27th Global

Mentoring, Coaching, and Supervision Conference

12-14 May 2021

27th Global

Mentoring, Coaching, and Supervision Conference

12-14 May 2021


Ivan Yong, Christina Demetriades, & Vimala Suppiah

Democratisation of coaching: empowering youth globally

Theme: Related Fields

Area: Coaching. Mentoring, & Supervision

Style: Mainly Discussion

Session on 13 May 2021 10:15 cest - View on timetable


While the global pandemic of covid19 has brought upon us all unprecedented challenges, it has shown us how we are ‘all in the same boat’ – albeit in different ‘parts’ of that global ‘boat’. This session aims (1) to present and celebrate the ‘ImpactB4Income Social Responsibility Project Africa’, realised under the EMCC Global Social Responsibility Workgroup, while showcasing how a significant merit of connecting virtually in our pandemic-ridden ‘VUCA’ world has high potential for the democratization of coaching. In redesigning our future, Coaches and Mentors have an important role to play, as ‘social responsibility’ and ‘solidarity’ have gained a well-deserved spotlight on the global scene. It’s up to us to capture and sustain this momentum and, through it, to create meaningful impact through coaching around the world. Thus, this session also aims (2) to  inspire and prompt colleagues to create and implement social responsibility projects or actions that will positively impact our crisis-ridden world through the powerful methodologies of coaching and mentoring. Through the various challenges faced in this project, there are a number of lessons to share that we trust will prove highly valuable to those who wish to create social responsibility projects anywhere in the world.


Ivan Yong Wei Kit is an organisational psychologist, engineer, author, and startup angel investor. He is a leading voice in startup innovation and the adoption of startup culture as the building blocks to corporate innovation. A strong believer that people are the key to success of any venture or innovation, Ivan has been mentoring startup founders and millennials for the past 10 years, which includes appointment as an official mentor to The Chinese University of Hong Kong. As an avid writer and speaker, he published the book ‘Department of Startup : Why Every Fortune 500 Should Have One’ (BEP, New York) which is essentially a book on the adoption of startup culture of innovation for corporates. Last but not least, he is a big fan of history and is fluent in five languages.

Ivan is also passionate about social justice; he is an initiator of various global social responsibility programmes as WorkGroup Leader for EMCC Social Responsibility and as the Founding Vice-president of Social Responsibility in EMCC Asia Pacific Region.

Christina Demetriades works as a Personal Leadership Coach, Trainer, and Coach Supervisor and is a proud recipient of the esteemed EMCC Global 2019 Coaching Award. She empowers and motivates people for conscious, meaningful, fulfilling living, guiding her clients in developing leadership skills towards personal and professional self-actualisation. Her motto is ‘Lead your Life. Lead your Career. Lead your Community’. Christina loves to facilitate positive transformation through 1:1 sessions, workshops and training programmes to diverse groups of people. Her professional journey includes collaborations with an array of private corporations, governmental, and not-for-profit organisations globally.

Christina has been serving on the EMCC Cyprus Board of Directors for more than 6 years now and has been volunteering in numerous civil society organisations for many years. As an EMCC Global Social Responsibility WorkGroup Member, she is currently co-leading the EMCC Global ‘ImpactB4Income Social Responsibility Project Africa’. Her qualifications include a degree in Philosophy, Master’s degrees in International Relations and in Guidance, as well as a professional qualification in Careers Guidance, most of which she gained on merit-based scholarships. She is also certified as a Trainer by the European Commission through SALTO-YOUTH. Christina is an EMCC accredited coach (EIA) at Senior Practitioner level.

Vimala Suppiah is an award winning 101 Global Coach Leader.. As the Founder of GameChange Coaching Consultancy, she coaches her clients to gain greater self-awareness and clarity about their own personal blind-spots and their performance gaps. She works with individuals and teams in a whole system to find sustainable strategies that align to the company’s business growth. Her career started in UK within nursing management where she managed complex human processes in a whole system. In her later role as a strategist in Diversity & Inclusion management with two major London health authorities she successfully implemented equitable service provision and collaborated with HR to bring about inclusive and diverse work environment. Through her highly crafted consulting and coaching skills, she has influenced and empowered individuals, teams and stakeholders to bring about operational and policy changes. She is the founding and former president of the Association for Coaching Supervisors and Mentor (ACSM) and a contributing author of the book ‘Coaching and Mentoring in the Asia Pacific’ part of the EMCC Masters Series published by Routledge. In 2018 and 2019 she was nominated as one of 43 must follow social media Icons by Marketing in Asia.

Vimala is an volunteer for the EMCC Global Social Responsibility WorkGroup and co-leads the EMCC Global ‘ImpactB4Income Social Responsibility Project Africa’.