About Us

The Asia-Pacific Federation of Association Organizations (APFAO) is a regional network of national membership organizations of associations advocating towards the betterment of the sector and professionals working in these associations.

The APFAO was launched after the signing of the ‘Hong Kong Charter’ of four founding members on March 24, 2015 at the side lines of the inaugural “Great Ideas Asia-Pacific Conference” of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) held at the Shangri-la Hotel Kowloon.

The four APFAO founders are the Associations Forum (AF), the Australasian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE), the Korean Society of Association Executives (KSAE) and the Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE) which initiated the APFAO and serves as interim Secretariat.

About the logo

Elements and Design Rationale:

  • The human icon represents the association executive.
  • The human icon is shown “lifting” the globe with the Asia-Pacific region map. This symbolizes the goal of the Federation to elevate the standards of association governance, leadership and management.
  • The human icon is also lifting a “beam” that holds the letters of the Federation acronym and the globe together. This highlights the role of the association executive to perform a “balancing act” in meeting the diverse and varied interests of its stakeholders.
  • The colours used are varied to embody the diversity of the region while orange is used for the human icon to symbolize vibrant energy and call to action.