Online summit schedule (7th GAES)

  • Online Summit: 29-30 July 2022 (Live)
  • Physical Event: 5-7 August 2022 (Hall 5G, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre)


From Crisis to Changes 
Speaker Bio
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Senior Fellow, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Director of the Stanford Asia Health Policy Program, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
- Prof Marvin FORMOSA
Director, International Institute on Ageing, United Nations, Malta
Associate Professor in Gerontology, Department of Gerontology and Dementia Studies, University of Malta
Rector’s Delegate, University of the Third Age, Malta
Chairperson, Malta’s National Commission for Active Ageing
- Dr Adrian HAYTER
National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Person Centred Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement
- Dr Karoline SCHMID
Chief, Fertility and Population Ageing Section at Population Division, DESA, United Nations
- Ms Maira QAMAR
Policy Researcher, Our Hong Kong Foundation
- Prof Peter Yuen
Dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)
- Mr Herman Chan
Founder, Eldpathy


The advent of the Covid-19 pandemic has radically changed the way we live, work, and relate to others. Asian cities face huge challenges in meeting the diverse needs of their ageing populations, and urgently require new ideas and solutions. It is equally important to work on solutions that are sustainable and inclusive. The online Summit starts with an in-depth understanding of global trends in elderly health and social care. Let us learn from global leaders on the challenges and suggested changes for the society in the new normal.

Turning Silver into Gold - Smart Ageing Innovation in Singapore
Speaker Bio
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
- Associate Prof Lee Kheng Hock
Deputy CEO (Education and Community Partnership), SingHealth Community Hospitals
- Mr Sng Hock Lin
Chief, ActiveSG
- Mr Adrian TAN
Co-Founder and Chief Empathy Officer, SG Assist
- Associate Prof Carol MA Hok-ka
Associate Professor, Singapore University of Social Science
Senior Fellow, Centre for Experiential Learning, Singapore University of Social Sciences


By 2030, Singapore will experience a profound shift in its age demographics with the elderly population increasing by three times. This calls for a radical change in perspective and in action to reframe ageing. The Government launched an Action Plan to build “A Nation for All Ages” starting in 2015. It focused on creating opportunities for seniors to learn, volunteer, and live independently and healthily, well after retirement. Achieving these aspirations is only possible through a whole-society, citizen-centric effort that brings together everyone to turn silver into gold. Leaders and professionals from the public and social sectors will share about their efforts in promoting successful ageing in Singapore.

Smart Ageing Innovation: Paving the way for the Super-aged Hong Kong from a Japanese Perspective
Speaker Bio
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
- Mr Keiji Fujimoto
Group Strategic Director, Shun Hing Group
- Mr Paul Ho
Leader, Lixil Water Technology HK, LWT Greater China
- Mr Ye Tian
- Ms Stephanie Law
Managing Director of Culture Homes and Forward Living


In 2006, Japan was the first country to become the world’s first super-aged society (with 20% of its population aged 65 years old and above). Hong Kong has just become super-aged in 2021. The concept of smart aging has immersed into Japan’s healthcare and society, and continues to make transformation and impact to Japanese citizens’ lives. In this session, together with speakers from Shun Hing, WHILL and Lixil, we will explore the future of aging with these leading companies as their innovative foresight, philosophies and solutions do not only contribute and make a difference to the ageing society in Japan, but also to Hong Kong’s ageing population.

Is Asia Ready for the 100-year Life?
Speaker Bio
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
- Prof DU Peng
Director of the Institute of Gerontology, Renmin University of China
- Dr Justina LIU Yat-wa
Director, Centre for Gerontological Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Research Theme Leader, Ageing and Health Research Theme, School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Prof Gabriella MARCON
Associate Professor, Neurology, University of Trieste and Udine, Italy
- Dr Takeo OGAWA
Founder and the first president, Active Aging Consortium in Asia Pacific
Emeritus Professor, Yamaguchi University, Yamaguchi, Japan
Emeritus Professor, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
Representative, Voluntary Association Asian Aging Business Center
Head, Laboratory of Geriatric Epidemiology, Mario Negri Institute of Pharmacological Research, Italy
- Prof Teresa TSIEN
Adjunct Professor, Department of Social Science, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
Visiting Professor, Respati University of Indonesia
Honorary Consultant, Institute of Active Ageing and Smart Ageing Hub, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Due to medical science, technology, better nutrition, and advances in sanitation and public health, the average person’s lifespan today can reasonably expect 20 to 30 more years than their parents. Life expectancies in developed and developing countries are increasing, with the UN predicting the number of centenarians worldwide will rise to 573,000 in 2022. By 2050, nearly 60% of the world’s older people will be living in Asia. Is Asia ready for this seismic shift for the dramatic growth of centenarians? Issues and challenges such as new definitions of old, how to grow old, health care, family structures, urban design, financial sustainability, housing, technology, silver market, social policy and services, etc. will need to be addressed. In this session, experts from Japan, Italy and Hong Kong (homes to some of the highest percentage of centenarians) will share their new visions and perspectives in responding to the above challenges.

Nurturing Professionals in Long-term Care
Speaker Bio
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
- Ms Ada CHENG
CEO, Australian Nursing Home Foundation
Director, NIHR, UK
- Dr Carmen NG
General Manager (Elderly Services), Hong Kong Housing Society


With increased longevity and weakening of informal care, demand for long-term care (LTC) services, both residential and community care, will continue to surge in Hong Kong and other parts of the world. However, most cities are facing a manpower shortage for LTC, and this problem has become more acute under the pandemic. This session will explore innovative solutions to nurturing and empowering LTC professionals.

Ageing Innovation in Greater China
Speaker Bio
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
- Mr LIN Chin-Li
President, Taiwan Self-Reliance Care Professional Development Association
- Mr Tony WANG
CEO, Watermark Senior Living China Limited (“Watermark China”)
- Dr Kevin YANG
CEO, DreamVok
Founder, 5% Design Action
Co-founder, Service Design Network Taiwan Chapter
Executive V.P., Asia Pacific Service Design Association
Supervisor, Taiwan Elderly Care Industry Association
- Prof ZHOU Yan-min
Professor, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University
Class 1 Registered Architect, PRC


Self-reliance support is a social movement. The golden age generation of post-war baby boomers has a strong mindset on independent living and arrangements for their old age, which has also led to changes in service providers. In this session, we invite forerunners and leaders of self-reliance support and smart ageing innovation in Taiwan, as well as an operator of new senior housing in Mainland China to explore ways to provide timely elderly services in the Greater China Region.