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Expert Speaker Faculty


Jack York (Centennial, Colorado) founded It's Never 2 Late in the summer of 1999 after spending 14 years in Silicon Valley. He retired from that industry as vice-president of strategic sales for Vishay Intertechnology. In 1998, he began donating computers to assisted living centres in California with his other business partners. This endeavour became a labour of love, and the enthusiasm that the seniors showed in jumping into the computer world motivated him to establish It's Never 2 Late.  Jack speaks throughout the country, and internationally, on how adaptive technology should be accessible to all older adults in senior living communities. 

It's Never 2 Late specialises in constructing adaptive computer labs for older adults in all stages of life. Their unique combination of adaptive technology, plus ease of use software, allows individuals, regardless of any physical or cognitive disabilities, to be able to take advantage of the health and connectivity benefits of the Internet.  They have connected thousands of seniors to technology, working in nursing homes, assisted living communities, independent living communities and adult day programmes. They have set up over 1400 programmes in all 50 US states, Canada, Australia and Northern Ireland. Their work has been recognised by Fox News, National Public Radio and the Wall Street Journal, and multiple senior living publications.spilter

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Gerard Ee started his career as an accountant in 1974 and became a public accountant in 1978 until his retirement as a Partner of Ernst & Young in June 2005.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore.

Gerard has chaired a wide range of charities from juvenile rehabilitation centres to hospice. He is presently Chairman of the Public Transport Council, Changi General Hospital, Council for Third Age and several other public and civil organisations.

He is also currently a member of the Singapore Accounting Standards Council ("ASC") and serves on the main Council as well as in its sub-committees on Accounting Standards for Charities and Accounting Standards for Societies. He is ASC's nominee to the International Financial Reporting Standards Advisory Council.



Dr Mary Ann Tsao is the Chairman of the Tsao Foundation, a Singapore-based – but regionally oriented – not-for-profit operational foundation dedicated to aged care and ageing issues. Mary Ann is a frequent invited speaker at conferences and seminars on ageing, civil society and philanthropy both in Singapore and internationally

Most recently, she was one of three international experts invited to address the United Nation's 45th session of the Commission on Social Development to launch the fifth year review of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA+5). Over the past years, Mary Ann has served on numerous policy and technical committees in Singapore and internationally.

For her work on ageing in Singapore, she received the Public Service Medal in 2000 and Public Service Star in 2004.



A/P Kalyani Mehta is Head of the Master of Gerontology Programme at the School of Human Development and Social Services at SIM University. She is co-investigator of the University-funded research on "The Retirement and Re-Employment Act 2012: Prospective Study on its Effects on Older Workers' Well-Being." She was appointed Nominated Member of Parliament from 2007 - 09, and past President of the Gerontological Society and Singapore Association of Social Workers. Kalyani's research interests include policies related to ageing populations, gerontechnology, cultural and spiritual aspects of ageing. Internationally, Kalyani has served as consultant to United Nations, Asian Development Research Forum, and is currently advisor to the Asia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.



A/P David Wan is Head of the Human Resource Programme at the School of Human Development and Social Services at SIM University. He is Principal Investigator of the University-funded research on "The Retirement and Re-Employment Act 2012: Prospective Study on its Effects on Older Workers' Well-Being."

David is currently Honorary Secretary of the Singapore Human Resources Institute; external examiner for the Diploma in Employment Relations programme at the Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute; and external examiner for the Diploma of HRM with Psychology programme at Singapore Polytechnic.



Jeffrey Tan is an experienced theatre director, drama educator and community Arts Facilitator. He holds a Master of Arts (Drama and Theatre Education) from the University of Warwick. He has worked full time with The Theatre Practice (1977), lectured at LASALLE SIA (1999) and with TheatreWorks (S) Ltd (From 2002 - 2006). Jeffrey has also taught at the National Institute of Education and LASALLE College of the Arts.



Tong Yee started his career teaching General Paper at Nanyang Junior College. After setting up a successful community outreach programme to provide tuition for repeat students in Singapore, he co-founded School of Thought to continue to promote educational innovation and civic learning in both the private and public sector. School of Thought has since evolved to become The Thought Collective, a growing group of social enterprises that focus on building social and emotional capital in Singapore. The Thought Collective includes Think Tank Publishing, a publishing arm that specialises in information design and curation; Thinkscape, a learning experience company that specialises in building cultural and institutional narratives; Food for Thought, a socially conscious restaurant business; and Common Ground, a social innovation consultancy that seeks to design sustainable solutions for today's most pressing problems.

Tong Yee currently serves as one of the 3 directors of The Thought Collective. He aims to optimise the organisation's strong cross-sector networks to design a new way forward, allowing Singaporeans to think, live and serve as a community. Some of Tong Yee's present endeavours include leading a new prototype of family service centres, designing thought-provoking educational experiences through trail innovation, and initiating novel and compelling social movements in the hope of creating a more gracious and loving society



Ben Lightfoot is the CEO of McCann Worldgroup Singapore. With more than 18 years experience within advertising and communications, Ben has worked with many of the large Advertising Networks around the world including Ogilvy, Leo Burnett and Publicis.

Ben came to Singapore from New Zealand where he held the joint role of Executive Creative Director and Managing Director of the McCann NZ Office.

Ben has held senior roles in both creative and management across brand, retail, direct and digital. He has been internationally awarded, strategically and creatively in each of these disciplines


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Rick Koh Buck Song is the CEO of Integrative CSR Consulting. He specialises in consulting in corporate social responsibility, branding and communications strategy. He is a Policy Fellow of the International Longevity Centre Singapore that studies and promotes the well-being of older people, and is on the International Advisory Board of Global Medical Knowledge, a non-profit corporation in the USA promoting medical technology in Africa and the developing world. In the social sector, he has worked with organisations including the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, Harvard Singapore Foundation and Tsao Foundation. He is the author of Living With The End In Mind (2011), a study for the Lien Foundation on Singapore's environment for end-of-life care.

He holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in the USA, and has taught leadership as Adjunct Associate Professor for the Master in Public Management class at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. A former Straits Times columnist and supervisor, he is the author and editor of 21 books, including Brand Singapore: How Nation Branding Built Asia's Leading Global City (2011)



Kannan Chandran is the founder of E-Quill Media, which produces the award-winning magazine STORM. EQM also publishes SINGAPORE, the magazine of the Singapore International Foundation, and business books for INSEAD and the NUS Business School, among others. 

A journalist who started with The Straits Times in 1980, he has been a theatre, film and music critic. In the 1990s he was the Managing Editor of Magazines Incorporated which produced magazines like The Peak, and several publications for corporations like American Express, HSBC and Mercedes-Benz. As a journalist he has interviewed international celebrities and business leaders in various fields.

Kannan has been decorated by the government of Chile for his contributions to journalism. He was the President of the pro-tem committee that established Mensa Singapore. He has kept goal for St. Joseph's Institution and written songs for regional recording artists.

While his knees may beg to differ, he refuses to accept the fact that growing older slows you down.