Sophie Okolo is a writer, scientist, and longevity advocate on a mission to reframe the conversation around healthy aging and longevity. Her writing has appeared in Salon, PBS Next Avenue, and Forbes, among others. Sophie is the founder of Global Health Aging, a creative consultancy and award-nominated website featuring a broad range of news stories, research, and diverse opinions regarding living and aging well in a changing world. She has published articles ranging from breaking the stigma of loneliness in Denmark to integrating mental health services into primary healthcare in Australia. She also has an ongoing interview series featuring conversations on healthy aging with international visionaries in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM). As a Forbes contributor, Sophie focuses on the intersection of health care and technology, including how innovations transform the management of chronic diseases for diverse populations. She is a TEDMED 2020 Research Scholar and one of seven featured female science communicators in the March/April 2021 issue of Diversity in Action magazine. She also is a 2021 fellow of Columbia University’s Age Boom Academy focused on combatting loneliness in aging. During National Minority Health Month 2021, she spoke about uncovering loneliness inequities among older adults at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Sophie is passionate about empowering people to take charge of their longevity by exploring what it means and will look like for them. She created the Longevity Innovators series, a year-long project on insights and exciting trends in healthy longevity and published in collaboration with PBS Next Avenue and Forbes. She has also researched the relationship between advance directives and end-of-life Medicare spending and the role Patient Navigators play in eliminating health challenges. Early in her career, Sophie performed biomedical research in academia and healthcare, including City of Hope Beckman Research Institute Bioinformatics Core and National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU). She serves as an advisor to humanKINDER, an award-winning company that shines a light on untold stories of human resilience, ideas, and solutions for systems change. She also supports causes that improve women and minority representation in STEAM. Sophie has a Master of Public Health in Gerontology and Healthcare Research and a Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics with Research Honors. Because of her contributions to the field, Sophie has been elected to Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and the New York Academy of Medicine. In her free time, Sophie enjoys comedy, baking, hiking, documentaries, tennis, and biographies. Please feel free to contact her if you need any further information.