Mary Ann Geronimo

Director of Policy - Health & Ageing, Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils Australia (FECCA)

Mary Ann Geronimo is passionate about evidence-based and ground-up policymaking.

She has extensive experience working with people from diverse backgrounds in understanding policies, interacting with policy systems and building their capabilities to be their own best advocates.

For over a decade, she has been leading initiatives that connect policy, research and practice on ageing, health, gender, financial security, participation, and community development in the East and Southeast Asian region, previously and currently, in Australia.

In her previous work at the International Longevity Centre Singapore, she co-developed a leading-edge model of a community-based care ecosystem and studied the ageing trajectory of women in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Mary Ann also managed a randomised controlled trial on health literacy, chronic disease management and self-care; a financial literacy program for women; and an experimental study on matched savings, all of which produced key policy references in the region.

Mary Ann has co-authored academic publications on ethnography and bio-psychosocial approaches to ageing in multicultural community settings, among others. She also co-authored the book ‘Financial Security of Older Women: Perspectives from Southeast Asia’, a ground-breaking comprehensive overview of women’s old age financial security prospects catalysing calls for policy changes among the countries involved.

She studied public policy and public administration as a Lee Kuan Yew Scholar at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.

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