ASEAN Human Development at Work

Founded in 2018, AHDO is the first organisation in ASEAN to serve the community of human development professionals in the world of work. AHDO also works with companies and other organisations on human development purpose and strategy. AHDO operates across 6 ASEAN countries.

We define human development as an essential part of the work experience in alignment with United Nations human development principles and sustainable development goals, as well as the International Labour Organisation’s decent work mission.

AHDO  provides its individual and corporate members with research, conferences, professional certifications and accreditation in human development. AHDO also publishes books and white papers and organises thought leadership activities in human development.

As an ASEAN nonprofit organisation we work with regional and international institutions to promote human development in the workplace.

The People Behind the Organisation

Regional Leaders

Le Hong Phuc
AHDO Chair for 2022

Phuc did his academic studies to become an educator and then worked in worked in HR roles at several multinationals. He set up the first organisation for HR professionals in Vietnam in 2001. Phuc was always convinced that no single country could meet the human development challenges taking place in the ASEAN region and became an early founder of AHDO.  

Nadiah Tan Abdullah
AHDO Chair for 2023-2024

After studies in International Relations in the UK, she returned to Malaysia to lead human development functions in HR, organisational development, change management and strategy at companies like Microsoft, Nestle, AirAsia X and SP Setia Berhad. Nadiah is a well-known speaker and has been active in growing communities. She is a Council member for Malaysian Employers Federation and board member for their MEF Academy. She also plays active roles in an advisory capacity for several NGOs.

Low Peck Kem
AHDO Chair for 2025-2026

Peck Kem is currently Chief HR Officer and Advisor (Workforce Development) for the Public Service Division (PSD), Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore. She is also President of the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resource Management for 2023-2025. In order to promote collaboration in the ASEAN public service sector, she founded the ALSHRI, a Community of Practice for senior officials serving in the capacity of Chief HR Officers (or equivalent) in their respective ASEAN Member States. Peck Kem has deep experience in the private sector and has served in not-for-profit organisations in Singapore and internationally.

Dr. Bob Aubrey
Founder and Chair of the Advisory Board

Bob Aubrey has led a varied career as entrepreneur, writer, teacher, business consultant and founder of international institutions. He has lived in USA, Europe, China and Singapore and his work has taken him to more than 25 countries across 6 continents. As a professor, he has taught at business schools in Europe and Asia and  published 12 books on different aspects of human development.

Our Dedicated Teams


Committees at AHDO are how we communicate among members on human development topics and issues. They are specialised member groups in different areas at a regional and national level.

Committees are closed door meetings for AHDO members, chaired by regional leaders or experts in different areas. Regional committees are joined by members from different types of organisations in different countries. Committees are also formed at a national level for local needs and issues working with AHDO national teams.

Committees provide a platform to receive updates on developments and a dialogue forum to identify, share and discuss perspectives and share experience.

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