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Mr.Katsunori Fujii, Chairperson, Workability Asia
Katsunori Fujii is the Executive Director of the KYOSAREN, Japan Association of Community Workshops for People with Disabilities.
He started his career in the disability field as a teacher at a special school for children with physical disabilities run by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. From the mid- 1970s, he participated in the establishment of sheltered workshops for people with severe disabilities and took a key role to set up a network of such sheltered workshops in 1977, which later became KYOSAREN, and today there are around 2,000 member organizations nationwide. He also opened a first sheltered workshop for people with psychiatric disabilities in Japan in 1970s.
He was appointed as the Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Japan Disability Forum which was established in 2004 as a network of major disability organizations of Japan. JDF is working as a counterpart of the Government in the promotion of the rights of people with disabilities, and in creating disability related policies.
He was honoured as one of ten Asia-Pacific Champions of Disability Rights for the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons 2013-2022 by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General, ITU
Malcolm Johnson was elected Deputy Secretary-General of the ITU on 24 October 2014 and started his mandate on 1 January 2015.
From 2007 to 2014, he served as Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB). In this post, he spearheaded activities in cybersecurity, climate change and accessibility. He increased the involvement of developing countries and academia in ITU’s standards activities, introduced free downloading of ITU–T Recommendations, and initiated a programme to address developing-country concerns over lack of interoperability and conformity to ITU standards. He achieved a threefold increase in the activities of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector without increasing its budget.
Between 2003 and 2006, Mr Johnson was International Coordinator at the United Kingdom’s Office of Communications (Ofcom), where he had lead responsibility for the United Kingdom in ITU.
From 1992 to 2003, he was Director of the United Kingdom’s Radio communications Agency and European Coordinator for WRC‑93, WRC‑95 and WRC‑97.
Between 1988 and 1992, he worked in the European Commission’s Telecommunication Regulations Division, where he represented the Commission in the Council and the Parliament of the European Union.
Born in Trallwng, Wales, United Kingdom, Mr Johnson graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff, with MSc and BSc (1st class honours) degrees in 1976. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, an Honorary Professor of Amity University and an Academician of the International Telecommunication Academy. He is fluent in English and French, and has some knowledge of Spanish.
Dipesh Sutariya, Co-Founder and CEO of Enable India
A non profit organization that works for the economic independence and dignity of persons with disability across India, since 1999. Dipesh Sutariya is transforming attitudes towards employment of the disabled and creating a new market in which the needs of the corporate sector are met by a growing group of disabled professionals who will dispel the myths and stereotypes about hiring persons with disability.
Dipesh holds a Masters degree in computer science, from U.S.A. With the mix of corporate and development experience of over 24+ years he has brought the professional balance to the sector of disability. He is a learner and a catalyst leader who can provide strategic direction to the development sector. He is also an Executive council and founding member of the DNA(Disability NGOs Alliance).
Sophie Guerin, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, APJC at Dell Inc
Responsible for setting and driving Dell’s diversity & inclusion strategy, serving team members in 18 countries. In APJC she focuses on delivering on Dell’s promise to team members to create an environment for them to do their best work.
Located in Singapore, she is a recognized expert on diversity & inclusion in Asia and speaks frequently at industry forums on the topic. She is the author of “Silicon Valley: A Look at Diversity Data Transparency” and co-author of a Community Business study, “Examining Diversity & Inclusion from an Asian Perspective.” Sophie served as a member of the official US Delegation to the 2017 APEC Women and the Economy Summit at the invitation of the U.S. State Department.
Mr. Thiradej Chirathivat, Chief Executive Officer, Central Restaurants Group at The Central Group
Mr. Chirathivat serves as Chief Executive Officer of Central Restaurants Group Co., Ltd. Mr. Chirathivat served as Chief Executive Officer of Quick Service Restaurant Operations at Central Plaza Hotel Public Co Ltd. and served as its Executive Director of Fast Business Group Operations.
He served as Senior Executive Vice President – Food business at Central Plaza Hotel Public Company Limited and served as its Director. He serves as a Director of Central Restaurants Group Co., Ltd.
Dr. Stian Thoresen, Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr. Stian Thoresen research interests are centred on social justice and equity for people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. Past and current projects include ‘Individual Supported Living’ for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, disability-inclusive development, employment and training, health, and social inclusion.
Education PhD in Social Work and Social Policy, Apr 2009 Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia Postgraduate Diploma in Social Welfare, Feb 2005 Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia Bachelor with Major in Contemporary History, Jul 2003 Lillehammer University College, Lillehammer, Norway Employment Senior Research Fellow (ALC), Jun 2013 – Current School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia Research Associate (ALB), Apr 2011 – May 2013 Centre for Research into Disability and Society School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia Research Assistant (HECS Level 7), Oct 2009 – Apr 2011 Centre for Research into Disability and Society School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work Curtin University (Perth, WA, Australia) Research Officer (ALA), Nov 2008 – Oct 2009 Department of Social Work School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia Sessional Staff, Aug 2006 – Jun 2007 Department of Social Work School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia Volunteer, Oct 2003 – Dec 2003 Health Education Programme William Mmutle Masetlha Foundation, Private Bag RW 199X, Lusaka, Zambia.
Joycelyn Garcia, Exec.Vice Pres./ Chief Operations Officer, Tahanang Walang Hagdanan (TWH) and Board Auditor – WAsia
Joy is an active advocate for persons with disability in the Philippines. In her quest for change she organizes advocacy and lobbying activities, attended consultations and policy change/formulation promoting rights-based society.
Together with NCDA, she organizes group discussion and capacity building from the grassroots level. As a strong advocate for women with disability she also joined consultations, talk about different concerns e.g. violence against women, sexual and reproductive health issues i.e. “the right to have a family”.
TWH is proud to be a member of WAsia, Joy believes that this cooperation would strengthen and sustain the enterprising capacity of the center and for the whole populace to understand that work and employment will alleviate poverty in this country.
Mr. Gerald L. Davis, President of Workability International
Jerry Davis has been President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Texas (GICT)* since 1998. GICT serves fifteen Central Texas counties surrounding the state capital of Austin.
The organization provided 77,789 services to 13,297 people with barriers to employment in 2015. GICT employs over 1,200 people and generated revenues of $72M last year, making it the 15th largest of 183 Goodwill organizations worldwide. GICT is known for its standout staffing services, youth programs and electronic recycling/reuse programs, as well as its distinctly branded retail operation.
Davis holds a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy (Ohio State University) and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Services Administration (DePaul University). He is a Rotarian and is active in community affairs, local boards and his church.
Jerry, his wife Theresa and his two grown children enjoy soccer, travel, reading and gardening. GICT serves fifteen Central Texas counties surrounding the state capital of Austin.
Mr. Somkid Somsri, Department of Empowerment of Person with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Government of Thailand
- 2007 – 2008 Development of Society and Human Security in Phichit Province
- 2008 – 2009 Social Development and Human Security in Satun Province
- 2009 – Jul 2012 Director, Office of Academic Support and Support Assistant District Inspectorate
- Jul 11 - Oct 31, 2012 Deputy Director, Office of Welfare and Child Protection, Youth and the Elderly
- November 1, 2012 – November 10, 2557 Associate Professor Department of Social Development and Welfare
- 11 Nov 2556 – 30 Sep 2556 Inspector General of Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
- October 1, 2016 – Present Director General, Department of Empowerment of Person with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Government of Thailand
Executive Training Program, Class 65/66, Office of the Civil Service Commission
Public Administration and Public Law Class 11, King Prajadhipok’s Institute
National Defense College 2013
Korea, Japan, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, France, England, etc.
Social Work, Children and Youth, Elderly People, People with Disabilities
Ms. Aiko Akiyama, Social Affairs Officer, Social Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Ms. Aiko Akiyama was a Policy Aide to a member of the House of the Representatives in Japan and specialized in promotion of disability issues within the legislative body by facilitating meetings between organizations of persons with disabilities and parliamentarians.
Prior to that, Akiyama was a project coordinator at the Japan Pacific Resource Network (NGO), California and Free-lance Interpreter/Translator/Writer. Her publications/translations include translation of “No Pity” by Joseph Shapiro (2000); journalistic description of the U.S. disability movements; translation of Californian system for people with Developmental Disabilities, “Retarding Environment” (1998); and, papers on Asian Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons and others both in English and Japanese (2002-present).
Akiyama received her Bachelor Degree, Honorary graduates, in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master Degree in Disability Studies from the University of Leeds.
Katrina leads Diversity and Inclusion, EY across Asia Pacific
Katrina is an experienced executive with demonstrated skills in leadership, strategy, governance, change management, board and C-suite stakeholder management, marketing, corporate administration, strategic and financial analysis, risk and operations. Broad industry experience including banking and finance, professional services (legal, accounting and real estate), membership organisations and not for profit
An experienced non-executive director, prior board positions include Chair of Advisory Board, Deputy Chair and Company Secretary, Museum and Gallery Services Queensland; Queensland State Councillor, Governance Institute of Australia and President Brisbane Boys College Parent’s and Friend’s Association.
Katrina builds sophisticated relationships and high performing teams in complex environments, driving sustainable growth by guiding Boards and organisations through positive change journeys.
Ms. Deborah Wan, Vice Chairperson, Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities and Vice President, Workability Asia
Deborah Wan, a registered social worker of Hong Kong, has been working as the CEO of New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association from 1981 to 2009. Ever since retirement in 2009, I have been actively doing volunteer work in the rehabilitation and mental health fields.
I am currently the Immediate Past President of the World Federation for Mental Health, the Chair of the Subcommittee of Employment of Rehabilitation Advisory Committee of Hong Kong. As the Vice Chairperson of the Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities, I represent Hong Kong at Workability Asia, serving as the Vice President from June 2012 and as a Director of Workability International from October 2012.
Mr. Suporntum Mongkolsawadi, Secretary General, The redemptorist foundation of people with Disabilities, Thailand and Chairperson, Workability Thailand
- Master of Arts (Political Economy) Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
- Master of Social Welfare (Management of Social Welfare Project) Huachiew Chalermprakiat University, Bangkok
- Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) Ramkamhaeng University, Bangkok
- Professional Training in Computer Programming at the Redemptorist Vocational School for the Disabled, Pattaya City, Chonburi
- Principal of the Redemptorist Vocational School for the Disabled
- Managing Director of the Redemptorist Job Placement for People with Disabilities
- Secretary General of the Redemptorist Foundation for People with Disabilities
- Member of Advisory Board on Disability to the Prime Minister
- Expert on Social Welfare for Social Welfare Commissioner, House of Representative
- Sub-committee on Employment Promotion of Social Development and Human Security Ministry
- Being advisor or committee in various boards such as Secretary General of the Redemptorist Foundation for People with Disabilities, Committee of Wheelchair and Friendship of Asia (Thailand), Advisor to Disabled Persons Council of Thailand, and Advisor to Sports Association for the Disabled of Thailand etc.
- Founder of Wheelchair Tennis Club of Thailand, Wheelchair Basketball Club of Thailand, Wheelchair Racing Association of Thailand etc.
- Board Member of Workability Asia
- President of Workability Thailand