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AAIF Global - Panel Discussion: Building a new normal for Singapore's Ageing Population, Singapore

A talk by Mr Tan Kwang Cheak, Dr Mary Ann Tsao, Ms Janice Chia and Prof. John Wong
Agency for Integrated Care, Tsao Foundation, Ageing Asia Pte Ltd and National University of Singapore (NUS)

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Mr Tan Kwang Cheak

He started his career in the Singapore Public Service and spent more than a decade in the Singapore Administrative Service, serving the public sector in various appointments in the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Manpower and JTC Corporation. He subsequently joined McDonald’s Singapore where he was the Senior Director for Operations, Business Planning and Human Resources, before he became the Assistant Executive Director in the Singapore National Employers Federation. He was also the Director for Human Resources and Talent Development in MOH Holdings Pte Ltd, the holding company for the six public healthcare clusters in Singapore, and the Chief Human Resources Officer at NTUC Fairprice Cooperative Ltd in Singapore.

Dr Mary Ann Tsao

Mary Ann Tsao is the Chairperson and Founding Director of the Tsao Foundation, a Singapore- based - but regionally oriented - non-profit operational foundation dedicated to aged care and ageing issues. Previously, she was also its CEO and President. Tsao Foundation aims to address issues of population ageing, promote successful ageing and enhance well-being of older people at policy and practice levels by catalyzing constructive change. Dr. Tsao has also worked with numerous multilateral agencies, such as WHO Geneva office’s Ageing and Life Course unit, and has been a resource person and technical advisor to other UN agencies, such as UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific) and the ASEAN Secretariat. A member of a business family, Dr. Tsao is also involved with FBNA (Family Business Network Asia) as a Board Director as well as various family business and non-profit projects. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Tsao is a US trained physician with a public health background, specializing in community and primary care planning and social medicine. She has extensive experience working with disadvantaged communities in the US and Singapore.

Ms Janice Chia

Singaporean entrepreneur Janice Chia founded Ageing Asia Pte Ltd with the mission to drive innovation in the way future generations age, by engaging the business community to create better products and services that will enable healthy ageing, independent ageing and dignified ageing. Janice has accumulated her vast experience from visiting over 400 residential and aged care homes from over 15 countries. Since 2009, she has been actively involved in consulting organisations seeking global best practices in housing, health and care models that can be translated for the Asian market. Janice is also quoted regularly in the media, such as the BBC, on Asia Pacific business trends in ageing. The BBC interview clip can be viewed here - Influenced by the changing needs of her elderly relatives, and inspired by higher expectations in quality of life of the baby boomer generation, Janice firmly believes that social challenges of ageing can be transformed into economic opportunities for Asia. Her vision is to change the way we age in Asia Pacific, and move towards an ageing-at-home world where older adults age in better health, desire independence and aspire towards ageing with dignity. Ageing Asia is Asia’s first ageing market consultancy social enterprise that identifies trends and economic opportunities in the business of ageing in Asia Pacific. Specialising in strategic partnerships, market intelligence and industry training, Ageing Asia brings together business leaders, government and community leaders to access Asia Pacific’s US$3.3 trillion silver industry.

Prof. John Wong

Professor John Eu-Li Wong, Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences, is Senior Vice President (Health Innovation & Translation) at the National University of Singapore. A medical oncologist-haematologist, Prof Wong obtained his MBBS from NUS and did his residency and fellowship at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, where he was the Chief Resident in Medicine, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is actively involved in the development of Biomedical Sciences as a key pillar of Singapore's economy, as well as the development of Singapore's first academic health system linking the National University Hospital and NUS' medical, public health, dental, and nursing schools under one unified governance. Prof Wong represents Singapore in the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Association of Academic Health Centers – International. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Personalized and Precision Medicine, the Nature Index Panel of Senior Medical Advisors, the International Editorial Board of the American Journal of Medicine, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Medical Association. He jointly founded the Cancer Therapeutics Research Group, a multinational consortium of nine academic institutions, and has served as a member of the International Education Council for Molecular Targeted Therapy for Cancer, the American Society of Clinical Oncology International Affairs Committee, and the International Oncology Foundation Advisory Board. Prof Wong's research interests are in the development of new drugs, new treatment strategies and differences between Asian and Caucasian cancers. He was awarded the Degree of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2019; Singapore National Day Awards 2016 - Public Administration Medal (Gold); Singapore’s President’s Science & Technology Medal in 2014; the Outstanding Service Award from the National University of Singapore in 2013; recognised by the NUS Medical Society in 2011 for his contributions to medical student education; the Singapore Medical Association Lecturer in 2010; the Sass Foundation Award in conjunction with MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2010; the National Outstanding Clinician Award in 2009 by the Ministry of Health; the Singapore National Day Awards 2005 - Public Administration Medal (Silver); and a Special Letter of Commendation from the Singapore Armed Forces in 1983. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore, the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh and London, and the American College of Physicians. He was elected as an international member of the US National Academy of Medicine in 2019.

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