International Vocational Education and Training Association

IVETA Officers

IVETA Officers and Officials 2019-2020

The IVETA Leadership Directory is listed below.  These officers represent all areas of vocational education and training.  For more information on becoming an officer, contact the Executive Secretariat.

 Please visit the Region page for links to background information on the Regional Vice Presidents. 

Dato Baharudin Abdullah, Malaysia - President

Dato Baharudin 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.

John Gaal, United States - President Elect

Dr. Gaal is the Director of Training and Workforce Development for the St. Louis-Kansas City-Carpenters Regional Council. As a labor representative, he currently serves on the St. Louis County Workforce Development Board, Missouri Workforce Development Board, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ Board of Directors (Chair, Committee on Apprenticeship, Training & Education), National Skills Coalition’s Leadership Council, and US-DOL’s ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERs.

Within the past decade, he completed terms of service on the US DOL’s Federal Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, International Vocational Education and Training Association’s Board of Directors, Association of Skilled and Technical Sciences’ President, SkillsUSA’s Board of Directors, Association for Career and Technical Education’s Board of Directors, and Board of Education at the St. Louis (AGC) Construction Careers Center Charter High School. Dr. Gaal received the Missouri Trade and Technical Outstanding Leadership Award in 2004, the Missouri NEA’s Horace Mann Award in 2007, the NAACP’s Labor Diversity Advocate Award in 2007, the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers 2008 Diversity Champion Award, the US Labor & Employment Relations Association’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2015 Outstanding Leader in TVET Award, and the 2016 St. Louis Construction Cooperative’s Dick Mantia Labor Award. John completed a union apprenticeship in carpentry over 30 years ago and has since earned an associate’s degree in construction management, a bachelor’s degree in architecture, master’s degree in international business, and a doctorate in organizational leadership.

In addition, he completed post-doctoral programs at Harvard University (Trade Union Leadership: 2009) and University of Florida (Marketing & Management: 2014). John was honored with two Fulbright (Specialist) Scholarships in Labor and Industrial Relations (Tokyo, Japan: 2010 and Toronto, Canada: 2015). He has published numerous articles on issues related to workforce development, education, and training. John was one of the chief architects of the BUD (Building Union Diversity) program in St. Louis that, since late 2013, has opened the career pathways to > 100 women and people of color in the construction industry. BUD has been recognized twice as a best practice by The White House. Dr. Gaal has been married for 34 years, has four children, and will soon begin his 23rd year as an adjunct professor at Webster University.

Bob Mahlman, USA - IVETA Past President

Wendy Perry, Australia - General Secretary

Fostering networks, exploring opportunities to collaborate worldwide, and learning from colleagues, all links to IVETA’s position as a leader on the future vision for vocational education and training.

Developing world-class TVET systems is a key personal goal and with over 22 years’ experience working across all Australian states and territories, and international connections in Bhutan, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and the USA, I’m keen to see world-leading TVET practice shared through IVETA.

Working across Education and Training including VET/Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET), Employment and Entrepreneurship, 21st Century Capabilities and Future Jobs, Workforce Planning and Development for Employers and Industry, Regions and Countries, I am the Managing Director of Workforce BluePrint, where I mentor people from all over the world.

As General Secretary, it is important to record IVETA’s decisions, meetings and planning accurately and in a way that reflects the purposes of IVETA.  A role that through the dissemination of information, engages IVETA members and broader audiences interested in VET.  I look forward to contributing more formally to IVETA, serving members and the international VET community, thank you.

Brenden Tempest-Mogg, UK - Executive Director

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