IVETA Election Results - 2019-2020

IVETA President Elect – Term to begin Jan. 1, 2019 for two years, followed by a two-year term as IVETA President.  Three Candidates:

John Gaal

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.

Candidates for Regional Vice Presidents – Terms to begin Jan. 1, 2019 for two years

Eastern and Western Africa

Ayonmike Chinyere Shirley (Mrs.) Ph.D

Dr. (Mrs.) Ayonmike, Chinyere Shirley is a Lecturer in the Department of Technical and Business Education, Delta State University, Abraka Nigeria. She is the Head of Unit, Computer Science Education and Co-ordinator, Computer Science Education, Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) programme. She has special interest in Industrial Technology Education research, with over 20 research works published in both national and international reputable journals. Ayonmike C.S. has a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D) in Technical Education. A member of academic/professional bodies with distinctive contributions: International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA)-USA-Liaison-Officer (2014-date), Nigeria Vocational Association (NVA)-Treasurer (2011-date), member Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association(AVETRA), Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), and Association for Career Technical Education Research (ACTER). Ayonmike C.S. is happily married to Joseph and blessed with a lovely daughter Anino.


Wendy Cato

Wendy is a well-respected VET professional who has over 25 years working in the sector as a trainer/ assessor, managed four RTOs as well as providing quality consulting services and professional development services across Australia.  She has been the manager of the Linked In group RTO Professionals Discussion Group for the past 5 years, which has in excess of 5,500 Australian and international members that discuss many topics of relevance to national and international vocational education.

Wendy is recognised at both national and international levels as a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) specialist and as such has presented at a number of international and domestic forums on RPL including IVETA (Fiji), the Canadian Association of Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA), numerous VELG National Conferences and the Resources Training Council.

Wendy’s work during her term as the RTO Manager of Red R Australia (a humanitarian emergency response organisation) involved the identification of the need and processes for the recognition of the unaccredited training that is being broadly delivered by humanitarian agencies across Pacific nations in the areas of Logistics and Emergency Response. The process of RPL (in its various forms) is growing significantly internationally due to increase in people moving across countries / continents either voluntarily or involuntarily (refugees).

I believe I have much offer to the IVETA committee and IVETA members as a resource in regards to my broad range of experiences and networks.

EUROPE - One Candidate

Julian NG

I have been interested in TVET since I was a young lad. Despite being focused on an academic pathway, I was always encouraged to pursue extra-curricular activities and the breadth of the things I learnt have held me in good stead over the years and helped me to engage with people from all walks of life. I have a strong passion for education – to steer people towards seeing the lightbulbs brighten up with their own eyes, to enable them to discover the learning for their own selves. This, I have been fortunate to engender at all levels in my career as an educator – from kindergarten all the way to University. TVET has the added benefit of being hands-on. This further dimension to learning is an extremely powerful tool. I believe that TVET can show traditional academia that learning does not have to be dry and boring, yet still produce results that are exceptional.  IVETA, being an international organisation, can effect a lot of change. It has a non-partisan approach to learning and collaboration, both of which begin with the Committee and its members. It can link and liaise with governments, organisations and industry. If I am nominated, I would like to encourage more collaboration between members, initiate dialogues with industry and governments on IVETA’s behalf through discrete projects as well as generally. We can only succeed in our mission if we share and work together.


Davison M. Mupinga

I have been a active member of IVETA for over twelve years and have served the organization in various capacities, first as the IVETA Newsletter Editor and then as Editor of IVETA’s Journal of International Vocational Education and Training (IJVET).  I have extensive background and experience in vocational education and training, starting as a high school vocational education teacher, a community college instructor, and a career and technical teacher educator at universities in Zimbabwe and the United States.  I am currently an associate professor in career and technical teacher education at Kent State University. My research interests are in international technical and vocational education (TVET), specifically, program development and evaluation, and training of TVET teachers, trainers, administrators. In line with the purpose of IVETA, my desires as VP for North America, are to: a) continue creating opportunities for researchers and practitioners to share knowledge and expertise through forums such as conferences, online discussion forums, and conference proceedings; b) promote the IJVET as a tool to disseminate TVET information; and c) liaise with IVETA membership team to increase membership from North America.


Dato Sri Ganes

My foundation lies in TVET (Technical Education and Vocational Training). I founded and lead SG Education Group since 1999, which is the parent body of several five star rated skills training colleges across Malaysia. Accredited by the Department of Skills Development (DSD), under the purview of the Ministry of Human Resource Malaysia, SG Education is also accredited and recognised by prominent local and international institutions for its remarkable performance in the TVET industry. My goal is developing job-specific and industry centric training as an alternative pathway for those not inclined towards tertiary education. Moving along the transition towards digitisation, I have uniquely incorporated the skills and talents for Digital Economy in the TVET training in order to produce highly demanded workforce in the industry at international arena.

Further, I have shared, discussed and brainstormed ideas in the IVETA conferences since 2015 and has always been applauded for bringing the most beneficial information that will contribute to the IVETA community in line with its visionary missions. I contributed knowledge and funds to the noble efforts of IVETA with no hesitation, with the sole intention to enhance the preaching and practice of TVET throughout the world.

If I hold a position as an IVETA Executive Committee, it provides me a greater platform to spread the ideology of modern TVET that will contribute directly towards the nation building in which we recognise IVETA is the key that will open every country’s door to channel and distribute the knowledge and technology for TVET development.


Wendy Perry

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.

Open Positions:

East Europe and Central Asia

Southern Africa

Latin America and the Caribbean

Middle East and North Africa

Executive Director

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