Tomoki Ikai, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Primary Health Care, University of Fukui
Dr Ikai has been a professor at the University of Fukui since 2018. With his wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of community and primary care and a deep understanding of the healthcare at rural/ remote Japanese community, he has been passionate about developing the ideal medical collaboration among residents, government officials, and medical personnel across whole Japan. Currently, he is eager to achieve a community-based participatory research about social capital in Takahama town as a visiting scientist. To realize his goals, he has faithfully approached to the community with “Akahun-boya”, the official mascot character of Takahama, Fukui, and which has a role of symbolizing collaboration among residents, government officials, and medical personnel.
Miyae Yamakawa, PhD.
Associate professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University Nursing Epidemiology Research Unit Geriatric Nursing
Miyae Yamakawa is a director of the Japan Centre for Evidence Based Practice, the Affiliated Centre for Joanna Briggs Institutes, Associate professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University and also the specially appointed manager for clinical practice Asakayama General Hospital, Japan. Dr. Yamakawa was received the Ph.D in Nursing from Osaka University, Japan, in 2012.She is now associate professor of geriatric nursing of Osaka University. Her research interest includes dementia care and long-term care for elderly people, especially development of nursing skill for people with dementia in a dementia special care unit and constructing comprehensive community care for people with dementia and their families. These days she works for people with early onset dementia and their family in community settings.
Dr Kristina Mikkonen, PhD.
Health Sciences, Post-doctoral researcher at University of Oulu
Dr. Kristina Mikkonen is a post-doctoral researcher at the Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management at the University of Oulu in Finland.Her research focuses on competence in healthcare education and she has created extensive national and international research and educational partnerships. She coordinates major national and international research projects that address health and social care educators’ competence development (TerOpe-project),enhancement of mentor’s competence of nursing education (co-partner in QualMent-project), and implementation of a digital health module for higher education in health sciences (DHM-project).Kristina is highly motivated, committed to science, has high standards in work ethics and culture, and is a collaborative and goal-orientated young international researcher. She is the secretary of Finnish Association of Nursing Research.
Dr Theng Yin Leng
Acting Director, Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education.
Research Director for Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences President’s Office Professor, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
Dr. Theng Yin Leng is Professor, Acting Executive Director at the Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education, Nanyang Technological University.
She is also the Founding Director of the Centre of Healthy and Sustainable Cities (CHESS) at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, and Research Director at the Research Strategy and Coordination Unit (President’s Office), Nanyang Technological University (NTU, Singapore).
In the area of research, Professor Theng’s philosophy is about doing worthwhile, scientifically-based experimental Human-Computer Interaction in understanding users and their interactions, especially for Information Systems, in her earlier research on the World Wide Web and Digital Libraries, and with recent focus on interactive systems/devices for Healthcare and Education.
Her main research interest is to develop innovative tools, techniques, methods and models to assist in the design and evaluation of interactive systems/devices, making research relevant and impacting society.
Assoc Prof Lee Kheng Hock
Director (Education), SingHealth Community Hospitals
Director (Medical), Bright Vision Hospital
Senior Consultant, Family Medicine and Continuing Care, Singapore General Hospital
An ardent advocate for interdisciplinary and integrative care for patients, A/Prof Lee is passionate about developing new models of care to optimise patients’ recovery and enable patients to move seamlessly between the different care settings.
A/Prof Lee has previously worked for 10 years as a clinician leader in private group practice before returning to the public sector in 2006, and currently holds several appointments at SingHealth.
He is presently a Senior Consultant at the Singapore General Hospital specialising in Family Medicine and Continuing Care and over the years, A/Prof Lee has contributed to the transformation of Bright Vision Hospital from a nursing home with community hospital capabilities to a full-fledged community hospital with quality care outcomes as Medical Director.
With his wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of primary and community care and a deep understanding of the healthcare system across the care continuum, A/Prof Lee also recently took on a role at the newly established SingHealth Community Hospitals (SCH) as Director (Education), to help SCH realise its goal of becoming a training hub for the intermediate and long term care sector, and ensuring a steady pipeline of trainees.
Prof. Go TANAKA, MD, MPH, PhD
Director General of Health & Welfare Bureau at Hiroshima Prefecture
Prof Go TANAKA is also designated for Visiting Professor at Graduate School of Medicine, Hiroshima University, and Visiting Associate Professor at Osaka Univ. and at School of Public Health, Teikyo Univ.
He completed clinical fellowship in pediatrics at Okinawa Chubu Hospital from 1998, and in ER at Osaka Police Hospital. He joined Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in 2001 and has experienced a various field of public health career such as HIV/AIDS, Food Safety, Mental Health, National Hospitals Management and Perinatal & Emergency Medicine.
He was appointed as Director of Public Health Division at Gifu Prefecture from 2006, and Director of Medical Research and Business Development at National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry to 2011. Previously He joined WHO’s Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila as Partnership in Technical Cooperation from 2014 and Coordination Office on Emerging Infectious Diseases at Cabinet Secretariat as Councilor to 2017.
Prof Kalyani Kirtikar Mehta
Professor, Master and PhD of Gerontology Programmes, SR Nathan School of Human Development
Professor Kalyani Mehta was Head of the Master of Gerontology Programme at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (2011-18). She started the first PhD in Gerontology at SUSS in 2017.
Although most of her research is conducted in Singapore, she has extensive knowledge of the Asia Pacific region. Her numerous publications include books for example “Understanding and Counselling Older Persons”, “Ageing in Singapore: Service Needs and the State”, six edited books, and more than 45 papers in international journals on social gerontology and social work. Professor Mehta was Nominated Member of Singapore Parliament (NMP) (2007-2009) and during her term she spoke on ageing policies and services. Her research interests are older workers, grandparenthood, family caregiving, social policies related to retirement, and integrated health care planning for an ageing population.
She is currently Justice of the Peace, member of the Panel of Advisors to the Family Justice Courts under the Vulnerable Adults Act, and consultant to National Council of Social Service.
Mr Andrew Kwek
Managing Director Hovi Care (S) Pte Ltd
Andrew Kwek has a history of over 35 years in the finance industry as an investment banker and an asset management professional. Today he focuses attention on healthcare provider companies and seeks to support in matching them with investors and helping to develop their Asian aspirations.
In line with this, he is currently Managing Director of Hovi Care Pte Ltd, a senior activity based day care center located in Horsecity, Singapore. Hovi Care is an independent, family-run chain of elderly care service companies. It is operating already in a second generation, with six nursing homes in Finland and senior day care center, a Hovi Club, in Singapore. Hovi Care has its roots in Finland, where the first nursing home was founded already 30 years ago.