John Beard

Director, Ageing and Life Course Programme, World Health Organization

John Beard is Director of the Department of Ageing and Life Course with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. He works with the global community to meet the challenges, and to maximise the benefits, associated with the rapid ageing of their populations. WHO has identified ageing as one of its priority areas of work for the period 2014/2019, and John leads a “whole of Organization” response that draws on the extensive capacity of the Organization’s many Departments, Regions, and Country Offices. He is the current chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Ageing. Mr. Beard is an Australian physician and has held a range of senior public health and academic roles in Australia and the USA. He has published widely in the international literature and remains actively involved in several large international research studies on ageing.