In 2012 Professor Alexandre Kalache became the first President of the newly-created ILC-Brazil in his birth city of Rio de Janeiro. ILC-Brazil is an autonomous think tank which is part of a multinational consortium of fourteen such centres.
Dr Kalache is a specialist in age-related issues. Specifically, his expertise is in the epidemiology of ageing & the life-course, inter-sectoral policy development (including age-friendly initiatives), health promotion, old-age care, human rights and migration within the context of ageing as well as the more general cultural complexities of the world-wide longevity revolution.
Dr Kalache has been a leading pioneer in ageing issues for close to forty years in various roles: as academic, international civil servant and advocate. His was one of the very earliest voices to articulate the global nature of population ageing, together with the potentialities and the risks through inaction inherent within it. His contributions toward the shifting of the traditional paradigms in the field of ageing are widely acknowledged on the global stage.
Building on his initial medical career in Brazil, Kalache spent more than thirty years studying and working in Europe and the USA; principally, London, Oxford, Granada, Geneva and New York. His post-graduate degrees, MSc in Social Medicine 1977 and PhD in Epidemiology 1993, were attained in the UK. From 1977 to 1984 he held the position of Clinical Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow (under the mentorship of Professor Sir Richard Doll) at Oxford University. He was the founder of the Epidemiology of Ageing Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (the foremost UK School of Public Health) where he also taught from 1984 to 1995. At the same institution he also conceived and coordinated the first ever European Masters Degree course in Health Promotion (1991).
From 1995 to 2008 Dr Kalache directed the World Health Organisation’s global programme on ageing in Geneva. Among many other enduring initiatives, he conceived and launched the WHO Active Ageing Policy Framework (2002) and the WHO Age-Friendly Cities project (2007) .
In 2008 he relocated to the USA where he assumed a new position as Senior Policy Adviser on Global Ageing to the President at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). He simultaneously commenced the role of Global Ambassador for the London based HelpAge International the largest and most influential worldwide civil society organization on ageing.
Dr Kalache has a long history of advocacy on the human rights of older persons. He is actively involved in the process toward the adoption of a United Nation’s Convention for the Rights of Older Persons. He has served as a Special Adviser to the Brazilian Secretary of Human Rights, Brazilian Mission to the UN in New York in addition to the International Alliance of NGOs for the Rights of Older Persons.
Professor Kalache is the recipient of many lifetime achievement and contribution to medical science awards from numerous countries in addition to being listed among the 100 most-influential Brazilians. His most recent accolades are Emeritus Citizen, Rio de Janeiro Municipal Government (2013); Presidential Award of the International Federation of Ageing (IFA) (2012); the United Nation’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2011) and the Brazilian Presidential Medal of Merit (2010)