AGAC Global Advisory Group

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Ms. Margaret Young
  • Chair, GAROP /Founder of Age Knowble
  • Canada

Margaret is the Chair of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP) and the founder of Age Knowble, a Canadian social enterprise. Margaret’s career evolved from being an award-winning corporate professional to an agent of change for the welfare and human rights of older people. A key area of her current exploration is the connection between older people and social activism – whereby the older person is an actor of participation, contribution, and change in our quest for social justice and good.

Age Knowble, through intersectoral collaboration, empowers older persons and strengthens the ecosystems they live in. Along with her Age Knowble work, Margaret amplifies impact by volunteering with like-minded organizations such as ASEM Global Ageing Center, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People, the Pass it On Network, and other older persons serving non-profits. Her dedication to the cause is not only valuable, it is inspiring.

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Prof. Titti Mattsson
  • Professor
  • Lund University
  • Sweden

Titti Mattsson is Professor of Professor of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, Lund University. Currently she is also Vice Dean of Research at her faculty.

A theme of Matttsson's research is the governance of welfare state issues from national as well as transnational perspectives. Her research addresses legal, social and ethical issues regarding various public-law activities, such as health and community care for children, disabled persons and the older persons' rights.

She is part of national as well as international research collaborations and has published her research results in monographs and anthologies, as well as in international and national journals. Mattsson is part of the Norma Elder Law Research Environment at her faculty. She is heading the interdisciplinary Health Law Research Centre Lund University and coordinating ELAN, The European Law and Ageing Network.

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Dr Kai Leichsenring
  • Executive Director
  • European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research
  • Austria

Kai Leichsenring is Executive Director at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna, since 2016. His background is in Political Sciences/Social Policy (Dr.phil., University of Vienna) and Organisational Development Consultancy. During his career as a researcher, he specialised in comparative and applied social research and policy consultancy with a focus on ageing, health and long-term care, and related issues such as governance and financing, quality management, labour conditions, user involvement and informal care. Apart from coordinating many national and European R&D projects he collaborated with a number of regional and national governments, and international agencies (UNECE, OECD, WHO, World Bank, UNDP).

He has represented the research community at the UNECE Standing Working Group on Ageing and its Bureau since 2016. In this position, he co-organised the Research Forum in Lisbon (2017) and the Joint Forum of Civil Society and Scientific Research in Rome (2022) in the context of the Ministerial Conferences on Ageing. Moreover, he designed and facilitated workshops, conferences, and trainings, and published a wide range of reports, books, and articles, e.g.

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Prof. Thanh Long Giang
  • Associate Professor
  • National Economics University
  • Vietnam

THANH-LONG GIANG is currently an Associate Professor at National Economics University; a Senior Researcher at Institute of Social and Medical Studies (ISMS); an Affiliate Research Fellow of Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford (UK); and an Affiliate Senior Researcher at Menzies Institute of Medical Research at the University of Tasmania (Australia).

Prof. Long’s research interests include labor economics and social insurance. His research outcomes have been published widely, including Asian Economic Journal; Asia Pacific Economic Literature; Development and Change; International Social Science Journal; and Social Science and Medicine.

Prof. Long was a member of the drafting team for the Vietnam’s Social Protection Strategy 2011-2020; a key member of taskforce and research group for reforming social assistance system in Vietnam 2017-2021 and social insurance reforms in 2017-2025 with a vision to 2050, both were under Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).

He earned a MA degree in public policy from Hitotsubashi University, Japan; a PhD degree in public policy from National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan.

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Dr Debanjan Banerjee
  • Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
  • Apollo Multispecialty Hospitals
  • India

Dr Debanjan Banerjee has completed his post-graduation in psychiatry and post-doctoral studies in geriatric psychiatry from the esteemed National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India. He has been in the Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS for over eight years. Currently he is affiliated with the Apollo Gleneagles Multispecialty Hospitals, Kolkata as a Consultant geriatric psychiatrist and is the Founder of AROGYAM, a mental wellbeing polyclinic in Hooghly, WB.

He is the Convenor, Early Career Psychiatry Section, SAARC Psychiatric Federation (SPF) and Vice-Chair, Public Advocacy and Awareness Committee, International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA). Dr Debanjan acts as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Psychosexual Health (SAGE) and Associate Editor, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications in indexed journals to his credit and is a regular columnist for several Indian dailies (New Indian Express, The Telegraph, The Quint, The Indian Express, etc.).

Dr Debanjan's research interests include social psychiatry, stigma, human rights in older persons, end-of-life care and qualitative research.