The WAGGGS Asia Pacific Committee was elected by delegates at the 2019 Asia Pacific Regional Conference, which took place in Taiwan.
For Bronwyn, whatever she has been able to achieve in life, is because of the things she learned as a guide. She thinks being part of the regional committee is the opportunity to give back to the organisation that has given her so much.
As the youngest member in the current committee, Bronwyn aspires to bring valuable youth perspective and develop youth leadership at all level of member organisations and region encouraging more women to take on more big leadership role.
Bronwyn is currently working at Australian Red Cross where she is responsible for the leadership of strategic initiatives regarding the effective mobilisation of a state volunteer workforce of 4500+ volunteers.
Katheri Ann Charco Puyo
Kat is a lawyer by day, a mother of three children by night, an essential oil advocate and most importantly a hard-core true blooded Girl Scout who has served as volunteer in Girl Scouts of the Philippines and staff in Asia Pacific Region.
For Kat, Asia-Pacific Region is fast-growing, vibrant, and diverse, and she wants to help facilitate vision-casting among its member organizations to help them find a common thread in its diversity, and truly define the region, and give it a direction.
Aya is assistant professor at Osaka Electro-Communication University where she mainly teaches problem solving theory, communication and presentation skills, educational technology and cognitive psychology.
As a Regional Committee member for the Asia Pacific Region, Aya will focus on developing capacity of member organisations on educational programmes and leaders’ training by using her knowledge, skills and experiences as an expert in educational technology and cognitive psychology, trainer of Girl Scouts of Japan and member of the team starting guiding in Myanmar.
Maiya is a journalist by profession- she publishes a monthly educational magazine, produces radio programs, hosts events and works with BBC as a freelance journalist.
She believes communication is a key to understanding and building relationship among the region and its member organizations. As a regional committee member, she wants to plan and exercise better way of communication between MOs and the region to increase the engagement and bring inspiring stories of girl guides and leaders across the region into limelight that could influence and inspire others.
Chempaka Emalin Pahamin
Solicitor and lawyer by profession, Chempaka has worn many hats in Girl Guiding. She has volunteered with Girl Guides Association Malaysia in different capacity and served in the Working Group of the Friends of Asia Pacific WAGGGS, three years as the Chairman and three years as the Vice Chairman.
Now as a regional committee member, she wants to support member organizations achieve their vision, mission and goals where girls and young women will have quality girl guiding/girl scouting experience that is relevant, exciting, accessible and learner led, which will contribute towards the Region’s target of 4 million members by 2020.
Gimhani Prarthana Liyanage
Prarthana Liyanage, is a qualified counsellor and a psychologist. She works for Sensei Lanka, a Management Consultancy company, as a process facilitation executive and facilitator. She was the Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association (SLGGA) before being appointed to the AP Regional Committee.
Prarthana is an advocate of girls and women empowerment. She works towards developing equal opportunities for women and girls in all spheres of life. As a Regional Committee member, she will work towards mobilizing MOs to develop quality programmes for girls and young women of the 21st century. She aims to increase membership in the region, support MOs in advancing Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting and create a better world for all girls.