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Expert view from the US

The Dignity Center has the pleasure of announcing that Alexandre Kalache, PhD, will be a keynote speaker at the Bergen conference in September. Dr Kalache appeared in Este Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people, and also appeared on BBC World America discussing ageing issues on a global scale.


Alexandre Kalache, PhD, former Head of the Ageing and Life Course Programs at the World Health Organization (WHO), was appointed as Senior Advisor to the US President on Global Ageing at The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) in May 2008. He represents NYAM on ageing issues, is establishing and enhancing international links, co-directing specific projects to adopt age-friendly approaches and is supporting NYAM’s efforts in mainstreaming ageing throughout its divisions.

Previously, Dr. Kalache served as founder and head of the Epidemiology of Ageing Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), where from 1984 to 1995 he launched a series of international short courses on the implications for Public Health of Population Ageing. These courses were replicated by several countries resulting in the establishment of a coordinated global network of researchers. While at the LSHTM, Dr. Kalache was also responsible for setting up the first European Masters of Science course on Health Promotion. The framework adopted for this initiative was used as the basis for development of the WHO Programme focusing on the healthy ageing/life course perspective.

Dr Kalache is also a proponent of Human Rights for Older People. As HelpAge International Global Ambassador on Ageing and Advisor to the Brazilian Mission to the UN in New York, he has been in the forefront of the development of the United Nations Convention on Rights of Older Persons.