President: Sing Chee Wong is a Career Consultant and Trainer with more than 30 years of experience in career coaching, counselling and training. She is accredited by the National Career Development Association (NCDA, USA) and Institution for Adult Learning (Singapore) to be a Career Development Facilitator Instructor (CDFI), and Master Trainer for the Advanced Certificate in Career Development Facilitation (ACCDF) respectively. In 2019, She was also awarded the "Certified Master of Career Services" by NCDA. She is the Founding President of Singapore’s “People and Career Development Association,” which aims to develop career practitioners and those interested in career development. Contact Ms. Wong at President@AsiaPacificCDA.org
Past President: Woongtae Kim, PhD, is CEO & President of Career Building System & Consulting Co. Ltd. and a professor at Shinheung College and Graduate School of Kwangwoon University. Dr. Kim earned a Ph.D. from Konkuk University (Seoul, Korea). He is also a Global Career Development Facilitator and CDF Instructor. Contact Dr. Kim at PPresident@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
President-Elect: Satomi Yaji Chudasama, NCC, CCC, GCDF, is a founding member of APCDA. Her past leadership positions with APCDA include Treasurer, Chair of Public Relations, Chair of Membership, and Lead of Membership Engagement through Technology Taskforce. She is currently Senior Associate Director, Student Engagement at the Center for Career Development at Princeton University in the United States. Since embarking on her journey in the career development field nearly 20 years ago, Satomi has gained significant experience in career counseling, career educational programming, employer and alumni engagement, and technology. She is active in the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE) among other organizations. Contact Ms. Chudasama at PElect@AsiaPacificCDA.org
Treasurer: Constance Jenkins Pritchard, PhD, works in leadership, business consulting and career development. The Pritchard Group serves clients internationally in face to face consultation and trainings as well as through her corporate eLearning site. Dr. Pritchard has been active in career development associations regionally, nationally, and internationally. Currently she is treasurer of APCDA and a Board member of the Institute of Career Certification International. She has developed curriculum contributed to professional publications. Dr. Pritchard has earned a doctorate in education from the University of South Carolina. US. Contact Dr. Pritchard at Treasurer@AsiaPacificCDA.org
Secretary: Momoko Asaka, is CEO at Veriteworks Inc., and member of the Japan Career Development Association (JCDA), Japanese Psychological Association (JPA), Occupational Safety and Health Legal Services Center (OSHLSC), Career Consulting Conference, Japan Stress Check Association (JSCA), National Anger Management Association (NAMA), Japan Anger Management Association (JAMA), Communication Quotient Association (CQA). Contact Ms. Asaka at Secretary@AsiaPacificCDA.org
Officers and Staff serve on the Board, plus:
Mr. Allan Gatenby, Committee Council Chair
Dr. Jose Domene, Committee Council Representative
Mr. Hector Lin, Country/Area Council Chair
Dr. Rich Feller, Country/Area Council Representative
Dr. Poh Li Lau, Country/Area Council Representative
Dr. Lorraine Godden, Country/Area Council Representative
Brian Hutchison, PhD, LPC, CCCE,Journal Editor, is a Core Clinical Mental Health Faculty at Walden University (online) and a Past President of APCDA. Dr. Hutchison received his doctorate degree in Counselor Education & Supervision from Pennsylvania State University and has worked as a career, school, and mental health counselor. Brian’s career consultation and education work operates within the brand of Global Career Guywhere he specializes in developing career publications, keynote talks, workshops, and on-line career coaching and mentorship content for global career professionals. He has more than four dozen publications and is currently writing the 13th Edition of School to Career, a textbook for high school students. Contact Dr. Hutchison at Journal@AsiaPacificCDA.org
Awards & Scholarships Committee Co-Chair: Vijay Keshaorao Paralkar, PhD, is a Ph.D. candidate at Old Dominion University in Virginia and holds a doctorate from Miami University in Student Affairs. He earned his Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Nebraska Omaha with a concentration in student affairs in higher education. He is also a career practitioner experienced in providing career planning, assessments, exploration and international development to college students, graduates and mid-career professionals. Dr. Paralkar's interest in career counseling, teaching, research, and practice focuses on the holistic wellness for shaping sustainable careers and satisfactory lives of international students and the global community. Contact Dr. Paralkar at Awards@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Awards & Scholarships Committee Co-Chair: Hilary Flanagan has over 20 years of progressive leadership in higher education career development and is as passionate as ever about helping college students. She has a strong track record for leading dynamic teams on campuses in an ever-changing professional landscape, as well as collaborative leadership involvement in local, regional, national, and global associations. As Executive Director, she enjoys working with the amazing change agents of the Seattle U Career Engagement Office. When not working, Ms. Flanagan can be found training for and competing in triathlons in support of Team in Training for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, exploring new cuisines and cultures, and spending time with her adventurous family. Contact Ms. Flanagan at Awards@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Bylaws & Policies Committee: Allan Gatenby, FRIM CMF, Bylaws and Policies Committee Chair, is a thought leader in career and talent development. Began practicing as a school-based careers adviser in 1977, consultant to schools 1980 – 87. Established his private practice in 2007 and now is globally networked and servicing. Active member of APCDA, CDAA, ACPI and Chairman of the Board of Governors Institute of Career Certification International (ICCI). Recognized by UNDP as an expert practitioner in career education and partnering with AIM in the development of Leadership for IR4.0 training. Contact Mr. Gatenby at Bylaws@AsiaPacificCDA.org
Ethics & Standards Committee Co-Chair: Vandana Gambhir Chopra, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, University of Delhi, and the Former Country Director of India for APCDA. She started her professional career as a medical physician, excelled and later received her doctorate in Psychology. Known as an expert in Psychometrics, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management and Vocational & Career Counseling, she helps corporations with their employee wellness and productivity through training and assessments. Her field of involvement in psychology research work spans across career competencies, personality, social psychology, competency mapping, positive psychology, and consumer behavior and geriatrics mental health. Contact Dr. Chopra at Ethics@AsiaPacificCDA
Ethics & Standards Committee Co-Chair: Joseph Chan Kai Nin has over forty years of experience in human resources management in the private sector and career counseling at the University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong plus career counseling training in both the secondary and tertiary sector in Hong Kong and China. He holds a master’s degree in business administration, counseling and education and fellow membership in the HK Institute of HRM and HK Professional Counselling Association. Contact Mr. Joseph Chan at Ethics@AsiaPacificCDA
Membership Committee: Soonhoon Ahn, a progressive and visionary Global Career Strategist, Career Mentor and Career Strategist, is passionate about helping clients with their career planning, career development, job searches and career/life transitions. She is a lifelong advocate of careers in international development for professionals seeking to advance the quality of human life. Her extensive professional work experience is rooted in her decades-long international recruitment and human resource management experiences with the World Bank Group (WBG) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). She earned a MA in Career Counseling in 2002 and has provided career counseling, outplacement services and job search trainings to individuals and consulted on various US federal government assignments. Soonhoon is the Founder, Founding President, and a Legacy Member of APCDA. Contact Ms Ahn at Membership@AsiaPacificCDA.org
News Committee: Catherine Hughes, PhD, 2020 Outstanding News Contributor Award Recipient, founded the Grow Careers website for Australian school communities. Her doctorate is in vocational psychology and he has authored books on careers work in schools and career development resources to support the work of school-based career practitioners. Dr. Hughes is a Sessional course Leader for the Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University. Her research has been widely published and she has presented at national and international conferences. Contact Dr. Hughes at News@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Program Committee: Tuna Dagli earned her BSc in Chemical Engineering from METU, Turkey. After 5 years of engineering experience, Tuna studied I/O Psychology in Koç University to change her profession to one with a more human touch. She pursued an international HR career for 10 years before joining Koç University Career Development Center in 2015. As the Director, she does career coaching with students & staff and instructs Start Your Career Today Seminar. Tuna is serving APCDA as the Director of Program Committee and recently joined ICCI as a member of Board of Governors. Contact Ms. Dagli at Program@AsiaPacificCDA.org
Program Committee Co-Chair: Gerald Tan is passionate about developing services to help people find meaning and purpose in their careers through his role as the Projects Director and Lead Career Developer of Avodah People Solutions. Mr. Tan has a decade of experience in the Singapore public services in workforce development programs, public employment services and public engagement. Gerald is also an NCDA certified Career Service provider, Master of Career Services and a certified Solutions Focused practitioner coach. He has supported more than 300 individuals with their career needs, working with various schools, companies and non-profit organizations on career development projects. Contact Mr. Tan at Program@AsiaPacificCDA.org
Public Relations Committee: Claire Ouyang, PhD, is the Chairperson and founder of the Macao Career Development Association. She received her PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Macao. Her current practicum and research has been focused on career counseling for adolescents and emerging adults and career education in middle school settings. Contact Dr. Ouyang at PublicRelations@AsiaPacificCDA.org
Research Committee: Poh Li Lau, PhD, is a senior lecturer in Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at University of Malaya. She received her BA and PhD in Counseling from the University of Malaya, Malaysia. Her research interests include career counseling, positive psychology, resilience and well-being, special needs programs, cross-cultural and psychological testing. She is responsible for in teaching and learning, evaluation activities in undergrad and postgrad counseling program, and consultation projects. She is also a registered counselor in Malaysia. Contact Dr. Lau at Research@AsiaPacificCDA.org
Australia Representative: Serene Lin-Stephens is a career educator, researcher, and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She advocates inter-discipline and inter-cutural collaboration. The extensive collaboration she has with universities in Australia and the Asia Pacific region has led to award winning outcomes that benefit the wider career and employability communities, such as the APCDA Glossary Project, Univative, and various studies on career information literacy, visual narrative interventions, and employment-related anxiety. Contact Ms. Lin-Stephens at Australia@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Azerbaijan Representative: Toghrul Alakbarov is an experienced personal development trainer, coach and mentor. Mr. Alakbarov is currently Head of Career Guidance Sector at State Employment Service of Azerbaijan. As a Fulbright scholar, he did his master’s degree in the field of Workforce Education and Development at Bowling Green State University. Moreover, he got a professional ICF certified coaching education from Adler International Learning. Mr. Alakbarov is passionate about human capacity development and for the last 10 years he has been engaged in plenty of educational, social and community building initiatives throughout Azerbaijan. You can contact Mr. Alakbarov at Azerbaijan@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Cambodia Representative: Bory You, President of Talent Excellence Development Partner Co, LTD which provides Human Resources Consulting, Career and Performance Coaching services and supports SME (Subject Matter Expert) in Human Resources restructuring. She is a Certified Behavioral and Career Consultant, Instructor of Job Career Transition Coach and Certified Trainer for Women Entrepreneur Program by ILO. Ms. You has held leadership positions in JCI Cambodia, Young Entrepreneur Association of Cambodia and Cambodia Women Entrepreneur Association. Contact Ms. You at Cambodia@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Canada Representative: Lorraine Godden, PhD, is an adjunct Assistant Professor at both Queen’s and Yorkville Universities where she teaches policy, leadership, and adult education courses on bachelor of education and masters programs. Dr. Godden’s research is rooted in understanding how educators interpret policy and curriculum to make sense of career and life planning, work-integrated-learning, adult learning, school-to-work transition, and other educational multidisciplinary and public policies. Her research has been published in national and international journals and conferences, and she has successfully completed many collaborative, empirical, and community-based research projects that have informed theory, policy, and practice-based initiatives. Dr. Godden currently serves on the Board of Representatives of CERIC and was a Member of Team Canada for the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (2017-2019). Contact Dr. Godden at Canada@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Indonesia Representative: William Gunawan, Ph.D., CLC, is a Senior Lecturer with more than 15 years of experience in Counseling, Coaching, and Training. He is a strong research professional with an S3 focused on Career Development from Griffith University, Australia and an S2 focused on Educational Psychology from the University of Indonesia. Dr. Gunawan has a special interest in Career Development and acts as a full-time lecturer in the Faculty of Psychology, Krida Wacana Christian University (UKRIDA). Dr. Gunawan is also the founder and chairman of the Center for Career Development and Assessment (CCDA). Contact Dr. Gunawan at Indonesia@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Japan Representative: Yoshinobu Ooi, MBA, CDA, is a freelance career development support and management consultant. After obtaining a master's degree in electronic information engineering from Toyama Prefectural University, he worked continuously for over 20 years at a Japanese telecommunications company. Mr. Ooi acquired CDA qualification when assigned to the HR department in charge of new employee training and supported a wide range of people from career development for university students to company employees He is a member of the Japan Career Development Association. Contact Mr. Ooi at Japan@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Kazakhstan Representative: Raushan Kanayeva, Director of the Corporate Development Department at KIMEP University/Kazakhstan, has over 15 years of working at KIMEP University. As head of the unit, she is responsible for all relationships with the business community and alumni association. That includes fundraising and sponsorship, career and employment, grant management and alumni affairs. As an expert, she has been involved in different working committees as an executive team member at different business associations such as the European Business Association of Kazakhstan, British Chamber, and participated in developing of national CSR concept. Also Ms. Kanayeva was a jury member of the national CSR competition “Paryz.” Contact Ms. Kanayeva at Kazakhstan@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Korea Representative: Bora Lee, PhD, earned her Ph.D. from Penn State University in Human Development and Family Studies. She is currently an associate professor at Korea University. Her research interests revolve around work, family, and gender. Questions that Dr, Lee is particularly interested in are the role of family contexts in youth’s career development, why the world of work is gendered, and how men and women navigate their work and family lives. Contact Dr. Lee at Korea@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Malaysia Representative: OPEN
Nepal Representative: Mohit Jain, Founder of Discover Within, is an International Certified Career Coach who believes in pursuing the soul purpose. He has been working in the field of sustainable development goals, majorly concentrated on SDG 4. In 2019, he attended the World Youth Forum in Egypt is a member of the Global Peace Chain and Global Goodwill Ambassadors. He coaches high school students and undergraduates to discover their career paths. He inspires them to look inward and discover their potential. He loves to dig into people’s perspectives to understand their mindset and nature. He provides direction and meaningful insights through expanding their awareness and level of perception. Contact Mr. Jain at Nepal@AsiapacificCDA.org.
New Zealand Representative: Robyn Cannell, is a National Executive Committee Member of Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ) and has worked as a careers advisor in the secondary school education sector for the last 15 years. She is passionate about has engaging all students in planning their futures. She previously working as a career counselor in the Cook Islands and in medical, legal and commercial businesses in New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Career Practice. Contact Ms. Cannell at NewZealand@AsiapacificCDA.org.
Pakistan Representative: OPEN
Philippines Representative: Maryrose Macaraan, is a University Counselor of De La Salle University College of Law. She is a registered guidance counselor, licensed psychometrician and a professional teacher. Currently, the Auditor of Philippine Association of Counselor Education, Research and Supervision, Inc. (PACERS). She was the former chair of the Student’ Career-Industry Linkage and Placement in the University of Santo Tomas. She took her Bachelor's and Master's degree in the University of Santo Tomas and graduated with honors. She loves mentoring the youth in aspects of personal growth and development. Her current research interests include mental health and career development programs for legal education students. Contact Ms. Macaraan at Philippines@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Hector Lin, Singapore Representative, is the Secretary-General of the People Career Development Association (PCDA) of Singapore. He is currently serving as a Representative at Jobkred, a technology company that uses Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to provide career technologies, digital guidance systems and tools. Hector is trained in Singapore’s WSQ Advanced Certificate in Career Development Facilitation (ACCDF) / Global Career Development Facilitator-Singapore (GCDF-SG) and Singapore’s WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA). He is also a Practising Management Consultant (PMC) certified by Singapore Business Advisors & Consultants Council (SBACC). Hector possesses an Executive Master of Science in Marketing from Baruch College, City University of New York. He also graduated with a Double Masters in Business Administration and Applied Project Management from the University of Adelaide, Australia. Contact Mr. Lin at Singapore@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Sri Lanka Representative: Anjana Kulasekara, Founder/CEO of CareerMe®, is an alumnus of the University of Hong Kong where she graduated with a FirstClass Bachelor of Science degree, Dean's Honor's List with a double major in Biotechnology and Finance. She is a recipient of the Philip K H Wong Foundation Scholarships and recipient of the Lee Chung Yin Jubilee Prize for best student in Biotechnology 2014. During her school academic years, Anjana was also a sports captain and has a Cambridge High Achiever Award for A/L Mathematics. Additionally, she was an organizing member of a Hong Kong volunteer group that focused on holding vocational skills transfer programs for women within disadvantaged communities in Kolkatta, India. Post-graduation, Anjana worked in Singapore for several years in the area of Responsible Investment before deciding to return to Sri Lanka in 2017, with the aim of giving back to the country. Contact Ms. Kulasera at Srilanka@asiapacificcda.org.
Taiwan Representative: Anne Rouh-Ling Chen, is the Senior Consultant of Aspire Academy. She is the President of Taiwan Women Career Development Association. Anne is the CEO of Global Career Development System. She was an executive for international IT and logistics companies. She usually worked closely with the CEO in designing and executing Talent Career Development, Strategic Human Resource Management, Cross-Cultural Team Building, and Culture & Core Competency and Leadership Development Programs. She is also an Executive Coach for global managers. Ms. Chen is the pioneer who established the Career Development Center at Soochow University in Taiwan. She is an active member of APCDA, and Board Member of TCDCA (Taiwan Career Development and Consulting Association), and Supervisor of CHRMA (Chinese Human Resource Management Association in Taiwan). Contact Ms. Chen at Taiwan@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
USA Representative: Jenn Leard, MEd, NCC, is a certified Counselor and Coach with 16+ years of combined consulting industry, career development and higher education experience. She currently serves as Director, Coaching & Education in the Career Development Office at Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. Previously, Jenn served as the Associate Director of Career Advising & Student Engagement at Goucher College, Manager of Career Counseling in the College of Business at Colorado State University, Team Lead with The Corporate Executive Board (now Gartner), and Consultant with Rich Feller & Associates. She earned her Masters of Education from Colorado State University in Education and Human Resource Studies, Counseling and Career Development specialization. Jenn is inspired to empower people across all stages of career development and transition to strategically navigate and thrive in the changing, global world of work. Contact Mrs. Leard at USA@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Vietnam Representative: Phoenix Ho, Founder and CEO of Song An Career Development Social Enterprise, was raised by traditional Vietnamese parents and influenced by educator mentors in the Bay Area of California, USA. She completed a Bachelor of International Business in the US, Master of Educational Leadership and Management in Australia, and Master of Career Development Counseling in the US. Ms Ho has trained herself to become bilingual and bicultural in Vietnamese and American cultures. Her career development journey took 12 years to discover her current career. As a result, her passion is to enable young Vietnamese discover their motivated skills and find a suitable career. Ms Ho’s current projects include creating a career assessment tool for Vietnamese youth and building a Dictionary of Occupational Titles in Vietnam. She wishes to achieve those goals by working closely with local community associations, business entities, and government offices. Contact Ms. Ho at Vietnam@AsiaPacificCDA.org
Gyulnur Isparova, Executive Director of APCDA, is currently the Career Management Center Representative at ADA University. Ms. Isparova has been involved in various volunteer trainings for the youth of SABAH Groups, ASAN Volunteers and others to speak about essentials of career planning and management. Before joining ADA University, Ms. Isparova has worked for the international executive recruitment agency, Michael Page International, in Moscow, Russia. She holds a degree in Area Studies and IR from the Volgograd State University, Russia, a postgraduate certificate in Talent and Career Management from the Charted Institute for Personnel and Development; Middlesex University, UK and a Master degree in Diplomacy from the University of Nottingham, UK. She is an active member of NACE and NCDA. Contact Ms. Isparova at Gyulnur@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Emily Rose L. Lizada, General Administrator, is a Career Advisor in the Office of Placement and Career Services at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines since 2011. She is a licensed Psychometrician. Emily is a recipient of Excellence Award for Professionals in Ateneo de Manila University for school year 2017-2018. She is an active professional and formator in Ateneo serving as Retreat Guide in the Office of Campus Ministry and core team member/Homeroom Adviser for Introduction to Ateneo Culture and Tradition (InTACT) – formation subject for first year students. Emily worked as Guidance Counselor and Student Activity Coordinator at John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University from 2001 to 2011. She finished her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and MA Ed Psychology and Guidance (completed academic requirements) at the University of San Agustin. Contact Ms. Lizada at Info@AsiaPacificCDA.org.
Marilyn Maze, PhD, Financial Administrator, has organized the annual APCDA Conference since its inception, conducted numerous research projects on hot labor market and career counseling issues, and presented at international conferences. Dr. Maze received the President’s Award from NCDA in 2016, the NCDA Credentialing Commission Service Award in 2016, and became an NCDA Fellow in 2017. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Career Development Association in 2010. Dr. Maze formerly developed the ACT Profile (previously called DISCOVER). Contact Dr. Maze at Info@AsiaPacificCDA.org.