Global Coalition on Aging  

GCOA Advisory Council

Baroness Sally Greengross, GCOA Advisory Council Chair
Member, UK House of Lords
President, International Longevity Center - UK

Baroness Sally Greengross has been a crossbench (independent) member of the House of Lords since 2000 and co-chairs five All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Dementia, Corporate Social Responsibility, Intergenerational Futures, Continence Care and Ageing and Older People. She is the Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Choice at the End of Life, and is Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities. She is Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre – UK; Co-President of the ILC Global Alliance; and was a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2006-12.

She is an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society, SilverLine and HelpAge International and is a member of several advisory boards including Home Instead’s Global Strategy Council; Fujitsu’s Responsible Business Board; and BlackRock Retirement Institute’s Advisory Council. She is President of the Pensions Policy Institute and the Association of Retirement Housing Managers; Honorary Vice President of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, a Vice President of the Local Government Association and Honorary Fellow of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries.

Baroness Greengross holds honorary doctorates from eight UK universities. Her work on aging has been recognized by the UN Committee on Ageing and she received an outstanding achievement award from the British Society of Gerontology as well a British Geriatric Society Medal. 

Sabina Brennan, PhD
Director, NEIL Programme, Trinity College Dublin
Sabina Brennan is passionate about addressing the challenge of age-related and disease induced cognitive decline and is committed to increasing the societal impact of aging research.  Her specific research interests are in understanding differential decline in cognitive aging, the early detection of cognitive decline and the development of interventions to prevent decline.  Sabina is a principal investigator at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and assistant research professor at the School of Psychology TCD.  She also leads a number of projects aimed at promoting brain health ( and addressing fears about memory loss and dementia (

Joseph F. Coughlin
Founder and Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab

Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D. is founder and Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. His research examines how aging, social trends and technology will shape future innovations in business and government. His current projects examine older adult and caregiver adoption of technology-enabled services and how framing and social networks influence health & wealth decision-making across the lifespan.  A Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Coughlin teaches policy and systems innovation and has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications and reports. He has advised numerous governments, the World Economic Forum, and the OECD. Dr. Coughlin works extensively with leading companies around the world translating insights in aging, consumer behavior and technology into business innovation.

Nicholas Eberstadt, PhD
Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute

Nicholas Eberstadt is the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington DC, and is Senior Adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) in Seattle, WA. He is a noted commentator and researcher in the areas of demographics, foreign aid, poverty, economic development and development policy, infant mortality and health disparities in the United States, and health and mortality (including HIV/AIDS) in foreign nations.  With special expertise on Korea, East Asia, and Russia and other former Soviet republics, Dr. Eberstadt regularly consults for governmental and international organizations, including the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. State Department, USAID, and World Bank.

Paul H. Irving
Chairman, Center for the Future of Aging

Paul H. Irving is Chairman of the new Center for the Future of Aging, previously serving as president and a member of the board of the Milken Institute. At Milken, he led global programs on public health, and his work to improve aging societies has been featured in outlets such as PBS Newshour, Forbes, CBS, NBC, CNN, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. His book, "The Upside of Aging - How Long Life is Changing the World of Health, Work, Innovation, Policy, and Purpose," was recently published by John Wiley & Sons.  Irving is a member of the boards of East West Bancorp, and Operation Hope, the Dean's Council of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, the Board of Counselors of the USC Davis School of Gerontology, the Advisory Board of the Stanford University Distinguished Careers Institute, and the National Advisory Board on Aging of Partners for Livable CommunitiesSons.

Nathan Vytialingam
Dean, Perdana University School of Occupational Therapy

Nathan Vytialingam is an occupational therapist who has been in practice for the last 40 years. He graduated from the British College of Occupational Therapists in 1976 and pursued his post-graduate studies in Australia, obtaining his post-graduate Diploma in Health Sciences in1983 and Masters in Applied Science (Health) in1984 under a Kellogg Fellowship. He has worked in London, Singapore, Australia and Malaysia in areas of rehabilitation specializing in Physical Rehabilitation. His area of interest is in orthopedic and geriatric medicine. He was instrumental in organizing 1st World Congress on Healthy Ageing in 2012 and the 1st Asia Pacific Congress in Occupational Therapy in 1995 in Kuala Lumpur.  Currently, he is the Dean of the Perdana University School of Occupational Therapy (PUScOT). He has written 5 chapters in the book “Caring for the Elderly”, which is to be published soon.

Ninie Wang
Founder and CEO, Pinetree Care Group

In 2004, Ninie Wang founded Pinetree, focusing on business model innovation, professional service and talent development in providing home healthcare services for the aging population. She has published various papers on the long-term care service model, has participated in the drafting of various senior care industry standards and policy papers, and was a co-researcher of the continuous healthcare model together with top academic and medical institutions in China as well as internationally. She is Council Member of the China Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, China Social Welfare Service Standard Committee Member as well as Member of Presidium for National Union of Long-term Care, and was elected as Standing Director of China Association for Life Care in 2011. In 2013, she was elected Deputy Director of Elderly Health Service and Long-term Care Association, China Geriatric Care Research Center. In January 2014, she became National Senior Service Industry Advisory Committee Member. Most recently, she joined the Expert Team of WHO-China Biennial Collaborative Projects 2016-2017, Research Project on the Current Situation of Integration of Health Care with Social Services for Older People and Strategies for Promotion. Ms. Wang is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. In 2014 she was awarded “Excellent Young Scholar” by China Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. She is also a Fellow of the China Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Yanqiu Yu, PhD
Vice-Secretary, Chinese Committee of Aging
Director, Department of Pathophysiology, China Medical University

Yanqiu Yu is currently Head of the Department of Pathophysiology at the China Medical University. She is also the Vice Secretary of the Chinese Science Committee of Aging & Anti-aging, a board member of the China Society for Pathophysiology, the Vice President of Liaoning Province Association of Tissue Regeneration Medicine & Translational Medicine, and the Vice President & General of the Liaoning Province Association of Pathophysiology. Her current research activities focus on the microenvironment of the stem cell regulation mechanism, and stem cell anti-aging clinical application. Professor Yu finished her medical training at the China Medical University in 1992. After completing her PhD studies in 2003, she carried out her research at Cologne University, Germany from 2003-2004, and at Tokyo University in 2005.