Anne Margriet Pot
Anne Margriet Pot, Netherlands
President Elect (2021-2023)
Prof dr Anne Margriet Pot has dedicated her work to improving the mental health and care and support for older people through research, policy, advocacy, education and clinical practice for over the past 30 years. She has had a wide range of management and leadership roles and served on numerous boards, national (NL) and international. Prof Pot is determined in engendering fundamental changes in how society views older people and care. Currently, she serves as a strategic advisor in the Care for older people at the Health Care Inspectorate, Ministry of Health, the Netherlands.
Prof Pot is also an endowed professor at the Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management in Rotterdam, extraordinary professor at Optentia, North West University, Johannesburg, South Africa and honorary professor at the University of Queensland, Australia. As a result of my broad expertise, she is a frequently asked advisor to establish long‐term care systems and improve dementia care and support worldwide.
From 2014 till 2018, Prof Pot was posted in Geneva at the World Health Organisation (WHO), where she oversaw the WHO’s work on the establishment of sustainable and equitable Long‐Term‐Care systems worldwide. She made a significant contribution to the Global Strategy and Action Plan, its 2021-2023 implementation and the preparation of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing. Prof Pot was also responsible for the development of iSupport: WHO’s extensive online training and support program for caregivers of people with dementia, currently being implemented in many countries worldwide.
Previously, as Director of the Programme on Ageing at the Trimbos‐institute (Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction), Prof Pot was strongly directed towards monitoring quality of care and the development of innovative evidence based interventions, together with her team of researchers. From 2007 till 2020, she served as chair in Clinical Geropsychology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.
In addition to over 225 publications (scientific and professional journal articles, books and reports), Prof Pot is the initiator and editor of the Dutch Manual on Geropsychology, and has presented numerous times at scientific and high level policy meetings (>180). Her latest book was published last year. It deals with a dozen dilemmas that she experienced in caring for my mother with dementia and her father with serious consequences of a stroke, combined with her own professional reflections