Announcing the WSIS 2023 World Summit on the Information Society Forum: ICTs and Older Persons Track

May 8-12, 2023 / Geneva, Switzerland

The Global Coalition on Aging is excited to again be leading the special track on ICTs and Older Persons at the 2023 WSIS Forum in partnership with ITU.

Join us for this series of thought-provoking panels exploring how digital technology is transforming the future of aging and to learn more about how individuals and organizations can help lead this process by registering here.

The ICTs and Older Persons track will feature a new panel each day from May 8-12 at 8:00-9:00 AM EDT/14:00-15:00 CEST:

Monday, May 8 | How Tech is Defining Medical Innovation and Integrated Care

Michael Devoy, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Pharmacovigilance, Bayer

Mario Barbagallo, President, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, European Region (IAGG-ER)

Jian Yang, Vice President, Digital Health GMAO, Eli Lilly & Co

Eric Sutherland, Senior Health Economist, OECD

Alexandra Bhatti, Director, US Vaccine Public Policy, Merck


Tuesday, May 9 | Smart Homes Matter

Emily Allen, Director of Thought Leadership and Advocacy, Honor Home Instead

Kazumi Nishikawa, Director, Information Technology Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan

Keren Etkin, Gerontologist & Founder,

Philip Hogan, Chief Executive and Founder, Origin Care

Nick Wilson, Business Integration Leader, Ambulatory Monitoring and Diagnostics, Philips


Wednesday, May 10 | The Age Tech Revolution – the Investment Opportunity

Abby Miller Levy, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Primetime Partners

Kevin Crain, Head of Workplace Solutions Integration, Bank of America

Danielle Duplin, Founder, Executive Producer of Innovation Programs, AGENCY

Anthony Lambrou, Corporate Strategy and Digital Innovation Lead, Pfizer


Thursday, May 11 | Equity and Technology Across the Life Course – Readjusting Ageist Attitudes

Malik Afegbua, Visual Artist, Fashion Show for Elders

Meri Frischman, Founder, Pro-Age Woman

Charles Haddad, AVP, Global Digital Health, Eli Lilly & Company

Amal Abou Rafeh, Chief of Programming on Ageing Section, United Nations Office of Economics and Social Affairs


Friday, May 12 | Creating the New Urban Infrastructure that Supports Healthy Aging

Thiago Hérick de Sá, Senior Technical Officer, World Health Organization

Joseph Musgrave, CEO, Home and Community Care Ireland

Frans-Anton Vermast, Strategy Advisor & International Smart City Ambassador, Amsterdam

Brian Kennedy, Arts Consultant

Lois Privor-Dumm, Senior Advisor, Policy Advocacy & Communications and Director of Adult Immunization at the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), Johns Hopkins University

Register now! Upon completing the registration process, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to download calendar invites for each of your selected sessions. Sessions will also be streamed live from the WSIS Forum Facebook page.
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