Professor Sarah Harper OBE

University of Oxford's Professor of Gerontology

A widely respected academic and a leading name among inspirational speakers, Sarah Harper OBE has enjoyed a colourful career as a researcher and public figure. As a Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute, Sarah’s work focuses on the numerous impacts of an ageing population. Furthermore, her work in the area of Gerontology – the scientific study of old age – has helped her become a recognised authority in her field.

Having begun her career as a reporter for the BBC, it wasn’t long before Sarah found her way into academia. She travelled numerous continents during this time, becoming the first person to hold the University of Malaya’s International Chair in Old Age Financial Stability. Since then, she has functioned as the chair of the UK Government Foresight Review and the European Ageing Index Panel for the UNESCE Population Unit.

Sarah has fulfilled several notable positions throughout her distinguished career. To this day, she continues to function as a Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford. She founded the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing back in 1997 and continues to serve as its Co-Director. As if that weren’t enough, she has also fulfilled a variety of positions for organisations such as the UK Research Integrity Office, the Royal Institution of Great Britain and Health Data Research UK.

Our ageing population is arguably one of the most pressing challenges faced by policymakers and business professionals around the world. As such, it is set to play an important role in shaping the workplace of tomorrow. Fascinated by the many questions posed by an ageing society, Sarah’s keynote speeches provide unique insight into some of the most important policy considerations of the future.

Sarah’s natural charisma and international renown have played an important role in shaping her speaking career. She continues to appear regularly at corporate events, charity events and a string of other occasions. Providing insight into the impact of ageing on a global scale, her speeches are relevant to businesses and charitable organisations of all shapes and sizes. One of the most unique keynote speakers on the circuit today, Sarah Harper is the perfect booking for a wide array of events. For this reason, it’s no surprise that her career has continued to go from strength to strength.

To book Sarah Harper as the keynote speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Sarah is known to cover the following topics:

  • Futurist Speaker
  • Shifts in Employment Patterns
  • Effect on Resources
  • Decreasing Fertility
  • Implications of Our Ageing Populations