Communities of Practice


What are Communities of Practice?

Communities of Practice (CPs) are groups of coaches interested in a specific topic area. These communities are designed to provide a platform for sharing best practices, emerging trends, tools and tips among ICF Members to advance their professional development.

CPs are for coaches with a shared interest in a specific topic to advance their professional development; deepen their subject-matter expertise, and share best practices, emerging trends, tools and tips.

Each CP is steered by passionate volunteer leaders who help facilitate the learning and organize the conversations, ideas, and trends that emerge from the group. CPs are designed to promote active participation from their members: Sharing and discussion are always encouraged. 

 John Nielsen is an ICF PCC accredited Coach and Marshall Goldsmith Certified Executive and Team Coach. As ICF Singapore Chapter 2021 ExCo Member and Director of Learning I am very excited to work with all our passionate and experienced Communities of Practice Leads to run, and grow this impactful initiative on behalf of the Singapore ICF Chapter, allowing members to meet, share, discuss and grow together. A forum from our Singapore ICF Members for our ICF Singapore Members.

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller

Here is our latest Communities of Practice (CP) Calendar for the second half of 2021:



Are you interested in becoming a Leader of a Community of Practice? If you are passionate about a specific coaching practice and you love to share and discuss with a peer with similar interests, please raise your interest and share a few lines around your passion for the practice.

Send Email with your interest to Please put into Subject Line “I AM INTERESTED to become CP Leader”


Internal Coaching Community of Practice (CP)

The use of Internal Coaches to provide coaching within organizations is the fastest-growing segment of coaching practitioners. To support this growth and development, the Global ICF had included this as a key strategic focus for 2020 and beyond. The Singapore chapter shares this commitment and wants to create a Community of Practice for Internal Coaching to provide a place for Internal Coaches to come together to share best practices, emerging trends, and tools and tips in how to build strong coaching cultures within their organizations.

The Internal Coaching Community of Practice is hosted by Hermann

Hermann is a CSA accredited Coaching Supervisor who has been an Executive and Leadership Coach for over 20 years. He has served on the Singapore ICF Chapter’s Executive Committee for 7 years, having been President in 2016-2017.

His current interest in Internal Coaching was stimulated by a research project he co-led with the Center of Creative Leadership (CCL) looking at the infrastructure needed to support organizational coaching programs. 

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Peer Coaching Community of Practice (CP)

The Peer Coaching CP is a collaborative learning space for coaches to practice coaching, observe different coaching styles, and share insights on different case studies to elevate your coaching skills in line with latest ICF’s Competencies. Leveraging on a variety of approaches, including reviewing challenging case studies, coaches will have the opportunity to connect and interact with other professional coaches, deepen their understanding of ICF core competencies and experience the collective wisdom of the group. Learn to use the power of reflection and feedback to sharpen your coaching skills. Each CP session will come with 1.5 CCEUs.

This Peer Coaching CP will be facilitated by Suman Balani PCC, Executive Leadership & Group Coach, Joanne Teh PCC, Leadership & Team Coach and Jenny Toh ACC, Life Coach.

 Suman Balani, founder of Flourish Consulting, has over 25 years of leadership experience in healthcare, payments and technology sectors, including positions in corporate strategy, business operations, strategic product marketing and technology innovation. Leveraging on her strong corporate track record, Suman has brought the benefits of coaching to organisations by helping leaders build capacity for sustainable performance whilst concurrently displaying emotionally intelligent conduct.  As an ICF Mentor coach, Suman delights in up-skilling coaches towards mastery through real-life practical experience in support of their credentialling journeys. She is a Certified Master Transformational Coach, an Accredited Boss Whisperer and is certified in numerous assessment tools. Suman serves as a volunteer in not-for-profit Boards and was the ICF SG Chapter President in 2019. Suman also holds an Executive Masters in Coaching & Consulting for Change (Organisational Psychology) from the INSEAD Business School.

 Joanne Teh PCC, founder of NextGen Coach, runs a coaching/OD practice that focuses on enabling leaders to create sustainable change for themselves and their teams, to bring about measurable business impact and increase staff engagement for their organisations. With more than a decade of corporate experience in the financial and government sectors, complemented by years of leadership coaching for a diverse range of companies from large multinationals to up-and-coming start-ups, Joanne strives to deliver tangible, practical and transformative impact to each of her clients. Joanne is passionate about supporting coaches on their credentialing journeys and to achieve mastery of their craft, as positive change agents for their broader community. Joanne is a Certified Team Coach and a Certified Agile Coach. She also holds an EMBA from Quantic School of Business and Technology, an MA from Harvard University, and a BA from University of Chicago.

 Jenny Toh ACC, founder of River Life Coaching, is also currently a derivatives legal counsel in ING Bank N.V.  Jenny coaches individuals to align their career and life goals with their values and strengths. She is currently working on her certification as a Positive Intelligence Coach. Jenny is a qualified lawyer in UK, Singapore and Malaysia.

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Life Coaching Communities of Practice (CP) 

“Life Coaching is about transformation - from a caterpillar into a butterfly” C.Martin. What is Life Coaching? How different is Life Coaching from therapy? Why clients come to see us and how do we help them effectively?Let’s kick off our first meeting as a Community Of Practice by setting the foundation of our speciality and defining the boundaries and possibilities.We will then brainstorm together the topics we would like to discuss for further meetings.This session will be mostly interactive and lively so please come and join us.   

Life Coaching Communities of Practice is hosted by Ruchi Parekh

Ruchi Parekh is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certified by the International Coach Federation focusing on Life Coaching for Executives with Leadership Development. She is also an Accredited Belbin Facilitator. Belbin Team Roles are used to identify behavioural strengths and weaknesses in the workplace. Whether developing people, resolving conflict or fine-tuning high performance. Ruchi is a lawyer by profession having practised law in India and in Hong Kong. While she enjoyed law, she had a deep sense to do something more meaningful, helping people more directly and driving towards their passion.

Anupama Murali is an ICF Associate Certified Coach. She brings a rich experience of over 15 years in the corporate world, coupled with an equal number of years in voluntary work allowed her to steer her own life in a way that is consistent with her values. She partners with her clients to Elevate their Impact by empowering them to develop the 'Achieve with Equilibrium’ mindset. A mindset that empowers transition from Clutter to Clarity, Self-Doubt to Self-Belief, Being Stuck to Seeing Possibilities and much more. She believes that this mindset helps people from a reactive life to intentional living which then enables them to be their Best Version professionally and personally. Her clients see her coaching style as gentle and deeply transformative. She is also a Mind Management and Breath-based Meditation teacher for adults and youth who has taught over 100 programs in Singapore. Anupama is a passionate musician who performs Indian music in Singapore and a mother of an assertive 10 yr old girl.

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Singapore Youth Coaching Communities of Practice (CP) 

The coaching profession today continues to build and establish its applications in different domains of our society today. Coaching as a practice with youths today is definitely one of those domains where many professional coaches operate both professionally or through various volunteer space. So as coaches continue to serve in this space, impacting the lives of all these young people, how can we as a coaching profession come together to learn, grow and innovate together so as to meet the growing demands of our young people? How can coaches today continue to strive towards improving and increasing their areas of expertise and knowledge so as to create a definite impact in our leaders of tomorrow? It’s not an easy task to challenge to overcome but we certainly hope to tackle some of it through the Youth Coaching CoP Sessions.

Objectives of this CP: 3 C’s

  • C - Collaborate with each other – Providing an avenue where coaches can come together to leverage and synergize on each other’s strengths
  • C – Community building – Rallying and supporting this group of coaches doing this work
  • C – Commitment to grow – Setting benchmarks of professional standards and conduct as we work with young people


SINGAPORE YOUTH COACHING is hosted by Joe Chan and Parul Singhai

A youth work practitioner for the past 15 years at REACH Community Services Society (RCSS), specializing in working with children and youths in the community. Joe enjoys the challenges and thrills of this work starting as a caseworker himself overseeing individuals, families and programmes till today where he is heading REACH Youth Service of RCSS in a few locations. With his dedication to coach his team of social workers, counsellors and youth workers, the team reaches out to over 800 youths every month all over Singapore through its holistic services and programmes

  Parul is a Solution Focused Coach with a specific interest in working with Gen Z youth. The experience of growing alongside her own third-culture young adult sons and their peers has given her a unique perspective. She hopes to compliment Joe in making the Youth CoP stronger. In her 23 years in Singapore, she has worked as a full-time mother, a volunteer at the ACM and National Gallery, and as an editor for a literary agency. Meanwhile, she is an active member of the South Central Community Centre working at the grassroots level to support the community. As an avid student of the Vedantic Philosophy and Yoga for years, Parul brings a deep mindfulness element to her coaching. Her motto is, ‘When there is harmony between the mind, heart and resolution, then nothing is impossible’ - Rig Veda

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Health and Wellness Coaching (CP)

Health affects everyone indirectly or directly. But sometimes a serious illness can come unexpectedly, changing the world of our clients and their outlook on life instantaneously, and making even the smallest of tasks seem like massive obstacles. 

Integrating into coaching – how they can overcome the challenges that arise out of health condition(s) – we can help them find their new normal and move them forward to function and perform optimally, both at work and in their personal lives. 

Focus of this CP: 

  • Create your Health Recovery coaching model, structure, and powerful questions.
  • Understand best practices, sensitizing oneself, and tools that can be used to coach recovery warriors.
  • Create an understanding if mindfulness is beneficial and how it can be incorporated in the practice.


The Health and Wellness Coaching Community of Practice (CP) is hosted by Preeti Kurani and Tricia Pang

Preeti is a Transformative High-Performance Coach who works with businesses, leaders, and individuals to help transform perspectives for elevating impact at work and in their personal lives. She combines focus, intuition, creativity, and open communication to help people move forward and achieve their goals while staying congruent with their values.

Preeti comes with 20 years’ experience in business, sales, and people development within the luxury industry and working with different cultures and countries. She is Certified in Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholders Centred Coaching Program for Leaders and Teams, and a Professional Co-Active Coach. She also runs workshops in different areas related to performance thinking, self-management, and professional skill-building.

Tricia is a certified professional coach, with a niche in supporting women with Cancer. Her keen listening skills & non-judgmental approach provides a safe space for her clients to explore their fullest potential. Tricia guides clients through a journey of self-discovery; fresh perspectives; renew optimism; and to build on each individual’s innate wisdom, in spite of their health and emotional challenges. Tricia believes that reassessment & personal growth should be lifelong. She has been featured by Straits Times, radio station, magazines and invited to speak at health awareness events for her work in the cancer community. 

Combined with her professional credentials & passion to serve,  Tricia continues to contribute her time, effort, skills and compassion with volunteer organizations such as Breast Cancer Foundation, National University Hospital, SPARKS ( ADHD support group), A New Vision ( Funding Cataract surgeries), HCA Hospice Care to creating a positive community impact

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Coaching Resources Communities of Practice (CP)

As a Coach, we are on a journey to evolve and grow.  This CP on Coaching Resources is to create a space for collaborate learning, sharing of content and deepening our knowledge with evolving information related to coaching.  It is an opportunity to meet and broaden your network and friendships, with other coaches who are at a similar point in their coaching careers.

Professional coaching is constantly evolving in methodology, application and research.  Recognizing the importance to all coaches, to are creating a platform to discuss a new modality, a new book or article or even review how I am showing up as a Coach?

This group is open to all coaches, you may be new, seasoned, or aspiring to be a coach, you are either credentialled or on the path to credentialing.  We get together once a month to deepen our knowledge and learning as a way to provide support for those who are navigating their way in the world of coaching.

Focus of this CP: 

  •  What kind of coach do I want to be?
  • What it takes to get your Credentials (for ACC/PCC/MCC) 
  • How to grow beyond ACC/PCC/MCC
  • How to know and define my Coaching Niche.
  • Various type of Coaching in the Industry – and what it means to be an Executive Coach, or Life Coach, Health Coach.
  • Individual vs. Team Coaching vs Group Coaching
  • Network Places, Must Read Books / Articles
  • Coaching offering and Pricing in the industry
  • How can I get Coaching hours from Pro-Bono vs Paid vs. volunteer coaching


Coaching Resources Community of Practice sessions are hosted by Jass Malaney

JassMalaney, PCC, is the Past President of the ICF Singapore Chapter.  She is an Executive Leadership Coach & Keynote Speaker.  Prior to becoming a Coach, she has held senior leadership roles including working as a Diplomat at the United Nations, The WorldBank.

She is an advocate for Professional Coaching and organized Laser Coaching sessions and presentation for Corporates and Non-profit sectors.  She launched the campaign Every leader needs a Coach, Make sure yours is ICF Credentialed to promote Credentialled Coaches.  As a way to engage and create learning tribes, she launched the Communities of Practice (COP). She has served as the Chapter President (2017-2018) President-Elect, (2016-2017), Vice President (2012-2013), PR Chair (2011 -2012). She played key organizing roles in the Asia Pacific Coaching Conference in 2010 and 2012. Chaired the first Symposium on “Coaching for Future” during the Coaching Week 2015. Conceptualised, edited and published a Coaching Journal "Coaching Resource Guide". 

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Launch of New Team Coaching CP – Lead by Swee Heng

The main purpose of the Team Coaching CP is to allow members to learn team coaching from one another.

At each session, there will be a short topic presentation relating to team coaching, followed by discussions and sharing of knowledge, experiences, skills, tools, cases and resources. The CP is also a good platform to address your team coaching challenges as well as a test bed for new team coaching ideas or tools. It is also an excellent opportunity to network and make more friends. 

The Team Coaching CP session is held every 2nd Monday of the month from 8 pm to 9.30 pm (SG). The CP is organized by like-minded folks and if you are interested to be part of the planning committee, do contact Events and CP team via at

As PCC, Swee Heng has more than 10 years experience coaching executives and teams in Asia Pacific to be higher performing by inspiring leaders and team members to share in the leadership. He is the Global Director of the Team Coach Certification Program, deriving great satisfaction in grooming more Shared Leadership Team Coaches who can make an impactful difference at the workplace and community. Swee Heng has published a book “Coaching In The Moment — How busy leaders can make more impact with less time”. Swee Heng’s 31 years of management, operations and HR experiences gathered in Reed Elsevier, Deloitte and the Singapore Ministry of Defense, has also helped him to be a grounded leadership and team coach, co-creating practical and effective solutions with each client.

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For Questions in regard to Communities of Practice please send email to