Speakers

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  • Adela Balderas Cejudo
    Adela Balderas Cejudo
    University of Deusto, Spain; University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Robert E. Claar
    Robert E. Claar
    HekaBio K.K., Japan
  • Kevin Kester
    Kevin Kester
    Seoul National University, South Korea
  • Miriam Sang-Ah Park
    Miriam Sang-Ah Park
    Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
  • Bhanu Ranjan
    Bhanu Ranjan
    SP Jain School of Global Management, Singapore
  • Merril Silverstein
    Merril Silverstein
    Syracuse University, United States

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Adela Balderas Cejudo
University of Deusto, Spain; University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Biography

Dr Balderas is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford (UK). She holds a PhD in Business Administration and an Executive MBA from the University of Deusto (Spain). She also has a Master's in Marketing from the University of the Basque Country and a Master's in Professional Coaching. Her academic background includes training in Professional Coaching and Leadership from New York University, Stanford University, and Harvard University (USA). She has also gained expertise in Creativity and Innovation at Saint Martins College in London, UK.

A Professor at Deusto Business School at the University of Deusto and at the Basque Culinary Center, Adela is also a guest lecturer and collaborator at City Science MIT Media Lab and RCC Harvard (USA). She has also been a guest lecturer at several international universities, including the University of Oxford, Northumbria University (UK), Xiamen University (China), the University of Pennsylvania (USA), the University of Regensburg (Germany), the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), and the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (Switzerland). On a national level, she collaborates with several Spanish universities, including the University of Salamanca, the University of the Basque Country, and the University of Granada.

In addition to her academic roles, Adela is a consultant and speaker in the fields of management and leadership for both international and national companies. A mentor at the Imagine Creativity Center in Silicon Valley (USA), she is the author of the books Reinvent Your Leadership: 12 Keys to Managing Teams and Senior tourism: determinants, motivations and behaviour in a globalized and evolving market. Her publications and research interests cover leadership as well as tourism and well-being for the silver market.

Keynote Presentation (2024) | On People and Ageing: Opportunities in an Overlooked and Misunderstood Market Segment
Robert E. Claar
HekaBio K.K., Japan

Biography

Rob creates new businesses that address the unmet needs of patients, doctors, innovators, regulators, and payors. He is passionate about developing innovative solutions for access to Japan’s healthcare market.

Over three decades, Rob has founded, managed, and exited a number of healthcare businesses in Japan, Europe, and the United States, including Junicon, a global healthcare marketing research consultancy that developed Japan’s first comprehensive Key Opinion Leader (KOL) physician database and pioneered in-hospital observational research, and Vorpal Technologies, a regulatory consultancy that achieved the leading position in Japan for new category MedTech approvals.

He maintains a worldwide trust network with leading innovators in MedTech and Pharma through optimism, tenacious follow-through, and a spirit of collaboration.

Rob dedicates a part of his time to education and development as a Trustee of Yokohama International School and Board Chair of Hope International Development Agency Japan.

Keynote Presentation (2024) | TBA
Kevin Kester
Seoul National University, South Korea

Biography

Kevin Kester is Associate Professor of Comparative International Education and Peace/Development Studies at Seoul National University, South Korea. He is cross-appointed to the Interdisciplinary MA/PhD Program in Global Education Cooperation in the Department of Education; Interdisciplinary MA Program in Peace and Unification Studies in the College of Social Sciences; and the MA Program in International Development in the Graduate School of International Studies. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Hargeisa’s Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies in Somaliland and consultant to UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding in Seoul. He holds a PhD in Education and International Development from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. His research interests lie in the sociology and politics of education with a focus on the intersectional fields of comparative education, education and conflict, peace education, and global citizenship education. His most recent books are the Common Curriculum Guide for Peace Education in Northeast Asia (2023, UNESCO) and The United Nations and Higher Education: Peacebuilding, Social Justice and Global Cooperation for the 21st Century (2020, IAP). More on his background can be found here: https://kevinkester.weebly.com/

Keynote Presentation (2024) | Healing the Scars of War: Teaching for Peace through Higher Education in Divided and Conflict-Affected Contexts
Miriam Sang-Ah Park
Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom

Biography

Dr Miriam Sang-Ah Park is a Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom. She works as both a psychologist and researcher as well as the international lead for the School of Social Sciences. She obtained her PhD in cross-cultural psychology from Brunel University, United Kingdom, and her research has always had a focus on the significance of culture in shaping the daily lives, beliefs, and behaviours of people and groups around the world. More specifically, she has a keen interest in topics relating to psychological well-being and resilience, and she works closely with a group of ageing researchers establishing the concept and experience of positive ageing. She has taught classes on cultural and cross-cultural psychology, positive psychology, and research methods, and has won numerous awards for excellent teaching and scholarship. She has also served as an associate (and invited) editor for reputable journals, including the British Journal of Social Psychology. She is currently editing a special topic, ‘Improving Wellbeing through Positive Interpersonal and Intergroup Relations’, for Frontiers in Psychology. She has a recognised international research profile and has strong and global research collaborative networks.

Featured Presentation (2024) | Getting Old, Staying Young? Studying Older Adults’ Well-being
Bhanu Ranjan
SP Jain School of Global Management, Singapore

Biography

Dr Ranjan designed and currently leads a soft-skills program for the Master of Business Administration and the Executive-Master of Business Administration candidates at SP Jain School of Global Management, Singapore, crafting global business leaders equipped to lead in the new economy. She holds a PhD in Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Effectiveness and has over 20 years of experience helping individuals and teams with crisis management, negotiation, conflict resolution, management communication, personal branding, presentation skills, and emotional intelligence in the workplace. She is a highly sought-after speaker and actively volunteers for a variety of community-building initiatives, alongside her service as an officer in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAFVC).

Featured Presentation (2024) | Transforming Mental Healthcare While Harnessing Artificial Intelligence
Merril Silverstein
Syracuse University, United States

Biography

Merril Silverstein, PhD, is inaugural holder of the Marjorie Cantor Chair in Aging Studies at Syracuse University and serves as professor in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Human Development and Family Science. Professor Silverstein received his doctorate in Sociology from Columbia University, after which he served on the faculty of the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. In over 200 research publications, he has focused on ageing in the context of family life, with an emphasis on intergenerational relations over the life course and international-comparative perspectives. Professor Silverstein currently serves as principal investigator for the Longitudinal Study of Generations, which has collected data from the same families for over fifty years, and is co-originator of the Longitudinal Study of Older Adults in Anhui Province, China, now in its 20th year. Professor Silverstein is a Fellow of the Brookdale Foundation, the Fulbright Senior Scholars program, the Gerontological Society of America, and the James Martin School at Oxford University. Between 2010-2014, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. In 2019, he was awarded the Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award from the Section on Aging and the Life Course of the American Sociological Association.

Keynote Presentation (2024) | Filial Piety and its Discontents in Rural China: How Coresidence and Migration of Adult Children Shift Perceptions by Older Parents