Board of Advisors

Paving the way forward.

The Board of Advisors of the Asia Caribbean Open Institute represent a wide range of professions and sectors. They are experts in their respective fields who lend their time to help attain the Institute's aspirations. They are dedicated champions of our advocacy who serve as role models for our students. Members of the Board have an abiding interest in the enrichment of the Institute’s academic programmes and assist in its general direction.

Dr. Tariq Abbasi, MBE, DL

Dr. Abbasi is a British Investment Banker, the Chairman of the Westar Capital Group since 1989, and a real estate developer. In addition to running his own business, he has been serving as a trustee for several national and International charitable organisations, supporting and advocating peace and justice. In addition, he has also assisted in educating young children from underprivileged backgrounds. H.M. Queen Elizabeth II honoured him in 2011 and made him a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his community cohesion work in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Bexley. He is also a Freeman of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and recipient of a lifetime achievement award for services to community. In 2015, Dr. Tariq received personal commendation from the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Sir Nicholas Houghton, for his services to the British Armed Forces. He is also a founder member of the Armed Forces Muslim Forum. Dr. Abbasi has served his local community for more than 25 years as Director of the Greenwich Islamic Centre in Plumstead and recently globally as the Director General of the World Muslim Congress. In 2016, he was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of Greater London by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant Sir Kenneth Olisa, OBE.

(Baron) Bob Juchter van Bergen Quast

Baron Rudolph Andries Ulrich "Bob" Juchter van Bergen Quast is a business lawyer, the Chief Executive Officer of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in The Netherlands, and the Chief Executive Officer of the European Chamber of Digital Commerce. Baron van Bergen Quast was a Professor for Business Development at Hills University in Burundi and a Research Fellow at the Maastricht School of Business and Economics (part of Maastricht University in The Netherlands). He is an alumnus of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. He is also the President of the Family Association of the Barons von Quast, a baronial family that was granted the title by the Holy Roman Empire in 1790.

Dr. Jason Caudill

Dr. Jason Caudill is an Associate Professor of Business and Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Business Administration Program at King University in Tennessee, United States. He is an experienced online educator, teaching online since 2004, and has taught in multiple disciplines including information systems, management, leadership, finance, and instructional technology at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Professor Caudill has been recognized as a Phi Delta Kappa Distinguished Educator, Kappa Delta Pi Teacher of Honor, and a Laureate Member of Epsilon Pi Tau, among other honors. He holds a B.S. in Business, an M.B.A., and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management from Harvard Extension School, and a Doctorate of Management from the Swiss Management Center. Dr. Caudill has written more than 150 publications and presentations on various topics including business, economics, finance, open educational resources and distance learning.

Amb. Olivia Mirembe Musisi

Amb. Olivia Mirembe Musisi is a diplomat with over a decade of experience in leadership, investment, business entrepreneurship and charitable work. She has an extensive track record of working with multi-stakeholders and cross-sector groups at international, national, local and organisational levels. Olivia is the Ambassador for Africa of Oxi-zen, an institution based in Geneva that advocates for climate change, carbon emission credit and promotes good land use. She is the Medilives Ambassador for Africa and Investment Advisor for the Geneva Agape Foundation Switzerland. Olivia is the Ambassador of the traditional Bugwere Kingdom of Uganda for U.K. and Europe, and the Ambassador-at-large for Africa of the Free Republic of Liberland, a non-U.N. state in Central Europe. Mrs. Musisi seats on several advisory boards including Open Invest Ltd., Uhuru Capital Investment Ltd., Bugwere Foundation, Save Lives Africa, Jill Development Consultancy Ltd., and Liberland University. She is an alumnus of H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences 2016 Leadership Program and holds degrees from Canterbury Christ Church University (UK), Makerere University (Uganda) and a Master’s degree from the University of Central Lancashire (UK). Olivia has won several awards and recognitions including an award from Sir Jack Petchey. Mrs. Musisi has met H.R.H. Princess Anne, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and the Presidents of Sierra Leone and Uganda on various occasions.

Mr. Pradeep Sapkota

Mr. Sapkota is a Youth Activist, Global Youth Ambassador and Peace Ambassador. He is Founder and Executive Director of the Change Nepalese Mission Organization, a non-profit organization providing modern facilities including technology, health care, education, safe drinking water and communication to poor and rural communities. Mr. Sapkota is the Founder of SUNWay Research and Innovation Center, an organization that focuses on research, innovation and training on diverse fields including ICT, education, agriculture, renewable energy, and climate change. He is Country Director for Nepal of the African Views Organization (USA), the Earth Charter Initiative (Costa Rica) and the One World Citizens Organization (Netherlands). Mr. Sapkota is the Earth Ambassador for Youth in Nepal of the World Leaders Forum Dubai, and Representative for Nepal and Goodwill Ambassador of Peace for the Southern Philippines Muslim and Non-Muslim Unity and Development Association International. He also teaches Information and Communication Technology and promotes Sustainable Development Goals to children, youth and women in Nepal, Rwanda, Iraq, Bosnia, Kurdistan, Kenya and The Netherlands.

Prof. Dr. Raymond See

Prof. See is the CEO of the Omega Global Education Group and Chief Trainer at Omega International College Singapore and Omega College Malaysia. He is a Visiting Professor at the Thai Nguyen University Vietnam and at the Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology Philippines. Dr. See is a Lecturer for the Masteral program at the National Technology University Singapore and Logo University International, USA and Brazil. He is a Strategic Advisor for the Guangzhou Institute of Financial Management China and a Regional Director for Charisma University Turks & Caicos Islands. Prof. See is the President for Asia Pacific of the following institutes: the Chartered Institute of Professional Financial Management (USA), the Chartered Institute of Sales and Marketing (USA) and the Institute of Certified Forensic Accountants (USA). He also serves as Regional Director for the following organizations: the Professional Business Accountants Society of Canada, the Institute of Professional Financial Managers (UK), the Institute of Management Specialists (UK), the Chartered Institute of Corporate Treasurers (USA), the European Institute of Financial Directors and the Association of Certified Accountants of Barbados. Dr. See's academic background include attending the National University of Ireland, St. Clements University Turks & Caicos, Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica and Charles Sturt University Australia among others.

Mr. Danille Fritzgerald Soria

Mr. Danille “Neil” Fritzgerald Soria is a multi-awarded Social Innovator, Serial Entrepreneur and Youth Leader. A victim of bullying and violent fraternity culture, Neil captured the hearts and minds of thousands across Southeast Asia with his thought-provoking messages, extending beyond the depths of borders and cultures. At 19, he pioneered the ASEAN Youth Leaders Association (AYLA), an award-winning, non-profit organisation with more than 45,000 members from all over Southeast Asia. AYLA pulls young people away from being exploited of their vulnerabilities by pro-actively co-designing creative solutions that bridge social divides. In 2016, together with a team of youth leaders and artists, he led the Colors of Hope Education and Enrichment Program. A project designed to address prevalent issues concerning access to education in the Philippines by bringing classrooms to the streets in a creative way. The program was recognised by the World Bank Group and the Wharton Business School - University of Pennsylvania (U.S.A). Neil also co-Founded ASEAN XChange Co. Ltd., a social enterprise formed in Vietnam that provides offline and online solutions to help curb unemployment rates in Southeast Asia. Mr. Soria is currently the CEO of Sociov, an educational technology start-up which aims to reinvent inclusive access to Business Coaching and Career Coaching services through on-demand CaaS (Coaching-as-a-Service) platforms for entrepreneurs, students and professionals.

Prof. Beatriz Kaamino Tschoepke, Dr.rer.oec

Dr. Tschoepke has been with the academe for the last three decades starting with teaching and research stints in prominent Philippine schools namely the Asian Institute of Management, the De La Salle University, and the University of Asia and the Pacific. These were followed by visiting professorships in Germany, Mexico, and Kazakhstan where she taught and conducted research for MBA Programs in the fields of cross-cultural communication, international and intercultural management and marketing, human resource management, organizational behavior, organization development, and management of people in organizations. While in the academe she also engaged in consultancies in China, Middle East, member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and ASEAN member countries with projects funded by the EU, GTZ, and DAAD. She is the Managing Director of the Center for International Business and Management, a consulting and training organization for companies that are transitioning in their digitalization efforts with focus on the human behavior aspects of such transformation. Dr. Tschoepke is a Professional Trainer specializing in the areas of intercultural communication and management for expatriate managers of multinational corporations who are deployed in Asian countries. Prof. Tschoepke has received an Outstanding Faculty award from the College of Business of the De La Salle University. She is also a regular contributor to several broadsheets including Business World, Manila Standard, and The Manila Times.

(Datu Sadja) Dr. Matthew Pajares Yngson

Datu Sadja Dr. Yngson is the Advisory Board Chair of the Asia Caribbean Open Institute taking over from Dr. Ria Persad. He is the Representative Councillor of the Caribbean ASEAN Council, the Diplomatic Affairs Envoy of the Eastern Caribbean-Southeast Asia Chamber, and the Trade and Commerce Liaison of the Consulate of Guyana in the Philippines. A multifaceted professional with almost three decades of technology, journalism, broadcast media, entertainment, philanthropy, and international business experience. He holds a Doctorate in Professional Studies specializing in International Relations and Diplomacy from the American Management University in California, and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy from Charisma University in the Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom. He has completed the Bachelor in Business Administration programme of the Asia Caribbean Open Institute and has taken the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration programme with a major in Computer Applications of the De La Sallle - College of Saint Benilde in the Philippines. His diverse academic background also include receiving education from distinguished institutions such as the University of Virginia, University of West Indies, McGill University, The Open University UK, University of Geneva, and the University of London among others. Dr. Yngson has met with HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, as the only Filipino-Dominican alumnus of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences since its establishment in 1956. For his ardent humanitarian support to the Tausug people of Sulu in the southern Philippines, His Majesty Sultan Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram, The 35th Sultan of Sulu, bestowed upon him the nobility title of "Datu Sadja" and the princely title of "Rajah of Tambulian"  as the first traditional ruler of Tambulian Island in Pata, Sulu.  Datu Sadja Dr. Yngson is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland; and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.

Institute Administrative Team

Rev. Rameses Javier Casten

Reverend Rameses is the Registrar pro tem and Assistant Director of the Akademie für Hochschulbildung, a department of the Asia-Caribbean Open Institute. With an extensive experience in adult education, academic discourse, content creation, and political analysis, he has worked on several activities, projects, and productions with political movements, the academe, communities and even corporate boards, where he takes part as a corporate executive, community organizer, and resource speaker. Formerly he has been the National President of the Political Science Students' Association of the Philippines; the National Secretary-General, later National President and Vice-Chairman of Nature Party Philippines, a green political party in the Philippines; and National Chief Convenor of the Kalikasan Muna Coalition. Along with his current role at the Akademie, Mr. Casten also serves as Moderator and Executive Producer of Ram Speaks, a multimedia platform that caters to academic, social, economic, political, and religious affairs. He is also a political consultant and analyst for various sectors and individuals, an accredited Technical-Vocational Trainer of the Philippine Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and an ordained Christian Pastor, above all.

Ms. Bianca Pascual

Ms. Pascual is the Assistant Registrar of the Asia Caribbean Open Institute. She was a full scholar of the Institute and was consequently hired after graduation. Ms. Pascual also holds position as Program Officer and Administrative Assistant of the Caribbean ASEAN Council. She has worked in Japan and speaks Japanese. Ms. Pascual was formerly employed at different companies worldwide including being the Administrative Officer at Hikinex Solutions (San Francisco, USA) and Executive Assistant to the CEO of Hipbiz Holdings Inc. (Philippines). Aside from her commitments with the Asia Caribbean Open Institute and the Caribbean ASEAN Council, Ms. Pascual is also a professional DJ.
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