A global dialogue on dementia and an ageing society will be co-chaired by Professor Shekhar Saxena, Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health at Harvard and a member of the World Dementia Council, and Sarah Lock, Senior Vice President for Policy at AARP.

Wednesday 30 June 2021
06:00 PDT San Francisco | 08:00 CDT Chicago | 09:00 EDT New York | 14:00 BST London | 15:00 CEST Central Europe
Virtual meeting



ShekharProfessor Shekhar Saxena

Dr Shekhar Saxena is Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health at Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health. He is a psychiatrist by training and has worked previously at World Health Organization for 20 years including as the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Geneva from 2010 to 2018. His expertise includes providing advice and technical assistance to policy makers on prevention and management of mental, developmental, neurological and substance use disorders and suicide prevention.  He led the WHO team for adoption of the first ever Mental Health Action Plan by the World Health Assembly in 2013. He also led the adoption of WHO Action Plan on Public Health Response to Dementia and its implementation.

SarahSarah Lock

Sarah Lenz Lock is Senior Vice President for Policy in AARP’s Policy, Research and International Affairs (PRI) where she helps position AARP as a thought leader addressing the major issues facing older Americans. She leads AARP’s policy initiatives on brain health and care for people living with dementia, including serving as the Executive Director of the Global Council on Brain Health, an independent  collaborative of scientists, doctors and policy experts convened by AARP to provide trusted information on brain health. She coordinates AARP’s role in the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, and helps to ensure policy alignment within AARP.



Other dialogues in the series

To inform the dementia landscape report, the Council has hosted global dialogues for international dementia leaders focusing on key themes of research, care and prevention that were identified at the London dementia summit in 2013, as well as on additional key themes and new policy priorities that we have agreed to highlight in the report, including data sharing and dementia registries, and the impact of dementia on low- and middle-income countries. See more below.

  • Global dialogue on health systems readiness and dementia

    Wednesday 7 July 2021


    A global dialogue on dementia and health systems readiness on 7 July 2021 will gather international leaders to discuss this area of focus as part of the dementia landscape project. This dialogue will be led by Dr Margaret Hamburg, former Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration and member of the World Dementia Council, and Professor Howard Bergman, Professor of Family Medicine, Medicine (Geriatrics), and Oncology at McGill University.

  • Global dialogue on data sharing for dementia research

    Wednesday 9 June 2021


    Co-chaired by Dr Lara Mangravite and Dr Tetsu Maruyama, this global dialogue explored advances made and the challenges that remain in data sharing for dementia research. Presentations were given on introductory themes by Alzheimer Europe's Dr Angela Bradshaw, HRD UK's Professor Andrew Morris, and the NIA's Dr Suzana Petanceska.