About Us

Dafina Grapci-Penney

Co-Founder and Trustee

Jim Mellon

Co-Founder and Trustee

Andrew 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 Scott

Co-founder

Andrew Scott is Professor of Economics and former Deputy Dean at London Business School.  He is also a Fellow of All Souls, Oxford University and the Centre for Economic Policy Research. He previously held lecturing positions at Harvard University, London School of Economics and Oxford University. 

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.