The work of our global teams

WDC’s five global teams are meeting the dementia challenge in the areas of Finance; Integrated Drug Development; Research, Open Science and Big Data; Care; and Risk Reduction.

Each team is led by one of our members.

Our Members

The World Dementia Council (WDC) has 24 members working across six continents. WDC’s members attend WDC meetings, vote on key issues and chair or participate in WDC’s global teams. We currently have one vacancy for a member.
  •  Yves Joanette PhD, FCAHS, WDC
    Yves Joanette PhD, FCAHS
    WDC Chair
  • Raj Long
    Raj Long
    WDC Vice-Chair
  • Professor Ricardo F. Allegri, MD, PhD
    Professor Ricardo F. Allegri, MD, PhD
    WDC Member
  • Professor Philippe Amouyel - MD, PhD
    Professor Philippe Amouyel, MD, PhD
    WDC Member and Global Team Lead
  • Samantha Budd Haeberlein, PhD
    Samantha Budd Haeberlein, PhD
    WDC Member
  • Hilary Doxford
    Hilary Doxford
    WDC Member
  • Kiki Edwards
    Kiki Edwards
    WDC Member
  • Phyllis Ferrell
    Phyllis Ferrell
    WDC Member
  • Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg
    Margaret A. Hamburg, MD
    WDC Member
  • Paul Hogan
    Paul Hogan
    WDC Member
  • Jeremy Hughes
    Jeremy Hughes
    WDC Member and Trustee
  • Harry Johns
    Harry Johns
    WDC Member and Global Team Lead
  •  Kiyoshi Kurokawa, MD, PhD
    Kiyoshi Kurokawa, MD, PhD
    WDC Member
  • Chris Llewellyn
    Chris Llewellyn
    WDC Member and Global Team Lead
  • Tetsuyuki (Tetsu) Maruyama, PhD
    Tetsuyuki (Tetsu) Maruyama, PhD
    WDC Member
  • Professor Pierluigi Nicotera, PhD
    Professor Pierluigi Nicotera, PhD
    WDC Member
  • Meera Pattabiraman
    Meera Pattabiraman
    WDC Member and Trustee
  • Ronald C. Petersen, MD, PhD
    Ronald C. Petersen, MD, PhD
    WDC Member and Global Team Lead
  • Lisa Rometty
    Lisa Rometty
    WDC Member
  • Kusumadewi (DY) Suharya
    Kusumadewi (DY) Suharya
    WDC Member
  • Kate Swaffer
    Kate Swaffer
    WDC Member
  • Li-Yu Tang
    Li-Yu Tang
    WDC Member
  • George Vradenburg
    George Vradenburg
    WDC Member and Trustee
  • About Dementia

    Dementia is one of the most urgent health challenges facing the world today and is not solvable by any one country, organisation or individual alone. Prevalence rates are increasing globally, with populations ageing worldwide, and at a significant rate, including in low to middle income countries, where around 60% of all people with dementia live. The estimated increase in dementia prevalence in over 60 year olds is greatest in Africa and East Asia, i.e. in those countries which are the least able to cope. 

  • Our Work Priorities

    WDC’s current work priorities are to advocate for innovative and global finance models; favour integrated drug development; encourage open science collaborative research, including big data; stimulate adequate care for people living with dementia and their carers in countries across the world; and to facilitate the identification and dissemination of risk reduction strategies.