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Sarah Harper

Oxford, UK
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Global thought leader on the demographics of the 21st century

Founder and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, the world’s first institute dedicated to global population ageing

Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain

“Sarah Harper spoke brilliantly and her topic was fascinating. She went down really well.”
Global Asset Management Firm

Professor Sarah Harper is one of the world’s leading authorities on global demographic trends and their economic, political and social impact.

In April 2017 Professor Harper was announced as the new Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, with the target of growing their collaborations within the science community and across all sectors and to strengthen their impact on a national and international scale.

She is Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford, Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing and Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College. Sarah’s research addresses demographic change with a particular interest in Europe, Asia and Africa.

In 2016 Sarah published How Population Change Will Transform Our World (OUP), in which she argues that changing population structures will present one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century.

She serves on the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, which advises the Prime Minister on the scientific evidence for strategic policies and frameworks. She currently chairs the UK government Foresight Review on Ageing Populations, and serves on the Academy of Medical Sciences Health of the Population 2040 Review.

Following her doctoral work in population studies at Oxford, Sarah trained with the BBC as a News and Current Affairs Reporter and Producer, working in both TV and Radio for BBC News and BBC NewsNight.

Sarah served as Advisor to the Malaysian Government, Advisor to the Singapore Government’s Third Age Council and as a Specialist Advisor for the European Commission Demographic Change Programme. Sarah is a frequent speaker at academic, corporate and public events, many internationally. Alongside keynotes at academic conferences, Sarah has spoken at World Economic Forums in China and Australia, presented various TED and TED linked talks, and has extensive experience of speaking at corporate conferences.  Sarah’s latest book, How Population Change will Transform Our World, is published by OUP.

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"A regular commentator on television and radio, Sarah is also widely quoted in publications such as the Economist and Scientific American. Her latest TED talk is fascinating on how the changing size and profile of the world’s population will change the way we consume, use resources, co-habit and organise our societies."

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