, costumes, music, art, mythology, storytelling, biography, and neuroscience all mixed up. It’s kind of like a TED Talk on steroids.” 


Dr Lam Ching-Choi, BBS, JP, Member of the Executive Council, Hong Kong Special Adminstrative Region The People's Republic of China, Chairman, Elderly Commission, CEO, Haven of Hope Christian Service, Hong Kong SAR


Dr Lam is the Chief Executive Officer of Haven of Hope Christian Service and the non-official member of the Executive Council of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He is the Chairman of the Elderly Commission, as well as the Chairman of the Community Investment & Inclusion Fund Committee and the Advisory Committee of “The Opportunities for the Elderly Project” of Social Welfare Department. Dr Lam has been honored by the HKSAR Government with the Justice of Peace in 2003 and Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2008.


Mr Kelvin Lim, Chief, Senior Support and Carer Services Development Division, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), Singapore

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Kelvin currently holds the appointment of Chief, Senior Support and Carer Services Development Division in the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) in Singapore. He is responsible for the development of social aged care and caregiver support programmes in Singapore. Kelvin joined the Centre for Enabled Living (CEL) in 2012 as its Deputy Chief Executive. CEL was established by the Ministry for Social and Family Development to deliver social aged care programmes for the elderly and the disabled. In this role, Kelvin oversaw the roll out of new social aged care grants and services for the elderly and disabled in Singapore. The aged social care functions of CEL were merged with the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), the aged health care agency established under Ministry of Health (MOH).

 Ms Dr Andrea Kuckert Wostheinrich, Lead Researcher, St Augustinus Memory Zentrum, Germany

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Dr. Andrea Kuckert-Wöstheinrich heads the Research, Education and Consulting department at the St. Augustine Memory Zentrum in Germany. She works closely with patients diagnosed with memory related disorders, particularly Dementia. Prior to working at St. Augustine, Dr. Kuckert-Wöstheinrich has over 10 years of experience in the healthcare and teaching sector, as a registered nurse and educator. She has taught at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, and her research has been recognised in European publications. Dr. Kuckert-Wöstheinrich is also well versed in many different fields. She is an expert in (Geronto) psychiatry, the field of medical ethnology, diversity management, care related subjects, nursing, and cultural anthropology.

Mr Mikio Okumura, Nursing care & Healthcare Business owner, Director and Managing Executive Officer of Sompo Holdings, Inc., Chairman and CEO of Sompo Care Inc., Japan

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Mr Mikio Okumura has been an Executive Officer at Sompo Holdngs, Inc., one of the largest insurance groups in Japan, since April 2015, and its Nursing Care & Healthcare Business Owner since April 2016. SOMPO entered into the nursing care business in 2015 by assigning Mr. Okumura to the Chairman and CEO of SOMPO Care Group. Currently, SOMPO Care Group is offering more than 26,400 units of residences for the elders, leading the nursing care industry in Japan. He served as the General Manager of Corporate Planning Department at Sompo Holdings from April 2015 to April 2016, after he served as CEO of Yasuda Seguro.  

Mr Thomas Krarup, Former Alderman and Member of City Council Aalborg Municipality, Managing Director, Department of Growth, Innovation and Development, Jammerbugt Municipality, Denmark

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Thomas Krarup is the politically elected chairman (alderman) of the Department of Senior and Disability Services in the municipality of Aalborg, Denmark. He holds a Master of Science in Political Science. His main focus is to reform the welfare state and direct organisational focus towards moving from compensatory help to independent living, streamlining public welfare, activating and motivating elderly citizens. All fuelled by the organisations common vision: ”We want to further the individuals potential to live in independent life”. Thomas has worked as lifeguard, project manager and economical advisor.

Ms Catherine Daley, CEO, integratedliving Australia, Australia

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Catherine has overseen the growth of integratedliving for 7 years leading it to its current position as a significant rural, regional and remote focused entity, providing health management and wellbeing services to more than 20,000 older Australians. Catherine and her team have managed the company’s success through organic growth, entrepreneurial activities such as ehealth and the use of assistive technologies, innovative models of service delivery, new business models, and targeted amalgamations. Catherine is passionate about people, innovation, customer centricity, and equity of access to health and wellbeing services for rural, regional and remote consumers and she holds an MBA, BA, and Dip Adult Education.

Dr. Lin Chi-Hung, Commissioner, Department of Health, New Taipei City Government, Professor, Institute of Microbiology & Immunology, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan

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Since 2014, Dr Lin serves as a Commissioner in the Department of Health, New Taipei City Government. Obtaining his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Yale University in 1994, his outstanding work in science as well as in education is reflected upon his impressive appointments throughout his career, as well as in the many awards and honors he received. A professor in the Institute of Microbiology & Immunology, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan, Dr Lin Chi-Hung is an expertise in the field of Biology. Dr Lin had conducted many scientific researches, nominally in Microbiology, Cancer Genomics, Liver Cell Biology, and Biophotonics, and his work had appeared in a staggering amount of publications.

Dr Christopher Lien, Senior Consultant Geriatrician, Director, Changi General Hospital, Singapore

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Dr Christopher Lien is Senior Consultant in the Department of Geriatric Medicine, Changi General Hospital. A graduate from the National University of Singapore (2008), he completed specialist training in General Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine in Scotland (1995-2001) in Dundee, Angus and Perthshire; and has a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2012 – 2013). He is currently Director of Community Geriatrics at CGH (since 2006) and his main areas of interest have been in the development of transitional, intermediate and long term care services for the elderly, and in Parkinson’s Disease in Older People. He is the Chairman of the Chapter of Geriatricians, College of Physicians, Academy of Medicine, Singapore, and is a board member of NTUC Health, St Andrew’s Community Hospital Management Committee and the Lien Centre of Palliative Care at Duke-NUS.

Mr David Lane, Chairman, ThomsonAdsett, Australia 

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As one of Australia’s best-known architectural specialists in the Elderly Care industry, David has worked on major domestic projects across private, public and charitable sectors. He has directed work on significant international projects located in Asia, United Kingdom, Canada, and USA. He has been instrumental in developing ThomsonAdsett’s reputation as a Specialist Consultancy Practice through the expansion of Retirement and Aged Care divisions in key growth markets around Australia.  

Ms Fiona Hearn, Executive General Manager, Care Innovation and Quality, Bolton Clarke, Australia

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Fiona has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in home nursing and community care, having worked in a variety of nursing leadership roles over many years. In 2015 RDNS merged with RSL Care and now operate as ‘Bolton Clarke’ in Australia, in the process becoming one of Australia’s largest most experienced not for profit aged care, health and independent living providers. Her current role, as Executive General Manager Care, Innovation and Quality is a senior group executive leadership role across the group. Fiona has represented community care services in a range of Government policy areas and held a number of positions on Boards of Management for Community and Rural Health Services. Her qualifications includes: Master Health Science in Health Administration (MHS), Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAIC) and Member of Australian College of Nursing (MACN).

Professor Hiroyuki Murata, Professor, Tohoku University, Smart Ageing Centre, President, Murata Associates Inc., Japan

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Professor Hiroyuki Murata is a foremost pioneer of active-ageing businesses in Japan and an internationally recognised leader in thinking about ageing societies. He has worked with over 850 companies and contributed to develop various innovative products and services such as Curves Japan, part of the world’s largest fitness chain for women, and Raku-Raku phone, the best-selling age-friendly mobile phone. He is Professor at Smart Ageing International Research Center at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. Not only did he create the concept of “smart ageing” but also contributed to establishing the Smart Ageing Square, an area in the Center that houses active-ageing-related businesses jointly set up with various industry partners, and the Smart Ageing College, an on-campus intergenerational school that focuses on smart ageing. Both are the firsts for a Japanese national university. 


Ms Janice Chia, Founder & Managing Director, Ageing Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore 

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Janice founded Ageing Asia – Asia’s first ageing market consultancy social enterprise, with the mission to drive innovation in the way future generations age, by engaging the business community to create better products and services that will enable healthy ageing, independent ageing and dignified ageing. Janice has accumulated her vast experience from visiting over 300 residential and aged care homes from over 15 countries.  Since 2009, she has been actively involved in consulting organisations seeking global best practices in housing, health and care models that can be translated for the Asian market. Janice is also quoted regularly in the media, such as the BBC, on Asia Pacific business trends in ageing. Janice has also launched several industry innovations, including, ASPIRE55 Singapore – Asia’s first virtual retirement village, a wellbeing community that offers a combination of social, health and care services, but enables members to continue living in their existing homes.

Mr Joe Sham, Assistant Director, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited, Hong Kong SAR 

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Mr. Sham Ka Hung obtained his Master in Social Policy from the University of York, England and Master in Social Sciences (Social Work) from the University of Hong Kong respectively. His researches focused on “Comparative Study in Community Care policy between Hong Kong and England” and “The effect of Group Housing Arrangement on the Psychosocial Well Being of Seniors in Hong Kong”.  Mr. Sham is a registered Social Worker, working as Assistant Director for the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council, his major duties include planning and management of Senior Housing, Community Medical Services, Elderly District Centre, Elderly Day Care Centre, Home Care Services, Self financing Residential Care Home, Professional Counseling Centre, Professional Training Centre and Social Enterprises. He leaded a trans-disciplinary team in planning, design and operating of the community medical service network which blendered medical and social work professions.  Furthermore, Mr. Sham is also responsible for the planning and supervision of the Enshan Social Services Centre in Guongzhou which runs the first Elderly Integrated Community Centre in mainland China, an integrated family services centre, consultancy services in building design, service management and delivery system design, social work manpower establishment design and training.  Mr. Sham is also appointed as adjunct lecturer in the School of professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong.

 Mr John Collyns, Executive Director, Retirement Village Assocation (NZ), New Zealand

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John Collyns was appointed Executive Director of the Retirement Villages Association (NZ) Inc (RVA) in October 2007. The RVA represents the interests of retirement village owners, developers and managers around New Zealand. John is responsible for setting the Association's strategy and policy direction, as well as developing relationships with members, key stakeholders, central and local government agencies, and the media. Key stakeholders include the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment, the Retirement Commissioner, the Financial Markets Authority, the Office for Senior Citizens, District Health Boards, Business NZ, statutory supervisors, and consumer advocacy groups such as Age Concern and Grey Power, amongst others. Prior to this appointment John was the Executive Director of the Bus and Coach Association (NZ) Incorporated, a position he had held since September 1994. John was a founding director of the Road Transport and Logistics Industry Training Organisation and he is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Association Executives. He has a BA from Victoria University in Wellington.

Ms Julie Ockerby, Creative Director, Meli Studio, Australia 

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With more than 15 years’ experience, Julie has worked with some of the most innovative designers and hoteliers from around the world and has been a leader in translating this experience into the residential and broader commercial arenas. Julie’s background in the health sciences, boutique hotels and designing avant-garde and functional commercial spaces, has enabled Julie to be one of the pioneers incutting edge interior architecture and design in the Aged Care and Retirement Living space. Combining home-like features together with functional aesthetics enables Meli Studio’s client to consistently achieve their goals. Julie is the Creative Director and Principal of Meli Studio. She leads all projects within the Aged Care and the Retirement Living portfolio. It is a personal passion of Julie’s to reinvigorate all spectrums of Aged Care Living in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

Dr Jun Sasaki, Founder and Chairman, Yushoukai Medical Corporation, Japan


Dr Jun Sasaki is the Founder & Chairman of Yushoukai Medical Corporation. In 1998, he graduated from the School of Medicine in Tsukuba University and started working in the internal department of Mitsui Memorial Hospital. He went on to Graduate School of Medicine at the Tokyo University in 2003. In 2006, Dr Sasaki established the MRC clinic, the predecessor of Yushoukai. By 2008, he established the MRC clinic into today’s Yushoukai Medical Corporation.

Dr Loke Wai Chiong, Partner, Southeast Asia Healthcare Sector, Deloitte, Singapore

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Wai Chiong is Partner and Deloitte’s Southeast Asia Healthcare Sector leader. He is a healthcare innovator and leader, operator and investor. He started his career as a practising physician, went on to hospital management and policy leadership roles across public and private sectors, and subsequently found his calling in healthcare consulting. Over the past 2 decades, he has served and advised governments, policy-makers, investors, providers and payers across multiple countries globally with a pan-Asia focus, delivering a broad range of advisory solutions to meet the unique needs of clients across the healthcare continuum – strategic risk advisory, M&A, operational improvement, commercial feasibility of health and senior care investments, etc. He is also an advisor to incubators, accelerators and early phase companies in health and wellness.

Mdm Low Mui Lang, Executive Director, The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home, Singapore

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Mdm Low is the Executive Director of Peacehaven Nursing Home and Peacehaven Bedok Multi-Service Centre, both run by The Salvation Army. Peacehaven is the largest nursing home in Singapore, with a capacity of 401 beds. The dementia specific facility Mdm Low set up there to allow early to moderate dementia residents to live as independently as possible was awarded the Ministry of Health’s ExCEL Award 2010 Best Innovative Project 2nd Prize. She also spearheaded the setting of a Transitional Convalescent Facility at the Home to provide lower-intensity rehabilitation for elderly patients after their episodes at an acute hospital before they are discharged home. Both these facilities are the first of their kind in Singapore. She was also instrumental in the setting up of an Integrated-Care-in-Place programme at Bedok Multi-Service Centre to delay institutionalisation of elderly clients and allow them to remain in the community. The programme’s success prompted the health authorities to select the Centre to run the Singapore Programme for Integrated Care for the Elderly (SPICE) pilot programme. Under her leadership, Peacehaven is also the first nursing home to implement IngoT, an IT system with a full clinical suite, to increase productivity and efficiency in nursing home management.

Mr Mats Manderbacka, Founder & Chairman, HUR, Finland


Graduated from Helsinki University of Technology, Mats Manderbacka is the Founder and current Chairman of the Board of Directors at HUR – The Active Ageing Company. He is also a Research Associate at the Jyväskylä University, Chydenius Institute, and a founding member of the Welmed Lab. The aim and purpose of the Welmed Lab is to bridge the gap between Scientific Research and Practical Implementations in Geriatric Care. Since its interception in 1989 HUR has been at the forefront of Geriatric Research and developing Equipment and Solutions for Strength Training of Seniors. The first pioneering Research Study  involving Strength Training for Seniors was conducted already in 1991 with the HUR machines. Since that time Mr Manderbacka has for 25 years by now been working closely with the Research Community. That, and by overseeing close to 10,000 installations worldwide in the Rehab and Geriatric field, has provided him with a unique insight in both the Science of Geriatric Exercise and Successful Practical Implementations, both for the Individual Person, the Senior Centre as well as policy implementations for the Society as a whole.

Ms Pat Sparrow, CEO, Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA), Australia

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Pat Sparrow is a social policy leader and innovator with expertise in stakeholder engagement and management. She has specific and detailed expertise in ageing policy and aged care, having worked as, and with, a diverse range of stakeholders including consumers, service providers, workforce, health professionals, corporate organisations and Government. This unique ‘360 degree’ perspective ensures that Pat’s leadership approach is strategic and nuanced, inclusive and collaborative. Pat is currently leading Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) toward a new era, as a recently-transitioned national organisation and with the challenges it faces in an increasingly competitive, consumer-driven environment. She is focused on ensuring the organisation has genuine respect and influence among key stakeholders through the establishment of a strong national voice. Pat’s breadth of knowledge, depth of experience and constructive approach enable her to achieve results that benefit ACSA members and contribute to the best possible outcomes for older Australians. 

Mr Patrick Ong, Principal, ThomsonAdsett, Australia 

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Patrick Ong is a principal at ThomsonAdsett, a specialist architectural practice in Australia with over 40 years experience in the seniors living industry.  ThomsonAdsett invests heavily in research and development to ensure awareness of latest trends and developments within this industry.  As a result, it has delivered innovative models in care provision, services delivery and aptly targeted lifestyle products.Patrick Ong is an architect with over 25 years experience, has been at ThomsonAdsett for the past 10 and is a key contributor to the firm's research and development programmes.  He has worked on seniors living projects in Australia and, more recently, China.  He has designed retirement lifestyle projects in collaboration with other specialist consultants to deliver buildings which are accompanied by marketing strategies, financial models and operational models suited to a client's brand.  Majority of these projects exceed average sales expectations.  He is well recognised as one of the leading seniors living architects in this region and has been a keynote speaker at various seniors living conferences throughout Australia, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and China.

Mr Sean Rooney, National CEO, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), Australia 

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Sean Rooney joined LASA as its inaugural national CEO in June 2016. He has held several Chief Executive/Senior Executive roles in public, private, and not-for-profit sector organisations including the CSIRO, Medicare Local Alliance and in the ACT Government. He has led membership based organisations and represented the interests of members on the local, national and international stage, including influencing public policies and, programs, and the development and delivery of a range of value - adding services for members. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from the ANU, a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne University and Post Graduate qualifications in Cross Sector Collaboration from Cambridge University. He has been recogni sed as a finalist in the Australian Institute of Management’s Not - For - Profit Manager of the Year awards (2014) and a Future Summit Future Leader award in 2006. He has also been an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Business School at Griffith University. 

Mr Tirupathi Karthik, CEO, Napier Healthcare Solutions, Singapore 

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A leader in the Healthcare IT space, Tirupathi Karthik has extensive business leadership experience across Asia, the Middle East and USA, particularly in the enterprise software space. He is a passionate advocate for the innovative use of technology that turns IT investments into competitive differentiators for their stakeholders rather than using IT as a pure cost containment initiative. As an Eldercare thought leader, he has been driving productivity agendas for aged care models globally and seen to the expansion of Napier’s product vision to include elderly care services delivery. Applying technology-enabled solutions for senior care providers offering nursing home, home care and activity-centre services, Napier today enables productivity and improved quality of care. In various healthcare facility implementations, he has been championing the use of Mobility as a pervasive information delivery channel. His vision led to the use of the mFirst approach with the infusion of HTML5 and Apple’s mobility products across the Napier platform. Napier’s leadership in the global marketplace continues to gather momentum on the back of one of the most modern implementations of such a technology stack.

Mr Tony Bridge, Managing Director, Bridge Advisory Group, Australia

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Tony Bridge has been working with major private and community based organisations in the aged care and seniors living market throughout Australia, China and other parts of the Asia-Pacific Region for over 20 years. Formerly Founding Partner and Chairman of one of Australia’s leading strategic advisory and project management companies, Tony founded Bridge Advisory Group as an advisory company with a specialist focus on this critical sector. In this capacity, Tony and his team bring skills and vast experience to clients through areas such as market analysis to financial modelling with a strong focus on achieving successful projects that are market relevant and financially viable.

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