What is IVETA?

IVETA is an organization and network of vocational educators, vocational skills training organizations, business and industrial firms, and other individuals and groups interested or involved in vocational education and training worldwide. IVETA is dedicated to the advancement and improvement of high-quality vocational education and training wherever it exists and wherever it is needed.

IVETA is working to create a new era in communication among vocational educators around the globe. Members include practitioners, researchers, and students in the field of vocational education and training as well as institutions, organizations, and companies actively engaged in human resource development.

IVETA History and Administration

IVETA was conceived in 1984 by a group of technical and vocational educators who wanted to facilitate the sharing of knowledge between developing and developed countries. The Constitution was adopted in 1985 at a General Assembly and provides for the election of an Executive Committee to manage IVETA activities. The Executive Committee is composed of 13 officers who serve two-year terms and include a: President, President Elect, General Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, and 8 Regional Vice Presidents.

IVETA is an independent organization and is registered as a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in the USA. IVETA financing is from membership dues. IVETA has individual and/or organizational members in over 50 countries in all regions of the World and has linkages with many major national, bilateral, and international development organizations working in the field of technical and vocational education.

IVETA celebrated its 30 Year Anniversary in 2014. Some more of the history of IVETA can be found in these documents:

The Origins of IVETA


IVETA is an international network of vocational educators and service providers dedicated to the advancement and improvement of high-quality vocational education and training wherever it exists and wherever it is needed.


1. Promote excellence and quality in vocational education and training.

2. Provide support and services to members across the global TVET community.

3. Actively advocate on behalf of members and create a strong and united voice on behalf of the TVET community.


Dato Baharudin AbdullahIVETA President
Sandra PoirierExecutive Secretariat
Chinyere Shirley AyonmikeVice-President (East & West Africa)
Ali Sher Mohamed
Ali Sher MohamedRegional Vice-President (Eastern Europe and Central Asia)
John GaalIVETA President Elect
Davison MupingaVice-President (North America)
Bahjat Sandouka
Bahjat SandoukaRegional Vice-President (Middle East and Northern Africa)
Vijeta BhatiaSecretary-General
Bob MahlmanUSA - IVETA Past President
Dr Julian NgVice President (Europe)
Wilson Makulumiza Nkhoma
Wilson Makulumiza NkhomaRegional Vice-President (South Africa)
Brenden Tempest-MoggUK - Executive Director
Carmel ThompsonVice President (East Asia & The Pacific)
Sri GanesRegional Vice-President (South Asia)

Finance Committee

  • Dr Brenden Tempest-Mogg (Chair)
  • Dr John Gaal
  • Dr Julian Ng
  • Dr Sandra Poirier
  • Dr Carmel Thompson