Joseph F. Coughlin

Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab

Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD is Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. Based in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division he teaches policy and systems innovation. Dr. Coughlin’s research focuses on how businesses, governments and complex socio-technical systems respond to changing disruptive demographic trends, evolving lifestyles and new technologies. He is one of Fast Company Magazine’s ‘100 Most Creative People in Business’ and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of “12 pioneers inventing the future of aging and how we will all live, work and play tomorrow.” He was appointed by President Bush to the White House Conference on Aging Advisory Committee. Dr. Coughlin has advised numerous governments around the world, the World Economic Forum, and the OECD. A Fellow of Switzerland’s World Demographics & Ageing Forum he is a frequent speaker to groups of 10 to 10,000 and consults to businesses worldwide on consumer-centered product innovation and market strategy.