Contributors 2015 Dementia Forum X

Keynote address - H.M. Queen Silvia


In addition to her official duties as Queen of Sweden, Her Majesty has several other engagements. The Queen initiated the founding of the World Childhood Foundation, is the founder and Honorary Member of the International Mentor Foundation and actively works on behalf of the disabled and hearing impaired. The Queen also initiated the founding of Stiftelsen Silviahemmet after her mother Alice Sommerlath was diagnosed with dementia.

The Queen still chairs and actively works with Stiftelsen Silviahemmet to develop and improve the care for people with dementia and to help relatives and caregivers of people with dementia. In addition to caring for people with dementia Stiftelsen Silviahemmet now trains nurses, nursing assistants and doctors in dementia care together with Sophiahemmet and the Karolinska Institutet. Read her full speech here.

Opening contributor – H.E Ms Åsa Regnér

  • Organisation: Swedish Government
  • Position: Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality

Background: Åsa Regnér is a Swedish official and politician of the Social Democratic party. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (German, Spanish and history of art) from Stockholm University, a Master in democratic development from Uppsala University and has also studied political science, sociology and German literature at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität in Erlangen, Germany.

Regnér has extensive experience working with both politics and non-governmental organisations. She has previously worked as Country Director for UN Women in Bolivia, Secretary-General for RFSU, Director of Planning for the ministry of justice, and has worked as a political advisor at the Prime Minister’s office and on several occasions.

She has served as the Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality since October 2014.

Business – John Crawford

  • Organisation:  IBM
  • Position:  Healthcare Industry Leader, Europe

Background:  John has joint responsibility for the development of IBM’s Healthcare Business in Europe. He has an extensive experience of working with IT and has previously worked in the media sector as well as the finance and insurance industry. His work is currently focused on the effective use of IT to improve healthcare delivery (eHealth). He has made contributions to the world economic report on sustainable health care systems and has spoken at numerous conferences including MedTec Europe, World of Health IT and European Health Forum Gastein.

John is Vice President of the European Health Telematics Association, EHTEL, a mulit-disciplinary organisation focused on connected health, and he is also a member of the European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing

Society – Sarah Lenz Lock

  • Organisation:  American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
  • Position:  Senior Vice President for Policy

Background: 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. Working on behalf of PRI, Lock helps to develop AARP’s public policy positions to support and maintain AARP’s social mission. Lock’s first work with AARP began at Foundation Litigation to conduct health care impact litigation on behalf of older persons. Prior to AARP, Lock served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. Lock began her career as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives to Congressman Michael D. Barnes, working with the Federal Government Service Task Force, and subsequently at the law firm of Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn.

Research – Professor Bengt Winblad

  • Organisation: Karolinska Institutet
  • Position: MD, PhD, Professor of Geriatrics, Director Center for Alzheimer Research at Karolinska Institutet & Swedish Brain Power

Background: Bengt Winblad is professor of geriatrics at Karolinska Institutet and a pioneer within the dementia- and geriatric research community. His main research focus is on developing new pharmacological treatments for dementia. He is director for the Swedish Brain Power programme (a network of leading Swedish neuroscientists) and is part of the Dementia Forum X steering committee. Bengt has been a member of the Nobel Assembly for many years. He has received numerous awards for his work and has published over 1000 articles in gerontology, geriatrics and dementia research.

Finance – Ann-Charlotte Stjerna

    • Organisation:  Skandia
    • Position:  CEO

Background: Ann-Charlotte has served as CEO at Skandia Insurance Company Ltd (subsidiary of Skandia Group) since 2012. She is also a member of the board for Skandiabanken AB, Skandia Link Livforsikring A/S and Skandia Livforsikring A/S. Previously Ann-Charlotte was the Chief Risk Officer at Skandia, heading the Skandia Nordic Independent Compliance, Actuarial & Risk Control department.

Skandia is one of Sweden’s largest independent bank and insurance groups. They offer businesses and private customers financial security through insurance solutions and long-term savings and investments. On the 1st of January 2014 Skandia became a mutual, customer owned company. Since they are independent of large owners they can focus all their energy on creating security and a lasting value to their customers.

Care – Dr Franz Graf von Harnoncourt

    • Organisation:  Order of Malta, Germany
  • Position:  Director

Background: Dr. Franz Graf von Harnoncourt was born in Vienna, Austria. In 1985 he finished his medical studies in Graz, Austria and from 1986 to 2005 he worked at the hospital Elisabethinen in Linz, Austria, first as a doctor in surgery and vascular surgery and since 2001 as Medical Director. In 2006 he became managing director at Elisabeth von Thüringen Holding (with two hospitals and seven subsidiary enterprises).

From 2008 to 2011 he studied Health Science in Hall in Tirol, Austria. Since January 1, 2012. Dr. Franz Graf von Harnoncourt has been the managing director of the Order of Malta Germany within the field of medicine and nursing.

Moderator – Nisha Pillai

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Journalist and Moderator

Nisha Pillai is an accomplished former news presenter with BBC World News who now specialises in moderating Panel Discussions and High Level Dialogues. She has worked closely with several UN agencies, with scientific institutes such as CERN, and with industry events and conferences in the Finance, IT and Energy sectors. Nisha has worked extensively in the Nordic region, including hosting an event for the Swedish government examining the health effects of cannabis and for the Swedish Society of Medicine on Global Health Trends.

Nisha’s 25 year career at the BBC culminated as one of the main news anchors at BBC World News, where she reported extensively during the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq war. She was also one of the first regular interviewers on Hard Talk. As an award-winning investigative journalist at Panorama, the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Nisha had notable investigations to her name. She was awarded the Royal Television Society’s Award for her investigation into the late Robert Maxwell, which was broadcast a month before his death. Nisha cut her teeth as a financial journalist at the Investors Chronicle and on the BBC’s Money Programme. She read economics at the London School of Economics and was a graduate trainee at Schroders.