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Keeping Asia's Ageing Population Healthy: The role of life-course immunization


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Join renowned speakers in public policy, planning as well as the life sciences industry in this virtual panel discussion.

Asia’s population is ageing. By 2050, 62% of Asia’s population will be made up of older adults – making Asia the oldest region in the world.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2021-2030 to be the Decade of Healthy Ageing, to improve the lives of older people, their families and. An equally important and complementary strategy is that of the World Health Organization’s Immunization Agenda 2030, to ensure that everyone, everywhere, at every age, fully benefits from vaccines to improve health and wellbeing – including older adults.

Despite the benefits of vaccination being widely recognised as one of the most effective and cost-saving public health interventions, life-course immunisation uptake rates remain low across Asia-Pacific.

In response, KPMG, the EU-ASEAN Business Council and Sanofi, with the support of the Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum have undertaken insight gathering activities across Southeast Asia on the topic of healthy ageing with the role of life-course immunisation. The findings will be announced and discussed at this virtual panel discussion.

Join renowned speakers in public policy and planning as well as from the life sciences industry as they discuss:

  • What the findings mean for healthy ageing and its related policies in the region
  • The barriers to life-course immunisation uptake, especially among older adults
  • Multi-sectorial interventions to raising the value and importance of life-course immunisation



Ministry of Health Singapore (tbc)


Janice Chia
Founder & Managing Director, Ageing Asia

Influenced by the changing needs of her elders, Janice was inspired to start Ageing Asia to drive and nurture opportunities and the development of innovation and solutions that address the evolving needs of the rising ageing population in the region. Having accumulated a vast experience from visiting over 400 residential and aged care homes from over 15 countries since starting her practice in 2009, Janice has been actively involved in consulting organisations seeking global best practices in housing, health and care models that can be translated for the Asian market. She has also been quoted regularly in the media, such as the BBC, on Asia Pacific business trends in ageing.
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John Jackson
President, Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum

John has qualifications in Pharmacy and Public Health and is engaged at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University, in Melbourne to develop enhanced roles for pharmacists in primary care. 

As President of the Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum and Chair of the Social and Administrative Section of the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations, John is involved throughout East, South East and South Asia in practice enhancement, particularly through the implementation of the Good Pharmacy Practice Guidelines. 

Ada Wong
Asia Public Affairs Lead, Sanofi


Ada Wong is currently with Sanofi as Asia Public Affairs Lead in driving public affairs strategy and implementation across Asia, particularly on life-course immunization, sustainable healthcare financing, healthy ageing and prevention.   Prior to joining Sanofi, Ada was Head of Public Affairs and Communications with FrieslandCampina, one of the world’s largest dairy companies, where she led the development and implementation of the Company’s public affairs and communications strategy across the region. She has over 20 years’ experience in public affairs and communications across Asia Pacific and is currently acting as the Chairman of the Healthcare Committee for EU-ASEAN Business Council to drive for greater collaboration between ASEAN members states and private sector. 

Chris Humphrey
Executive Director, EU-ASEAN Business Council

Chris Humphrey is a Business Development and Government Relations professional with more than 30 years of experience across the public and private sectors, and over 15 years experience in Asia.

Chris has been with the EU-ASEAN Business Council since 2014, and has overseen a 320% increase in the organisation’s membership, and has led its advocacy efforts across the ASEAN region. Chris also chairs the ASEAN Business Advisory Council’s Trade Facilitation Working Group.

Chris began his varied professional career as a UK Civil Servant where, amongst other things, he was a Private Secretary to a Minister and an Air Services Trade Negotiator covering the Asia Pacific Region.



Chris Hardesty
Head of Life Sciences, KPMG Singapore

As a member of KPMG's Global Healthcare & Life Sciences Centre of Excellence, Chris is presently based in Singapore looking after developments in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior postings have included Europe, US, and Brasil. With experience across a range of geographies and project types, his passion is public-private partnerships to drive innovate, safe, and economically-viable initiatives in the sector.  In addition, Chris engages in adjunct lecturing, research/writing, and start-up/fund advisory so as to be a steward of innovation acceleration across the healthcare ecosystem. 


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