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 Sarwar, 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


Carole Osero-Ageng’o, Regional Director, Africa

Carole Osero-Ageng’o is a highly experience lawyer and human rights advocate with over 25 years’ experience of managing programs on equality, gender, women’s rights, conflict, and the law in Africa. Her work has included strategic planning, program conceptualization and implementation, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising, and partnership development.
Prior to joining HelpAge International, she was the Associate Regional Director, Policy and Advocacy, for the Africa Regional Office of Planned Parenthood Global. She previously worked at the International Women’s Program of the Open Society Foundations and before that was the Africa Program Officer at Equality Now. She has undertaken successful policy advocacy initiatives at the African Union and the United Nations and led projects on inclusion in post-conflict and fragile settings.
Carole holds an MA in International Conflict Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in the Equal Status and Human Rights of Women.


Chris Mclvor, Regional Director, Euroasia & Middle East - EME

Chris McIvor

Chris has over 35 years of experience in development, advocacy and humanitarian programmes.

Before joining HelpAge in 2019, he worked for Save the Children, leading on policy research and writing many publications to promote the voices of children and people with disabilities. He led strategic planning, programme design, evaluation and learning, as well as engaging with institutional donors including EC, DFID, USAID, trusts and foundations to raise significant funds.


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.


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