“The world is going through two unprecedented shifts: the Longevity Revolution and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. They will impact every aspect of all of our lives. We now need to respond by creating an Education Revolution that places Life-long Learning at its core”.
Alexandre Kalache has been a leading pioneer in ageing issues for close to forty years in various roles: as academic, international civil servant and advocate. He was one of the very earliest voices to articulate the global nature of population ageing, together with the potentialities and the risks through inaction inherent within it. His contributions towards the shifting of the traditional paradigms in the field of ageing are widely acknowledged on the global stage.
Building on his initial medical career in Brazil, Alex spent more than thirty years studying and working in Europe and the USA; principally, London, Oxford, Granada, Geneva and New York. His post-graduate degrees, MSc in Social Medicine 1977 and PhD in Epidemiology 1993, were attained in the UK. From 1977 to 1984 he held the position of Clinical Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow (under the mentorship of Professor Sir Richard Doll) at Oxford University. He was the founder of the Epidemiology of Ageing Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (the foremost UK School of Public Health) where he also taught from 1984 to 1995. At the same institution he also conceived and coordinated the first ever European Masters Degree course in Health Promotion (1991).
From 1995 to 2008, Dr Kalache directed the World Health Organisation`s global programme on ageing based at WHO Headquarters in Geneva. Among many other enduring initiatives, he conceived and launched the WHO Active Ageing Policy Framework (2002) and the WHO Age-Friendly Cities project (2007).
In 2008, he relocated to the USA where he assumed a new position as Senior Policy Adviser on Global Ageing to the President at the New York Academy of Medicine. He simultaneously commenced the role of Global Ambassador for the London based HelpAge International, the largest and most influential world-wide civil society organization on ageing.
Dr Kalache has a long history of advocacy on the human rights of older persons. He is actively involved in the process toward the adoption of a United Nation`s Convention for the Rights of Older Persons. He has served as a Special Adviser to the Brazilian Secretary of Human Rights, the Brazilian Mission to the UN in New York in addition to the International Alliance of NGOs for the Rights of Older Persons.
Professor Kalache is the recipient of many lifetime achievement and contribution to medical science awards from numerous countries in addition to being listed among the 100 most-influential Brazilians. His most recent accolades are Emeritus Citizen, Rio de Janeiro Municipal Government (2013); Presidential Award of the International Federation of Ageing (IFA) (2012); the United Nation`s Lifetime Achievement Award (2011) and the Brazilian Presidential Medal of Merit (2010).
He currently serves on several distinguished Boards, including the World Economic Forum, the World Health Organization Advisory Board on Age Friendly Cities, and he chairs the Bradesco Seguros Consultancy Committee on Longevity.