The Asia Pacific Institute for Events Management (APIEM) is an operating subsidiary of the UK Event Industry Academy Ltd (company number 11364048) which is registered in England and Wales to provide educational services – anywhere in the world. The UK Event Industry Academy Ltd (UKEIA) provides the corporate, financial and strategic governance of APIEM and authorises APIEM to conduct it`s activities and services in the Asia Pacific region.
APIEM is a not-for-profit membership organisation with a mission to contribute to the professionalisation of the Asia Pacific region`s events and MICE industries through it`s activities and services. The membership subscriptions that APIEM generates are used to cover the operational expenses of APIEM. All executives of APIEM contribute their time and services on a pro-bono basis (unpaid).
The APIEM Senior Executive Committee is formed of Professor David Hind, President; Dr. Anang Sutono, Executive Vice President and Dr. Karen Fernandez, Vice President Education and Accreditation. Additional functional Vice President roles are established as required to carry out specific functions on behalf of the Senior Executive Committee.
MEET THE SENIOR TEAM
Professor David Hind
Professor David Hind is President of the Asia Pacific Institute for Events Management; President of the APIEM Academy; Chairman of the Sri Lanka Institute for Events Management Board of Study; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Business and Management and Faculty of Hotel and Tourism Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia; Managing Editor of the Asia Pacific International Events Management Journal; Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Event Industry Academy Ltd ; Distinguished Professor at Chung Hua University, Taiwan; Visiting Professor at Bali, Institute of Tourism, Indonesia; Batam Tourism Polytechnic, Indonesia; Bandung Institute of Tourism, Indonesia; and Palembang Polytechnic of Tourism, Indonesia.
Dr. Anang Sutono, CHE
Dr. Anang Sutono, CHE, was the former Senior Advisor to the Minister for Economy and Destination Development at the Ministry of Tourism of Republic Indonesia. He used to be the Rector/Director of STP NHI Bandung Institute of Tourism, West Java, Indonesia, at the Ministry of Tourism of RI and he led that institute from 2104 to 2018. He began his career as a lecturer/faculty member of STP NHI Bandung Institute of Tourism in 1992. He was appointed by the Minister of Tourism to be a Steering Committee of the Visit Wonderful Indonesia (VIWI 2018) programme and in 2019 he was also assigned as Chairman for Accelerated Development of Halal Tourism Indonesia.
Dr. Gelareh Holden
Vice President, Australia & Oceania
Dr. Gelareh Holden is a lecturer at Kaplan Business School. She worked as an international senior lecture in the School of Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management (STHEM), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) from December 2014 till November 2021. Moreover, she was the head of Event Management Research Unit (EMRU) at STHEM, UUM. she has continuously published in high-quality peer-reviewed/indexed journals in the field of tourism and events and conducted research as the leading researcher or member of academic and industry research grants. Her research focusses on various aspects of tourism and events studies. She considers herself as an education professional skilled in research, teaching MBA subjects, Curriculum Design, E-Learning, and professional mentoring.
Dr. Karen Miranda-Fernandez
Vice President, South East Asia
Dr. Karen Miranda-Fernandez is an educator, author, practitioner, and international speaker in the field of events, tourism, and hospitality. She is the Vice President for Education and Accreditation of Asia Pacific Institute for Events Management (APIEM) and President of APIEM Events Management Services. She is also the Vice President for Research and International Affairs and Dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management of Imus Institute of Science and Technology, Philippines.
Assoc. Prof. Maria Arlene T. Disimulacion
Vice President, APIEM Academy Academic Affairs
Maria Arlene T. Disimulacion (Bam) is an academician, consultant, entrepreneur, and author. She has over 30 years of solid experience in marketing and communications, training, strategic management, and events management in the Philippines and abroad. She has managed international MICE and special events for which she received several
awards for innovative concepts and strategic execution. Currently, she is the Consultant for Academic Affairs and Marketing at the Asia Pacific Institute for Events Management.
Dr. Raziff Jamaluddin
Vice President, Partnership Development
Dr. Raziff Jamaluddin has been in the academic line for almost 15 years. He considered himself a proud alumnus of UiTM, where he completed his tertiary education from a Diploma to a Ph.D. from this institution.
Dr. Raziff is the former President of the Tourism Educators Association of Malaysia (TEAM) and the Editor-in-Chief of TEAM Journal for Hospitality and Tourism. He is an active International Resource Speaker for tourism events and destination topics with regular sharing in the webinar organized by the School of Hospitality and Tourism and Non-Government Association in Asian countries.
I have fond memories of the annual APIEM Seniors Meeting that I attended at the Joji Ilagan International Schools, Davao, Philippines. The meeting gathered hospitality and tourism schools from across Asia Pacific and allowed me to meet fellow APIEM Professional Members to share best practices in events management education and events research. I now see APIEM spreading its wings throughout Asia Pacific countries by offering professional programs that will benefit the professional members and the events industry. I am proud to endorse APIEM as the number 1 professional institute for events education and professionalization in Asia Pacific. I wish APIEM more successful ventures in the future.
-Dr. Raziff Jamaluddin-
Senior Faculty Member , Faculty of Hotel & Tourism Management
Universiti Teknologi MARA - Malaysia
On behalf of the Joji Ilagan International School (JIB IS), I am sending our warmest congratulations to
APIEM. JIB IS has been an APIEM Member since 2017. Upon graduation our students receive an
APIEM events qualification and we have five faculty members who are APIEM Certified Event Educators.
JIB IS enjoys being part of APIEM`s international network which allows us to provide professional
development opportunities for our students, faculty lecturers and events professionals in our region. We
are proud to say that APIEM is now Asia Pacific`s number 1 professional institute for events education.
-Mm. Nicole Hao Bian Ledesma-
Vice President, Joji Ilagan International Schools
An outstanding educational institution cannot be built overnight. During the last five years APIEM has become the leading Institute for Events Education in the Asia Pacific region. This has only been secured through the hard work and dedication of many people.
I wish APIEM all the success today and always.
-Dr. Gelareh Holden-
School of Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management
Universiti Utara Malaysia
Since its launch in 2016 APIEM has grown, under the strategic leadership of Professor David Hind, to become the leading professional institute in Asia Pacific for events education. APIEM is now a big events management family which is key for opening doors for partnership and collaboration opportunities for events professors, researchers and students not just in Asia Pacific but also in Europe through the APIEM global network.
-Dr. Hsinwen Chang-
Dean, College of Tourism
Chung Hua University, Taiwan
APIEM started from scratch and now has become a big organisation in Asia Pacific as the number 1
professional institute for events education. On behalf of Universitas Prasetiya Mulya, one of APIEM`s
International Centres of Excellence.
I would like to thank APIEM for contributing to, and enhancing,
the professionalisation of the events and MICE industry in Indonesia. Congratulations on your success
so far and best wishes for many more years of success.
-Ibu Peni Zulandari Suroto-
Events Manager, School of Business and Economics
Universitas Prasetiya Mulya, Jakarta, Indonesia
The Institute of Event Management (IEM), Sri Lanka, partnership with APIEM, provides tremendous opportunities for Sri Lankan event organisers to gain an international, professional qualification for the first time in Sri Lanka. By studying for an APIEM Certified Event qualification Sri Lankan event organisers will learn how to organise events to an international standard.
Member of the Board of Study, Institute of Event Management