Kate Swaffer is co-founder, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Dementia Alliance International. Kate is also an elected Board member of Alzheimer's Disease International, and a full member of the World Dementia Council. She is retired nurse, and now an activist for human rights for people with dementia and their families, and also lives positively with young onset dementia. Kate is an international speaker, widely published academic and author and a poet and regular blogger. She is also a PhD Candidate at the University of Wollongong. In 2017, she was a recipient of the South Australian Australian of the Year award; in 2016 she received the University of Wollongong Alumni Social Impact Award; and was one of 100 Women of Influence in Australia, also in 2016. Kate has been instrumental in ensuring Dementia Alliance International is one of the founding members of the newly established Global Rehabilitation Alliance. Kate is actively involved on a number of international, national and local Dementia or Civil Society Steering Committees, Advisory or Working groups, and was an invited keynote speaker at the WHO First Ministerial Conference on Dementia in 2015.