Mr. Greg Shaw
Director, International and Corporate Relations, International Federation on Ageing
Greg Shaw serves as Director of International and Corporate Relations for the International Federation on Ageing. Prior to joining the IFA, he held senior management positions within the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, working with residential and community aged care programs in Western Australia. His long career with the Australian government included management of the Compliance, Complaint, and Accountability section of the Department, and management of quality of care and certification programs in residential and community care services.
With a strong background in science and health administration, Mr. Shaw’s earlier work focused on policy development and program implementation supporting the aged care needs of rural northern Australian communities. An advocate for marginalized community groups in the 1990s, he worked with many Aboriginal and ethnic communities to establish specifically tailored aged care homes and community aged care services for these groups.
Since joining the IFA, Mr. Shaw has been responsible for the development of Building Capacity in Health Care Programs in Africa, worked closely with the South African Human Rights Commission to establish an older person’s forum in the country, and collaborated with the government of Mauritius to establish an Observatory on Ageing.
He represents the IFA at the United Nations, works closely with governments, and maintains the IFA’s elder abuse initiatives. These initiatives include the development of educational toolkits for youth, the convening of the 2011 International Forum on Sexual Safety of Older Women, and a high-level 2013 meeting to examine financial abuse of Canadian seniors.
He has worked with other civil society organizations on the Global Thematic Consultations on Population Dynamics, Post-2015 Development Agenda to ensure the needs of older people are recognized.
Ms Tarah McMaster
Manager, Conference and Events
Tarah McMaster joins the International Federation on Ageing with over 7 years experience in the world of event management. Most of her work in events has been spent in membership based NGO’s, where she has simultaneously organized up to 12 cross country events. Combined with her experience she holds a B.A from University of Western Ontario, a diploma from George Brown College in Special Event Planning and holds a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) designation.
Tarah started her career at Starlight Children’s Foundation where she worked as the Special Event Assistant and executed major fundraising events such as the 18th Annual Gala, and Tea and Tiaras. Her focus on both events was primarily in-kind donations, event administration and volunteer recruitment and management. Recently her past work has been in the Indigenous business sector where she was responsible for developing, planning and executing events such as annual galas, conference and tradeshows, educational workshops and networking events.
With a passion for all things event focused Tarah looks forward to working with new sponsor, exhibitors and presenters to host a memorable and flawlessly executed 14th Global Conference on Ageing.