The World Dementia Council is an international charity established by the G8 (now G7) at the London Dementia Summit in 2013. At the London summit the G8 made historic commitments to improve the lives of people affected by dementia today and to speed up the development of disease modifying drugs so that the first treatment is available by 2025.

The role of the council is to challenge and support international governmental organisation to realise and accede these 2025 ambitions. Through monitoring progress, identifying what further international action is needed and building, expanding and nurturing global networks we help galvanise global efforts to beat dementia.

The council has a membership of 24 senior experts and global leaders in dementia drawn from research, academia, industry, and NGOs in both high-income and low- and middle-income countries, including two leaders with a personal dementia diagnosis. It also has associate members, compromising of organisations such as WHO and the OECD, as well as national governments. Since it was established, the council has met regularly to review the international dementia agenda and progress towards the 2025 goals. The council has an executive team based in London, UK.

The council’s multi-sectoral composition is its strength. It places the council in a formidable position to identify opportunities between sectors and organisations, in order to accelerate progress in addressing the challenges of dementia and influence collaboration in ways that will help catalyse the global response to the condition.

  • Our members

    The World Dementia Council has 24 members working across six continents. Council members are global leaders who work in research, academia, industry and civil society. The Council also includes members who are living with dementia. 

  • Our associate members

    Our associate members represent national governments, organizations such as the OECD and WHO and other international organizations. They help to ensure that WDC’s agenda aligns with other global dementia initiatives, providing the Council with important advice, guidance and intelligence. 

  • Our meetings

    The council has 24 members drawn from around the world as well as associate members representing governments and international organisations such as the OECD and WHO. The Council meets twice a year. Since it was established the council has met twelve times to review the international dementia agenda and progress towards the 2025 ambitions. 

  • Our executive team

    The World Dementia Council has a small executive team based in London. It is led by the executive director, Lenny Shallcross.

  • Our history

    The World Dementia Council (WDC) was created in February 2014, following the G8 Dementia Summit in London in December 2013.