Anouk Jasmine Albien. Anouk Jasmine Albien is an early career researcher based at the Psychology Department at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research and aims to contribute to advancing the career-life course development of adolescents and young adults in disadvantaged or marginalised contexts (i.e. idiosyncratic samples) to create new career-life narratives that transcend poverty. She has a keen interest in contributing to emic career psychology to acknowledge cultural specificity, but also to include elements of career behavior that are associated with a universal career psychology (i.e. etic approach). Anouk has received several awards based on consistent academic excellence, of which the most noteworthy are the South African National Research Foundation’s Innovation Doctoral Scholarship Award, Early Career Fellow funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York as well as her selection to the Emerging Psychologists Programme at the International Congress of Psychology in Japan in 2016. Previously she has held many leadership roles, where she has anchored the counseling and psycho-educational outreach programmes for the Phelphepa Health Train and was appointed the co-ordinator of a career development project in the Kayamandi community for three consecutive years. Anouk has been a contractual lecturer for the past several years in various higher education institutions. She has taught research methods, statistics, academic literacy as well as various other psychology modules (i.e. career psychology). Anouk acts as a reviewer for the South African Journal of Education and the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance. Currently she is working as a research assistant in the Office of the Vice Rector of Stellenbosch University, in the division of Strategy and Internationalisation. Her PhD dissertation (entitled A mixed-methods analysis of black adolescents’ vocational identity status and career adaptability competencies in a South African township under supervision of Prof A.V. Naidoo) included the development of a narrative career intervention, with repeated-measures used to assess whether career adaptability scores had increased and subjective experiences were elicited using post-intervention interviews. The completion of this doctoral research project in May 2018 will mean the first successful completion of a mixed-methods career intervention in a sample of 582 Township youth. As a proud Alumni of the ECADOC programme, Anouk has a keen interest in sustaining the success of the ECADOC summer school. Her future aims are to foster further initiatives to facilitate international research collaborations and skill transfer in the field of career psychology and vocational guidance globally.
From 2013 to 2018
Johannes Katsarov. Johannes is an ethics training scholar and acts as the Coordinator of the NICE Foundation (since 2017). From 2009-2016, he coordinated the Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling in Europe (NICE) together with Christiane Schiersmann and Peter Weber from the Heidelberg University (www.nice-network.eu). In this role, Johannes co-edited both NICE Handbooks and the NICE Newsletter. From 2012 to 2015, he coordinated the development of European Competence Standards for the Academic Training of Career Practitioners (together with Kestutis Pukelis, Jukka Lerkkanen and Jacques Pouyaud). In his role as the coordination of the NICE Network, he launched the initiative to found the ECADOC Programme together with Laura Nota, supported by the European Society for Vocational Designing and Career Counseling (ESVDC), the Steering Committee of NICE, and numerous colleagues from across Europe. From 2013 to 2017, he acted as the Program Manager of ECADOC and as the coordinator of the EU-funded project, which enabled the program. Johannes currently works at the Center for Ethics of the University of Zurich, where he is working on a PhD in Ethics as part of the project“Moral Sensitivity” (led by Markus Christen and Carmen Tanner). His research focuses on the training of moral sensitivity in professionals, including through the use of video games. He is currently involved in the design and testing of two “Serious Moral Games” (for financial managers and physicians). As the Coordinator of the NICE Foundation, Johannes efforts are focused on realizing annual networking conferences and enabling meaningful projects for innovation in the training of career practitioners across Europe. He remains committed to ECADOC in his new role.