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 with Ivan Yong, Christina Demetriades, & Vimala Suppiah

Theme: Related Fields

Area: Coaching. Mentoring, & Supervision

Style: Mainly Discussion

Session on 13 May 2021 10:30 UTC - 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 is a Personal Leadership Coach, Trainer, and Coach/Mentor Supervisor, working with individuals and groups globally. Through her work, she empowers and motivates people to succeed in their goals and to consciously enjoy a fulfilling, meaningful career and life. A firm believer in each person’s ability to lead themselves effectively in any context, she guides her clients in developing leadership skills towards personal and professional self-actualisation. Her motto is ‘Lead your life. Lead your career. Lead your community.’

Honoured with the esteemed EMCC Global 2019 Coaching Award, the highest recognition for best practice in the field of coaching globally, Christina is an EMCC accredited coach (EIA) at Senior Practitioner level.She is also a certified Trainer through the European Commission’s SALTO-YOUTH and has degrees in Philosophy, International Relations, and Guidance. A supporter of diversity and inclusion, over the past decade she has enjoyed working with an array of groups diverse in background, age and needs, ranging from teenagers to asylum seekers to corporate professionals – and in different settings, ranging from schools to CSOs (Civil Society Organizations) to executive board rooms. As an avid lifelong learner and a supporter of community service and volunteering, Christina generously dedicates her time to pro bono work and volunteers in various CSOs dealing with coaching, mentoring, and supervision; leadership; social justice; and the peaceful co-existence of humanity with nature for a better present and a better future for All. She volunteers for the EMCC Global WorkGroups on (a) Social Responsibility and (b) Climate Change; (c) for the USA-based NGO Friends Forever International (focusing on youth leadership in conflict areas); (d) for the initiative OWAAT, One Woman At A Time (focusing on the empowerment of abused women and their human/legal rights); and for local initiatives and CSOs, including EMCC Cyprus. She is the former president of EMCC Cyprus and has served on the Cyprus board for seven years. She is also a member of the Climate Coaching Association.

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’.