Co-chair of Heales (Healthy Life Extension Society), the largest non-profit organization in Continental Europe promoting and advocating scientific research into longevity and biogerontology. Vice-president of the French association AFT-Technoprog, that aims to spread the themes and questions related to technologies that could extend and enhance the lives of individuals and of humankind. Author of the book “Et si on arrêtait de vieillir! Réalité, enjeux et perspectives d’une vie en bonne santé beaucoup plus longue” (french). Active member of environmental movements for more than 20 years. Key vision: communicating.
Maria is currently Director of Outreach for the SENS Research Foundation (https://www.sens.org/about-us/staff/) co-founded by Dr. Aubrey de Grey. She’s been part of SRF since its founding days and before that, with Methuselah Foundation (co-founded by Dave Gobel and Aubrey de Grey).
She is a science and technology communicator and one of the leading voices in the field of Longevity. Her passion and strong involvement in science and technology, combined with her skills in Public Relations and networking, positioned her as one of the main connectors in the field, in charge of building new critical relationships, spreading the word about the mission and driving donations. She is also a singer, actress, composer, journalist and pilot.
Maria is a radical-change believer and spends her multifaceted life working on facilitating disruptive change to help the world. You can find her giving a scientific talk, singing live for thousands of people, composing and acting for a Hollywood film, doing music journalism, or flying an airplane -but her main goal in life is to make sure one day aging doesn’t mean to get sick.
Maria also sits on the Boards of the Coalition for Radical Life Extension, California Transhumanist Party and Lifeboat Foundation. She is also a member of The Three Hundred.
She’s also an author. Some of her publications are:
“Cryopreservation of a Human Brain and Its Experimental Correlate in Rats” DOI: 10.1089/rej.2019.2245
“To Age or Not to Age”, an essay in The Transhumanism Handbook, Published by Springer.
Maria is happily married to Gary Abramson.
Edouard has been a Founding Member of the International Longevity Alliance, and then served as an ILA Board Member on behalf of French NGO “Longevite&Sante”. Former epidemiology and biology of aging researcher at UCLA,the Pasteur Institute and Inserm, then life actuary specialised in biometric risks. President of the French branch (“Longévité Santé”). Member of Heales (Healthy Life Extension Society), European NGO based in Brussels. Strong supporter of GRG and Longecity. Co-author of a book called “Longevity Risk”. Key vision: mouse lifespan tests and human statistics to find out what prolongs life and health.
Edouard organized and worked as Head of R&D/Innovation in AXA Global Life, which provided grants to many researchers studying aging.
Edouard prioritized mouse lifespan testing within ILA, and founded the Major Mouse Testing Program. As a result he helped to organize the first mouse studies in MMTP. (In 2015 Steve Hill assumed leadership of the MMTP and with his team successfully crowdfunded a large research project in collaboration with Dr.Alexandra Stolzing at Leipzig University).
Daria has been a Founding Member and a Board Member of the International Longevity Alliance (as a Chair of the Board of the Russian Regional Russian NGO “Council for Public Health and Demography”). She specialized on working with governments and advocacy, but also coordinates activities
She received Ph.D. in anthropology, and after a few years of academic career I gradually moved into the area of public health advocacy, including anti-liquor and anti-tobacco control in Russia and internationally. I am co-chair of the Russian Coalition for Tobacco Control and Russian Coalition of Alcohol Control.
She currently works at promoting regulation beneficial for biomedical R&D, especially in the area of curing and preventing pathologies of aging. Daria is currently a coordinator of “Healthy Longevity” segment of the Russian National Technological Initiative. She was a major driving force in promoting this initiative to ensure governmental funding for R&D in the area of longevity, which resulted in the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation.
She also works at promoting longevity research at the World Health Organization structures, including the changes to ICD11. The proposal developed her and a group of colleagues is under review at the WHO.
Ilia Stambler (Israel, Rishon Lezion), PhD, is Director of Research and Development at Shmuel Harofe Geriatric Medical Center in Beer Yaakov, Israel (Affiliated to Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University); Chief Science Officer of “Vetek” (Seniority) – the Movement for Longevity and Quality of Life (Israel) and a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Science, Technology and Society, Bar Ilan University, Israel, where he received his PhD. His research has focused on the historical and social implications of aging and life extension research. He is also involved in mathematical modeling of aging and aging-related diseases (https://ec.europa.eu/eip/ageing/commitments-tracker/a3/quantified-longevity-guide-qlg_en). He is the author of the books A History of Life-extensionism in the Twentieth Century and Longevity Promotion: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (www.longevityhistory.com). He is actively involved in advocacy for aging and longevity research (www.longevityforall.org), and is chairman of the Israeli Longevity Alliance (http://www.longevityisrael.org/) and executive committee member of the International Society on Aging and Disease (http://www.isoad.org/). His papers have appeared in Progress in Neurobiology, Aging and Disease, Cancer Detection and Prevention, Rejuvenation Research, Current Aging Science, Global Aging, Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, Frontiers in Genetics, Geroscience, and other journals.
Alexander is the founder of “Gesellschaft für Gesundes Altern und Prävention” and one of the first members of Heales. He is also a member of the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Alterungsforschung”. Trained in Law, he worked for a short time at Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer LLP, then at some renown think-tanks before joining the staff of the European Parliament. In Brussels he focussed on the Active and Healthy Ageing through Europe initiative – achieving two more healthy years of life expectancy for every European citizen. At RWTH Aachen University, he coordinated the Profile Area – Medical Science & Technology and the activities for the European Institute for Innovation and Technology Health. Alexander is also active in politics, as city councillor and member of a regional parliament.
Martin Lipovšek, MPhil, is a Slovenian philosopher who is specializing in ethical and other philosophical questions concerning healthy life extension. In 2017 he established the Slovenian Society for Vital Life Extension. Since the beginning he is the president of the society. Its activities are organization of conferences, connecting people, public promotion of healthy longevity and small scientific studies. At the moment Martin Lipovšek is preparing philosophy PhD with the title: Transhuman Longevity and the Problem of Procrastination against the Background of Existential Decisions.
Walt is an active participant, leader, founder, volunteer or early investor in a number of longevity-related organizations, including The SENS Foundation, Heales, Yuvan Research, DataBETA Research Study, Austin Biotec, Oisin Biotechnologies, Repair Biotechnologies, Demonpore (aka: Molecular Reality), VivaFina, the American Longevity Alliance, and the ‘Younging’ project led by Vince Giuliano. Creator of the SleeProne system for prone rest, and the Ziesta face pillow, and primary author of two biomedical patents. He was in the original cohort of Intervene Immune’s TRIIM (Thymus Regeneration, Immunorestoration and Insulin Mitigation) trials to regrow the thymus, and (pending) in Dr. Dobri Kiprov’s TPE (Therapeutic Plasma Exchange) trials.
Now retired as a hired employee, Walt earned an MSEE, and worked four decades in industry, mostly as a biomedical engineer, especially focused on failure analysis, product development, quality assurance, regulatory support, manufacturing, etc. He has helped rear eight foster children, in addition to his natural son, and spent decades as a political activist, bee keeper, and cultivator of unusual fruits.
Former Board Members
Founder of H+Ukraine, core-developer of the open-source scientific research platform Denigma, initiator of the joint SENS Foundation and Kiev Institute of Gerontology (Ukraine) crowdfunding project “I am a little mouse”, aimed to test several geroprotectors in mice. Specialist in programming, data visualization, semancit web, and networking. Key-vision: doing, learning-by-doing, teaching to the crowd, and crowd-sourcing
Founder and President of IFS (India Future Society), a non-profit organization in India promoting and advocating scientific research in future technology and longevity. Active researcher in the field of brain-machine interface. Key vision: there is always a way.
I was born in Russia, in 1943.
I have two diplomas: the medical doctor diploma from Astrachan State Medical University (1966), and lawyer diploma from Kazakh National University after Al-Farabi (1974). I have got also degree Candidate of Medical Sciences (1989).
I worked as the Minister of Health of Kazakhstan (1987-1990), Member of Parliament of Kazakhstan (1987-1993), Member of Legistrature Council of Almaty city (2000-2012). Nowadays, I work as a Senior Lecturer at Kazakh National Medical University.
I have been the President of National Coalition “The smoke free Kazakhstan” for 13 years, Chair NGO “Committee of Public Health of Medeu district of Almaty (since 2015), which joined ILA as a federated member. This NGO has many branches around the district, we work with volunteer of healthy life extension as well as ordinary people.
I have got three sons, two grandchildren and the pug Ray.
Jaba is a CEO at the Georgia Longevity Alliance, and a long term proponent of longevity. His credo is “Without life, we have nothing. We need eternal youth. And a immortality!”. Jaba is a biogerontologist, and he currently leads fundamental and clinical research on aging.
Longevity… and health! That is why biology of aging has all its sense. Organiser, technologist, transhumanist thinker, David was an active member of Technoprog! Aside, David also has a deep knowledge of legal aspects for organisations and funding. Key vision: think far to build now. Sadly, he died in 2017.
Adrian has been a Founding Member and a Board Member of the International Longevity Alliance. He has helped setup a robust IT platform and has been accompanying numerous projects for healthy life extension. Adrian is undertaking studies in philosophy and theology.
Complex Biological Systems Alliance. CEO at BioViva USA, Inc.
President of the Biogerontology Research Foundation (BGRF), a UK-based charity founded to support ageing research and address the challenges of a rapidly ageing population. Avi is an Oxford-based biomedical scientist and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Advancing Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI) at the University of Oxford, and at the Institute for Translational Medicine at the University of Buckingham (BITM). Lastly, Avi is a longstanding champion of the public dissemination of science, and has organised over 370 talks, chaired 8 conferences and hosted 28 Nobel Prize winners. Recently, Avi launched the Big Data Science in Medicine Conference series (the first of its kind in Europe) and the Longevity Reporter, which has rapidly become the premier source for news about health and longevity.
Paul Spiegel is a thought leader, an international speaker and a longtime activist in the fields of longevity and transhumanism. He is a board member of the Life Extension Advocacy Foundation, the American Longevity Alliance and Humanity Plus, and is a former board member of the International Longevity Alliance. He is a legal advisor to the U.S. Transhumanist Party the Lifeboat Foundation and the Brain Preservation Foundation, he is a member of Health Extension and carboncopies.org and he provides legal counsel for many longevity-related and transhumanist enterprises.
Paul is an attorney specializing in longevity biomedicine and has counseled and consulted for the longevity community since 2006. His San Francisco firm, Eclectic Law, provides general counsel services to startups and established companies in biotechnology, longevity medicine and other fields. He is founder of Libertas Biomedical, LLC, which seeks friendly offshore venues for companies to promote longevity research and treatment with greater freedom than is allowed in the United States or the European Union. As of October, 2019, he will serve the Republic of San Marino as Honorary Consul for California and three other Southwestern states.
Paul graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979, from Berkeley Law School in 1983, attended Harvard Law School, the University of Paris, Sorbonne, International Christian University in Tokyo and speaks 5 languages, including English, French, Spanish and Italian. Trained in international business law, he worked on Wall Street, on Montgomery Street and in Tokyo before entering private practice in San Francisco. Long an advocate of progressive ideas and legal causes, he has focused on longevity, transhumanism, regenerative medicine and the biology of aging.
Initiator of open-source scientific research platform Denigma. Specialist in biochemistry, biology, molecular medicine, genomics, programming and networking. Currently Daniel worked at the SENS Research Foundation in California. Key vision: deciphering aging using existing knowledge and the digital intelligence.
Boards prior to the creation of the ILA structure and ‘extended board’ members
In addition to some of the above board members, the following persons played key roles in having the ILA created and have strongly accompanied the board at different times.
- Ilia Stambler (Israel, Rishon Letsion)
- Leo Silvenoinen (Finland, Tempere)
- Ilkka Vuorikuru (Finland, Helsinki)
- Maria Konovalenko (Russia then USA, California)
- Elena Milova (Russia, Moscow)
- Steve Hill (England)
- Miriam Leis (Germany, India, Japan…)
- Martin O’Dea (Dublin, Ireland)
- Thomas Hahn (Germany then USA, Arkansas)