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The Judging Committee members are full-time professionals at the senior level in the associations area and serve as awards judges who thoroughly review every application, provide objective measure and written feedback.

As the Judging Committee for APAC 2019 Associations Awards is now being finalized, we invite you to apply or to nominate somebody to be a judge for APAC 2019 Associations Awards. To apply, please send an email with your CV and explanation of your qualification to Danica Mendoza at

Toni Brearley (CEO of AuSAE  Australian Society of Association Executives)

Toni Brearley

CEO of AuSAE Australian Society of Association Executives
Octavio (Bobby) Peralta (CEO & Founder of Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives)

Octavio (Bobby) Peralta

CEO & Founder of Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives

As Secretary General of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia & the Pacific (ADFIAP), Octavio B. Peralta – better known as Bobby in association community here and abroad – has developed over a course of 28 years a network of friends and allies in the association and MICE world. Bobby has been instrumental in creating and sustaining PCAAE and APFAO, the Asia- Pacific Federation of Association Organizations. For these efforts, Bobby is affectionately called the “Association Man” by his colleagues and peers.

Jeffers Miruka (President at African Society of Association Executives)

Jeffers Miruka

President at African Society of Association Executives

Mr. Jeffers Miruka is the President and Founder member of the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE). AfSAE is a pan-African professional community of association executives formed in 2015 to serve as the professional society for those within the Association Management profession in Africa. Mr. Miruka is also the Executive Director of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE), a Nairobi based association of agricultural and development economists with over 3000 members spread globally. Mr. Miruka has over 14 years combined experience in association management and Business Events – meetings, conventions, exhibitions, incentives, corporate, associations, intergovernmental, nonprofits. He has a rich experience in association development, convention bureau setup, and is a frequent speaker and contributor to many global publications, media interviews and association forums.

Mr. Miruka is also the founder director of the very first, African association management company (AFAMCO), a joint venture with the Talley Management Group Inc. (USA). AFAMCO currently manages three African associations with more expected to board. Together with other industry players in Kenya, he helped establish the Kenyan Association of Business Events (KABE), a new association for Kenyan businesses industry engaged in Business Events.

With extensive travels around the world, he is well known internationally in the MICE Business events industry and undoubtedly recognized as a distinguished African associations ambassador and a leader of the associations movement in the continent. Mr. Miruka is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), among the many association memberships he holds. Jeffers has a Master of Science in Global Marketing and currently preparing for his Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification.

Marcel Ewals (Director, Associations & Marketing of MCI Group)

Marcel Ewals

Director, Associations & Marketing of MCI Group

20 years of industry development expertise in Asia through conferences and exhibitions. Works primarily for NGO's and NPO's to extend their agenda's through trade shows, events, education and fundraising. Currently supporting the group's portfolio of Event in SE Asia. Division head of Association Management and Marketing , and Key account management.

Eric Schmidt (CEO of EventBank)

Eric Schmidt

CEO of EventBank

Co-Founder and CEO of EventBank, a cloud-based engagement management software company.
Founder of China Entrepreneurs, a network of more than 20,000 business professionals.

As CEO of EventBank, Eric Schmidt is focused on delivering cloud solutions that transform the way professional communities enable and enrich relationships. Over the last 15 years, Eric has founded and incubated several companies from the ground up. He maintains substantial experience with venture capital and private equity investments.

Eric is an elected member of AmCham China's Board of Governors (2017) and is recognized as an authority on digital technologies and business in Asia. He has been featured in media such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Baron’s, BBC, CCTV, China Daily, and numerous other outlets.

Eric once traced Marco Polo’s route from Beijing, China to Venice, Italy by bicycle – he was appreciatively sponsored by Nike and Phillips.