Stephen is the co-founder of Aging2.0, a US-based global network of of 15,000 people in 60+ volunteer-run chapters in 20 countries focused on the ‘grand challenges’ of ageing. He is also the founder of Fordcastle, a UK-based consulting and advisory company focused on public-private innovation, in particular new models for local innovation ecosystems. Stephen is co-author of Growth Champions (Wiley, 2012) and an advisor to the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA), MySense.ai, Irvine Health Foundation, Sompo Holdings Inc and Music & Memory.  Stephen has an Economics degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.


Fiona is a long-time advocate for robust social change, particularly focused on working with marginalised and vulnerable communities. She has worked with civil and public services and civil society organisations internationally, across the UK and in Ireland, to create and manage the implementation of bespoke change interventions. Fiona’s specialisation is in participative practices, combined with creative strategic management. Previous roles include with the NI Youth Forum, Amnesty International, CAJ and the Irish Human Rights Commission.


Holder of a Ph.D in Sociology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, with a thesis on care in Alzheimer's disease. Between 2014 and 2015 she worked as a cultural mediator and researcher at Medialab Prado, where she developed a project on expertise in daily care practice. Since 2016 she has headed up this institution's Public Innovation Laboratory, a space that brings together multiple agents to rethink community life based on collaboration, experimentation and cooperation between social or public and institutional spheres.


Angélique Giacomini is a training and research manager for the Francophone Network of Age-Friendly Cities (FNAC), affiliated to the Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities of the World Health Organisation. She is leading a research work since 2015 that enables her to acquire theoretical
concepts and detailed knowledge about the Age-Friendly Cities processes implemented on the French territory.

In addition to her responsibilities of trainer in universities (such as in Science Po Paris, Lille or Besançon), she animates with Pierre-Olivier Lefebvre, Executive Director of the FNAFC, trainings devoted to a specific theme or more general ones headed to a varied audience (composed of elected representatives, mission managers, professionals, etc).

Thanks to her work of co-coordination of the publication of The Age-Friendly Essential – France, shared with Pierre-Olivier Lefebvre, she is able to link the academic visions about the ageing of the population with the field approaches led by the different territories involved in the Age-Friendly Cities Process.


I was born in Cambre in the summer of 1984. My memories begin in the nineties, a time when people played a lot on the street and watched the American box office hits of the previous decade on TV. Those movies rented on the videostore and cartoons back from that time form a set of references that I use to build my imaginary.

After finishing my studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Pontevedra, I felt that I had to live by what I have learned –in this case art. After going through failures, despite having won and been selected in numerous painting awards with the painting series "My friends and their dogs", I considered a change. The uncertainty of the contests and the waiting for the orders force me to think of another more stable way to make a living. In 2013, I open a painting academy preliminarily in the living room of my house. A year later, I move to a more appropriate space.

With the lessons, I break away from the world of contests and stop painting the series of dogs –to which I felt quite attached. It is at this moment of change when I thought about "Fenómenos do rural". A series of paintings in which I pay a more than deserved tribute to the woman of rural Galicia. This new universe of women with super powers brought me closer to the world of art galleries but also to the world of mural painting. The promoters of the urban art festival "Desordes Creativas" gave me the opportunity to create a mural painting with this theme. Thanks to them I have painted many Galician façades.

And here I find myself, painting murals in summer, teaching classes in winter, and about to launch a toy to the market for Christmas –an interactive sculpture that is directly related to "Fenómenos do rural".


I am a trained philosopher and have a Master's Degree in Managerial Action from the IESE. I have recently completed courses such as Socioecological Transformation of Urban Environments and Urban Innovation. I am the author of the article "There are no Smart Cities, just Smart Citizens", and have appeared as a speaker in the Participative sessions Particípolis I, in the NESI (New Economy and Social Innovation) Forum. Promoter of the myNeighbourhood movement, collaborator in the Social Innovation project Route Seven, and facilitator in community intervention processes.

Convinced that personal autonomy can only be achieved through community living, and that technology offers new scenarios of opportunity to bolster community relations, self-management and empowerment of citizens as active agents of their own history, I co-founded Wallonia Society and Technology, which we are using to develop the mySquare project, an app to promote community life in neighbourhoods and communities. This project was chosen as one of the 50 Best Digital Ideas of 2015 by the newspaper Expansión, the app was a finalist at the Ouishare Festival in 2017, and we have recently presented it at the Madrid Cities Forum.


Berta Cormenzana Izquierdo has a degree in Geography from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB, 2003). She holds a Master's Degree in Geographic Information Technologies (UAB, 2004) and a Postgraduate Degree in Geographic Information Systems and City Management (UPC, 2003).

She is currently the Urban Ecology Project Manager at Barcelona Urban Ecology Agency, ​​where she has worked since 2005. Her task involves defining, applying and evaluating new urban developments: Ecosystematic Urbanism. Technical coordinator of the superblocks programme. Her current research focuses on modelling and implementing instruments to organise and manage cities, for better understanding of how the urban system's constituent parts and support systems interact.


Alex Kalache is a physician and gerontologist, Co-President of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance and President of the International Longevity Centre Brazil (ILC-BR).

He holds a Master's Degree in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and a Ph.D in Epidemiology from Oxford University. Kalache founded the Epidemiology of Ageing Unit at University of London, where he created the first masterclass course in Health Promotion in Europe. Kalache directed the Department of Ageing and Life Course of the World Health Organization, where he set up the Active Ageing Political Framework in 2002, along with the Global Age-Friendly Cities Movement in 2007.

Both of these frameworks are known and applied internationally. Over a thousand initiatives around the world now include the age-friendly approach in public policies for cities, communities, states, districts, neighbourhoods, hospitals and primary care units, among others. Alexandre Kalache works as a consultant in a range of countries, advising both governments and intergovernmental organisations. He teaches at several universities in his home country and another five overseas, and is also an activist who is renowned for defending older people's rights around the world.




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