Christine Turc standing and smiling, holding a yellow labrador puppy.

Christine Turc (Committee Chair)

IGDF Board Member
Chief Executive Officer Les Chiens Guides d’Aveugles de L’ouest, France

Christine TURC joined les Chiens Guides d’Aveugles de l’Ouest in July 1995 as Administrative Manager and then became Communication and Fundraising Manager in 2001.
Before entering the guide dog field, Christine managed a temporary workers agency for 5 years in Angers, after 5 years in charge of international statistical studies for the pharmaceutical industry in Paris.

Christine is now Director and CEO for the guide dog school, from the 1st of July 2014, in charge of supervising all activities in the guide dog school from communication and fundraising to breeding, puppy raising and guide dog education and strategic development with the Board.

Christine graduated from a French management school and fluently speaks French, English and Spanish.

She was elected to the IGDF Board at the 2014 Seminar in Tokyo.

Karen Hayes with her arm around a yellow lab.

Karen Hayes

Chief Executive Officer Guide Dogs Victoria, Australia

Karen Hayes is recognised as a dynamic influencer in the Australian Not-for-Profit sector. Since November 2011 she has been the CEO of the Victorian Division of Guide Dogs Australia, which is currently Australia’s “Most Trusted Charity,” for the 7th year in a row.

A past Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award finalist, Karen is currently a Board member of Multiple Sclerosis Ltd (6 years), The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (6 years) and a past board member of Vision 2020 Australia, (5 years) Melbourne Football Cub (7 years) and Breast Cancer Network Australia (15 years).

Karen was one of the founders of Breast Cancer Network Australia, and as the co-founder of the Australian chapter of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), she continues to play a leadership role for women across a number of industries and communities globally.

Prior to joining Guide Dogs, Karen enjoyed an exemplary career in the Professional Services sector including as Director, Corporate Engagement and Human Capital with UXC Limited and CEO of Planpower, a major Project Management organisation.

Under Karen’s leadership, Guide Dogs Victoria has delivered a $27m capital campaign to transform GDV’s campus into Australia’s first sensory campus. The new facilities are aimed at improving the lives of people living with blindness or low vision, while also providing a world class environment for breeding and training guide dogs and educating the community.

Karen was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2017, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to business and the community and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List, for significant service to the community as an advocate for gender equity, and to women in sport. She was also inducted as a Dame in the Order of St John in June 2019, in recognition of her contribution to community.

Kazumasda Oda sitting and smiling with a yellow lab.

Kazumasa Oda

Board Director
Japan Guide Dog Association, Japan

Kazu Oda is one of the board directors of Japan Guide Dog Association since 2011.

He is currently also the principal of JGDA Guide Dog Trainer’s School. Out of 63 graduates, 45 are currently working at JGDA.

He left Japan Airlines Co, Ltd Group in 2010 after working for 41years. He is very well travelled, and has lived in UK, Singapore and Hong Kong through his career.

He is excited to serve IGDF as a board member and is looking forward to the Tokyo Paralympics, as it’ll be a great opportunity for the improvement of public awareness of our Guide Dog movement around the world.

Kazu was elected to the IGDF Board at the 2016 IGDF Seminar in Hvar, Croatia.