Our board

HelpAge International is governed by a Board of Trustees, which meets twice a year and is responsible for the overall management and direction of the charity. 

Arun Maira (Chair)

Arun Maira at the World Economic Forum (c) Eric Miller/World Economic Forum

Arun Maira has held leadership positions with the Tata Group in India, and Arthur D Little in the USA, before returning to India as Chairman of the Boston Consulting Group.

In 2009, he was appointed by the Prime Minister of India as a member of the Planning Commission of India. He has been Chairman of the Axis Bank Foundation and Save the Children India, and has written several books on leadership, capitalism, democracy and his home country, India.

Ferdous Ara Begum

Ferdous Ara Begum

Ferdous Ara Begum is a gender and ageing issues specialist, and former member of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

In her previous career as a civil servant in Bangladesh, she was the first woman Director-General of Bangladesh Television and the first female Commissioner of Taxes. She served as a board member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Grameen Bank.

In 32 years of continuous public service, she has been active in educating and creating public awareness on the importance of women’s rights and financial independence. She is CEO of the Active Ageing and Research Centre in Dhaka, and is active in the International Institute on Ageing and the Satellite Centre for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Countries. 

David Causer, FCA

David Causer, FCA, HelpAge Board member

David is a non-executive director and audit committee chairman of Schroder Income Growth Fund plc, an investment trust listed on the London Stock Exchange. He is a qualified chartered accountant and a member of the Securities Institute.

David has held a number of senior positions within financial services organisations, including as finance director of Mercury Asset Management Group plc and as a managing director of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. He was finance director of The British Red Cross Society until December 2007, and is currently a trustee of a number of charities and of a pension fund.

John Kingston

John Kingston, HelpAge Board member

John is the Founder and Director of Venturesome (2001-11), a company which pioneers social investment in the UK. He was previously a director of Save the Children UK, and at 3i plc.

Currently, he is Chair of the Association of Charitable Foundations, a senior advisor at Social Finance Ltd and non-executive director of Big Society Capital and of the European Venture Philanthropy Association. He has previously served as Chair of the BIG Social Investment Committee and of the NCVO Commission on Tax Incentives for Social Investment.


Laura Machado

Laura Machado, HelpAge Board member

Laura is Executive Director of InterAge Consulting in Gerontology, and currently serves as International Coordinator to the United Nations for the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG).

She was the Latin American Regional Representative for the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) from 1997 to 2009.







Sola Mahoney

Sola Mahoney, HelpAge Board memberSola Mahoney is an international banker and expert on development finance. Over the past two decades, he has worked in various countries across Africa and in the USA. 

He previously worked for the Government of the Gambia for over 10 years on various aspects of development, including economic policy coordination, capacity building for macroeconomic management, and oversight of the Government’s management of public sector enterprises.

Mika Marumoto

Mika MarumotoMika Marumoto is a certified nonprofit advisor and development consultant. Currently based in Washington, DC, her work focuses on policy strategy and governance as it impacts healthy ageing. As Executive Director of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development she worked with Asia-Pacific parliamentarians to design advocacy on population ageing issues.

Previously, Dr. Marumoto worked as a development practitioner and strategic consultant for organisations including the Asian Development Bank, UNDP, the World Bank Group -International Finance Corporation, and McKinsey and Company. She was a Harvard-Yenching Visiting Fellow.

Cecilia Mbaka

Cecilia MbakaCecilia Mbaka is currently Head of the National Social Protection Secretariat in Kenya’s State Department of Social Protection. She previously served as Head of the Division of Social Welfare and Older Persons and as founding Director of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities.

Ms Mbaka has more than 25 years’ experience providing strategic leadership and engagement of civil society and research stakeholders to advance policy development and strengthen service delivery to vulnerable persons. In recognition of her achievements in advancing the rights of the poor and vulnerable, including older people, she was in December, 2017 awarded the Order of Grand Warrior (OGW) by the President of Kenya.

Helen Mealins

Helen Mealins

Helen Mealins is an institutional development practitioner with over 20 years’ experience of working with politicians, government officials, civil society practitioners and private sector executives in a variety of leadership and consultancy roles, to advance social change in Africa, Asia and Europe.

She is currently Chief Executive at INTRAC, a UK based charity that builds the skills and knowledge of civil society to be more effective in addressing poverty and inequality. Previously, she worked in Uganda heading the Democratic Governance Facility, and before that at DFID as Deputy Head of Finance and Strategy and Head of Office for Southern Africa.

Jose Miguel

Jose Miguel Jose Miguel is currently Regional Coordinator of the Demographic and Health Surveys Program based in Maryland, USA. He previously worked at the United Nations, as Chief of the Population and Development Branch of UNFPA, and before that as Chief of Population and Development at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Dr Miguel served on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum on Demographic Dividend from 2010-16, and in 2017 received the Laureate Award of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP).



Abla Sibai

Abla Sibai, HelpAge International trustee

Abla Sibai is professor and chair of Epidemiology and Population Health at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and the co-founder of the University for Seniors program at the University. She has published more than 150 scientific papers and book chapters.

She is co-founder and Director of the Center for Studies on Aging in Lebanon, which has led the way in putting ageing on the policy agenda in Lebanon and the Middle East, and is member of several national and international advisory boards on aging and health.



Alexandre Sidorenko

Alexandre SidorenkoDr. Alexandre Sidorenko is an expert on national and international policy on ageing who advises governments across Europe and Central Asia on developing and implementing policy, organising and conducting training programmes.

Previously, he served as the Chief of the Population Unit, UN Economic Commission for Europe, and over two decades as Head of the United Nations Programme on Ageing, during which he coordinated the UN International Year of Older Persons 1999, and the Second World Assembly on Ageing, including drafting the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) and global follow-up activities.

Vappu Taipale

Vappu Taipale, HelpAge International board member

Vappu Taipale is a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry, who served as Finland's minister of health and minister of social affairs. Vappu is Chair of the Union for Senior Services in Finland, and active in the field of ageing, especially 'gerontechnology'.  

She previously led a national research institution on health and social policy, and has chaired various international research bodies, including the United Nations University (UNU) Council. As an NGO activist, Vappu is a founding member of Physicians for Social Responsibility in Finland and was co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. 

Robin Talbert

Robin Talbert, HelpAge International trustee

Robin Talbert is a writer and consultant for non-profit organisations. She was formerly the President of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation, and served in a variety of leadership roles at AARP, one of the biggest and most influential charities in the USA.

A former legal services attorney serving low-income clients, Robin also served as a volunteer mediator with the DC Superior Court. 






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