Professor Dato’ Dr. See Ching Mey

Community Engagement: A Bridge for the University and Community

Brief Bio:
Ching Mey See (PhD) is a Professor at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia. She is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Industry and Community Network. As a Deputy Vice-Chancellor, she links the industry and community to the University and works toward collaboration in research; consultancy; knowledge transfer; and industry/community engage-ment projects and activities.
Professionally she is an educational and counselling psychologist. Prof. See is a prominent leader in the field of psychology, counseling and special education.
Nationally, she is the Secretary of the Board of Directors, Association of Resource & Education for Autistic Children; a volunteer principal of Lions REACH; and sat on the Lembaga Kaunselor (Board for Counsellors) in Malaysia from 2000 – 2012. She is the founding President of the Penang Counselling and Psychology Association (PACP).
On the international front, Prof. See is a Regional Vice-President for East-Asia, International Play Association (IPA); Executive Council Member, International Association for Counseling (IAC); Regional Director of Asia-Pacific, National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC); Board of Directors, National Board of Certified Counselors International (NBCC-I); Board Member, Asia-Pacific Association of Psychotherapists (APAP); and immediate Past President of the Association of Psychological and Educational Counsellors of Asia-Pacific (APECA).
She has published 16 academic books and more than 200 international and national academic journal papers/chapters. She has also presented over 350 academic papers at national and international seminars and conferences on counseling, psychology, mental health, special education and community engagement.
She is the Chief Editor of the Journal of Counseling, APECA; and is an Editorial Board Member for 11 international journals and two national journals.

Prof. Vimla Nadkarni

Brief Bio:
Prof. Vimla Nadkarni, PhD (Social Work), MA (Social Work), BGL, is the President of International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW). She is also a Professor and Chairperson at Centre for Teaching-Learning Support to Network for Enhancing Social Work Education, School of Social Work (SSW) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Her areas of interest include community health, social work theory, social work education, health and human rights, ecology and health, monitoring and evaluation of health and social work programmes (including HIV/AIDS, Social Protection).
In addition to working towards strengthening social work education, its spread and enhancing quality through the IASSW globally, Prof. Vimla is working towards facilitating  process of “Re-thinking and Re-imagining social work education in India” through a faculty working group in the School of Social Work, facilitating the formation of a National Network/ Consortium on Social Work Education in India and publishing quarterly updates on IASSW regularly for the International Social Work Journal (Sage Publications), and the online Social Dialogue magazine of IASSW. You can watch her videos at

Carolyn Noble

Social work and Community Welfare: Taking community-campus engagement agenda forward

Brief Bio:
Carolyn Noble, PhD is Inaugural Professor of Social Work at NPI/ACAP in Sydney, Australia and Emerita Professor of Social Work, School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. She has been involved with International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and Asia Pacific Schools of Social Work (APASWE) from 1988 in various positions. She is co-editor of two APASWE books on social work education and supervision across the Asia Pacific and more latterly co-edited a book for IASSW focusing on social work education across the globe. She is editor-in-chief of IASSW’s social dialogue magazine Her research interests include social work ethics, work-based learning and community engagement and theory development in social work. Further areas of research include gender democracy and equal employment opportunity for women in higher education and human services.

Anuradha Koirala

Brief Bio:
Ms. Anuradha Koirala is an activist and founder of Maiti Nepal, who has dedicated her life to combating trafficking and exploitation of women and children. She started Maiti Nepal in 1993 with the aim of providing services for both children and women who have endured untold pain and suffering, often in silence as a result of trafficking within and from Nepal for commercial sexual exploitation.
After establishing Maiti Nepal, she plunged into the service of humanity. Her first work was setting up of a rehabilitation home so that she could provide a home to those who have nowhere else to turn to. Now, Maiti Nepal has three prevention homes, nine transit homes, two hospices and a high school. More than one thousand children are getting direct services from Maiti Nepal every day. Her continuous struggles has also led the Government of Nepal to recognize anti –trafficking day on 5th of September every year.
Ms. Koirala has been provided 30 national and international awards in recognition of her courageous acts and lifetime achievements furthering the cause of children’s and women’s rights. Some of the international awards include German UNIFEM Prize 2007, Queen Sofia Silver Medal Award 2007, The Peace Abbey, Courage of Conscience 2006 etc. Her achievements include liberating twelve thousand girls from brothels, providing ART before the government of Nepal could initiate this process. On 23rd September, 2010, Ms. Koirala was awarded CNN Heroes Award. This honour to the daughter of Nepal is a Pride for our Nation.
Ms. Koirala is self-motivated person relishing new and dynamic challenges with a leadership role if required in a team environment or independently.
For more information about Maiti Nepal and Ms. Koirala’s contributions, visit

Anil Chitrakar

Brief Bio:
Anil is trained as an engineer and energy planner at the University of Rajasthan (India) and the University of Pennsylvania (USA).
He started his career as an energy engineer for the Academy of Science and Technology when he traveled to remote areas of Nepal to transfer renewable energy technologies. He then launched the Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) which aims to mobilize the youth and school children to be the link between the supply side of solutions and the demand side and enable learning outside the classroom. His work has been recognized by the Ashoka Fellowship. Anil received the Global Development Marketplace Award for the Solar Tuki at the World Bank in 2005. He also received the Tech Museum Award in Silicon Valley for this work.
He then joined the team that implemented the National Conservation Strategy for Nepal and went on to head the IUCN Nepal office. With the election of a democratic Mayor of Kathmandu, Anil joined the Kathmandu Metropolitan City as a member of the City Planning Commission where he focused his effort on heritage conservation and environmental management.
Anil has also managed venture funds for environmental groups all over Nepal with financial support from USAID and later the Embassy of Finland. In 1993 he was one of the 100 “Global Leaders for Tomorrow” awardees at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Anil spent three years in Washington DC at Ashoka helping to design and expand the social venture capital model to over forty countries globally. Anil has written a book, Take the Lead, Nepal’s Future has Begun. He is a regular contributor to leading business publications and lectures at business schools. He is president of Siddharthinc.

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Simone Galimberti

The power of inclusive volunteering, building a mass movement to change perspectives on disability discourse.

Brief Bio:
Simone Galimberti, holds a degree in political science from UCSC (Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, He has been volunteering and working in the development sector with a particular focus on education, accountability,governance and school health for the last 10 years first in Angola and since 2007 in Nepal. Together with Dr Nikku of NSSW he pioneered two editions of the course on volunteerism and social work that was held in Kathmandu in 2010 and 2011. He is the co-founder of ENGAGE, inclusive change through volunteering, a local organization based in Kathmandu that powers volunteerism as a trans-formative tool. He is the founder of sharing4good, an open, inclusive sharing platform. You can reach him at:

Associate Professor Dr. Aileen Tan Shau Hwai

Brief Bio:
Associate Professor Dr. Aileen Tan is the Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific University-Community Engagement Network (APUCEN). As the Executive Director, she is responsible to ensure and encourage networking and collaboration at country and reginal levels amongst the APUCEN Member institutions and countries.
Professionally, her field of expertise is marine science, especially in mariculture and conservation, which has earned her vast recognition both national and internationally. She was the first Malaysian who has successfully culture the oysters from eggs and sperms through artificial spawning. She has also extended her success on other invertebrates such as giant clams, sea cucumber, nudibranch, pearl oysters, mussels etc. She is a pioneer researcher in mariculture involving invertebrates. She has won several awards both national and international for her research on mariculture. She is a consultant in setting up bivalve hatcheries in USA, Vietnam and Thailand since 1993. She has many research collaborations with scientists from Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, China, Australia, USA, UK and Denmark.
To date, she had published more than 100 articles in various scientific journals, monography, proceedings, conferences and seminars.
Besides doing science, she is also involved in building human capacity where she was awarded the Best Women Scientist for her work in guiding the women-folks in Johore Islands in earning their own income through the giant clam conservation programme. She is now actively encouraging the rural coastal communities in culturing oysters and mussels to promote “green aquaculture” as well as to create a sustaible income for the local communities.
Dr. Aileen Tan had been involved in national expeditions ie. The Research on Islands and Seas of Malaysia (2004), the Prime Scientific Expedition to the South China Sea (2010) and the Mini Expedition on the Northern Straits of Malacca (2012). She played an important role in studying the biodiversity of marine invertebrates as well as monitoring the water quality of Malaysian Seas. She is currently working closely with scientists from Thailand and Hong Kong on the effect of climate change and ocean acidification on marine invertebrates, namely the corals and molluscs.