Sophie Okolo, MPH

Sophie is the founder and chief editor of Global Health Aging. She is a science writer and researcher with bylines in Forbes, Inverse, PBS Next Avenue, Salon, and other outlets. A TEDMED 2020 Research Scholar, Sophie was selected for her expertise in health technology and bioinformatics. She has worked on various projects across the private and public sectors, from managing healthy aging portfolios to analyzing the impact of dementia on millennial caregivers. Her memberships include Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and the New York Academy of Medicine. An advocate for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics), she supports causes that improve women and minority representation. Connect with Sophie on Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, and her portfolio website.

Diana Patel, PhD

Dr. Patel is a postdoctoral research associate in the College of Public Health at Kent State University, focusing on maternal and child health and technology. She works on projects that investigate both the positive and negative impact of technology on health (including screen time, virtual reality and clinical health outcomes, and using machine learning to study social media posts about maternal and child health). Dr. Patel has an interest in studying health and well-being across the lifespan, with an emphasis on social support and social networks and the role they play in impacting health. She previously wrote for Global Health Aging, covering countries that include Australia, USA, Tasmania, and New Zealand. Connect with Dr. Patel on Instagram, Linkedin, and Twitter.

Emma Barrett Palmer, LLB, MSc

Emma is the founder of humanKINDER Ltd, a company whose mission is to amplify silenced voices for whole systems change using social innovation, creative research, and humanitarian design. She was a founding member, and lead at the first Social Innovation Lab in the UK government, where she curated the award-winning project called The Dementia Diaries. In 2019, the humanKINDER team was awarded a global design research prize by the European Academy of Design and South African Design Indaba for Recipes of HOPE using food as a catalyst to build community. She is writing a book that documents the food cooked and shared with displaced communities during a 16,000-mile journey across Europe in The Welcome Tent, an ex-army catering tent re-purposed for peace. Connect with Emma on LinkedinTwitter, and Instagram.

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