Deb is a gerontologist researcher. Her focus is on how to optimize our 21st century gift of extended lives. At present, a pervasive poverty of low expectations surrounds ageing. We have a unique opportunity to make choices about how we want to live these longer lives.. She believes we can puncture this inertia and overhaul the decision making process during the midlife transition. This goes hand in hand with fully acknowledging our intergenerational co-dependencies and building upon them. Deb is on deck to to bring Encore Fellows UK to life as Intergen Lead. She is also the Intergen Design Leader for The Age of No Retirement, an affiliate director for the Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship, a research fellow for the Bio Centre on Ethics and the UK lead for a UN task force on women in tech.
Co-founder and CEO, Julia Randell-Khan, is an enthusiastic encore career advocate. Finding no road map for her own transition from a long-term career in the legal field into the next phase of life, Julia decided to create one. She set up a forum, Women in Transition, for women at 50+ to share transition experiences and explore new opportunities. Her interest in later life transition led Julia to Encore.org, the leading non-profit in the encore movement, and their tremendous resources for encore careers. She is now a Senior Fellow with Encore.org helping to build global and cross-cultural connections. She combines this with her fellowship at Stanford University’s Center on Longevity. Julia co-founded Encore Fellows UK to offer experienced workers at 50+ a pathway to encore careers in the social sector.
Chair, Andrew Scott, professor of economics at London Business School, has co-authored the global best seller, The 100 Year Life – Living and Working in an Age of Longevity. It outlines how longer lives mean longer working careers and a re-shaping of the life course. He believes that ideas shape the world around us but that talking is not enough and that we need to act urgently as social pioneers so that society can reap the amazing benefits that longevity can offer us an an individual and social level. Through Encore Fellows he thinks companies can take an important first step in helping us adjust and make the most of longer lives.
Koy trained as an ecologist. A chance phone-call took him away from ordaining as a Buddhist forest monk (Koy is half Thai), to a life joyously chasing rare monkeys through rainforest and marvelling at arctic permafrost. His frontline experience of the social, economic and political causes of ecological destruction, propelled Koy into a lifetime of human rights and environmental activism – seeing disadvantaged farmers, women and the marginalised as leading the solutions, not being the problem. Koy has held leadership positions in a number of world class charities – campaigning, policy think tanks, and human rights, and has served on numerous national and international not-for-profit boards. Koy has worked at the United Nations, in remote villages torn by war, and from the artic to the tropics.Serendipity brought Julia, Andrew and Marc Freedman across his path. Koy sees life transitions and intergenerational wisdom as being the issue of our age, irrespective of how old we are. This is where the love, depth and quality to resolve the toughest challenges comes from.
Laura Walker is an American from Monterey, California with a background in marketing and project coordination for the US Air Force in Okinawa, Japan and the MIT Center for Finance and Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her most recently role was in Economics administration for the London Business School. Laura has a masters in marketing and bachelors in business administration from University of San Francisco.
Marek held senior people-focused and IT roles at Lloyds Banking Group for over 27 years. While at Lloyds, Marek founded a 3000 strong capability network for experienced colleagues, aligned to the Encore ideals, resulting in a Finalist Award for Championing an Ageing Workforce from Business In the Community. Marek also served on a Business Taskforce for Older Workers led by Baroness Ros Altmann. Marek is excited about the possibilities offered by the proven Encore Fellows Model to benefit individuals, charities and the social responsibility profile of organisations. Since leaving Lloyds, Marek has established himself as a Mid Life Coach, helping people plan their future work, wellbeing and wealth.