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Professor Tony Watts OBE

'This promises to be one of the most exciting professional conferences ever in the field of career guidance. Bringing together East and West, countries at different stages of economic development, and a variety of different cultural traditions, it could develop stronger roots for establishing career guidance on a global basis, grounded in respect for diversity.' Tony Watts

Professor Tony Watts is a self-employed international policy consultant on career guidance and career development, based in Cambridge, England. He is a Founding Fellow and Life President of the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling (sponsored by the Careers Research and Advisory Centre in Cambridge); Visiting Professor of Career Development at the University of Derby; and Visiting Professor at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Tony Watts holds degrees in history (Cambridge) and in sociology (York), and honorary degrees from The Open University, the University of Derby, and Edinburgh Napier University; he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A joint-founder of CRAC, he was Director of NICEC from 1975 to 2001. He has published a large number of books and articles on topics related to career development and policy implications for the implementation of careers services.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling (which he founded and edited or co-edited from 1973 to 1999) and the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance; and a member of the advisory boards of several other national and international journals.

Tony Watts has lectured in over fifty countries, and has carried out a number of comparative studies of guidance systems around the world, as well as acting as consultant to several transnational action projects. He has also been a consultant to various international organisations including the Council of Europe, the European Commission, OECD, UNESCO and the World Bank. From October 2001 to October 2002 he was a member of the OECD staff, working on a 14-country Career Guidance Policy Review; this has subsequently been extended through other bodies to cover 55 countries. His recent work has included a project for the European Training Foundation on career guidance in the Middle East, a review of Careers Services in New Zealand, and a review of Careers Wales for the Welsh Assembly Government. He is a consultant to the European Commission's new European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, and a member of the Board of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy. He was awarded an OBE in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to education.


Dr. H. Sudarshan

Hon Secretary: Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra

Padmashree Dr. Hanumappa Sudarshan in the 27 years he has worked with the Soligas, he has achieved remarkable feats, far beyond any that government efforts could ever have. Along the way, Dr.Sudarshan has retained many tribal moorings which give the Soligas their identity. He has incorporated traditional medicine into his own practice as well as in primary health centers. Dr.Sudarshan has also maintained integrity of purpose in his service which is exemplary. When the Swedish parliament awarded him the Right Livelihood Award (Alternate Nobel Prize) in 1994, Dr.Sudarshan donated the entire award money to the betterment of the Soligas. Drawn deeply into the lives of the people he serves, the doctor stood his ground in protest when the Soligas were dispossessed of their land by the government. Despite being arrested for this, he refused to yield, and went on an indefinite fast instead, at which the government quickly backtracked. The Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra, which he set up in 1981, has blossomed into a sustainable tribal development program with few peers anywhere in the country. It has the support of the government of Karnataka, and functions with the autonomy needed to be effective. For his part, from the very founding of the Kendra, the doctor assigned himself only supportive roles, leaving much of the decision-making authority to the Soligas themselves, and later to neighboring tribes as well.