Plenary 1 – Global Aspect of Dementia

Thursday 27thApril 2017 from 9:30–11:00



Marc Wortmann (UK)

Title of the presentation: Overview of Dementia Movement from Early 1980's–2017

Marc Wortmann is Executive Director of Alzheimer’s disease International (ADI). Marc studied Law and Art in the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands and was an entrepreneur in retail for 15 years. During this time Marc was a member of the Parliament of the Province of Utrecht and worked closely with various charities and voluntary organisations. He became Executive Director of Alzheimer Nederland in 2000. From 2002 to 2005 he chaired the Dutch

Fundraising Association and was Vice-President of the European Fundraising Association from 2004 to 2007. Marc became Executive Director of ADI in 2006.

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Kunio Takami (Japan)

Title of the presentation: Dementia Movement in Japan from 1980–2017

Kunio Takami is president of Alzheimer’s Association Japan.

He had worked for Kyoto Prefecture Government and had been a carer for his mother with dementia for eight years.He is a founding member of Alzheimer’s Association Japan and has been the president for 37 years since its establishment. He is a pioneer of the  movement of family carers of people with dementia and has been working to build the society where people with dementia and their families can live in safe and in peace.

He was awarded by the Social devotion foundation for his contribution in 2010. His book “ the bond is hope” has been encouraging the people with dementia and their carers since it published in 2011.


Prof. Kiyoshi Kurokawa (Japan)

Title of the presentation: Global Collaboration on Dementia

Kiyoshi Kurokawa, MD, is well known nationally and internationally in the fields of medicine, health, science, technology and innovation policies through his leadership in various positions; e.g. President of the Science Council of Japan (2003-06), Science Adviser to the Prime Ministers (06-08) and WHO Commissioner. He was a professor at UCLA School of Medicine, University of Tokyo and Dean of Tokai University School of Medicine. He is a chairman of Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI) and of Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT). He is a Professor Emeritus of the University Tokyo and a member of the World Dementia Council. He chaired the National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission. 



Plenary 2 – Equity and Access in Dementia Care

Thursday 27thApril 2017 from 11:30–13:00

Faizal Ibrahim

Dr. Faizal Ibrahim (Australia)

Title of the presentation: Dignity and Dementia

Dr Faizal Ibrahim moved to South Australia in 2010 after years of service for University Hospitals Birmingham, UK. He works as a Geriatrician with an interest in Dementia and Delirium at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Central Adelaide Local Health Network. His other roles include the Medical Director of Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Services SA and Clinical Associate - Hammond Care SBRT. Dr Ibrahim is also the lead clinician for South Australia – National Dementia Care in Hospitals Pilot Program and the co-lead champion for the AHSQHC Caring for Cognitive impairment campaign. He also chairs the Alzheimer’s Consumer Alliance SA. 

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Kate Swaffer (Australia)

Title of the presentation: Human Rights Perspective

Kate Swaffer is Chair, CEO and co-founder of Dementia Alliance International, a World Dementia Council member, a Board member of ADI and Chair of Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Advisory Committee. She is a PhD student at the University of Wollongong and has a Master’s of Science in Dementia Care. Kate is also living beyond a diagnosis of younger onset dementia. Human rights for dementia is a key focus for her. She featured in the Australian 100 Women of Influence (2016) list, and won the University of Wollongong Social Impact Alumni Award in 2016. She is also an author, humanitarian and activist for change in dementia care. After reaching finalist status last year; Kate has been awarded Australian of the Year, Southern Australia for her contribution to  improving the lived experiences for people with dementia. 

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Li Ling Ng (Singapore)

Dr Li–Ling Ng is a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist currently practising at the Department of Psychological Medicine, Changi General Hospital, Singapore. She received specialist training in the field of Psychogeriatrics in the UK. Since 1993, she has been the Vice–President of the Singapore Alzheimer’s Disease Association and has been involved in the regional Asia–Pacific Alzheimer’s Associations and Alzheimer’s Disease International. Dr Ng has played a key role in the development of dementia services in Singapore and is the current Chairperson of the National Dementia Network, which acts as a resource panel to advise the Ministry of Health on integrated care models and training. She is also the Project Director of the Community Psychogeriatric Programme in Changi General Hospital, a community mental health team for the elderly that focuses on community outreach and empowerment of eldercare agencies. She is also on the Advisory Boards of Peacehaven Nursing Home, which has the first dementia hostel in Singapore and O’Joy Care services, which specialises in counselling for the elderly. In recognition of her work and contributions to psychiatric services for older persons, Dr Ng was awarded the National Day Award of the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2010. 

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