Honouring the outstanding achievements of the most influential global leaders impacting ageing in Asia Pacific

A/Prof Patrick Ong, Principal, ThomsonAdsett, Australia

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.



A/Prof Stephen Muggleton, Group CEO, Bolton Clarke, Australia

Stephen Muggleton is the CEO of Bolton Clarke, a diversified health and aged care company that includes residential aged care, retirement living and education and training. It is also one of Australia’s largest community care providers with more than 4 million home nursing visits delivered in 2106.

In the last 5 years, via merger, acquisition and partnership, he has expanded services into New Zealand, the United Kingdom and China.  He has been a member of several national and international bodies including the Australian Government’s Ageing Consultative Committee and the China Planning Institute on Ageing. He has interests in translation of research into best practice, healthy ageing and creating organisational culture that fosters empowerment and innovation. 


Dr Jane Lee, J.P, Director, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited, Hong Kong SAR

Dr Jane Lee, JP, being the Director of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council, has been playing an important role in the development of elder care in Hong Kong. Under her leadership, the Council has been pioneering a number of elderly services in the past few years.  She also chairs the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund (SIEF) for the Hong Kong SAR Government. As stated in the website of SIEF, she is described as undoubtedly a “social-enterprise-enthusiast”, and with “an adventurous character”, she has been venturing into a wide spectrum of fields, including academic teaching, research, management, policy analysis as well as social entrepreneurship in addition to social services. Apart from this, Jane also promotes social innovation in various capacity and involves in a number of other public service positions, NGO boards and School Councils in Hong Kong and Macau.


Dr Kanwaljit Soin, Author, Orthopedic Surgeon and Former Nominated Member of Parliament, Singapore



Dr Kanwaljit Soin is a practicing medical specialist and was Singapore’s first female Nominated Member of Parliament.  She is a founder of many civil society organizations including WINGS (Women’s Initiative for Ageing Successfully) and AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research).  She was a global ambassador of UK-based HelpAge International which serves disadvantaged older people worldwide. 



In 2000, she was presented the “Women Who Make a Difference Award” by the International Women’s Forum, Washington D.C.  In 2006, Dr Soin was presented with the lifetime Achievement Award by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (Unifem) Singapore. She was named Singapore’s “Her World Woman of the Year” in 1992, and in 2014 she was inducted to the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame.


In 2018 she wrote a book entitled “Silver Shades of Grey” – Memos for Successful Ageing in the 21st Century.


Dr Shinsuke Muto, Board Member, Health and Global Policy Institute, President, Tetsuyu Institute Medical Corporation, Co-Founder & Director, Tetsuyu Healthcare Holdings Pte Ltd., Japan & Singapore


Dr. Shinsuke Muto is a certified internal medicine specialist and cardiologist who passed the US medical licensing examination (California) and holds EMBA (INSEAD) , MPH (Johns Hopkins).


After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1996, he received his doctorate later in 2002. With experience in cardiovascular internal medicine and emergency medicine, he also served as a court physician to the Imperial Household Agency before joining McKinsey & Company. In 2010, he launched Tetsuyu Institute Medical Corporation in Japan.


In 2015, he established Tetsuyu Healthcare Holdings with his INSEAD colleague in Singapore. 


Mr Cliff Cook, Chairman, LifecareResidences, New Zealand and United Kingdom


Cliff Cook is founder and cornerstone shareholder of LifeCare Residences which builds and operates retirement villages in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Cliff has over 30 years’ experience in the NZ healthcare and retirement community sectors. He was the founder of NZ listed Metlifecare Ltd, founder, executive member and Chairman of the Retirement Villages Association of NZ. He worked in several industry advisory roles and committees involved with the industry's regulatory and legislative development.


Cliff entered the UK retirement community market in 2004 with LifeCare Residences UK. Prior to its formation, Cliff spent in excess of five years assessing the UK market and seeking the best option upon which to enter. He also assisted in establishing ARCO the industry association in the UK.


Cliff was Chairman and a major shareholder of NZX and ASX listed A2 Milk Company for 15 years, now NZ’s largest listed company by Market Cap.


Cliff and family have a lifetime of involvement in Karate, Cliff a former Champion and his oldest son a World Karate Champion. Cliff has been married to Sue for 40 years and they enjoy spending time with their 5 children and 6 grandchildren.


Mr Gustav Strandell, CEO, MaihamaClub Nursing Homes, Chairman, Urayasu City Care Provider’s Association Japan

Gustav Strandell is the CEO at Maihama Club Nursing Home. Prior to that, Strandell was initially involved with the home’s operation as a consultant, giving advice about ways to give effective care to its residents and users before taking on the role of General Manager. Strandell first came to Japan in 1992 as an exchange student from Stockholm University to the Waseda Senior High School. In 1999, he pursued his Master’s Degree nursing home field studies in Sweden and Japan. Strandell also sits on the board of the Geriatric Research Institute in Japan, and Japan-Sweden Society. He has been featured in the media on several occasions like Asahi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan Times and Nikkei Business FujiTV and NHK. 


Mr Mark Moran, Co-Founder, Mark Moran Group, Australia


Mark has a family background of leading health and aged care design and management for over 60 years. He worked in health and aged care for 27 years. He worked as PA and speech writer in Federal politics for the Shadow Federal Health Minister for 3 years 1990-1993. As Executive and Operations Director of the Moran Health Care Group 2001-2011 he fully restructured his family company of over 60 residential aged care and retirement villages, creating $330million dollars of realised asset value. He has served as a Director of the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation since 2004. Mark set up and ran the Moran Arts Foundation for 24 years, 1988-2013, expanding it into photography and facilitating many thousands of Australian school children through its programs. In 2011 with his wife Evette he established the Mark Moran Group which has received the highest accolades in both Australia as well as internationally for design and standards set in the delivery of seniors and aged care services.


Mr Mikio Okumura, Group CSO, Director and Executive Vice President of Sompo Holdings, Inc., Japan


Mr. Mikio Okumura has been an Executive Officer at Sompo Holdings, 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 Seguros S.A. in Brazil, where he accumulated his experience from 2009 to 2015.


Mr Ong Chu Poh, BBM, Group Executive Chairman, ECON Healthcare Group, Singapore


Mr Ong Chu Poh, Founder of ECON Healthcare Group, set up the group’s first nursing home in 1987 in Singapore. He has has extensive management experience in both MNCs and local organisations. The Group progressed and expanded steadily under his strong leadership and vision for the industry and now has businesses locally and in the Region. During his younger days, Mr Ong actively participated in youth movement activities and at that time, he was appalled by the helplessness of the aged and the poor quality care at the old folks home. He aspired to a home for the elderly that was professionally managed, and provide affordable, quality care. His strong sense of filial piety and respect for seniors, lead him to starting the first nursing home in 1987, determined to change the state of care. Over the past 30 years, ECON has grown to provide an integrative suite of healthcare services for the elderly and their families in Singapore, Malaysia and China. Mr Ong was awarded the Top 10 Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002, and in 2012, received the Spirit of Enterprise Award.


Mr Tadamichi Shimogawara, President, SilverwoodCo., Ltd, Japan



Mr. Tada"Michi" Shimogawara was born in Tokyo in 1971. He is founder/CEO of Silverwood Ltd. of Japan from 2000. He developed and implemented "steel panel construction" by the building construction method of the frame materials made of steel sheets. He started the planning and development projects for the elderly housing and facilities from 2005. He launched rental housing for requiring long-term care "Ginmokusei-Kamagaya" and special rental housing for the aged in which a person receives medical "Ginmokusei-Ichikawa". One of the stances is preventive long-term care, he investigates development like a second-home until they pass away for best end-of-life of residents. He is on the board of director of the general incorporated foundation for rental housing with service for elderly.


Mr Tadasuke Kato, Founder, Aoi Care, Japan


The policy of Aoi Care is to make the most of existed human function considering life history and advantage of the users. Aoi Care tries to create the opportunities for users to use the best of their ability to contribute the local society. At Aoi Care, care staff are not the caregivers, but the local creators. We believe that the purpose of medical and care is to create the local society where residents can recover the life with dignity and pass away with the sense of safety.


Mr Wong Kit Loong, CEO, Hong Kong Housing Society, Hong Kong SAR


Mr Wong is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Housing Society. Previously worked in the Hong Kong SAR Government and Hutchison Whampoa Property Group, he possesses over 30 years’ experience and extensive network in the housing and property sectors.


Mr Wong is member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Hong Kong Institute of Housing, Chartered Institute of Housing, and Registered Professional Housing Manager. He was previously Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Asian Pacific Branch, and Vice Chairman of the Housing Managers Registration Board.

Mr Wong is supportive in public services and has served various government boards and committees. He is currently Member of the Steering Committee on the Qualifications Framework Fund, Elderly Commission, as well as Task Force on Land Supply.


Mr Wong is a graduate from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Advanced Management Programme of Harvard Business School. 


Ms Grace Chan, General Manager, Innovation and Technology for Ageing, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Hong Kong SAR


Ms Grace Chan is a social worker and currently working on the Innovation and Technology for Ageing of Hong Kong Council of Social Service, which is an umbrella federation of over 470 non-governmental organisations that are providing quality social welfare service through 3,000 operating units in Hong Kong.  Ms Chan sits on several networks and committees in the statutory bodies of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. She is a former member of the Elderly Commission.  At present, Grace is one of the Board of Directors in the International Federation on Ageing, which comprises government, industry, academic and non-governmental members in over 70 countries, representing some 75 million older people, and she also serves as the Vice President (Innovation and Technology).


Ms Keiko Sugi CEO, KOTOEN Welfare Corporation Japan


Social Welfare Corporation, KOTOEN, re-established in 1987 when nursery and elder care facility gathered in one complex.  Since then, intergenerational program was introduced by Keiko Sugi, under motto that every person with or without disabilities has a right to live in the community without any discriminations, inclusive society.  It has been a huge drive for her to develop and measure most effective curriculum for both young and old.


Keiko Sugiborn in January of 1947, has been a frontrunner for the intergenerational programs among elder care facilities for last 3 decades. She has given numbers of speeches on the program over multiple countries such as the U.S, Canada, and Chinese cities. Currently, she works as a director of Total Quality Management office of Kotoen, C.E.O of the care centre Tsubaki, Kotoen, a Chairperson of Japan Intergenerational Association, and an administrative counsellor for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Japan, a public probation officer for the Ministry of Justice.


Prof Jean Woo, Director, Jockey Club CADENZA Hub and Institute of Ageing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR


Prof. Jean Woo graduated from the University of Cambridge and joined the Department of Medicine at CUHK in 1985. She is the founding director of the CUHK Jockey Club Institute of Ageing since 2014. Her research interests include chronic diseases affecting elderly people, health services research, nutrition epidemiology, quality of life issues at the end of life, with over 700 articles in peer-reviewed indexed journals.


Recognising multi-disciplinary leadership in ageing that inspires change in their home country

A/Prof Kenny Tan CEO St Luke’s ElderCare Ltd., Singapore

Dr Kenny Tan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of St Luke’s ElderCare in August 2016. Established in both clinical and healthcare management, his previous role as Chief Operating Officer for St Luke’s Hospital and St Luke’s ElderCare, had brought the community hospital and eldercare centres through capacity growth in infrastructure and services. His approach in putting the patient and client first continues to make an impact on the service culture and care delivery. As a performance driver, he was instrumental in bringing about an increase in services, programmes and innovation projects. In his personal time, Dr Tan provides counseling to caregivers and has been participating in humanitarian work overseas since 1997. He received the prestigious Healthcare Humanity Awards in 2016 for his work.


Assoc Prof Dr Siwaporn Chankrachang, Founder & MD, Villa Mee Suk Residences, Chiang Mai, Thailand



Dr Siwaporn Chankrachang is a Clinical  Associate Professor of Neurology at the Northern Neuroscience centre, Faculty of Medicine Chiang Mai University where she teaches medical students, neurology residents and fellows from all over the country.



She is the consultant to the Rector of Chiang Mai University and Dean of the faculty of Medicine. She used to be the director of Geriatric medical centre and also director of Northern Neuroscience Center.



She used to be the president of Chiang Mai Medical school Alumni, Neurology society of Thailand, Thai Headache society. Currently, she is the  Chair of the Ethic Committee of the Royal College of Thai Physicians and Vice president of Thai dementia Society. Her responsibility is taking care of public awareness of dementia prevention, training workshops for caregiver, nurses and helpers in the rural area.  She was the very first person who could foresee the importance of the caregiver so she has done research in Caregiver training and also created the curriculum for  Caregiver training standard in Thailand.



Nowadays for 8 years, she has been the president of  Meesuk  Society which is claimed to be the first and the most famous complete services for demented elderly in Thailand. The society works under the theme of Small but complete service. Therefore  It consists of the first small private Nursing home, Daycare service, Caregiver training school and Siwaporn medical centre. Our simple and low cost style has inspired physicians and businessmen in several sectors such as real estate, architect and geriatric fields and investors.  Each year we welcome more than 30 groups of visitors from all over the country and CEA to learn no how from us. Her present interest is nonpharmacologic prevention and treatment dementia including improving lifestyle meditation. Her slogan in taking care of her customers  or her patients is:Happiness is the key and understanding is the tool 





Dr Nart Fongsmut, M.D  Assistant Director Board Member, Sawangkanives Home for Elderly by the Thai Red Cross and Director, Otium Living, Thailand

Dr Nart graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and from the Graduate School of Management, Boston University, USA. She was the Project Manager of Thailands first comprehensive retirement home “Sawangkanives” by the Thai Red Cross Society during 2010-2014. She was also a member of the development team for the comprehensive Aged Care Center “Sor Tor” at Chulalongkorn Hospital, Bangkok during 2012-2014. Currently, she is a member of the board for the development of housing for the elderly in Thailand under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security. She is also the medical director of Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Thailand.


Dr William Chong, Assistant Director, Clinical Director, Pacific Healthcare Specialist Centre, Director, Entrust Healthcare Pte Ltd, Singapore

Dr. William Chong is recognised in the healthcare industry as both a clinician and an entrepreneur. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery and a Master of Science in Dentistry and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. He actively supports causes that focus on education and the elderly and established eleven senior activity day centres and 6 renal dialysis facilities within the community as part of a comprehensive and integrated network of eldercare services which includes 2 nursing homes for those requiring 24-hour residential care. His dental practice focuses on implant and cosmetic dentistry and is co-located within Precious Medical Centre, a multi-disciplinary medical centre that has facilities for day surgery, endoscopy and advanced medical modalities


Mr Bernie Poh Executive Director Allium Healthcare holdings Pte Ltd, Senior Vice President, GK Goh Strategic Holdings Provate Limited, Singapore


Mr Bernie Poh is the CEO of Allium Healthcare Holdings Pte Ltd and Senior Vice President for Aged Care services with GK Goh Strategic Holdings Private Limited which holds significant investments in OPAL Aged Care (Australia) and retirement villages in Western Australia and Victoria. He represents the Group on the Board of OPAL Aged Care Group. Mr Poh has over twenty years of extensive experience in both the private and public healthcare sectors. Prior to joining the group, he had served in various senior executive roles, which included Chief Executive Officer of Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Parkway Holdings Ltd (now IHH Healthcare Berhad) and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the formerly SGX-listed Pacific Healthcare Holdings Ltd.


Mr Gengpong Tangaroonsanti, M.D CEO & Founder Cherseryhome International Hospital, Thailand

Mr GengpongTangaroonsantirealised the importance of developing intermediate care system for older people in Thailand. Having a standard of service, good coordination among medical team, transferring system and aiming for health promotion are essential points that cause the best result.


He intends to design a new model of holistic step-down care system that focus on following profession of care, helping the patient to be independent and promoting family relationship.


Moreover, he founded “I CAN DO” centre to create products through innovation and creativity for seniors, aiming to improve their quality of life.


Mr Herman Kwik Founder, RUKUN Senior Living, Indonesia

Herman’s past experience spanned an array of industries prior to founding RUKUN Senior Living in 2012. The desire to be in a business with a positive social impact drove Herman’s switch to the senior services industry. Now in its seventh year of operations, RUKUN continues to focus on being a leading provider of senior hospitality services with a senior resort, dementia and nursing care facility, home care services, and the 2019 opening of a dementia day program facility in Jakarta.


RUKUN is a founding member of Asosiasi Senior Living Indonesia (Indonesia Senior Living Association) with Herman currently serving as Vice Chairman. Herman is married with two sons and earned his MBA from the University of Oregon and his Ph.D. from Portland State University


Mr Timothy Ma Founding Executive Director, Senior Citizen Home Safety Association, Hong Kong SAR



Timothy K. W. Ma is the Founding Executive Director of Senior Citizen Home Safety Association. He is the Vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Chamber of Social Enterprises. He was awarded Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship of East Asia on 2009 by the SCHWAB Foundation and contributing author to a book `Bottom of Pyramid’ for the new entries to social enterprise, and ‘Leadership in Social Enterprise’ by WEF. He also serves as a member of the Expert Network on Ageing at the Global Agenda Council of World Economic Forum.


He has been member of Elderly Commission, Elderly Academy Development Fund Advisory Committee, Social Welfare Advisory Committee, Lottery Fund Advisory Committee and also the Guardianship Board of HKSAR Govt. He also convenes the Medical Liaison Group and serves as Chairman of the Elderly Housing Standing Committee of the Hong Kong Housing Society.



Ms Catherine Daley Chief Executive Officer integratedliving Australia, Australia


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.


Ms Hye June Park President, The Aspen Tree Corporation Limited, Thailand


Ms Hye June Park is the President of The Aspen Tree Corporation Limited (a subsidiary of MQDC), and she oversees the development of integrated residences and services for the elderly. Before MQDC, Ms Park was the Managing Director of Samsung C&T Corporation’s residential design team. Over her eight years at Samsung, she held key management positions on major international projects.


Ms Park was earlier an associate at RTKL in Washington, DC. She has also worked at Mancini-Duffy, Highland Associates, and Corgan Associates in New York. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Korea University, Seoul, and a Master’s degree in interior design from the Pratt Institute, New York. 


Ms Stephanie Law Managing Director, CTL Group & Culture Homes, Hong Kong SAR


Stephanie is the Managing Director of CTL Group and Culture Homes, a leading integrated aged care product and service provider in Hong Kong with five key business areas including Nursing Homes, Senior Residences, Lifestyle and Rehabilitation Products, Experience Centers, and Consultancy Services.


As an owner, operator & developer, Stephanie has spearheaded the family business into a new era in aged care through innovative assisted living products and technologies. During her time spent in Japan, Stephanie introduced new products to Hong Kong, including silver car walkers and special soft meals for dysphasia patients, etc.


Stephanie holds a Bachelor Degree in Asian Studies and Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a Master Degree in Real Estate from the University of Hong Kong.



Honouring the outstanding achievements of the most influential global leaders impacting ageing in Asia Pacific

Ms Tara Singh Vachani, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, AntaraSenior Living Ltd, India


Holding the reins at AntaraPurukul Senior Living Ltd., India, CEO and MD Tara is driven by passion to create an enriching and fulfilling lifestyle for seniors in the Indian landscape. Prior to Antara, she worked with the Corporate Development team at Max India Ltd. and was actively engaged in philanthropy through her involvement with the Max India Foundation. She is currently appointed as a Director at Max Healthcare and as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Max India Ltd., also the parent company of Antara. In addition, she is actively involved in The Leeu Collection, her family’s international hospitality business with influence over U. K., South Africa and Italy. Tara comes from a diverse academic background, majored in Politics and South Asian studies at the National University of Singapore followed by courses in Strategy Management at the London School of Economics, and Hospitality Business Strategy and Management at Ecole hotelier de Lausanne, Switzerland.


Mr Roger Kwok, Managing Director, Arcadia Group Pty Ltd, Australia


Roger Kwok founded the Arcadia Group in 1999 after failing to find suitable accommodation for his own aging parents. Today Arcadia Group owns 6 resort styled villages in WA with a total of 600 completed units and a pipe line of another 130 more to go. He recently teamed up with a very reputable SGX listed company in Singapore to acquire two up-market boutique lifestyle retirement properties in Melbourne. The entry into the Victorian market resulted in the acquisition of a site which he plans to build one of the largest retirement villages in Australia with a total of about 550 homes set in a championship 18 holes golf course. Together with his new partner, they are very confident of the continued growth of this sector and are committed to seek out further opportunities for acquisition.  Roger was a former board member of the RVA Ltd and currently sits on the Retirement Living Council of Property Council helping to shape the future of our industry.

Mr Marcus Riley, Chief Executive Officer, BallyCara, Australia


Marcus is the CEO of BallyCara, a charitable organisation and public benevolent institution which provides accommodation, health, and care services for older people as well as a range of support and advisory functions to service-based organisations. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP) and the immediate past chair of the Global Ageing Network. He was recently appointed as the Focal Point for the Stakeholder Group on Ageing for the Asia-Pacific region. Throughout his career, Mr Marcus had held numerous other key industry positions including Chairman & Deputy Chairman of Leading Age Services Australia, National Director of Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) and Retirement Villages Australia (RVA Ltd).

Prof Dr Areerat Suputtitada, M.D, Chairperson of Neurorehabilitation Research Unit at Chulalongkorn University, Advisor (Founder Chairperson) of Excellent Centre for Gait and Motion at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Thailand


Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Chulalongkorn University and King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, Dr. Areerat Suputtitada is an expert in the area of neurological rehabilitation, spasticity and dystonia, gait and motion, and pain. At the age of 36, she was the youngest physician appointed as a Professor in Thailand. She had received 14 national awards, 7 international awards, and published more than 60 international and 20 national articles in her areas of expertise. Throughout her career, she had been invited to lecture as a keynote speaker, parallel and symposium speaker, and as the chairperson for over 100 international conferences. Dr. Suputtitada’sachievements had her elected and appointed as important positions in the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM), such as the Chair of Women and Health Task Force, International Exchange Committee and Representative to the ISPRM Assembly of Delegates for Asia & Oceania.


Dr Lam Ching-Choi, BBS, JP, Member of the Executive Council, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, The People’s Republic Of 

China,Chairman, Elderly Commission, Hong Kong SAR, 
Chief Executive Officer, Haven of Hope Christian Service, Hong Kong SAR

A Specialist in paediatrician, Dr. Lam is the CEO of the Haven of Hope Christian Service. Under his leadership, Haven of Hope Christian Service rose as one of the pioneers in the provision of holistic care for the elderly in Hong Kong. He is also a non-official member of the Executive Council of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. In addition, as the Chairman of the Elderly Commission, he heads the Commission Working Groups on Ageing in Place, Long Term Care Model and Active Ageing, formulating the Elderly Services Programme Plan to advise the Government on long-term policies for elderly in Hong Kong. He is also the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of The Opportunities for the Elderly Project. Dr. Lam was honored by the HKSAR Government with the Justice of Peace in 2003 and Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2008 for his devotion to public services.

Mr Lee Poh Wah, Chief Executive Officer, Lien Foundation, Singapore

As Lien Foundation’s first professional staff member in 2005, Poh Wah transformed a fledging organization into a regional philanthropic house lauded for its radical approach and innovative solutions. Under his leadership, the foundation is recognized as a first mover driving improvements in early childhood education and eldercare. Often taking the bull by the horns, the foundation proudly champion causes that not many want to talk about, such as better care for the dying or more dignity and choice for those who live in nursing homes. Prior to Lien Foundation, he was in the civil service where he established the Social Enterprise Fund. He also held several investment and business development positions in the private sector. Poh Wah draws inspiration from design, technology and the arts to develop solutions for complex questions – such as destigmatizing and improving care for those with dementia. He pursues research and advocacy to identify inconvenient or overlooked truths, inform progressive policies and inspire a culture of self-help in the community. Above all, he envisions Singapore becoming a collaborative living lab that could offer relevant lessons to a greying world on ways to age with dignity, meaning and choice, without facing financial ruin.

Prof Hiroyuki Murata, Professor, Smart Ageing Research Center, Tohoku University, President, Murata Associates Inc., Japan

Prof Murata, President of Murata Associates introduced the Curves in Japan and contributed to make it the biggest fitness franchise chain in Japan. 8.4-million women can conduct the preventive care at 1,860 Curves stores now.He created the concept of “Smart Ageing” in 2007 and realized it to the Smart Aging Research Center at Tohoku University as a leading-edge aging science research center in the world.Additionally, he conducted the export of “Learning Therapy”, a non-pharmaceutical dementia improvement program developed by Tohoku University, to the USA. This is the first globalization example of Japan’s innovative care program. Prof Murata believes that people’s lifestyle should be the ‘Smart Ageing Way’, keeping four necessary conditions; brain fitness, physical exercise, balanced nutrition, and socialization. He defined Smart Ageing as “all individuals and the societies are maturing intellectually while effectively dealing with the changes associated with ageing”. This concept is a revolutionary paradigm shift away from common negative concepts, such as anti-ageing that imply an unwillingness to accept or face the later stage of life. 

Ms Natasha Chadwick, Founder & CEO, NewDirection Care, Australia



Natasha Chadwick is the Founder and CEO of NewDirection Care™, an innovative privately-owned organisation that created the world’s first inclusive microtown™ Aged Care community. A pioneer in the Australian Aged Care industry, Natasha is passionate about changing the way we care for our elderly members of society and those living with dementia, including younger onset dementia, not just in Australia but worldwide. Backed by more than two decades of experience in aged care, Natasha wants to revolutionise a sector often considered excessively institutionalised, segregated and task driven. Through her extensive experience and spending time with seniors in their last stages of life, it became apparent to Natasha on both a personal and professional level, that the industry can improve. “We needed to create a system that revolves around the things that really matter in life,” says Natasha. She is currently a committee member of Leading Aged Services Australia (NSW/ACT) and a past Board Member of this peak body. She has also been a member of the Ministerial Dementia Forum Working Group and the ACFA Advisory Group. 


Mr Etsuaki Morikawa, President, ORIX Living Corporation, Japan



The founder and president of ORIX Living Corporation, Mr Morikawa presented a brand-new value of elderly care service and lead the creation of a new standard of nursing care in providing a comfortable and active life for seniors in Japan.Without the blessing of the public care insurance system, he built a unique brand and business model that had developed and operated over 2700 units of senior residence for 15 years. In addition, he made an impact as a founder of The Council of Senior Housing Industry Executives in Japan that provides policy recommendation and exchange of ideas within the industry, thus enriching relations of the executives who go for improving residents’ QOL regardless of operator license types. Mr Morikawa also played an integral role in contributing to the Asia pacific countries by providing knowledge and know-how based on ORIX’s operating experience through conferences and accepting delegates to his facilities.

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


Mdm Low is the Executive Director of The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home, Singapore. She piloted several award-wining projects at Peacehaven to help with the re-modelling of residential care in Singapore, including a dementia specific facility, a transitional convalescence facility, InGot- an IT system with a full clinical suite built on cloud computing, and Welmed- a research programme using exercise machines for rehabilitation. Mdm Low holds a Master in Health Care Management and is a Rehabilitation Nursing Clinician. She is on healthcare committees workgroups and is frequently engaged as a speaker in conferences. She was also awarded the President’s Nurses Award in 2010, the highest accolade for a nurse in Singapore. Mdm Low played instrumental roles in several passion projects, such as a partnership with The Salvation Army Palu Academy, Indonesia, whereby Indonesian nurses are hired to work in Peacehaven and Salvation Army nursing homes, and introducing a micro-credit system in Singapore offering a 6 months caregiver course for girls from low income families. The girls are trained and given an opportunity to work in the healthcare setting and thus, alleviated from poverty. 

 Mr David Lane, Chairman Emeritus, ThomsonAdsett, Australia


David is one of Australia's best known Seniors Living industry architectural specialist, having directed over 1,000 projects in Australia and internationally over the past 30 years. Recognised in the ASEAN region as a specialist consultant in seniors Living, he had practiced on both the western and the eastern landscape, resulting in a strong knowledge of international markets. Responsible for establishing ThomsonAdsett's Tokyo and Hong Kong studios in the mid-90s, David is instrumental in building the practice’s international profile and securing work throughout Asia for the past 20 years.David is a passionate advocate for social and corporate responsibility internationally, particularly relating to issues impacting the elderly and their built environment. He is a prolific and highly regarded public speaker and had authored several design papers on issues surrounding the Seniors Living sector.David had served on several professional and charitable committees and boards including the Australian Institute of Architects Practice Committee, Aged Care Exporters Network (Chairman), Australian Masters in Aged Care Service, Presbyterian Aged Care NSW, and DACADS. 


Dr Ng Wai Chong, Chief, Clinical Affairs, Tsao Foundation, Singapore


Dr Ng is the Chief of Clinical Affairs at Tsao Foundation, a Singapore based non-profit organization inaugurated in 1993 to positively transform the experience of ageing. He has been practising Family Medicine for seniors since 2000, when he started full time as the visiting physician in Hua Mei Mobile Clinic. Over the years, he has grown while contributing to the foundation’s efforts in the development of community aged-care systems and active ageing framework. His interests include primary care for frail seniors, multi-disciplinary health teams, comprehensive needs assessment standards, elder mistreatment, end-of-life care, community-based dementia care as well as community care management system.

Dr Jun Sasaki, Founder & Chairman, Yushoukai Medial Corporation, Japan


Dr Jun Sasaki is the Founder & Chairman of Yushoukai Medical Corporation, Japan. 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 the Graduate School of Medicine at the Tokyo University subsequently before establishing the MRC clinic, predecessor of Yushoukai. By 2008, he established the MRC clinic into today’s Yushoukai Medical Corporation. Currently, Yushoukai is the largest Japanese home medical care provider in metropolitan areta with 11 clinics and 76 doctors providing 24-hour home medical care to 4,000 patients in their final stages of life,He is also working to share his experiences in Japan with medical and care providers in Asia. Yushoukai’s facilities do accept local visits from China and ASEAN countries.

Recognising multi-disciplinary leadership in ageing that inspires change in their home country


Ms Yeo Wan Ling, Chief Executive Officer, Caregiver Asia Ptd Ltd, Singapore 


Ms Yeo is the CEO of Caregiver Group, a global aggregator of freelance caregivers and an award winning online marketplace for home caregiving services. Prior to running the Caregiver Group, she spent 15 years in the Singapore Economic Development Board where she was a foreign direct investment specialist based in Singapore, Chicago, Hong Kong and Shanghai dealing with Fortune 100 and Hurun listed companies and business owners. She is known for her extensive people’s network, and ability to warm cold relations. Ms Yeo believe that the core to ageing in place is about access to skilled and caring Caregivers, and over the last 4 years, Caregiver Group have built up as an aggregator, a database of 6,000 Caregivers (and growing) who are prepared to work in home care. 


Mr Khoo Chuan Keat, Managing Director, Eden-on-the-park (P) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia 

Mr Khoo currently serves as Director to several public and private companies including the Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation, He is also a Senior Adviser of ASEAN Advisory. More prominently, he is the Managing Director of Eden-On-The-Park, West Malaysia. Eden-On-The-Park is Malaysia’s First Integrated Seniors Lifestyle & Care Residence Resort. He is also a pre-eminent tax and strategic business consultant; a well-recognised leader in the industry. His industry specialism includes financial services, property development, media and telecommunications. Mr Khoo is a prolific writer for the media and a frequent speaker at conferences on a wide range of topics, most recently on retirement transformation, seniors living and aged care in which he is well-recognised as a leading authority. He was also a key facilitator at the PEMANDU Lab on Seniors Living and a speaker at the REHDA (Real Estate & Housing Developers Association) CEO Forum on “Real estate opportunities in Seniors Living”. 

Ms Stephanie Tan, Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Evercare Health Limited, Hong Kong SAR 

Stephanie believes that ageing should be a happy and stress-free process. In 2016, Stephanie launched a healthcare startup, Evercare, which provides quality healthcare services in the comfort of people’s homes. Stephanie was named the 2016 Health Advocate for the Women of Hope Awards by the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Foundation. In 2014, she launched The Kinnet, a health and wellness centre that is dedicated to active ageing for older adults in Hong Kong. Stephanie also previously served on the Board of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, from 2012-2014. Stefanie believes that elders in Hong Kong should be able to age in place, in the comfort of their homes, with the support of their loved ones through smart living. She envisions a community for the seniors that have access to quality affordable health care, in an environment that they are familiar and comfortable with, allowing us, their family members to have a peace of mind. 


Ms Tamar Krebs, Founder & CEO, Group Homes Australia, Australia


Tamar Krebs has been immersed in the field of people living with dementia for most of her adult life. Academically trained, with degrees from several universities, her skills and experience come from hands-on problem solving in  Israel and Australia. In a career spanning over two decades, Tamar has worked in establishments where standards ranged from ‘shockingly inadequate’ to those where residents experienced near ‘5-star hotel’ treatment.She understands the needs of older people, particularly those living with dementia, and this led to her believing there had to be ‘a better way’. This belief led to her founding Group Homes Australia, where 6-8 residents living beyond a diagnosis of dementia live in a home in their local community where they engage in life. Just three words define her clear objective: “Doing Dementia Differently”.


 Ms Gillian Tee, CEO & Co-founder, Homage, Singapore 

Ms Gillian Tee is the co-founder and CEO of Homage, Singapore. A local start-up, Homage is a one-stop senior home care solution that bring together trained and curated caregivers with smart on-demand technology, allowing for seniors to age at home with grace, control, and dignity. Homage is described to had “gave many seniors and their families peace of mind...” by Singapore Prime Minister Lee HsienLoong at the National Day Rally 2017. 

 Mr Try Wibowo, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, PTInsanMedikaPersada, Indonesia

Mr Try Wibowo is the founder and CEO of PT. InsanMedikaPersada, a health-care provider company based in the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, that provides live-in nursing home care allowing seniors to remain safely in their own home while receiving medical care or assistance. Inspired by his beloved mother, he believes that the most important thing he has to create is a great impact towards people and his surroundings. The problem of unemployment in Indonesia, particularly in health vocational school, nurses and health bachelor graduates, as well as the health skill potentials have underpinned his ideas to create a bridge for the graduates and the market demands. It is proven by his achievement that throughout 6 years he created multitudinous jobs and more advanced technology support for the Indonesian market. As a young entrepreneur, he had been awarded national and international awards during his career, such as the Bronze Achievement awarded by AnugerahWirausaha Indonesia. In addition, he is listed as one of Forbes Asia’s 30 under 30 figure under healthcare and science. 


 Ms Julie Ockerby, Principal Creative Director, Meli Studio, Australia


Julie is the Creative Director and Principal of Meli Studio, one of Sydney’s leading innovative interior design practices that had worked with residential home and apartments, aged care and retirement villages, boats, retail, corporate and commercial office, hotels, and resorts. The well-respected studio is known to combine home-like features together with functional aesthetics and consistently excelling in achieving their client’s goals. She personally leads all projects within the aged care and the retirement living portfolio. With more than 15 years of experience, Julie had worked with some of the most innovative designers and hoteliers from around the world and led to translate this experience into the residential and broader commercial arenas. Julie’s background in health sciences, boutique hotels and in designing avant-garde and functional commercial spaces enabled her to be one of the pioneers in the cutting edge field of interior architecture and design for aged care and retirement living space. It is a personal passion of hers to reinvigorate all spectrums of aged care living in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.


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


Joe, Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council, specializes in the aged care and healthcare field with extensive experiences in service planning, development and monitoring. He has been working on cross-disciplinary collaboration among the government, business, academics and society to leverage on each sector’s strength to benefit the people. His team has championed nearly 40 accolades on innovative elderly care services. Driven by strong passion in innovating, Joe designed and operated a first of its kind senior housing blended with medical and social care in Hong Kong. He initiated cross disciplinary collaborations to provide holistic care in stroke rehabilitation, cognitive training and pain management and developed self-health management programme to involve older adults as active players. Through transplanting the Hong Kong aged care experiences, Joe localized ,developed and supervised a pioneered integrated elderly community centre in Guangzhou, China. 






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