Alana’s academic background spans Podiatric Medicine, Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science) and Public Health. Prior to joining WHO in July 2006, Alana held a number of clinical, technical and managerial positions working on health, disability, rehabilitation and development in West and Central Africa, Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and the Western Pacific.
From 2007 to 2014, Alana coordinated WHO's work on disability and rehabilitation where she lead the development of such landmark resources as the WHO global disability action plan 2014–2021: Better health for all people with disability (2014), the World report on disability (2011) and the Guidelines on community-based rehabilitation (2010) amongst many others.
Alana joined the Department of Ageing and Life course in July 2014 to lead the development of the World Report on Ageing and Health, which was published in October 2015. She currently overseas the Organizations work on age-friendly environments (including the Global Network on Age-friendly Cities and Communities and the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism) and external partnerships (including the Platform for Innovation and Change).