Our ambassadors

Our global ambassadors support our work by speaking at events and introducing us to new contacts. They have all worked closely with us and are recognised internationally as experts on ageing.


Isabella Aboderin

Isabella Aboderin

Isabella Aboderin is Senior Research Scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in Nairobi, where she leads on Ageing and Development in sub-Saharan Africa. She served as a Trustee of HelpAge International until 2018, and previously worked at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, the WHO Unit on Ageing and the Lifecourse, and at the International Institute on Health and Ageing at Bristol. Isabella is a visiting associate professor at the University of Southampton, Regional Chair for Africa of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, a board member of the Population Reference Bureau and UN International Institute on Ageing, technical adviser to the Global Commission on Ageing in Developing Countries and a member of the African Union Working Group on Rights of Older People.


Nicholas Barr

Nicholas Barr isNicolas Barr professor of public economics at the London School of Economics and the author of numerous books and articles including The Economics of the Welfare State ?and Reforming pensions: a short guide (with Peter Diamond).

Professor Barr is known globally for his wide-ranging policy work, particularly on pensions and higher education finance, including spells at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He has advised governments across the world, served on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Councils on Demographic Shifts and on Ageing Society, and currently on the Presidential Commission on Reform of the Pension System in Chile. 


Cindy Cox Roman

Cindy Cox-Roman is CEO of WIT Consulting LLC, a market research and strategic consulting firm in Washington, DC. She has led hundreds of studies to help organizations understand their stakeholders, chart a strategic path, develop resonant messaging, and create effective programs. As a gerontologist, she has a keen interest in life stage and factors that impact wellbeing over the life course. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Master of Arts in Gerontology from the University of Southern California.
Cindy served on the board of HelpAge International from 2008-2015, the last two years as board chair. She is currently a trustee of HelpAge USA, a supporting member of the HelpAge Global Network, and the GE2P2 Global Foundation, which advances scientific rigor and ethical resilience in research and evidence generation. 

Matthew Cherian

Matthew Cherian

Matthew Cherian is a graduate in engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, and was India’s first rural manager of Anand, the Institute of Rural Management. He has served as a director of both Oxfam in India and Plan International. He has been Chief Executive of HelpAge India since 2003, helping it become the largest non-profit body to serve older people in the country.
Matthew has served on the board of HelpAge International in London from 2010-2018. He is a member of India’s highest body, the National Council of Senior Citizens, and is the current Independent Commissioner for Health with the Government of India’s Ministry of Health.
Matthew was involved in drafting the National Policy for Senior Citizens in 2011 and the National Policy for the Voluntary sector. He is the current chair of the Voluntary Agency Network, a network of 5,000 non-profit organisations in India. He has been appointed as “amicus curiae” to the Supreme Court of India in a landmark case on older people’s rights.

Pham Thi Hoai Giang

Pham Thi Hoai Giang

Pham Thi Hoai Giang works for the Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council. She previously worked with the Vietnam Women's Union (VWU) for over 30 years where she was a presidium member from 1997-2012.

Her career in socio-political and economic empowerment of women brought her and VWU to partner with HelpAge International for the rights and benefits of older women. Pham was a board member of HelpAge from 2008-2016. 

Pham directed the model of inter-generational self-help clubs in Vietnam between 2010-2012. The project has been suuccesful and replicated nationwide. The Vietnam Elderly Association awarded her a commemorative medal for the care and promotion of the role of the elderly in Vietnam in December 2017.


Professor Silvia Gascón

Silvia Gascón is the headsilvia gascon  of the Active Aging and Longevity Center, and secretary of the Board of Governors and professor in Management of Gerontology Services at Isalud University, Argentina.

Silvia advises a range of institutions both public and private, as well as local government authorities on the development of the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly Cities project. She is also a global ambassador of HelpAge International, and was for ten years a board member of the organisation.

In recent years Silvia has consulted for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Development Program, HelpAge International and has advised the governments of Chile, Cuba and Peru on issues of ageing, age-friendly cities and management of services to older people.

Silvias is a founding member of the Isalud Foundation, the Platense Women's Network and the La Plata Major Network, and she is also editor of the newspaper Lazos de la red mayor.


Baroness Sally Greengross

Baroness Sally Greengross 213x320Baroness Sally Greengross has been a crossbench (independent) member of the House of Lords since 2000 and co-chairs four All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Dementia, Corporate Social Responsibility, Continence Care and Ageing and Older People. She is the vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life, and is treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities. Sally is also chair of the cross-party Intergenerational Fairness Forum.

Sally is chief executive of the International Longevity Centre – UK, co-president of the ILC Global Alliance from 2010-2017 and is now their special ambassador; and was a commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2006-12.
Baroness Greengross was director general of Age Concern England from 1987-2000. Until 2000, she was joint chair of the Age Concern Institute of Gerontology at King's College London, and secretary general of Eurolink Age. She is an ambassador for Alzheimer's Society, SilverLine and HelpAge International. 
Baroness Greengross's work on ageing has been recognised by the UN Committee on Ageing and she received an outstanding achievement award from the British Society of Gerontology as well as a British Geriatric Society medal.


Cho Hyunse

Cho Hyunse

President of HelpAge Korea, Mr Cho Hyunse, has been playing a pivotal role in building Older People’s Associations for the development of self-help groups in Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar. He has been instrumental in promoting regional initiatives for age care policies including influencing governments to turn their focus to community care in ASEAN member countries.

Cho Hyunse was involved in consultation work for the Social Welfare Labour and Migrant Workers Division, ASEAN Secretariat in 2010. He has been a board member of Korea NGO Council for Overseas Cooperation since 2011 and a member of the Consultation Committee of Human Rights Policy at the National Human Rights Commission of Korea since 2015. Cho Hyunse was a board member of HelpAge International between 2010 and 2018, and joined ASEM Global Ageing Center in Korea as a board member in 2018.


Dr Alexandre Kalache

Alexander Kalache In 2017 Dr Alexandre Kalache was reappointed co-president of the International Longevity Centre-Global Alliance (ILC-GA), a 17-country consortium of think-tanks on ageing policy, with consultative status to the United Nations. He additionally serves as president of the International Longevity Centre-Brazil (ILC -BR) which he inaugurated in his city of birth, Rio de Janeiro, in 2012. 

Dr Kalache was a founding board member of HelpAge International. He has been a key player on ageing issues for four decades, both as an academic (at the universities of Oxford and London: 1975-2008) and as an international civil servant. In the latter role, as director of the World Health Organization (WHO) global programme on ageing (1995-2008), he conceived the Active Ageing policy framework and the global Age-friendly Cities movement.

Dr Kalache advises governments, foundations and businesses worldwide on ageing policy. He sits on a variety of boards for such bodies as the World Economic Forum, WHO, Oxford University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Eric Kimani

Eric Kimani

Eric Kimani is a Kenyan entrepreneur, corporate leader and philanthropist. He is also a published author and motivational speaker.

He served on the board of HelpAge International from 2006-2012, the last two years of which as board chair. As chair, Eric was instrumental in overseeing the organisational changes that occurred to create Age UK from the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged.

In addition to his role as a HelpAge ambassador, Eric serves on the board of a number of private companies in Kenya and one in Mauritius. Additionally he serves as the chair of the board of Palmhouse Foundation, a Kenyan not-for-profit that helps educate bright, needy and deserving students through high school. Eric Kimani is also a past board member and chair of the board of HelpAge Kenya.  


Professor Du Peng

Du Peng Professor Du Peng is vice-president of Renmin University of China and the director and professor of the Institute of Gerontology at Renmin University of China. His academic titles include vice-president of the China Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and president of Beijing Gerontological Society. A list of some of his publications can be found here.

Du Peng has been a member of the Experts Committee to the Ministry of Civil Affairs (since 2006), board member of HelpAge International (2008-2016), board member of the United Nations International Institute on Ageing (since 2008) and served as the chair of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Asia/Oceania region from 2009 to 2013.


Dr Mary Ann Tsao

Dr Mary Ann Tsao 213x275Dr Mary Ann Tsao has pioneered new approaches to care for older people in south-east Asia as a founder member, former chief executive and current president of the Tsao Foundation, Singapore.

After training and working as a doctor in the USA, Dr Tsao set up the Tsao Foundation with her grandmother in 1993 to provide community health services for older people and promote successful ageing. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2000 and Public Service Star in 2004 for her work on ageing.




Tilak de Zoysa

T de Zoysa A well-known figure in the Sri Lankan business community, Tilak de Zoysa, FCMI (UK) FPRI (SL), honorary consul for Croatia and global ambassador for HelpAge International was conferred the title of "Deshabandu" by His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka in recognition of his services to the country, and was the recipient of "The Order of the Rising Sun. Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon" conferred by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.

Tilak de Zoysa chairs HelpAge Sri Lanka and serves on the boards of several private companies. He was also chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, HelpAge International (UK) and served as a member of the Monetary Board of Sri Lanka from 2003 to 2009.

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