ADI Staff

Chief Executive Officer – Paola Barbarino

Paola leads on all aspects of ADI’s strategy. Together with the Board, Paola ensures our strategy is implemented and resourced in all aspects. Paola is ADI's main spokesperson and represents the organisation internationally and on the NCD Alliance board. She is a Board Member of the World Dementia Council, a Trustee of The Postal Museum and of Lauderdale House. Prior to ADI, she was CEO of LIFE and occupied senior positions with Cass Business School, Tate, British Library and IIED.

Previously she was a Non-Executive Director of the Non-Communicable Disease Alliance (NCDA), a Trustee of Shelter, the housing/homelessness charity, and of MLA London. She holds a degree cum laude in Classics from Federico II Napoli University, an MA in Field and Analytical Techniques in Archaeology and an MA in Library and Information Science both from University College London.

Policy, Communications and Publications Director and Deputy CEO – Chris Lynch

Chris is responsible for ADI's policy, communications and publications strategies alongside his position as Deputy CEO. Chris represents ADI at meetings and conferences, including at the WHO and UN.

Chris has over 25 years experience in communications, marketing, business development, policy, publications and events, working in the private, public and not for profit sectors. On the director team at Alzheimer Scotland, Chris had responsibility for Communications, External Affairs, Marketing, Membership, Events, International liaison and Digital strategy, plus key fundraising activity.

With a passion for digital communication and transformation, he became a Scottish Government Digital Champion in 2016. Chris has run his own marketing and business development consultancy, Future Marketing, as well as a successful hospitality business. His pro-bono work includes start up and third sector business advice.

General Manager – Michael Lefevre

Michael is in charge of ADI's finance, IT systems, projects, personnel and governance including financial reporting and planning.

Before joining ADI part time in 1998, Michael gained a degree in Maths and Computer Science from the University of Sussex and worked in roles in IT support, data analysis and financial administration. Michael has worked across a number of areas as ADI's team has grown and changed over the years.

Head of Events – Jane Cziborra

Jane is responsible for the organisation of all conferences and events throughout the year, including the ADI International Conference, regional conferences and the Alzheimer University programmes around the world.

Since starting at ADI in 2006, Jane has worked on an increasing number of ADI events, including the development of regional conferences alongside its annual international conference.  She is passionate about supporting the organisational development of ADI’s members through the organisation of ADI’s capacity building programmes, such as the Alzheimer University.

Previously working in the corporate sector, Jane was involved in the development and delivery of a Customer Relations Management system at Kodak Healthcare, and has also been employed in the French steel industry. Volunteering in Peru for nearly 6 months inspired Jane to change her direction and work in the not for profit sector. Whilst volunteering she learnt Spanish, which complements her degree in French and European Studies.

Research and Policy Project Lead – Wendy Weidner

As Research and Policy Project Lead for Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), Wendy leads on ADI’s participation in the STRiDE (Strengthening responses to dementia in developing countries) project in partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC), international university partners, and Alzheimer associations in seven countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Her role also includes being the focal point for ADI's research connections as well as working alongside ADI’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel.

Before joining ADI, Wendy was the Business Development Manager for Dementia UK, where she led nationally on developing Admiral Nurse services, working closely with commissioners and other care providers to design new services that provided holistic and family-centred dementia care, while also providing social return on investment. Wendy also headed up a Dementia Pilot Project that looked at the impact of reminiscing with people living with dementia. Wendy studied development economics and previously worked in project and service development and evaluation throughout Africa with the non-profit sector.

Head of Development – Nikki Bayliss

Nikki is responsible for leading ADI's fundraising, including managing relationships with key donors and partners. Nikki works closely with the rest of the team to support organisational development and achieve the objectives of ADI.

Nikki has 20 years experience of working in the voluntary sector, focusing on strategy development, fundraising, and capacity building. She has worked with a number of UK charities in the fields of international development, mental health, disability, welfare and heritage, including Sightsavers, Street Child, Prisoners Abroad, Scope and Samaritans. She holds a BA in English and Related Literature from the University of York and an MA in Cultural Theory from the University of Sussex.

Events and Office Coordinator – Katie Bingham

Katie works on events including the ADI conference, Alzheimer Universities, regional conferences and other meetings. Katie is also responsible for the day-to-day administration of the ADI office.

Katie graduated from the University of the West of England with a degree in Psychology, with mental health as her specialist subject. She briefly worked in corporate sector before moving to London and joining the ADI team.

Membership Manager and Membership Development Programme Lead – Laura Dabas

Laura is the Membership Manager and Membership Development Programme Lead at Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI). She is responsible for the support and development of ADI's existing and new members, including leading ADI's Alzheimer University programme and encouraging the development of new national Alzheimer's and dementia organisations.

She has lived in France, Spain, Australia and the UK, and has worked for various international membership organisations over the past 10 years - the European Financial Marketing & Management Association and the International Association for Lawyers in Paris, as well as the Institution of Civil Engineers and the International Project Finance Association (focusing on Africa & Middle East in particular) in London.

Communications and Policy Manager – Annie Bliss

Annie is Communications and Policy Manager at Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI). Annie manages ADI's communications portfolio, the World Alzheimer’s Month campaign, and ADI's policy engagement, including with the World Health Organisation.

Annie holds an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Warwick and a Master of Science in Health and International Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Before joining ADI, she worked for various NGOs in the field of public health and mental health in the UK, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Communications and Administration Assistant – Taylor Paatalo

Taylor assists, part time, with ADI's communications, social media and newsletter.

Regional Director, Americas Regional Office – Joost Martens

Joost works from El Salvador, as the Regional Director of the Americas including Caribbean, North, Central and South American countries. He is in charge of fostering collaboration among associations, strengthening their capabilities and developing new members in the region.

Joost Martens is an economist from the Netherlands, and has close to 30 years of experience working in Latin America and the Caribbean, in development and in humanitarian preparedness and assistance. Part of this has been with the United Nations system - ILO and UNHCR -, part as Regional Director of Oxfam Great Britain, and for the last 3 years as Regional Director of HelpAge International. He has experience of working with membership organisations, as CEO of Consumers International, with HelpAge and with others, thereby strengthening local organisations and articulating and consolidating regional networks.  

Regional Director, Asia Pacific Regional Office Kusumadewi (DY) Suharya

DY works from Indonesia, as the Regional Director of the Asia Pacific regional office, to foster collaboration among members, strengthening their capabilities and reaching out to non-member countries. She is also Founder of Alzheimer Indonesia, an NGO that works toward greater Dementia Alzheimer awareness and risk reduction in Indonesia.

DY holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Curtin University Perth, Australia, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Ohio State University, USA and a Diploma in English Literature from the University of Indonesia.

DY has more than 20 years of experience in public health, public private partnerships and communication, in the past, DY has worked as a Health Communication Consultant with the World Bank, WHO and UNICEF. DY’s mother was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia in 2009 and has been her source of inspiration in improving the quality life of people with dementia, caregivers and inter-generations since 2013. Her mother passed away in April 2017 but her legacy continues.

Finance Officer, Asia Pacific Regional Office – Irma Rachmatiah

Irma works part time from Indonesia, assisting with the financial administration of the Asia Pacific regional office.

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