News — August 23, 2017

Meet the 2018 JCI International Officer Candidates

This year’s JCI candidates demonstrate the commitment and action needed in order to create positive change in more than 5000 communities around the globe. 

At the 2017 JCI World Congress in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Chief Delegates and National Presidents from JCI Organizations from around the world will gather to elect the leaders of the international organization for 2018. Your chosen representatives will be selected from the following list of candidates, including the 2018 JCI Vice Presidents, 2018 JCI Executive Vice Presidents and the 2018 JCI President. 

Discover the candidates’ bios and learn about their plans for the future of JCI in person at the 2017 JCI World Congress during the 2018 Vice President Candidates Presentation and Caucus and the 2018 Executive Vice President and President Candidates Presentation and Caucus. 

The candidates appear in alphabetical order by last name and are sorted by the position for which they applied. 

For the Office of JCI President:

Candidate: Marc Brian Lim

National Organization: JCI Philippines

Born 26 December 1978 in Dagupan City, the Philippines, Marc Brian Lim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations and Strategic Management and Marketing. In 2010, he was elected as a City Councilor of Dagupan City. He was elected in 2013 as Vice Mayor of the City of Dagupan. Since 2007, Lim has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the family-owned Magic Group of Companies.
Lim was inducted as a member of JCI Dagupan Bangus in 2008 and he was elected Local President in 2013. In 2014, he was elected Area Vice President for Area One and conferred with JCI Senatorship No. 73006. Lim was elected to serve as National President in 2015. 

In 2015, at the JCI World Congress in Kanazawa, Japan, Lim was elected to serve as JCI Vice President, and in Québec City during the 2016 World Congress, Lim was elected to serve as JCI Executive Vice President. He has attended seven JCI Area Conferences and three JCI World Congresses.

For the Office of JCI Executive Vice President:

Four Candidates will be elected to serve as 2018 JCI Executive Vice Presidents, one each assigned to Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, the Americas and Europe.

Candidate: Alexander Tio

National Organization: JCI Indonesia

Born 15 October 1979, in Medan, Indonesia, Alexander Tio is the CEO of PT. Fuji Elevator Indonesia and a Director in Delco Jaya Group of companies. He holds a master’s degree in business from Qinghua University, China. He now resides in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Tio joined JCI Medan in 2004 and became Local Executive Vice President in 2009 and National President of JCI Indonesia in 2013.
At the international level, Tio served as JCI Vice President in 2014. Tio has attended seven JCI World Congresses and 11 JCI Area Conferences. He has been honored as JCI Senator No. 71688. He speaks and writes English, Mandarin and Indonesian. 

Candidate: Itai Manyere

National Organization: JCI Zimbabwe

Born 20 February 1982, in Gweru, Zimbabwe, Itai Arthur Manyere holds a diploma in information technology and works as Managing Director of an IT solutions company, Bluedot Technologies. He resides in Harare, Zimbabwe with his wife, Susan, and his sons Kudiwa and Neo.
He joined JCI Harare in 2004. Manyere has served as 2006 JCI Harare Local President and 2014 JCI Zimbabwe National President.
At the international level, he served as 2015 JCI Vice President and received the JCI Presidential Award for Most Outstanding Vice President for Africa and Middle East. He has attended six JCI Area Conferences and six JCI World Congresses. He is a graduate of the 27th JCI Academy in Fukuyama, Japan. He has been honored as JCI Senator No. 74629. He speaks English and some French.

Candidate: Kevin Hin

National Organization: JCI Monaco

Born 20 December 1978 in London, United Kingdom, Kevin Hin holds a master’s degree in international accounting and finance from the London School of Economics. He works as Deputy Sales Director for wholesale Europe of the APM Monaco jewelry brand and is the author and creator of the French Riviera Blog, an online guide for tourists to the region. He resides in Monte Carlo, Principality of Monaco, where he moved with his family in 1989.
Hin joined JCI Monte-Carlo in 2003. He became Local President in 2006 and National President in 2010.
At the international level, he served as COC Managing Director of the JCI European Conference in Monte-Carlo in 2013 and JCI Vice President for Europe in 2016. He has attended nine JCI Area Conferences and five JCI World Congresses. He has been honored as JCI Senator No. 71282. He speaks fluent English, French and Italian as well as conversational German, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Candidate: Argenis Angulo

National Organization: JCI Venezuela

Born 23 July 1983 in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Angulo holds a master’s degree in communications sciences from the Universidad del Zulia. He is an international trainer, executive coach, professional speaker, and columnist of the national newspaper in Venezuela, El Universal Daily.

Angulo joined JCI in 2001 and served as JCI Zulia Local President in 2008 and in 2011 was JCI Venezuela National President.
On the international level, Angulo was American Development Council Commissioner in 2013, Special Assistant for Sponsorship for The Americas in 2015, Commissioner for Grow and Development for the Americas in 2016 and currently serves as Personal Assistant to the JCI President. He was elected JCI Vice President in 2014 during the Rio do Janeiro World Congress. He is a Phil Pugsley donor of the JCI Foundation and he has attended 11 JCI Area Conferences, six JCI World Congresses, 13 National Conventions, two Foreign National Conventions, six National Presidents meetings, various regional training academies and one JCI Global Partnership Summit.

Candidate: Andrés Gutiérrez

National Organization: JCI Colombia

Born 10 June 1979, in Duitama, Boyacá, Colombia, Andrés Gutiérrez holds a college degree in industrial design. He is a partner of Autobuses Aga de Colombia, a family-owned business that builds buses where he was also a board member from 2010 to 2015. Since 2005, he has worked as managing director at his own design and innovation company, Studio Libido. He resides in Bogotá, Colombia, with his wife, Liliana, and their son, Simón.

Gutiérrez is a founding member of JCI Acción Duitama, created in 2006, where he also served as Local President in 2007. In 2013, he served as National President. Currently, he is a member of JCI Bogotá. 

At the international level, Gutiérrez served as 2014 JCI Vice President for the Americas and 2015 Growth and Development Committee Member for the Americas. Gutiérrez served as 2016 Strategic Plan Review Committee Member for the Americas and is currently the Chief Executive Assistant to the President. He has attended nine JCI Area Conferences, four JCI Global Partnership Summits and six JCI World Congresses. He has been honored as JCI Senator No. 70010 and is a Phil Pugsley JCI Foundation Patron. Gutiérrez speaks English and Spanish. 

For the Office of JCI Vice President:

Seventeen 2018 Vice Presidents will be elected, four assigned to Africa and the Middle East, four assigned to Asia and the Pacific, four assigned to the Americas and five assigned to Europe.

Candidate: Hamdi Kechida

National Organization: JCI Tunisia

Born on 12 August 1985 in Menzel Bourguiba, Tunisia, Hamdi Kechida holds a master’s degree in marketing. He is the Founder and Manager of his IT consulting company, and he resides in Tunis, Tunisia.

Kechida joined JCI Menzel Bourguiba in 2001. He became a Local President in 2009, National Executive Vice President in 2012 and National President in 2013. 

At the international level, Hamdi Kechida served as 2015 JCI Special Assistant for Sponsorship for Africa and the Middle East, 2016 JCI Skills Development Committee Member and 2017 JCI Sponsorship Committee Member for Africa and the Middle East. He has attended five JCI Area Conferences and six JCI World Congress. He has been honored as JCI Senator No. 72048. He speaks Arabic, French and English.

Candidate: Kolawole Osinowo

National Organization: JCI Nigeria

Born 20 December 1980 in Lagos, Nigeria, Kolawole Osinowo holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering. He works at Microsoft as Senior Business Manager for West Central Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. He resides in Lagos with his wife, Titilola, their son, Faisal, and daughter, Yasmeen.
In 2004, Osinowo joined JCI Lagos State University. He served as JCI Lagos City President in 2007, National Vice President in 2015 and National Executive Vice President in 2016.
At the international level, Osinowo served as 2008 JCI Training Coordinator for Africa and the Middle East, 2009 JCI Special Assistant on Sponsorship for Africa and the Middle East, 2011 JCI Training Committee Member for Africa and the Middle East and 2017 JCI Alumni Relations Committee Member. He has attended 12 JCI Area Conferences and seven JCI World Congresses. He is a Phil Pugsley JCI Foundation Patron. Osinowo speaks English. 

Candidate: Ramkumar Menon

National Organization: JCI India

Born 26 August 1978 in Tirur, Kerala, India, Ramkumar Menon holds a diploma in mechanical engineering. He is the sole proprietor of his business. He resides in Cochin, Kerala, India with his wife, Rakhi, and their daughters Rajalakshmi and Sreelakshmi.
Menon joined JCI Cochin in 2003. He became Local President in 2008, Zone President in 2014, National Executive Vice President in 2015 and National President in 2017.
He has attended the JCI Global Partnership Summit, three JCI Area Conferences and three JCI World Congresses. He has been honored as JCI Senator No. 73229 and is also a Phil Pugsley JCI Foundation Patron. He speaks English. 

Candidate: Rochelle Borton
National Organization: JCI Australia

Born on 22 July 1979, in New South Wales, Australia, Rochelle Borton recently graduated with a master’s degree in management. She has extensive experience working with students and industry partners to facilitate and coordinate work integrated learning programs and has assisted in the facilitation of pathways for minority students into undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Borton resides in Australia with her husband, Jason, and six children.

Borton joined JCI Illawarra in 2012 and was part of the local board in 2012 and 2013, before being elected to a national board position in 2014. In 2015, she attended the JCI Academy in Japan and in 2016 served as the National President of JCI Australia. 

Borton currently serves as JCI Australia Immediate Past President, Growth and Development Coordinator in JCI Australia and 2017 UN and External Affairs Committee Member.

Candidate: Diana Mardarovici

National Organization: JCI Romania

Diana Mardarovici was born 18 June 1984 in Chisinau, Moldova. She studied one year in the US and moved to Bucharest, Romania in 2002. Mardarovici holds a master's degree in marketing. In 2014, she started her own company and has since worked with over 30 clients to strengthen their marketing and sales efforts.
Volunteering since the age of 14, Mardarovici discovered JCI in 2012 and became a full member in January 2013. She served as Local President of JCI Bucharest in 2014 and JCI Romania National President in 2016.
At the international level, Mardarovici graduated from the JCI European Academy, Growth and Development Academy and the JCI Academy. She has attended three JCI European Conferences and one JCI World Congress. She fluently speaks Romanian and English and is conversational in Russian, French and Spanish.

Candidate: Magí Senserrich Guitart

National Organization: JCI Catalonia

Born on 28 July 1983 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Magí Senserrich Guitart holds a master’s degree in social leadership transformation and is also a technical industrial engineer. He also works as a high school teacher. In 2017, he was a member of the board of the National Youth Council of Catalonia and participated in the European Youth Forum in Brussels.

Senserrich joined JCI Igualada in 2004. He became Local President in 2008 and National President in 2015. He was a member of the Conference Organizing Committee for the European Conference in Tarragona in 2011, and he served as Director of Volunteers.
At the international level, he has attended four JCI European Conferences and two JCI World Congresses. He also attended the 2007 JCI European Academy in Göteborg and the 2014 JCI Academy in Japan. He has been honored as JCI Senator No. 74136. He speaks Catalan, Spanish and English.

Candidate: Didier Colin

National Organization: JCI Luxembourg

Born 29 December 1978, in Metz, France, Didier Colin holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in business administration and works as Senior Research Engineer for the public research center of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (LIST - Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology). He resides in Metz, FRANCE.
Colin joined JCI Metz in 2006. He became Local President in 2009, Regional President in 2010 and National Vice President in 2011. He moved to JCI Lyon, France, and became National Treasurer in 2012 and French National Executive Vice President in 2013. He moved to Luxembourg in 2014 and became National President of JCI Luxembourg in 2016.
At the international level, he currently serves as JCI Skills Development Committee Member assigned to Europe. He has attended four JCI Area Conferences and four JCI World Congresses. He speaks French, English and some Spanish and Luxembourgish.

Candidate: Bayarmanai Galsumiya

National Organization: JCI Mongolia

Born on 11 July 1984, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Bayarmagnai Galsumiya holds a master's degree in business administration and works as Sales and Marketing Director at APU Company, the leading beverage company in Mongolia. Galsumiya currently serves as a Board Member at the Mongolian Marketing Association and Board Member at the Football Club "Ulaanbaatar." He resides in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, with his wife, Gereltsetseg, and their sons Michid and Margad.
Galsumiya joined JCI Ikh Khuree in 2009. He became Treasurer of JCI Mongolia in 2015 and Local President in 2017.
At the international level, Galsumiya served as 2015 JCI Asia and the Pacific Area Conference Ulaanbaatar Bidding Team Leader and as 2017 JCI Asia and the Pacific Area Conference Director. He has attended two JCI World Congresses and four Asia-Pacific Conferences. He speaks English and Japanese. 

Candidate: Asha Auckloo

National Organization: JCI Mauritius

Born 29 December 1981, in Mauritius, Asha Auckloo holds a Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology. She is a Forensic Scientist and works for the Ministry of Defense of Mauritius. Auckloo also teaches undergraduate programs in criminology at the University of Mauritius. She resides in Mauritius with her family.

Auckloo joined JCI City Plus in May 2011. She became Local President of JCI City Plus in 2014, National Vice President in 2015, Deputy National President in 2016 and National President in 2017.
At the international level, she has attended one JCI Area Conference and one JCI World Congress and graduated from the JCI Academy in 2016. She speaks English, French, Hindi and Mauritian Creole.

Candidate: Leticia Gabriela Martínez Insfrán

National Organization: JCI Paraguay

Born 7 August 1983 in Presidente Stroessner City, Paraguay. Leticia Martínez holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Ateneo Paraguayo and also an Ontological Coach Certificate from the International Coach Federation. and is finalizing her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University Católica Nuestra Señora de la Asunción. She works as a consultant, trainer and coach in her own company and teaches plastic arts to children and adolescents. She resides in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay with her parents.
Martínez joined JCI Ciudad del Este in 2008. She served as Local President of JCI Ciudad del Este in 2012 and as National President of JCI Paraguay in 2016.
At the international level, Martínez currently serves as a Commissioner of the American Development Council. She graduated from the 2012 Americas Leadership Academy and is a graduate of the 2015 JCI Japan Academy. She has attended seven JCI Area Conferences and three JCI World Congresses. She is a Phil Pugsley Patron donor of the JCI Foundation. She fluently speaks Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.

Candidate: Mahamadou Ousmane

National Organization: JCI Niger

Born on 14 September 1985 in Niamey, Niger, Mahamadou Ousmane, holds a master’s degree in international business and is the General Manager of Establishments SARKIN TOUDOU Import / Export-General Trade, Transport and Export of Petroleum Products. He resides in Niamey, Niger with his wife, Ramatoulaye, and son, Mohamed.

Ousmane joined JCI in February 2006 and served as 2012 Local President of JCI Maguina, 2014 Deputy President and in 2015 National President of JCI Niger.

On the international level, Ousmane served as UN and External Affairs Committee Member for Africa and the Middle East. He has participated in seven JCI Area Conferences, three JCI Global Partnership Summits and seven JCI World Congresses. Ousmane was honored as Senator No. 73113. He fluently speaks French and is passable in English.

Candidate: Ryubun Kojima

National Organization: JCI Japan

Born on 2 January 1981, in Minoh-city, Osaka, Japan, Ryubun Kojima is an Administrator of Katsuo-ji-temple and resides in Minoh-city Osaka, Japan.
Kojima joined JCI Osaka in 2012. In 2016, he served as Chairperson of the Promoting Sincerity to the World Commission. This year, at the national level, he is serving as General Affairs Commission Chairperson.
He has attended five JCI Area Conferences and four JCI World Congresses. He speaks English and Japanese.

Candidate: Rajiv Hieralal

National Organization: JCI Suriname

Born 17 July 1987, in Paramaribo, Suriname, Rajiv Hieralal holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and is a graduate from the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative of President Barack Obama. He resides in Lelydorp, Suriname and works as a managing director of a software development company.
Hieralal joined JCI Unify of Suriname in 2006. In his community of Lelydorp, he started a new JCI Local Organization called JCI Urban, of which he also served as Local President in 2012. In 2015, he served as the National President of JCI Suriname and in 2016 as a member of the Sponsorship Committee for the Americas.
At the international level, he has attended six JCI Conference of the Americas and three JCI World Congresses. Hieralal was part of the JCI English Debating Champions team of the Americas in 2008. He is a graduate of the 2012 JCI Americas Leadership Academy and the 2014 JCI Japan Academy. Hieralal has been honored as Senator No. 73574 and is a JCI Foundation donor. He speaks English and Dutch fluently.

Candidate: Sandra Salgueiro

National Organization: JCI Bolivia

Born on 1 January 1979 in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Salgueiro holds a graduate degree in social communication from the Catholic University of Bolivia and is currently completing her master’s degree in communication, organization and international protocol at the International School of Protocol in Spain. She is a social communicator specialized in public relations and event management.  She has run her own company specialized in event management and corporate image since 2005.
Salgueiro joined JCI in 2006. In 2011, she served as Local President of JCI Femenino Cochabamba. In 2014, she served as National President. Her career highlight was being the Director of the 2015 JCI Conference of the Americas in Cochabamba, Bolivia. 

In 2016, she served as Commissioner of the American Development Council and currently serves as a member of the Peace is Possible Committee. She is a graduate of the 2012 JCI Americas Leadership Academy. Salguiero is a JCI Foundation Donor and JCI Senator. She has attended 10 JCI Area Conferences and four JCI World Congresses.

Candidate: Rhonda Anderson

National Organization: JCI USA

Born 1 November 1978 in Denver, Colorado, USA, Rhonda Anderson holds degrees in elementary education and business administration and works as a Business Account Executive for Charter Spectrum Business. Anderson resides in Wyoming, USA, with her partner, Eric, and their three dogs.
Anderson joined JCI Cheboygan in 2003. She became Local President for JCI North Platte in 2010, State President for JCI Wyoming in 2011 and National Vice President for JCI USA in 2016.
Anderson has been honored as JCI Senator No. 75961. She speaks English and some Spanish.

Candidate: C.C. Owen Lee

National Organization: JCI Taiwan

Born 5 May 1978, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, C.C. Owen Lee holds a master's degree in accounting and work as a Certified Public Accountant of Chin Shih Chia United CPAs. He resides in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, with his mother.
Lee joined JCI Boai in 2008. He served as 2016 JCI Asia-Pacific Area Conference Deputy Director and 2014 Asia Senate Golf Invitational Director.
At the international level, Lee served as a member of the Asia-Pacific Development Council from 2016 to 2017. He has attended five JCI Area Conferences and four JCI World Congresses. He speaks Mandarin and English.

Candidate: Natascha Joof

National Organization: JCI Denmark 

Born 16 June 1981 in Roskilde, Denmark, Natascha Joof holds a master of law degree and works as a legal consultant at Quick Care, an employment agency that assists those in public housing. In 2001, she was elected and currently acts as the City Councilor in Herning City, where she resides. Recently, Joof started a legal consulting company JOOF Juridisk Rådgivning.

Joof joined JCI Herning on 10 October 2010 and has served as 2014 Local President, 2015 National Vice President, 2016 Deputy President and is currently JCI Denmark National President.

At the international level, Joof has attended four JCI Area Conferences, two JCI World Congresses and one JCI Global Partnership Summit. She graduated in 2016 from the 29th JCI Academy in Mito. Joof has been honored as JCI Senator no. 76050. She is fluent in Danish and English.

Candidate: John Stephen Agbenyo

National Organization: JCI Ghana

Born 18 May 1981 in Lume Atsyame, Volta Region of Ghana, John Stephen Agbenyo holds a master’s degree in communication development.  He works as the Executive Director for a nonprofit in Ghana. He resides in Ghana with his wife, Gabriella, their son, Dela, and their daughter, Mawuena.
Agbenyo joined as a founder of his JCI Local Chapter in 2012 and became the 2013 Local President, 2014 National General Legal Counsel, 2015 National Executive Vice President and 2016 National President. Currently, Agbenyo is a Mandela Washington Fellow.

At the international level, he has attended three JCI Area Conferences, one JCI World Congress and the 2016 JCI African Youth Development Summit. Agbenyo is a Phil Pugsley Patron Foundation Donor and has been honored as JCI Senator no. 75133. He speaks English. 

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