The World Dementia Council unites leading experts from the global dementia community to find effective solutions to the challenge of dementia. Their ambition is to work with governments, industry, researchers and health and social care sectors to transform the prospects of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

As an associate member of the council, one member of WYLD attends each meeting to contribute to their ongoing workstreams. The World Dementia Council has five priority areas or Global Themes. One young leader from within the network has been selected to join each of the working groups.


World Dementia Council Global Care Statement

The World Dementia Council has published a global statement calling for more care and support for people living with dementia and their families around the globe. It states that everyone affected by dementia has a human right to receive the highest quality care and support possible; to be treated with dignity; and to be entitled to full and effective participation and inclusion in society.

Members of the World Young Leaders in Dementia have supported the translation of this statement into 11 languages to increase its reach: Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Swedish. Download translations of the WDC Global Care Statement


WYLD Representatives on the World Dementia Council:

To increase the speed and reliability of delivering innovative medicines through efficient and effective drug development.

Young Leader Representative:
Johannes Levin (DE)


To reduce the risk of dementia through lifestyle and other approaches.

Young Leader Representative:
Whitney Wharton (US)

Tom Russ


To foster a culture of open science and collaborative global research, including the use of bid data approaches.

Young Leader Representative:
Tom Russ (UK)

Marjolein van der Marck

To ensure the delivery of quality care for people living with dementia and their carers.

Young Leader Representative:
Marjolein van der Marck (NL)



To advance levels of innovative and global public and private finance.

Young Leader Representative:
William Hu (US)