Advisor / Katsunori Fujii / Japan
Katsunori Fujii is the Executive Director of the KYOSAREN, Japan Association of Community Workshops for People with Disabilities.
He started his career in the disability field as a teacher at a special school for children with physical disabilities run by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. From the mid- 1970s, he participated in the establishment of sheltered workshops for people with severe disabilities and took a key role to set up a network of such sheltered workshops in 1977, which later became KYOSAREN, and today there are around 2,000 member organizations nationwide. He also opened a first sheltered workshop for people with psychiatric disabilities in Japan in 1970s.
He was appointed as the Chairperson of the Executive Board of the Japan Disability Forum which was established in 2004 as a network of major disability organizations of Japan. JDF is working as a counterpart of the Government in the promotion of the rights of people with disabilities, and in creating disability related policies.
He was honoured as one of ten Asia-Pacific Champions of Disability Rights for the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons 2013-2022 by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
advisor / Hiroshi Ueno / Japan
Hiroshi Ueno worked as the manager of workshops for persons with disabilities in 20 years from 1989 in Tokyo, Japan in order to expand work and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
He served as the Secretary General of Workability Asia from 2009 to 2017 enlarging member organizations in the region of Asia and promoting several projects in strengthen the network.
He also served as a volunteer basis for the Government program in conducting the leadership training course inviting around 10 persons with different types of disabilities every year from the developing world.
He believes 20 years of experiences of the program was priceless to make a good network worldwide.
Advisor / Deborah Wan / Hong Kong China
Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities, Hong Kong, ChinaDeborah Wan, a registered social worker of Hong Kong, has been working as the CEO of New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association from 1981 to 2009. Ever since retirement in 2009, I have been actively doing volunteer work in the rehabilitation and mental health fields.
I am currently the Immediate Past President of the World Federation for Mental Health, the Chair of the Subcommittee of Employment of Rehabilitation Advisory Committee of Hong Kong. As the Vice Chairperson of the Hong Kong Joint Council for People with Disabilities, I represent Hong Kong at Workability Asia, serving as the Vice President from June 2012 and as a Director of Workability International from October 2012.
Chairperson / Suporntum Mongkolsawadi / Thailand
Suporntum holds Master of Arts (Political Economy) Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Master of Social Welfare (Management of Social Welfare Project) Huachiew Chalermprakiat University, Bangkok. Suporntum currently serves as Secretary General of the Redemptorist Foundation for People with Disabilities (RFPD), Pattaya Thailand in order to make the “Right Real” especially employment promotion. Suporntum has been leading for setting up a successful Vocational Training School and Job Placement Agency with almost 30 years of experience.
He is a member of Thai National Board for Empowerment of People with Disabilities chaired by the Prime Minister and various national and international bodies.
Vice Chairperson/ Dipesh Sutariya / India
Dipesh Sutariya is the Co-Founder and CEO of Enable India, a non profit organization that works for the economic independence and dignity of persons with disability across India, since 1999. Dipesh Sutariya is transforming attitudes towards employment of the disabled and creating a new market in which the needs of the corporate sector are met by a growing group of disabled professionals who will dispel the myths and stereotypes about hiring persons with disability.
Dipesh holds a Masters degree in computer science, from U.S.A. With the mix of corporate and development experience of over 24+ years he has brought the professional balance to the sector of disability. He is a learner and a catalyst leader who can provide strategic direction to the development sector. He is also an Executive council and founding member of the DNA(Disability NGOs Alliance).
Director / Patrick Yeh / Taiwan
Mr. Patrick Ying-Ping YEH, President of Eden Social Welfare Foundation【Taiwan】. Mr. Patrick Ying-Ping YEH from Eden Social Welfare Foundation in Taiwan has been volunteering as the member in the Board of Director for the past ten years. As an Executive Director, he is mainly in charge of the gospel and welfare also international affairs, distributing resources from abroad to around 80 service centers of EDEN within Taiwan. Besides being in charge of brother organization and overseas branch office affairs, he has connected outside resources to Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia, also our Vietnam Service Center in Ho Chi Minh City, China Sichuan service centers – set up for the 512 earthquake victims – which have now been transferred from rehabilitation service centers to a social enterprise. Mr. YEH is glad to share the EDEN Taiwan local experience with international participants, as well as to bring back precious feedback all the times.
Director / Dr.Shamim Ferdous / Bangladesh
Dr.Shamim Ferdous, Executive Director has been working in Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation a non-government and non-political organization working for the children disabilities and disadvantage since 1987.She is also conducted research on Child Disabilities and Child Protection.
She attended in the conference in India, France, Australia, Philippine, USA, England, Korea, Singapore, Cambodia, Bangkok, Vietnam, Japan, Saudi-Arabia, Srilanka and also attended in the several National conferences. More than twelve articles have been published in International and National Scientific Journals. She also involved as a consultant of World Bank to train a group of Doctors to work in community to identify children with disability in Ethiopia in2006.
She is actively involved in Income Generating Program, Inclusive Employment and Child Protection. She is the member of workability Asia, workability-International, Asia Oceania Child Neurology, South Asian Violence against Children, Bangladesh Society for Child Neurology, Development and Disability, Bangladesh Pediatric Association and Child Rights Governance Assembly.
Director / Hiroshi Ayuha / Japan
Mr.Hiroshi Ayuha, President of SELP
On behalf of the Japan Social Employment Council SELP), I am delighted to serve as one of the board members of Workability Asia. SELP is a member of Workability Japan which networks with 3 other organizations on disability and employment in Japan as well, namely KYOSAREN (Japan Association of Community Workshops for Disabled Persons), NPO Japan SELP Center and ZENCOLO.
In cooperation with their own members in all over Japan, SELP and other 3 organizations aim to raise awareness about work and employment of persons with disabilities, secure their income, participate in its policy-making process of issues related to work and employment of persons with disabilities at all levels, and research about persons with disabilities and workability. We hope to strengthen our networking and collaboration through the framework of Workability Asia. It is important and essential for us to learn more about the mentioned topics in the era of globalization in which diversity can be one key. It is expected that Workability Asia as one platform can accelerate our international communication and networking in a sustainable manner..
Director / Hetzer Siu / Macau
In 2012, Macau Special Olympics joined in Workability as one of the members and, 7 years later, it’s my honour to be the Board of Workability Asia and make contributions to employment for people with disabilities. Macau Special Olympics (MSO) is a non-profit organization in Macau with the missions of developing “Whole Body” concept for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) through providing sports training, community care, special education and vocational rehabilitation service. Being a social worker and working at MSO over 15 years, I have to admit that serving people with ID is not an easy job because there’s no standard or one common training tool that is suitable for every user.Despite facing challenges and restrictions, vocational rehabilitation training is one of our important pillars in our services. Since 1995, MSO started to provide vocational rehabilitation training to our users and, afterwards, set up two social enterprises on cleaning services to support employment of people with ID. To facilitate the changes of working environment in Macau, in addition to traditional cleaning or assembling jobs, we also offer extra skillful trainings, such housekeeping, baking and arts workshop, to our users. Being the new Board of Workability Asia, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to host 2019 WASIA Conference in Macau with the theme of “Promote Corporate Social Responsibility: Increase Social Awareness on Employment of People with Disabilities”. I am looking forward to meeting all the stakeholders and get inspired to build a better working environment for people with disabilities
Director / Florence Chan / Hong Kong
Florence Chan began her entrepreneurial journey in 2009. She took over the bakery training bay of the rehabilitation complex under Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and turned it into a bakery social enterprise achieving both business and social missions. iBakery, a bakery and catering business employing people with disabilities, was founded in 2010. With continuous expansion in the past years, it has become a reputable and award winning social enterprise with 11 shop outlets operated by a team of 110 staff members consisting of different abilities. Apart from creating employment for people with disabilities, Florence also built a strong network of volunteers with passion and expertise supporting the development of iBakery, and took part in community education by promoting social enterprise and social inclusion to thousands of local and overseas visitors.
Prior to venturing into social business, she had worked for several NGOs. Florence obtained her Bachelor of Social Science Degree with major in social work from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and was graduated from INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme
Auditor / Jocelyn Garcia / Philippines
- Vice Pres./ Chief Operations Officer – Tahanang Walang Hagdanan (TWH)
- Board Auditor – WAsia
- President – WOW Leap (Women with Disabilities Leap to Social and Economic Progress
Joy is an active advocate for persons with disability in the Philippines. In her quest for change she organizes advocacy and lobbying activities, attended consultations and policy change/formulation promoting rights-based society. Together with NCDA, she organizes group discussion and capacity building from the grassroots level.
As a strong advocate for women with disability she also joined consultations, talk about different concerns e.g. violence against women, sexual and reproductive health issues i.e. “the right to have a family”.
TWH is proud to be a member of WAsia, Joy believes that this cooperation would strengthen and sustain the enterprising capacity of the center and for the whole populace to understand that work and employment will alleviate poverty in this country.
Secretary General / Ms. Sakulthip Kiratiphantawong /Thailand
With experienced in promoting business practices with Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance in Thai Capital Market. Currently Sakulthip is Co-Founder and Managing Director of NISECorp, a social enterprise in Thailand and a pioneer in developing the Social Enterprise eco-system in Thailand. She is pioneer of BCORP Movement in Thailand, the high rigorous social impact assessment standard in more than 50 countries in the world, and also leading the BCORP Asia movement. Moreover, she is lead of Social Value Thailand, the network of practitioner of Social Return on Investment (SROI) and become the associated member of Social Value International.
In voluntary basis, she is also Secretary General and Founding Member of Workability Thailand (WTH), A non-profit organization which aim to promoting competitive employment for person with disabilities and vulnerable group in Thailand and across Asia. Besides, she is appointed to be the Secretary General of Workability ASIA (WASIA), A nonprofit organization which aim to be a leading organization building cooperation among member organizations and International networks for developing potential of member organizations in generating jobs and promoting decent work for Persons with disabilities in Asia.
Secretariat Staff / Fuki Sato / Japan
After graduating from university, she started to work as a staff member at a group home where 4 persons with intellectual disabilities live together in Osaka. They taught her a lot of things and she found she needed them in her life. She was secretary for a group for mothers of children with intellectual and physical disabilities and helped establish an after-school club for their children. She also was a staff member at a sheltered workshop for persons with severe intellectual disabilities. After 9 years of hands-on participation in the field, she shifted her focus and now works as a secretary for KYOSAREN, Japan Association of Community Workshops for People with Disabilities in Tokyo. She is also serving as a secretary for Workability Asia and Workability International Japan.