Opening of the ICTs and older persons track GCOA and ITU. Digital Inclusion Across the Generations to Enable the Decade of Healthy Ageing


Session 152

14:00–15:00 CEST (UTC+02:00), Monday, 22 June 2020 ICTs and Older Persons Thematic Workshop

As the WHO/UN Decade of Healthy Ageing launches this year, Older Persons are increasingly adopting, and adapting to, technology to protect and maintain their health and to improve their lives.  This acceptance and use of technology goes against widely held assumptions, many founded in ageist attitudes, of older persons ability and willingness to learn, accept and adapt to changes.  Instead, we are seeing how technology actually connects societies – within families, between caregivers and across generations. Strategies for digital inclusion for older adults will be crucial to combat social isolation and increase engagement and productivity across workplaces and society.

Malcom Johnson
Malcom Johnson Deputy Secretary-General ITU

Michael W. Hodin, Ph.D.
Michael W. Hodin, Ph.D. CEO Global Coalition on Aging

Michael W. Hodin, Ph.D. is CEO of the Global Coalition on Aging, Managing Partner at High Lantern Group, and a Fellow at Oxford University’s HarrisManchester College. Mike is a Member ofthe Council on Foreign Relations, and from2010 until 2013, was Adjunct Senior Fellow with a focus on population aging. Mike was the recipient of the 2012 Fred D. Thompson Award from the American Federation for Aging Research. He sits on the Boards of the Foreign Policy Association, Business Council for International Understanding, American Skin Association, American Federation for Aging Research and Emigrant SavingsBank.

Mike was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councilon Ageing. Prior to founding GCOA, he led International Public Affairs and PublicPolicy at Pfizer for 30 years.
Mike began his career as LegislativeAssistant to Senator Daniel PatrickMoynihan and during this time served as a Visiting Scholar at Brookings Institution.

Yumiko Murakami
Yumiko Murakami Head of Tokyo Centre OECD

Since Yumiko joined OECD in 2013 as the head of OECD Tokyo Centre, she has been at the forefront of policy discussions between OECD and governments, businesses and academia in Japan and Asia, covering a wide range of economic policy issues.  She has been leading discussions with various stake holders in Japan and Asia, particularly in the areas of Corporate Governance, tax guidelines, gender diversity, education, international trade and innovation. Prior to joining the OECD, Yumiko held a number of leadership positions as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. Yumiko has diverse professional experiences, ranging from banking in New York and London to UN Peace Keep Operations in Cambodia.  Yumiko has an MBA from Harvard University, MA from Stanford University and BA from Sophia University.  She sits on the Japan Advisory Board of Harvard Business School as well as several advisory committees of the Japanese Government. She is the author of a bestseller book, “Turning Demographic Challenges into Economic Opportunities”. (Japanese only) Ranked #1 at Amazon Japan, economics category.

John Beard
John Beard Former Director of Aging and Life Course GCOA Advisory Council Chair

John Beard, MBBS PhD, works globally with academia, policy makers and the private sector to reimagine the secondhalf of life. He is a Professor with the University of New South Wales, Chief Advisor for the European Ins0tute ofInnovation and Technology Health consortium (EIT Health), a commissioner with the US Na0onal Academy of Medicine Commission on Healthy Longevity, visiting professor at Toulouse and Peking Universities and has a number ofprivate sector appointments. For 10 years until 2019, he was Director of Ageing and Life Course with the World HealthOrganiza0on in Geneva where he led a major global ini0atives including the World report on ageing and health and theGlobal Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. Dr Beard has worked extensively with the World EconomicForum, including as chair of their Global Agenda Council on Popula0on Ageing, as a member of their Global FuturesCouncil on Human Enhancement and as facilitator for several events at their annual meeting in Davos.

Danielle Duplin
Danielle Duplin Co-Founder Global Direct @Agency

Danielle D. Duplin, Cofounder and Global Director, AGENCY: Worldwide Innovation for Living Longer and Aging Better, is an ecosystem builder, executive producer, software engineer, and strategic public speaking coach.  She helps leaders to inform, inspire, and influence and audience, and move ideas to action.

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