Influencing and Advocacy Manager, Age International
Ken Bluestone leads Age International’s influencing work on issues affecting older people in lower and middle income countries. This includes strengthening Age International’s knowledge-base on ageing and international development as well as building strategic alliances with key stakeholders worldwide. Age International is a subsidiary of Age UK and a partner to HelpAge International. They support programmes in over 40 developing countries to meet the needs of older people and to promote and protect their rights. His current priorities are: ensuring what replaces the Millennium Development Goals post-2015 takes the rights, needs and aspirations of older people into account; and strengthening the human rights of older people globally by working towards a UN convention on the rights of older persons. He has worked with a wide range of organisations over the past 20 years in the UK and internationally on issues including: human rights; multi-stakeholder dialogues on water and sanitation; HIV&AIDS; corporate social responsibility in the pharmaceutical sector; and food sovereignty. He worked with The Water Dialogues, ACORD, VSO, Progressio and The Andean Information Network. Mr. Bluestone sits on the Beyond 2015 Campaign’s UK Steering Committee and has been on the Boards of Interact Worldwide and the UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development. He studied Cultural Anthropology at Vassar College and has a Master’s degree in International Management from the School for International Training.