Scientific Committee

Gideon Arulmani

Conference Chair

Dr. Gideon Arulmani, is a clinical psychologist with an M.Phil in Medical and Social Psychology from the National Institute for Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (India) and a doctoral degree in Career Psychology from the University of Portsmouth (UK). He holds an advanced diploma in Counselling and diplomas in Philosophy and Theology. He is the Founder and Managing Trustee of The Promise Foundation, headquarted in Bangalore, India.

Gideon has, for the last 15 years, been involved in conducting research and developing applications from the behavioural sciences that would contribute to the prevention of emotional distress and enhance psychological well being among adolescents and youth. A significant aspect of his work has focused on the psychological linkages between poverty and development. Over the recent past his research interests have focused on culture specific methods and techniques that could sharpen the contextual relevance of counselling.

Gideon has been a pioneer in researching and the career development needs of young people in India and the developing world. His work has contributed to the development and standardisation of career education programmes that have reached many thousands of young people. His research has been presented through invited presentations at international conferences as well as in scientific journals and book chapters. He is well known for his book: Career Counselling - A Handbook, McGraw Hill, 2004. Gideon is presently leading the Jiva Project that addresses capacity building for career psychology in the Indian context.

Gideon is a consultant to the World Bank, UNICEF and the Asian Development Bank, for whom he has executed assignments on guidance and counselling in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. He is a member of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance and an Honorary Research Fellow, University of Portsmouth, UK. He is an International Fellow of the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling, UK and Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury Christ Church, UK. He is the president of the newly created Indian Association for Career and Livelihood Planning. He is an expert resource person to the National Curriculum Focus Group and the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India for its projects on counselling and guidance. He is a member of the Working Group for Adolescents' Development and Youth Affairs for the Government of India's 11th Five Year Plan.

Gideon's strongest passion is making wine! He has a small vine yard, where he grows an Indian version of Shiraz and has just bottled his first wine!

Charles N. Ugwuegbulam, JP

Secretary General of the Counselling Association of Nigeria

Dr. Charles Ugwuegbulam is a professional Counsellor Educator. He holds degrees in Guidance and Counselling. He teaches at Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. He is a facilitator at the Regional training workshop held annually at the Guidance, Counselling and Youth Development Centre for Africa in Lilongwe, Malawi. In Nigeria, he is currently the Secretary General of the Counselling Association of Nigeria. He is an active member of the Association. He was one time the Public Relations Officer of the Association of African Guidance Counsellors.

Dr. Ugwuegbulam's interest in counselling is borne out of very strong desire to work with and assist people. Presently, his interest in counselling is focusing on 'Counselling in emergencies' with a view of improving the mental health of those affected by disasters.

Ching Mey-See

Professor at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr. Ching Mey-See, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia. Her areas of research specialization are educational psychology, counseling psychology, counselor education, psychological testing, mental health, and special education.

She is a registered and licensed counselor. Her professional expertise and competence has been recognized through her appointment as a member of the Board for Counselors in Malaysia, Board Member of the Association of Psychological and Educational Counselors of Asia-Pacific (APECA), Board Member of the Asia Pacific Association of Psychotherapists (APAP), Council Member of the National Board of Certified Counselors International (NBCC-I), and the founder President of Penang Counseling and Psychology Association (PACP).

Dr. See has published five academic books and about 200 international and national academic journal articles. She is a reviewer and editorial board member for many journals nationally and internationally. She also serves as an advisor/consultant/committee member in various counseling, psychology and special children organizations in the local and national government.

She has received awards recognizing her contributions to community welfare that include several Outstanding Leadership and Service Awards from the Lions Clubs International; the meritorious service award (Pingat Jasa Kebaktian) from the Penang State Government; Maal Hijrah Excellence Award (For Academic Category) from Universiti Sains Malaysia; Sin Chew Da Ai Award (Sin Chew Kind Heart Award); and the Alumni Citizenship Award 2007 from the Ohio State University Alumni Association.

Elena S. Molchanova, MD.

Associate Professor of Psychology, American University, Central Asia; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Kyrgyz, Russian (Slavonic) University, Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, & Clinical Psychology

Based in Kyrgyzstan, Dr. Molchanova holds a doctor of medicine degree as well as a doctoral degree in Psychiatry. She has received advanced training in Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Group Therapy. She is an experienced teacher in both on-ground and on-line methods and regularly delivers courses on Cognitive Psychology, Psychological Testing, Theories of Personality (in Russian), Introduction to Counselling (in Russian), Clinical Psychology and Fundamentals of Psychiatry. She also conducts workshops on personal growth for professionals from different walks of life on stress management and optimal organizational psychological functioning.

She has varied research interests that include Fractal Geometry and Dynamic Chaos Theory in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, Psychological Anthropology, modern psychotherapeutic practice, Kyrgyz traditional culture and psychopathology, nosology and gender issues. Her work has been widely published through invited presentations at conferences and international journals. Dr. Molchanova is a member of the Kyrgyz Association of Clinical Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Psychiatrists, Russian Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology Association, Central Eurasian Studies Society, American Psychological Association and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH).

Hazel Reid

Principal lecturer and Director of the Centre for Career & Personal Development at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

An accomplished Career Psychologist, Dr. Reid lectures in the area of career and guidance theory; career counselling skills, supervision and research methods and is supervisor to a number of doctoral students. She is Chair of the Research Committee for the Institute of Career Guidance, a NICEC Fellow (National Institute of Careers Education & Counselling) and a Fellow of the Academy of Higher Education. She has published widely and presented papers at national and international conferences. Her consultancy work includes participation in a number of EU funded projects. Her current research is exploring and evaluating the development of narrative approaches for career guidance.

Jayashree Vyasarajan

Project Coordinator, Jiva Project, The Promise Foundation Bangalore, India

Jayashree is a Computer Scientist who decided to switch to the behavioural sciences! The reason for this dramatic career shift is that Jayashree's world view is strongly dictated by the conviction that every human being has a purpose to their lives which is closely tied to the individual's personhood. She believes that potentials are manifested through the work one does. When work becomes part of one's life, a means to living, as well as a tool to contribute to our society, it is called 'career'. Her interest in Career Psychology found its purpose on these premises. Jayashree joined the Jiva team 2 years ago and is presently amongst the first batch of students in India completing an M.Phil degree in Career Counselling and Livelihood Planning. She is an experienced career counsellor and meets young people through individual sessions as well as group workshops for career guidance and counselling. She is also a Master Career Counsellor Trainer and conducts training programmes to build the capacity of teachers, welfare officials, non governmental organisations and others, to deliver culture sensitive career counselling services. One of her key objectives is to examine the linkages between culture and career development and develop a system that would embrace the idea of 'career' to 'ways of living'.

Julio R. Gonzalez Bello

Lecturer at the University of Carabobo, Venezuela.

Professor Julio Gonzalez is one of the most well known professionals in the field of guidance and counselling in Latin America and was the President of the Latin American Network of Counseling Professionals. He is presently Vice President of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (2007-2011). Professor Gonzalez is a leading contributor to scientific journals devoted to the field of Guidance in Latin America and has been dedicated, in recent years, to spread the contributions of the region at international conferences. His papers have been presented in New Zealand (2009), Finland (2009), Mexico (2008), Argentina (2008), Italy (2007), Denmark (2006) and Portugal (2005).

Li-fei Wang

Professor at the National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Li-fei Wang, Ph.D. is a Professor at the National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan. She has been instrumental in creating and maintaining licensure status for counselling psychologists in Taiwan. She has published over 35 empirical studies and made over 60 presentations. She has also seven edited books to her credit. Dr. Wang has not only provided research services as a reviewer and editorial board member in her country and internationally, she has also served as an advisor/consultant/committee member of school counselling and counselling psychology policy in her local and national government. She has successfully collaborated with administrators in education to bring counselling psychologists into school systems. The program has been promoted around Taiwan. Dr. Wang also devotes herself to international work and has collaborated with American scholars to create a series of Bidirectional Cross-Cultural Immersion Programs and the first international dual degree master program in counselling psychology between the U.S. and Taiwan. She has been honoured with several awards for her leadership, research, professional services, and international work (e.g., Distinguish International Visiting Professor, University of Missouri; Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of the Counseling Profession Award). In 2007, she received the top counselling research award, the Moo-Dou Award, from the Union of Taiwan educational associations.

Linda Taylor OBE

Secretary General of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG)

Linda graduated in Social Sciences in the 1970s and joined Marks & Spencer plc as a Management Trainee before taking up the post of Assistant Staff Manageress in the Mansfield, Nottinghamshire store.

Following Careers Adviser training Linda worked in a variety of local authority Careers Service roles in Lancashire, Newcastle, Surrey and Central London.From January 2000 Linda was Chief Executive of Careers Essex delivering the universal service contract to the Essex Southend and Thurrock Connexions Partnership.

In 2004 Linda became Chief Executive of Connexions South London, where she worked in partnership with the 6 south London local authorities, local schools and colleges, the local Primary Care Trust's and other sectors bringing coherent support and information advice and guidance to local teenagers.

Linda has been an active member of the Institute of Careers Guidance, as Chairman of the London and South East Branch and twice as a National Council member. She completed a period as a Member on Council for the Careers Services National Association and was also a member of the Board of Governors at Canterbury College.

She has been a member of governments National Ministerial Apprentice Steering group and an active member of the National Association of Connexions Partnerships, the London 2012 Olympic Forum and the London Sector Skills Council.

Currently she Chairs the 'Go South Go' 2012 Olympic Task group and is a governor of Merton College.

Internationally, Linda has been Secretary General of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) since 1999 and was instrumental in bringing the Canadian curriculum-based experiential learning programme, the Real Game, to schools throughout England.

Linda has twice been awarded the prestigious ICG National Careers Awards. In 1999 for her work on 'The Real Game' and in 2006 for Research into 'Measuring Soft Outcomes'.During 1994 she was awarded the Freedom of the City of London and in 2004 she was made a Fellow of the Institute of Careers Guidance. In June 2008 she was mentioned in the Queens birthday honours list and awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for public and voluntary service to young people.

She lives in Wimbledon, London and has 24 year old twin daughters.

Malavika Kapur

Honorary Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

One of the most eminent psychologists of India, Dr. Kapur was the Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Bangalore University and has eight books and over 100 publications to her credit. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, the Indian Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and the National Academy of Psychology. She has been a consultant for organizations such as the WHO, UGC, NCERT, NIPCCD, ICMR and ICSSR. She has been twice awarded the scholar in residency at the Study and Conference centre, at Bellagio in Italy, by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Her areas of interest are Developmental Psychology, Community Mental Health Programmes for Children and Adolescents in Urban and Rural Schools, and Development of Assessment Tools and Intervention Packages for Children and Adolescents in the Indian Context. Her main contribution is her work of developing integrated models of mental health service delivery for children and adolescents. Her work is embedded in the cultural context as revealed in her Study of Child Care in Ancient India based on Ayurveda. Her other interests are fiction writing and trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Mantak Yuen

Associate professor, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Dr. Mantak Yuen served as a secondary school teacher, as a lecturer at Northcote College of Education, and as an educational psychologist with the Education Department (Psychological Services) of the Hong Kong Government. He received his professional training in Educational Psychology from the University College, London. He has a PhD degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Educational Psychology, and is now an associate professor at the University of Hong Kong. His academic and professional interests are in the areas of school counseling, gifted education, social-emotive learning and career development. Mantak is the course coordinator for an in-service teacher professional development course in gifted education and talent development. He is the principal investigator for the Life Skills Development Projects. He is a registered counselling and educational psychologist and supervises postgraduate research student dissertations. His other interests include travelling, table tennis, movies, photography, painting, and museums.

Mary McMahon

Senior Lecturer, School of Education, The University of Queensland, Australia

Dr. Mary McMahon coordinates and lectures in the career development specialisation of the Master of Educational Studies program and also lectures in the school guidance and counselling specialisation. Her research focuses on the career development of children and adolescents, narrative and storied approaches to career counselling, qualitative approaches to career assessment, and counsellor supervision. She has published widely and presented at national and international conferences. In 2002, Mary won the New Hobsons Press and the Australian Association of Career Counsellors Inc. Excellence award for outstanding contribution to the career industry. Mary is a representative to the Career Industry Council of Australia. As a consultant, Mary has contributed to several Australian career development projects.

Rènette du Toit

Research manager, EE Research Focus
Rènette du Toit

Rènette du Toit holds a DLitt et Phil (Psychology) degree from University of Johannesburg. She is a registered research psychologist at the Health Professions Council of South Africa and a member of the Career Guidance Consulting Group under the leadership of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

Rènette has been a researcher at the Human Sciences Research Coincil (HSRC) for 15 years. She was employed as a senior research specialist in the Employment and Economic Policy Research (EEPR) programme before she joined the unit for Education, Science and Skills Development. The last seven years of her career was spent in the area of human resources and skills development research. She resigned from the HSRC and joined EE Research Focus on 1 December 2007 as a research manager.

Rènette has experience in research design and methodology, planning and management of research projects and design of research instruments. Her direct research interests and activities relate to human resources and skills development, labour market issues, and career psychology. Her research outputs span client reports, journal articles, conference presentations, career guides, and a career guidance information technology system.

Salvatore Soresi

Professor of Psychology, University of Padova, Italy

Professor Soresi holds a doctoral degree in Vocational Psychology and in addition to his academic responsibilities is President of the SIO (Italian Society for Vocational Guidance) and the Director of the University Center on Disability. He is Member of the Scientific Committee of the Laboratory of Research and Intervention in Vocational Guidance and the Director of the post-graduate Master Course in Career Counseling. He is Editor of Giornale Italiano di Psicologia dell'Orientamento [Italian Journal of Vocational Psychology] and of Giornale Italiano delle Disabilita [Italian Journal of Disability]. He is a trainer and supervisor of the Italian Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy and the Italian Chapter of the Association for Behavior Analysis (ABA). He is an International Member of American Psychological Association, the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance and a member of the Scientific Committee, European Association for Down's syndrome.

Vasanthi Rajendran

Head of Department of Career Counselling, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Chennai, India

Dr.Vasanthi Rajendran began her career as Assistant Director at the National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad. She presently holds the important position of Head of Department of career counselling at the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD). She has over two decades of experience in training, research, documentation and dissemination in Rural and Youth development.

She is a member of the RGNIYD's Academic Council and chairperson for the post graduate Board of Studies in Career Counselling. Her work at the RGNIYD has included the preparation of a curriculum for a Master of Arts degree in Career Counselling and the execution of the first master's programme in career counselling in India.

Zhi-jin Hou

Associate professor of psychology department, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

An experienced counselling psychologist, Hou teaches the courses in the area of counselling process and technique, career and guidance theory; career counselling skills and is supervisor to a number of master students. She is a board member of Clinical and Counselling Psychology committee of Chinese Psychological Society. She is a Liaison of China in Division 16 counselling psychology of International Association of Applied Psychology and International Affiliate of APA. She is also in charge of the national university career counsellors' training of ministry of Education. She has published and presented papers at national and international conferences