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IVETA President Elect and Vice Presidents Election Results

The following officers have been elected by the IVETA membership.  Their two-year terms begin Jan. 1, 2017.

 IVETA President Elect – Term to begin Jan. 1, 2017 for two years:

Baharduin Haji Abdullah
Dato Haji Baharudin Haji Abdullah was the Executive Director for Sarawak Skills Development Centre (SSDC). He has been leading SSDC for 20 years since the inception of the organization. His true commitment and contribution towards development of youth technical skills in line with government aspiration led him to be conferred the “ Darjah Yang Amat Mulia Bintang Sarawak Panglima Setia Bintang Sarawak (P.S.B.S.) “ that carries the title ‘Dato’. Mr. Abdullah who is from Malaysia was the host along with Sarawak Skills Development of the 2015 IVETA International Conference.

New Regional Vice Presidents – Terms to begin Jan. 1, 2017 for two years

Eastern and Western Africa

Ayonmike Chinyere Shirley (Mrs.) Ph.D
Dr. (Mrs.) Ayonmike, Chinyere Shirley is a Lecturer in the Department of Technical and Business Education, Delta State University, Abraka Nigeria. She is the Head of Unit, Computer Science Education and Co-ordinator, Computer Science Education, Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) programme. She has special interest in Industrial Technology Education research, with over 20 research works published in both national and international reputable journals. Ayonmike C.S. has a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D) in Technical Education. A member of academic/professional bodies with distinctive contributions: International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA)-USA-Liaison-Officer (2014-date), Nigeria Vocational Association (NVA)-Treasurer (2011-date), member Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association(AVETRA), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), and Association for Career Technical Education Research (ACTER). Ayonmike C.S. is happily married to Joseph and blessed with a lovely daughter Anino.

East Asia and the Pacific

Javier Amaro
Javier is the director and founder of Insources, a privately owned Australian training and consulting organisation.  Insources is one of Australia’s leading providers of competency-based training, quality and compliance systems for training organisations, and return on investment methodology.

Other areas of specialisation are training and consulting in human capital development and process optimisation. Javier has been involved in vocational training and education for more than 17 years. His experience includes designing and delivering more than 500 training programs to training managers, supervisors, facilitators, trainers and assessors for Australia’s vocational and education sector. He is an entrepreneur and a skilled practitioner with expertise in all facets of instructional design, competency-based education and HR development programs.

During the last 10 years, Javier has contributed to the Australian vocational regulatory framework by participating in numerous consultation processes and delivering keynote presentations.  In 2010, Javier developed the first Code of Professional Practice for vocational education and training practitioners, which was published by the Australian Society of Training and Development (ASTDI). He was elected president of ASTDI in 2011.

Javier has delivered training programs and spoken at conferences and public events in Asia, USA, Central-America (in Spanish) and Australia. Javier has been recently accepted by Macquarie University as PHD candidate.

Javier wants to join IVETA’s executive team to put IVETA’s values into practice and promote greater cooperation and collaboration between individuals and organisations. Javier had taken leadership roles organising conferences, professional development and networking opportunities.


Dr. P.T.Rajan, Ph.D  has been serving as the Principal of Karpagam Polytechnic College, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu State of India since 1999. He has been serving in the field of Technical Education for more than 30 years at various positions. He was awarded prizes for having guided best projects of Polytechnic students by the Govt.of Tamilnadu. He is also a winner of National Merit Scholarship for his high school studies. Dr.Rajan has published papers in International Journals and also presented papers in National and International conferences. He was also a referee for selecting and reviewing the research papers  for International journals and conferences. He visited many foreign countries to present papers in conferences and attend training programmes. He is also an invited speaker in conferences on Vocational Education. Dr.Rajan holds membership in Indian Society for Technical Education and IVETA and imparts various short term vocational training programmes for the youth and women through his college. He is an active social worker and contributing his expertise for NGOs.

Reelected: (Click on the Region/Name for Candidate information)

Hakan Kahramaner 

Brenden D. Tempest-Mogg

Nigel S. Forgenie

Jaafar Abdulla

John S. Gaal


Dr.Ndione Chauluka, Malawi


Margo Couldrey is the Director of Lista Consulting which she established in 2005, and is a former senior executive in the Australian National Training Authority (ANTA). Margo has had executive leadership experience across diverse policy areas including managing Commonwealth/State relations, working with national committees to achieve policy reforms in Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) system and 10 years in the administration of human rights and anti-discrimination law.

She has had significant experience advising governments, industry, and training providers on training system policy and practice, and strategies to lift workforce productivity and participation and investment in skills.  Much of her current work occurs at the interface between Commonwealth, States and Territories and industry.

Margo has been a member of IVETA since 2013 and attended the 2014 international IVETA conference in Helsinki where she presented a workshop on portable skills for a global economy.  She is particularly interested in ways to improve access and outcomes in VET for learners and industry.

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