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Date: 14 October 2020
Time: 15:00-16:30 GMT+7
Venue: Virtual Zoom meeting

This is the first of our webinar series co-organised by Asian Development Bank (ADB), ESCAP and HelpAge International. The objective of the webinar, taking Asia’s population ageing into consideration, is to strengthen clarity and consensus about the priority steps governments can take to reduce inequality.

Moderator: Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary, ESCAP

Video presenter and think-piece author: Dr. David E. Bloom, Professor of Economics and Demography, Harvard University, T.H. Chan School of Public Health


  • Dr. Sania Nishtar, Founder, Heartfile; Chair, Poverty Alleviation Coordination Council and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Program, Government of Pakistan; Co-chair, WHO High-Level Independent Commission on Non-communicable diseases
  • Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Senior Adviser, Khazanah Research Institute, former member of Malaysian Economic Council; former UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development; former Assistant Director-General and Coordinator for Economic and Social Development, UN FAO.

The structure of the 90-minute session is as follows:


Download the webinar flyer and concept note.


The research paper titled Population Aging and Economic Polarization in Asiawas conducted as part of this webinar. This essay makes four points about the interplay of population ageing and economic inequality among low- and middle-income countries in Asia. It’s written by David E. Bloom, Maddalena Ferranna and Benjamin Seligman of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health VA Boston Healthcare System & Harvard Medical School. Download a copy.

The webinar recording is available here.



*Event prepared with support from ADB TA 9111: Strengthening Developing Member Countries’ Capacity in Elderly Care, which is financed by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction and Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund.