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President: 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. Wong at

Past 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 Dr. Kim at

President-Elect: Momoko Asaka, CEO of Veriteworks, graduated in Arts in Library and Information Science from Keio University, Japan. JCDA Certified Career Development Adviser, JPA Certified Psychologist, Mental Health Legal Advisor, Health and Productivity Management Advisor. Started an independent business after working as a medical corporation staff, HR staff of a large company, an HR director of a private IT company. She has participated in all the conferences since 2013 and held many leadsership roles.  She hopes to contribute to the welcoming community spirit of APCDA. Contact Ms. Asaka at

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

Secretary: Dr. José F Domene, Professor in the Counselling Psychology program within the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary, is a lifetime member of APCDA, and over the past six years has served in numerous leadership roles within our organization. Dr. Domene has nearly 20 years of experience teaching students to become counsellors and psychologists, focusing on courses such as career development/counselling, professional ethics, and research methods. Dr. Domene is also a Registered Psychologist in the province of Alberta. His counselling work includes a focus on the intersection of career-life and mental health concerns. Contact Dr. Domene at

Board of Directors

Officers and Staff serve on the Board, plus:

Mr. Allan Gatenby, Committee Council Chair

Dr. Vijay Paralkar, Committee Council Representative

Mr. Hector Lin, Country/Area Council Chair

Dr. Lorraine Godden, Country/Area Council Representative

Dr. Brian Schwartz, Country/Area Council Representative

Mr. Baktiar Hasnan, Country/Area Council Representative

Journal Editor

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

Committee Chairs

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 & 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

Bylaws & Policies Committee Chair: 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

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 & 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. Chan at

Membership Committee Co-Chair: Kunimitsu Kuki has been with Kanebo Cosmetics for 38 years, where he current works as a Career Consultant.  He lives in Nara, Japan, but attended high school in the U.S. and, as a marketing manager, spent many years living in different Asian countries.  In addition to helping employees of Kanebo find career satisfaction. he is eager to share his love of Japan and its traditions with non-Japanese who work in Japan or visit Japan.  Contact Mr. Kuki at

Membership Committee Co-Chair: Natalie Kauffman, M.S., NCDA Certified Career Counselor™, FCD-I, NCC, NCCC, GCDF-I, has been providing comprehensive career counseling, education & transition solutions to the global community for more than 35 years. Her digitally fluent and face-to-face experiences continually infuse the eight domains of wellness as well as aequanimitas; being able to successfully pivot and remain calm in the never-ending and ever-changing needs of the workplace. Natalie's career development work has traversed business, government, education & NPO settings. As former APCDA Newsletter Editor, she continues to edit and write for our weekly emailed Career Developments publication. She is also an active member of the National Career Development Association Global Connections Committee's leadership. Natalie’s M.S. in Applied Behavioral Counseling with a Career Counseling concentration is from The Johns Hopkins University. She also holds Job and Career Development/Transition Coaching certification through The Career Development Network. Contact Natalie at

News Committee Co-Chair: 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 Committee Co-Chair: Carla S. Siojo was formerly the Director of the Office of Placement and Career Services at the Ateneo de Manila University for 6 years. She earned both a Bachelor of Arts Major in Psychology and Master of Arts Major in Pastoral Ministry: Family Ministry and Counseling at the Ateneo de Manila University. She has served as the Philippine Country Representative for several years and as APCDA President in 2019. She is involved with other professional organizations such the National Career Development Association (NCDA), Association of Placement Practitioners of Colleges and Universities (APPCU) in the Philippines, and the Career Development Association of the Philippines (CDAP). Contact Ms. Siojo at

Program Committee Co-Chair: 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 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

Public Relations Committee Chair: 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

Research Committee Co-Chair: 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 Committee Co-Chair: Hsiu-Lan (Shelley) Tien, PhD, received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Iowa in 1993. She is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at the National Taiwan Normal University. She was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland (2005-6; 2011-2012). She has also served as President of Taiwan Career Development and Consultation Association (TCDCA), Taipei Counseling Psychologist Association, and APCDA. Currently she is Representative of TCDCA. She earned the 2016 International Practitioner of the Year Award from the National Career Development Association. Contact Dr. Tien at

Country/Area Representatives

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

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

Bangladesh Representative: Dr. Mohammad Khalid has worked in Business Development, Human Capital Development, and Training and Logistics Management for the last 40 years at home and abroad in Multinational Corporations. He is on the faculty of the MBA & EMBA Program at Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology (AUST), Bangladesh and has directed similar academic programs at other institutions. He is also a well-known keynote speaker at national and international conferences. Contact Dr. Khalid at

Cambodia Representative: Somaly Leap, a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) and Performance Management Coach, Behavioral and Career Development Consultant, and Human Resources Management Specialist, has over 10 years’ experience working for NGOs, banking, and trading companies in human resource management. She holds a master’s degree in Management from National University of Management (NUM), Phnom Penh. Currently, she is a professor in faculty of management at NUM, Head of HR at TB-Group, and a Training Committee Member of the Talent Excellence Development Partner Co, LTD. Contact Ms. Leap at

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


  • East China Representative:  After over 35 years in organization development building participative management cultures in the USA, UK, Europe and China, Dr. Brian Schwartz founded Suzhou Success Partners Consulting Company (social entrepreneurship model) in China in 2013 to provide employment readiness training and assessment to youth and consulting services to companies and government agencies throughout China. Dr. Schwartz has developed online tools to assess career fit and talent management strategies for individuals and organizations using CareerDNA, TalentDNA and TeamDNA products and services. He is currently working on projects in Singapore, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Canada, India, Vietnam and Australia.  He specializes in training career counselors and coaches, career and executive assessments, career and life design counseling/planning/management, career coaching, talent management consulting, executive coaching, organization development consulting and career transition counseling. Contact Dr. Schwartz at

  • Hong Kong Representative: Fred Wu is a certified career facilitator and registered corporate and personal coach, specializing in career coaching, personal development and mindfulness.  He has over 15 years of experience in talent development and coaching. He has coached over 1000 clients, from Junior Grade to Senior Directors, to unleash their potential and to facilitate mindset transformation. Currently, he is working as a Careers and Employability Consultant with a local University. Prior to his consultancy, he served as the team lead for Staff Career Development in a thriving local enterprise boasting approximately 1500 employees. Fred holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Accounting and a Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering. Contact Mr. Wu at

  • Macau Representative: Jacinta Ho is the Founder and Managing Director of JC Human Resources Consulting, awarded the “Best HR Consultancy Firm” in Macau by the Global Brands Magazine from UK. She has more than 20 years of expertise in Macau’s hospitality industry and retail sector and is a regular speaker at local and overseas universities, NGOs and corporations on career matters and human resources policies and practices. Ms. Ho holds a Master of Business Administration in Management & Finance from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She is President of the Macau GBAHR Association, Vice President of the Association of Macau Philippines Employment Agencies, Chief Supervisor of China Macau & Portugal (Macau) Tourism and Commodity Exchange Promotion Association, and formerly the Chair of the Human Resources Committee at the British Chamber of Commerce in Macao. Contact Ms. Ho at

  • North China Representative: OPEN

  • South China Representative: Elisabeth Montgomery, PhD, is Nanshan Education Bureau’s first foreign Senior Advisor on Internationalization for public schools 1-12. For over ten years she has innovated education groups in Shenzhen’s central Special Economic Zone. Specializing in school-based curricula design training, Green STEAM programs and implementation of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She serves as Foreign Deputy Vice Principal for South China University of Science and Technology (SUSTECH Education Group). She is the founder of several model international programs in Shenzhen’s premier high schools. Specializations include career supervision and training of education providers; International college preparedness and placement; Job search, job shadows and internships; and Social Entrepreneurship. Contact Dr. Montgomery at


  • North India Representative: Arun Mittal is a management consultant with more than 20 years of experience in the education industry, where he has worked on Business Development, Strategic Planning, and New Market Development. In 2020, Mr. Mittal established the National Program on Career Awareness (NPOCA), a social initiative to encourage career education in Indian schools. Over 600 schools and 30,000 Indian students are supported by the effort across Asia. Mr. Mittal is an alumnus of Delhi University and the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta. Contact Mr. Mittal at

  • South India: Rahul Nair, is a Lifologist, Occupational Psychologist and an Organizational Development Professional with over more than 12 years of intensive experience in Organizational Development industry. Have coached and mentored senior managers and top officials of MNCs. Corporate houses, Governmental Agencies and brought out tremendous positive results. Mr. Nair is the Representative – Technology and Academics to, a Guinness World Record Holding organisation. Contact Mr. Nair at

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

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

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

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

Malaysia Representative: Baktiar Hasnan is President of the National Career Development Centre Association (NACDA Malaysia) and a Career Advisor at Multimedia University (MMU) Career Connect with 20 years of experiences in leadership training, career coaching, and personal development at various universities. He earned a Bachelor of Human Sciences (Honors) in Psychology from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and is a HRDF certified trainer who has completed Nurturing Expert Talent (NEXT) 1.0 - Talent Corp Malaysia Career Counselor Training, NCDA’s Facilitating Career Development Training, as well as Solution Focused Career Coaching. Mr. Hasnan is also a social services provider involved in youth leaders development and social services for various NGOs. Contact Mr. Hasnan at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ha Nguyen, Executive Director, has been involved in the development of human rights for nearly 20 years in Vietnam. Before joining APCDA, Ms. Nguyen worked for an international non-profit organization, a member of The Australian Council for International Development. She played a leading role in laying the foundations for achieving critical success within the organization and its network, especially related to its growth strategy, reputation management through liaison with several thousands of supporters, and multi-faceted event coordination with study tours, workshops, and conferences for international and local partners. Ms. Nguyen has valuable experience and knowledge in building relationship, capacity building schemes, career path development and effective leadership. Ms. Nguyen has strong convictions and personal determination.  She is especially motivated to work on projects that she knows will help people or communities and to support her team to work more effectively. Ms. Nguyen’s motivation, coupled with her growing experience, will contribute to APCDA’s continued success in leading the Asia Pacific region to navigate the world of work in the future. Contact Ms. Nguyen at

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

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

Tuan Anh Le, Website Editor, is one of the first-generation career professionals in Vietnam. He is the author of 4 bestselling books on career and personal development topics. His strength is to use social media to interact and convey career messages to students. He currently manages the community of more than 150,000 vocational students on Facebook and he is the career manager at TopCV - the number one recruitment platform in Vietnam. He is also guest lecturer to many big universities in Vietnam.

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