Our Full Members

With 24 members across six continents, the WDC has a unique role to play in changing the course of dementia and supporting millions of people living with this devastating disease. The Council’s full members attend WDC meetings, vote on key issues and chair or participate in WDC global teams.

World Dementia Council Chair: Dr. Yves Joanette PhD, FCAHS

dr-yves-joanette Dr. Yves Joanette is Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aging. Yves is also a Professor of Cognitive Neurosciences and Aging for the Faculty of Medicine at the  Université de Montréal.




Vice-Chair: Raj Long

Raj Long is Senior Advisor – Integrated Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Raj has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.




Professor Ricardo F. Allegri, M.D., PhD

Professor Ricardo F. Allegri is Head of the Department of Cognitive Neurology, Neuropsychiatry and Neuropsychology and Director of the Aging and Memory Centre at the Neurological Research Institute Raúl Carrea (FLENI) in Buenos Aires.


philippe-amouyelProfessor Philippe Amouyel

Professor Philippe Amouyel is General Director of Fondation Plan Alzheimer. Philippe is trained in neurology and is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University Hospital of Lille, France.


    hilary-doxfordHilary Doxford

Hilary Doxford is Vice Chairperson of Alzheimer’s Europe and an Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador. Hilary was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 53 in December 2013.



kiki-edwardsKiki Edwards

Chief Kikelomo Laniyonu Edwards is the Director for Social Policy and Gender Equality in Nigeria for the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA). She is a UK Dementia Champion, a member of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), and the African Gerontological Society of Nigeria. Kiki works across Africa raising awareness of dementia.


adrian-gottschalkAdrian  Gottschalk

Senior Vice President, Neurodegeneration Therapeutic Area Head, he is an experienced leader in Biotech, interested in solving complex issues at the intersection of science, medicine and Business.


peggy-hamburgMargaret A. Hamburg M.D.

Margaret A. Hamburg (Peggy) is Foreign Secretary, National Academy of Medicine. Peggy is an internationally recognised leader in public health and medicine and is the former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).



paul-hoganPaul Hogan

Paul Hogan founded Home Instead Senior Care with his wife, Lori, in 1994. Today, the franchise network is the world’s leading provider of home care services for older people. Paul currently serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Ageing.



jeremy-hughesJeremy Hughes

Jeremy Hughes is Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society where he is leading the charity in its five year strategy ‘Delivering on Dementia 2012-17’, managing an annual budget in excess of £90m. Jeremy co-chairs the Dementia Friendly Communities Champions Group with top broadcaster Angela Rippon for the UK Prime Minister.




Harry Johns

Harry Johns is the President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, the leader in Alzheimer’s research, care and support.




dr-kurokowaDr Kiyoshi Kurokawa

Dr Kiyoshi Kurokawa is Professor of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and former Science Advisor to the Cabinet of Japan.




chris-llewellynChris Llewellyn

Chris Llewellyn is a Partner in McKinsey & Company, based in London. A surgeon by background, he has extensive knowledge and experience in healthcare. He is the Head of McKinsey’s Medical Products practice in EMEA and a leader in their Life Sciences R&D practice.


tetsu-maruyama Tetsu Maruyama

Tetsu Maruyama is the Chief Scientific Officer at Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF). Tetsu’s background is in Neuroscience.



prof-nicoteraProfessor Pierluigi Nicotera

Professor Pierluigi Nicotera is Scientific Director and Chairman of the Executive Board of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases. Pierluigi is a renowned scientist and leading international expert in the field of neuronal cell death.



meera-pattabiramanMeera Pattabiraman

Meera Pattabiraman is Chairperson of the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India. Meera has been working in the field of dementia care, management and advocacy for the past 17 years.





Ronald C. Petersen, PhD, M.D.

Dr Ronald C. Peterson directs the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. Ronald has authored over 800 peer-reviewed articles on memory disorders, aging and Alzheimer’s disease.


larry-renfroLarry Renfro

Larry Renfro is Chief Executive of Optum, UnitedHealth Group’s health services platform, overseeing OptumInsight, OptumHealth and Optum Rx.


david-a-ricksDavid A. Ricks

David A. Ricks is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Eli Lilly and Company. He previously led Lilly’s business operations in Canada, China, and the U.S.



dy-suharyaDY Suharya

Kusumadewi (DY) Suharya is the Founder and Executive Director of Alzheimer Indonesia, an NGO that works towards greater dementia awareness and risk reduction in Indonesia. DY has 20 years experience in public health, public private partnerships and communication.


Kate Swaffer Kate Swaffer

Kate Swaffer is Chair, CEO and Co-founder of Dementia Alliance International. Kate is an Honorary Associate Fellow with the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health at the University of Wollongong Australia, an author, advocate for people with dementia and an international speaker. Kate is also living beyond a diagnosis of younger-onset dementia.


li-yu-tang1Li-Yu Tang

Li-Yu Tang is Secretary General of the Taiwan Alzheimer’s Disease Association. Li-Yu has over 25 years experience in dementia research, practice and training.



george-vradenburgGeorge Vradenburg

George Vradenburg is Global CEO of Initiative on Alzheimer’s and USAgainstAlzheimer’s. He co-founded UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, a disruptive, entrepreneurial and highly-regarded US-based NGO committed to stopping Alzheimer’s by 2020.


Associate Members

Associate Members help to ensure the WDC’s agenda aligns with other important global dementia initiatives, providing the Council with important advice, guidance and intelligence. As they do not have full membership status, Associate Members don’t vote on issues such as the election of a new Chair or new members, or on governance issues.

Global Teams:


  • Age UK
  • European Commission
  • OECD
  • WHO
  • Young Leaders Network

Governments from the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • The Netherlands
  • The United Kingdom