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Reference Committees

Reference Committees

GEM College of International Business (Global) has established an International Reference Committee of Corporate and Community Leaders.

Each GEM Campus establishes its Local Reference Committee of Corporate and Community Leaders, and, where there are three or more GEM Campuses in any given country, a National Reference Committee of Corporate and Community Leaders is established.

It is the role and responsibility of Reference Committee Members to dedicate time and energy into the life of the College ensuring its culture is proactive, future and commercially oriented and its education programs are essential to the rapidly changing needs of global business in the 21st Century.

Bishop Efraim M. Tendero, Global Reference Committee Member

Bishop Efraim M. Tendero is Secretary General of The World Evangelical Alliance, which is a global organization of churches founded in 1846 in London,England. Now headquartered in New York, it brings together 129 national alliances of churches, 104 member associations and 6 boards, and is the largest international organization of evangelical churches.

Prior to his above appointment Bishop Tendero served as national director of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) from 1993 to 2014. PCEC is the largest network of evangelical Christians in the Philippines composed of 25,000 evangelical churches, 66 denominations, 150 parachurch and mission organizations.

In 2005, he was appointed executive director of the Philippine Relief and Development Services (PHILRADS) and continues to hold the said position till now. PHILRADS, the relief and development arm of PCEC, works hand in hand with local churches in holistic ministries for the poor and the needy, to enable them to become all that God intends them to be. It responds to the emergency needs of disaster victims, provides assistance for their rehabilitation, carries out community development projects, and conducts disaster management seminars for local churches and communities.

Besides providing leadership for PCEC and PHILRADS, Bishop Tendero is the chair of the board of the following organizations: Asian Theological Seminary, Back to the Bible Broadcast, Evangelism Explosion (EE) 3 Philippines, and Philippine Missions Association, and the Youth Commission of the Evangelical Fellowship of Asia. He is also a member of the Youth Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance. He was chair of the General Committee of the Metro Manila Franklin Graham Festival that spearheaded the festival of Franklin Graham in the Philippines in February 2006.

He served as national coordinator for the DAWN (Discipling A Whole Nation) 2000, where he provided leadership for the mobilization of churches in the Philippines that made possible the accomplishment of the movement’s vision of seeing 50,000 local churches planted nationwide by 2000.

Owing to his dynamic preaching, excellent leadership and rich ministry experience, he has become among the country’s favorite speakers on leadership, church growth and missions, and has been invited numerous times to speak not only locally but in 25 other countries. Furthermore, he functions as executive editor of Evangelicals Today—the longest-running Christian magazine in the Philippines.

He also became one of the spiritual advisers of former President Fidel V. Ramos in his capacity as chair of the National Ecumenical Consultative Committee (NECCOM). He is now a member of the Presidential Council for Values Formation. Bishop Tendero was also appointed by President GMA as one of the members of the 50-man Citizen’s Consultative Commission or Concom that went around the country to consult and gather input from various sectors and stakeholders of the nation so as to review and craft possible amendments to the present Constitution, for which he was awarded a Presidential Medal of Merit. He actively represented the Philippines in several International Interfaith Dialogues including the United Nations High Level Inter-religious and Intercultural dialogue for Understanding and Peace.

Bishop Tendero earned his B. A. Theology degree from FEBIAS College of Bible in 1978, cum laude and was the recipient of that year’s Most Outstanding Student Award. He also went to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois for his M. Div. (Pastoral Counselling) degree, graduating cum laude. He is listed in the 1989 “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.” He received three honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Asian Theological Seminary, Febias College of Bible, and International School of Theology-Asia.

In recognition of his exemplary leadership in the body of Christ as he fosters unity and advocacy for national transformation, he was given the Distinguished Evangelical Leadership Award, making him the fifth person to receive this prestigious award in the 35 years of PCEC then.

Born in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro Bishop Ef is married to the former Sierry Soriano. The couple are blessed with four children, namely: Elizabeth Esther, Efraim Elijah, Ezra Emmanuel, and Elah Eunice.

Victor Korobacz, National Reference Committee Member (Australia)

Victor Korobacz’s long career has been in education, initially in a teaching capacity and then providing advice to government and government agencies at the highest level. He has expertise in quality assurance, in particular governance arrangements for education quality assurance and regulation, and national and regional qualification frameworks.

As the principal source of policy advice for the South Australian government from 1994 – to 2009 on the Australian Qualifications Framework, the regulatory framework for education providers for domestic and international students (ESOS) and the establishment in Australia of international universities (Carnegie Mellon University and University College London) in Australia, he played a significant role in the establishment of the regulatory architecture and governance arrangements for post-compulsory secondary education in Australia.

As Director Policy, Office of the Australian Qualifications Framework from 2012-2014, he advised the Australian Qualifications Framework Council on the governance arrangements for the Australian Qualifications Framework, provided the Australian government Minister for Education briefings on qualification frameworks, and undertook presentations to international delegations/personnel seeking counsel on qualification frameworks. He is currently engaged in work aligning the Australian Qualifications Framework with international qualifications frameworks (European Qualifications Framework and New Zealand Qualifications Framework).

Vic’s professional achievements are many – and as his particular area of interest is quality in Education, we are very proud that he has accepted a role with the Quality Control Unit – via his role with the GEM College of International Business (Australia)’s Reference Committee.

Penelope J. Rose, Global Reference Committee Member

Penelope J. Rose was born and raised in Australia – the daughter of an ANZAC veteran. She spent her childhood in Adelaide, South Australia.

She has resided in the United States since 1983 where she attended New York University.

Penelope worked for eleven years as Special Assistant to the former Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, in New York and Washington DC. She was also Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, before moving into her role that is closely linked with Education.

Penelope is Lead Analyst, Executive Operations, Office of the Executive Chairman of the Board, for Emergent BioSolutions, which is active in the bio-defense industry in the United States. Penny lives in Florida, but travels extensively between Washington DC, Naples, Florida and Gaithersburg, Maryland as well as internationally as she liaises between industry and the world’s leading universities.

Part of her role is providing support to the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program (https://oxcam.gpp.nih.gov) which is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers. The global Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. training programs are based in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, America’s largest biomedical research organization.

She resides in the state of Florida and is an avid wildlife photographer and conservationist.

Penelope at the NIH Oxford Cambridge Collogquium 2015:


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