8th Round Table Asia-Pacific – 17 & 18 September 2020 – Seoul




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Cyril Ritchie

President of UIA


President of UIA – Union of International Associations (since 2017)

First Vice-President of CoNGO – Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (since 2018), formerly President (2011-2018)

Honorary President of the Council of Europe Expert Council on NGO Law (since 2018), formerly President (2008-2018)

Senior Policy Advisor of WFC – World Future Council (since 2012)

Chair of ELCI – Environment Liaison Centre International (since 2000)

Titular of the World Order of the Smile (since 1979)

President of ICSFD – International Civil Society Forum for Democracy (2006)

Chair of WOCSOC – World Conference on Civil Society (1999)

Executive Director of ICVA – International Council of Voluntary Agencies (1964-1978 and 1990-1991)

Mr. Octavio ‘Bobby’ Peralta

Secretary General, Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP)
Founder & CEO, Philippine Council of Associations & Association Executives (PCAAE)


Mr. Peralta, Filipino, is presently the Secretary General of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP), the focal point of 87 development banks and other financial institutions engaged in sustainable development financing in 36 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region. He is the immediate past Secretary General of the World Federation of Development Financing Institutions (WFDFI), the umbrella organization of 328 development banks in 154 countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East. As a long-standing member of and contributor to the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and an advocate for the continuing professionalization of association governance and management, he is the Founding Chairman and currently Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE), the national umbrella organization of associations in the country. He is also a member of the Union of International Associations (UIA). In these capacities, Mr. Peralta initiated the formation of the Asia-Pacific Federation of Association Organizations (APFAO) comprising of same-purposed institutions in Australia, South Korea and the Philippines.

Rachana Thummala

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies


biography and photo coming soon

Dr Christie Chang

Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women


Dr. Christie (Yu-ling) Chang is a leading Buddhist activist, among other things, prominently active in Sakyadhita: the International Association of Buddhist Women – an organisation she headed between 2009-2013 and has continued to Chair its biennial international conference organizing committee till this date. Christie is also one of the eight presidents of the International Buddhist Confederation since 2017, and she also Chairs the Steering Committee for the International Lay Buddhist Forum (ILBF) since 2014. Professionally, Dr. Chang is a prolific linguist, translator and educator, leading the CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) programs at National Chengchi University (Taipei) between 2001 to 2020. Currently, Dr. Chang is working on a book, trying to share her reflections as well as to pass on her years of experiences onto our younger generations.

Mr Zar Gomez

Regional Coordinator, Caritas Asia


Zar GOMEZ has been the Regional Coordinator of the Caritas Confederation in Asia for nearly nine years now. He is responsible for the over-all management of the regional secretariat of Caritas Asia, which has its office in Bangkok, Thailand. He leads the team in operationalizing and mobilizing adequate resources for the regional strategic priorities of Caritas Asia. He also manages the smooth collaboration, coordination, and communication systems among the 25 national Caritas Member Organizations in Asia, as well as, other Caritas national and regional organizations in Africa, Europe, North America, Middle East, Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean,. He also leads Caritas Asia in fulfilling its role as service provider, under a special contract, to the Europe-Asia Partnership for Capacity Building on Humanitarian Action (PEACH), which is a project under the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission.

Before assuming his current responsibilities in Caritas Asia, Zar Gomez worked with Caritas Philippines for ten years, as head of the Project Services and Resource Mobilization Unit, and later, as Country Program Head. In total, he is now on his 19th year with the global Caritas Confederation, which consists of 165 Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations, operating in over 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Dr Wai Yie Leong

Member of Board of Directors, International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists


Wai Yie is currently the Dean of Engineering and Information Technology, Mahsa University. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering (Hons I) from The University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia in 2005. She has authored 6 book series and more than 100 papers that highlight the innovation on Electronics and Biomedical Engineering. Wai Yie is currently the Chairlady of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (Malaysia Local Network) , the EXCOMM Member, Council Member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia and Immediate Chairperson of Women Engineers Section, Malaysia. Board of Directors of International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists, Honorary Secretary of Women Engineers, The ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (WEAFEO), and Committee Member of World Federation of Engineering Organisation (Women in Engineering Committee). She is specialized in medical signal processing and telecommunications research. She has been researching on RFID, wireless sensor networks, ultra-wideband and wireless communications, and on Brain Signal Processing for signal conditioning and classification in various EEG-based mental tasks. She has developed a gait analysis system and upperlimb tracking system. The novel bio-informatics technique has been commercialized and licensed to healthcare companies to extract important features on the biomedical signals. Her research works have contributed to cultural enrichment, quality of life, health and well-being and enhanced the biomedical research capacity, knowledge and skills of businesses and organisations. The research project has also contributed toward wealth creation growth of biomedical companies, business revenue and innovative capacity. She has been successfully attracting R&D investment from business. Wai Yie has received the IEM Women Engineer of the Year 2018, IEM Presidential of Excellence Award 2016 & 2015, INTI Outstanding Alumni Award for Academic Excellence 2016, She is specialized in medical signal processing and telecommunications, and has received the Ten Outstanding Young Malaysian 2017, Top Research Scientists Malaysia 2017, ASEAN Meritorious Service Award 2017, IEM Best Paper Award 2015, MRRI2013 Best Paper Award 2013, Richard Jago Research Prize in 2004 and Trailblazer Innovation Award in 2005, in Australia. Wai Yie has been actively involving in Women In Technology (Brisbane) and has received the Smart-State-Smart-Women Award presented by Queensland Government, Australia, in 2005. She has over 10 years research and industry experience in Australia, Singapore, United Kingdom and Malaysia, with special interest in biomedical signal & image processing, smart control, telecommunications and wireless sensor networks. She also the 2013 Young Scientist (by Academy of Sciences Malaysia), and has been elected at the Chair of International Networking Group of Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM). She has been representing women engineers to meeting and discussion at United Nation

Ryan Brubaker

UIA – Union of International Associations


Ryan has worked as a web and database developer at UIA since 2011. He is responsible for the user interface of UIA's databases, the ongoing development of its website and the visual identity of the organization. He also provides regular training sessions on the use of UIA's Yearbook of International Organizations and International Congress Calendar digital publications. Before joining UIA, Ryan ran a communications design studio crafting online identities for associations and small businesses.