Mathew Cherian is Chief Executive, HelpAge India, a leading advocacy and caregiver non-profit for the elderly. He is based out of New Delhi, India, and has been associated with many non-profit groups across India and the world. He is an engineering graduate from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani. He is among India’s first rural managers from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) in Gujarat. He has been Director, Oxfam, in India and Executive Director, Charities Aid Foundation. His most recent initiative was in the establishment of Credibility Alliance, which works towards establishing accountability and transparency in civil society.

He is currently on the boards of HelpAge International, Guidestar International, Care International and Sightsavers, all well-known non-profit organisations. He is member of the National Council of Senior Citizens and the National Foundation for Communal Harmony. He is currently the Independent Commissioner for Geriatric Health with the government of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Amita Joseph is his partner; they have two daughters Aparajita and Arundati who helped greatly in writing this book.