Mr. Michael Loh

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About the Trainer:

Michael Loh is Executive Director of the Catholic AIDS Response Effort, a charity set up to provide direct care and support to People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

Prior to this, he was General Manager of Heartware Network, a charitable youth organization that engages Singaporean youths in meaningful community work to equip them with the social ‘heartware’ to be active citizens.  He later took charge of Governance and the Board Secretariat for Heartware Network.  

From 1999 to 2005, Michael was the Volunteer Coordinator for Dover Park Hospice.  It was during his tenure that the Hospice won the Inaugural NVPC National Volunteerism Award for Best Volunteer Management System (2001) and the President’s Social Service Award for Best Volunteer Informal Group (2002). 

Michael is a certified trainer and has extensive experience in training.  Since 2006, he has been conducting training in volunteer management for NVPC and SSTI. Michael has also been invited as conference speaker and workshop leader by organisations including NVPC, SGCares, SIF, Central Singapore CDC and other non-profit organisations.

Michael has presented original research papers in volunteer management at international conferences including the IAHPC World Congress in Osaka (2003), IAVE World Volunteer Conference in Barcelona (2004) and IAVE Regional Conference in Hong Kong (2005).  More recently in 2011, he was a guest speaker and moderator at the IAVE World Volunteer Conference held in Singapore.  The title of his paper was “Policy to Playground: Emerging Challenges of Volunteer Managers”.

In 2006, he became the first Singaporean to publish an original paper in IJOVA (International Journal of Volunteer Administration, USA).  Then in 2008, he was invited to represent the Asian perspective in an on-line roundtable discussion on engaging Generation-Y in active volunteerism.  This was published in the March 2008 edition of e-volunteerism, an on-line volunteer management journal by Energize Inc.

Michael is a co-founder of MOVE (Managing and Organising Volunteer Efforts) and currently holds the position of Chairman.