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(13 February 2017 - 31 December 2018)

Dr. Naohiro Ogawa was SSRC’s Holder of the Old-Age Financial Protection Chair (OAFPC). He is a professor at The Graduate School of Economics, The University of Tokyo and an Emeritus Professor at College of Economics, Nihon University. His ongoing project is on Asia’s Intergenerational Equity, Poverty Alleviation and Public Policy at Nihon University Population Research Institute which is funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). His other project is on Policies for Coping with Declining Fertility and Population Aging at the University of Tokyo, which is funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). He has completed several other projects funded by the Japan Medical Association, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Government of Japan and the International Development Research Centre.

He is a Member of the United Nations International Technical Advisory Board for the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. His research and consultancy revolve around demographic and social security, fertility, intergenerational transfers, population aging, and social protection, mainly in Asia. He has published several books and written extensively in academic journals.

(1 March 2014 - 31 March 2015)

Dr. Robert Holzmann was OAFPC’s Chairholder from 2012 to 2015. He is currently SSRC’s Distinguished Research Fellow.  Dr. Holzmann is a professor of economics at The University of Vienna, Austria. He is also the director of RH Institute for Economic Policy Analyses, Vienna and serves as Senior Advisor (consultant) to the World Bank.  He was previously a professor of economics at Harvard University (US), Oxford University (UK) and University of Saarland, Germany. He joined the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Germany as a Research Fellow in 2003 and created with Klaus Zimmermann, the Programme on “Employment and Development” for which he now serves as Chair of the Scientific Committee. He researches, teaches and consults internationally on pensions, financial literacy/capability, labour and migration issues.

He has served as advisor and director in various prominent organizations such as OECD and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he headed various departments which include Social Protection, Labor, Pensions and Financial Literacy. His research and operational involvement extend to all regions of the world. He has published more than thirty books and over 150 articles on social, fiscal and financial policy issues.

(1 July 2009 - 15 June 2010)

Dr. Sarah Harper was the first Chairholder of OAFPC at SSRC. She is a Professor of Gerontology and Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University. Dr. Harper serves on the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology. She chairs the UK government’s Foresight Review on Ageing Societies and is on the European Ageing Index Panel for the UNECE Population Unit. She is also the Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute. Throughout her academic career, Dr. Harper has combined academic research with external professional commitments. She has served as an advisor on demographic and population ageing issues among others, to the governments of Malaysia and Singapore, the European Commission, the Swedish Academy, the MacArthur Foundation, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and HSBC Plc.

She founded the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing funded by the US National Institutes of Health. Her current research is on demographic change which addresses the global and regional impact of falling fertility and increasing longevity with a particular interest in Asia and Africa.

Last Update: 04/04/2023