The 23rd Annual Meeting and Conference in Seoul was held April 17-20, 2013, at the Sheraton Grande and Walkerhill in the outskirts of Seoul, Korea. A record-breaking number of delegates were in attendance (over 1100), enjoying the educational committee sessions and entertainment only Korea can offer.
The IPBA Scholars pose with IPBA leadership after receiving their certificates of participation. Left to Right: Tatsuki Nakayama, Scholarship Committee (SC) Vice-Chair; Kwon Hoe Kim, SC Vice-Chair; Tin Thiri Aung, Scholar (S) from Myanmar; Jia "Meph" Gui, S from China; Gmeleen Tomboc, S from the Philippines; Thai Trung Kien, S from Vietnam; Darya Shkittina, S from Russia; Rojina Thapa, S from Nepal;Lalotoa Mulitalo, S from Samoa; Lalit Bhasin, IPBA Immediate Past President; Varya Simpson, SC Chair; Ty Srinna, S from Cambodia; Ido Shomrony, S from Israel. (Not pictured: James Jung, S from New Zealand.)
The Scholars reported that they enjoyed the conference and the opportunity to meet so many exciting people from around the world. Read more about the Scholars and see their reports HERE.
The outgoing and incoming IPBA Officers. L to R, front row (current status is indicated): Miyuki Ishiguro, Deputy Secretary-General; Yap Wai Ming, Secretary-General; Bill Scott, President-Elect; Young-Moo Shin, President; Huen Wong, Vice President; Lalit Bhasin, Immediate Past President; Alan Fujimoto, past Secretary-General. L to R, back row: Suresh Divyanathan, Membership Committee Chair; Yong-Jae Chang, Membership Committee Vice-Chair; Christopher To, past Committee Coordinator [and currently Webmaster]; Sylvette Tankiang, Deputy Committee Coordinator; Caroline Berube, Publications Committee Chair; Allan Leung, Program Coordinator; Sumeet Kachwaha, Deupty Program Coordinator.
The Annual General Meeting is a chance for all members of IPBA to learn about the business of the association. Lunch is followed by the meeting on the last day of the conference. The Officers report on IPBA activities over the past year, including relationships with other organizations; committee leadership and activities; programs such as IPBA regional conferences; the IPBA Journal; membership status; and the upcoming Annual Meeting and Conference.