Our Mission

longer, healthier lives

The Longevity Forum is a not-for-profit initiative committed to achieving longer, healthier and more fulfilled lives for as many people as possible. We believe that, if managed correctly, increased longevity presents a wonderful human opportunity.

our approach

Unlocking the longevity dividend will require multi-disciplinary collaboration and a radical rethink of how we approach all of life and not just the end of life.

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What makes us different

WE FOCUS ON EARLY CHANGE

To benefit from increased longevity, we advocate change from an early state stage of life. Our focus on the whole of lifespan is complementary to many valuable existing initiatives which focus on ageing and end of life.

WE ENGAGE

We engage all stakeholders with the power to influence change – key opinion leaders from the worlds of policy, business, science, academia and civil society – and provide them with a platform for debate and action.

WE COLLABORATE

Unlocking the longevity dividend will require multi-disciplinary collaboration and a radical rethink of how we approach all of life and not just the end of life.

Why Now?

A step change in life expectancy, which is already underway and is being driven by both scientific and technological progress, will have vast implications for individuals, governments and society as a whole. To ensure that increases in longevity benefit all of society, a true public and private partnership is required to drive change and create solutions needed to equip us for this new reality.

We actively engage with public and private sector stakeholders. Please contact us to discuss how your organisation can get involved with the Forum. 

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“There are few issues more important than the challenges facing individuals and society as we age and this conference  tackled the issue in a very lively and stimulating way.”

David Willetts

Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation

“An enjoyable way to discuss one of the greatest challenges of our time, with some of the best brains.”

Camilla Cavendish

Contributing Editor, Financial Times; author "Extra Time: Ten Lessons for an Ageing World"

“I learned more from the sessions than at any conference I have attended in the past few years.”

Andy Haldane

Chief Economist, Bank of England

“This is an ideal vehicle for researchers, practitioners and investors to hear of the latest concepts in aging research. The presentations were not only relevant but thought provoking and the networking event a terrific way to meet like minded individuals.”

Declan Doogan

Chairman & Director, Biohaven

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About Us

Dafina Grapci-Penney

Co-Founder and Trustee

Jim Mellon

Co-Founder and Trustee

Andrew J Scott

Co-Founder

Laura Walker

Programme Director

Julia Randell Khan

Fellow at the Stanford University Center on Longevity

Dafina Grapci-Penney

Trustee

Dafina Grapci-Penney is a Co-Founder and Trustee of The Longevity Forum. She is a Managing Director at Greentarget, a communications consultancy advising global financial institutions and corporates. Dafina works with firms operating at the cutting edge of finance and technology on their communications strategies with a wide range of stakeholders. She has a deep understanding of global drivers and macro trends that influence how businesses operate and prepare for the future.

Dafina is particularly interested in the trends shaping the future of humanity and the role that technology, businesses and policy can play to influence positive outcomes for individuals and the society. On behalf of the Longevity Forum, Dafina works

to develop global partnerships with a wide range of external stakeholders, including financial institutions and corporates, governments, public policy bodies and foundations with a view to helping shape the agenda of the Forum and amplifying its mission.

Dafina began her career in communications with NATO’s peacekeeping operation in the Balkans, followed by roles in the financial practice of Weber Shandwick, a global public relations firm.

Jim Mellon

Co-founder

Jim Mellon is a British entrepreneur and investor with a wide range of interests. Through his private investment company, Burnbrae Group, he has substantial real estate holdings in Germany and the Isle of Man, as well as holdings in private and public companies.

Andrew J Scott

Co-founder

Andrew J Scott is a Professor of Economics at London Business School and a consulting scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Longevity. Through multi-award-winning research, writing and teaching, his pioneering work and ideas inform a global understanding of the profound shifts reshaping our world and impacting us all, and envision the actions needed for us to flourish individually and as a society. Board member and advisor to a range of corporates and governments, he is co-founder of The Longevity Forum, an organisation aimed at achieving healthier longer lives, and member of the Cabinet Office Honours Committee (Science and Technology).

Claire Mellon

Trustee

Claire Mellon is a renowned London based Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with over 25 years experience in her field who established Miss Claire Mellon & Associates. She graduated from University of Glasgow in 1988 (MBCHB) and became a fully qualified member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2001. She had originally trained as a GP in Australia, but returned to Britain to pursue a career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Anthony Chow

CFO

Anthony commenced his career at ANZ Banking Group Ltd in Sydney, Australia where he worked as an analyst for four years in the corporate banking, leveraged finance and private equity teams.

In 2007, Anthony moved to London to provide services to Burnbrae, where he was responsible for a broad range of tasks including deal structuring, equity research, portfolio construction, risk management and facilitating trades in a wide range of financial instruments.

Laura Walker

Programme Director

Laura Walker is an American from Monterey, California with a background in marketing and project coordination for the US Air Force in Okinawa, Japan, the MIT Center for Finance and Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Economics administration at London Business School.  Laura is also involved with Encore Fellows UK as the media lead.

Julia Randell-Khan

Senior Adviser

Julia Randell-Khan is a Fellow at the Stanford University Center on Longevity. Julia is from the UK and in 2017 was a partner fellow at the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute. As part of this program, Julia is a Senior Fellow at Encore.org, an organization which taps the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world. Julia works on developing Encore’s global strategy and building the movement internationally.