Gain insights on China in the launch edition of the Ageing Asia Webinar Series – Global implications of COVID-19 on the eldercare sector in Asia Pacific.
Mr Tony Wang, CEO, Watermark Senior Living China Limited, China
Watermark China is the exclusive operating platform of Watermark Retirement Communities, Inc. (“WRC”) in Greater China. Established in 1985, WRC is a premium senior living owner, developer and operator in the US. Tony co-founded Watermark China in 2014. During 2012-14, Tony was Managing Director of Belmont Village Senior Living Hong Kong (“BVHK”), a JV between M3 Capital Partners and Belmont Village in the US. During 2007-14, Tony also worked at M3 on real estate private equity. Prior to that, Tony worked for IBM and CNOOC in China. Tony holds a MASc in Building Engineering from Concordia University, a MS in Real Estate Development from MIT, and a BEng from Southwest Petroleum University in China.
Mr Gustav Strandall, CEO, Maihama Club. Co. Ltd, Japan
Gustav Strandell is the CEO at Maihama Club Nursing Home. Prior to that, Strandell was initially involved with the home’s operation as a consultant, giving advice about ways to give effective care to its residents and users before taking on the role of General Manager. Strandell first came to Japan in 1992 as an exchange student from Stockholm University to the Waseda Senior High School. In 1999, he pursued his Master’s Degree nursing home field studies in Sweden and Japan. Strandell also sits on the board of the Geriatric Research Institute in Japan, and Japan-Sweden Society. He has been featured in the media on several occasions like Asahi Shimbun, Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan Times and Nikkei Business FujiTV and NHK.
Ms Janice Chia, Founder & Managing Director, Ageing Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore
Influenced by the changing needs of her elders, Janice was inspired to start Ageing Asia to drive and nurture opportunities and the development of innovation and solutions that address the evolving needs of the rising ageing population in the region. Having accumulated a vast experience from visiting over 300 residential and aged care homes from over 15 countries since starting her practice in 2009, Janice has been actively involved in consulting organisations seeking global best practices in housing, health and care models that can be translated for the Asian market. She has also been quoted regularly in the media, such as the BBC, on Asia Pacific business trends in ageing. Janice has also launched several industry initiatives, including, ASPIRE55 Singapore – Asia’s first virtual retirement village, a wellbeing community that offers a combination of social, health and care services, but enables members to continue living in their existing homes.
Ageing Asia is an Ageing Market Consultancy Social Enterprise with the mission to change the way we age in Asia Pacific. We facilitate collaborations and strategic partnerships between CEO-level business, government and community leaders to access Asia Pacific’s US$3.3 trillion silver industry through a combination of in-depth industry research and networking with key decision makers in the business of ageing.
We also provide consulting to organisations seeking global best practices in housing, health and care models that can be translated for the Asian market place. Each event organised by Ageing Asia allocates at least 10% of the revenue to sponsor participants in not-for-profit sectors with free tickets and discounted rates to the events. Our charity initiative is the Art for Seniors Project that we developed to promote intergenerational bonding and interaction, and to brighten nursing homes through art.
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Gain insights on Taiwan (R.O.C) in the launch edition of the Ageing Asia Webinar Series – Global implications of COVID-19 on the eldercare sector in Asia Pacific.