Katy Fike PhD | Founder Stephen Johnston MBA | Founder
Katy Fike Ph.D. is the co-founder of Aging2.0, a global innovation network and accelerator program. Katy is a PhD gerontologist, strategy consultant, former investment banker, systems engineer and blogger (Tech Savvy Daughter). Katy is passionate about bridging the gap between traditional aging organizations and the startup / investor community.Katy is on the Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging and the Family Caregiver Alliance and a featured Senior Care Expert on

Katy, a sought after speaker on topics related to technology and innovation for older adults, has taken the stage at conferences such as South by Southwest, Consumer Electronics Show, Boomer Venture Summit, What’s Next, AgeTech West and the Pacific Coast Builders Conference. Katy has also been featured in national media including The Huffington Post, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Tech Crunch and Bloomberg TV.

Dr. Fike earned her PhD and MS from University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology (where she was a National Institute on Aging Fellow) and her BS in Systems Engineering from University of Virginia. Katy has taught Gerontology at the university level and her research on care transitions has been published in peer- reviewed journals and presented at several national conferences.

Katy lives in San Francisco, CA is on LinkedIn here. @katy_thomas and @innovate50.

<<>> Stephen Johnston is an innovation consultant, author and a globally-minded social entrepreneur.

Stephen is co-author of Growth Champions, co-founder of the Innovation Leaders Fund, founder Fordcastle, an innovation consultancy and serves on the board of the Older Adults Technology Services. He has consulted to several F500 companies, including Nokia, Vodafone, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Bertelsmann and Daimler.

A native of the United Kingdom, Stephen has lived in Belgium, Finland, the UK and the US. He earned his MA in Economics from Cambridge University and his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.Stephen lives in San Francisco, CA is on LinkedIn here. @sdbj.

Michelle Maalouf M.S. | Director of Programs and Partnerships
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Michelle Maalouf is the Director of Programs and Partnerships at Aging2.0. She joined the team in November 2013 and has grown to love her work. Michelle received a Bachelor’s in 2012 in Bioengineering with a minor in Bioinformatics. She then went on to obtain a Masters in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics, both degrees from University of California, Santa Cruz. Michelle performed research as an undergraduate and graduate student leading the development and application of an artificial nanopore used to inject into and biopsy from single human cells.  Michelle is coauthor on multiple peer-reviewed papers published from this work and a U.S. Patent (see LinkedIn for details). Michelle received UC Santa Cruz’s Deans Award and Chancellors Award for her accomplishments.

Michelle has always enjoyed being part of her community and enhancing young girls interests in science by being a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Bio and Bio2Device, and former member of Materials Research Society, Biomedical Engineering Society and the Institute on Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Michelle’s love for older older adults and technology stemmed from her close ties to her family. Michelle has always been very close to her grandparents and has seen first hand how new technologies and services could assist and enrich her grandparents life in a number of ways – especially since Michelle has lived with her grandma.

Michelle is a Bay Area native and currently lives in San Francisco, CA, LinkedIn here.

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Turning Aging2.0 into a reality has required tremendous support from a variety of people who’ve both shared our vision and got their hands dirty (sometimes literally) to build the beginning of a unique global community. We’re deeply indebted in particular to the advice and help from Emily LutzkerMary CumminsLiz EmeryWen DombrowskiNina DunnPaul Nikolaidis and Eve Bayer.

We’re now in the process of establishing a global set of Chapters who will take the message of innovation for older adults around the world – stay tuned for updates on that exciting expansion of the Aging2.0 team.