Track Speakers

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Mr. Hassan bin Ahmad
Chief Executive
Mercy Relief, Singapore

Hassan bin Ahmad is the Chief Executive of Mercy Relief in Singapore, a non-governmental humanitarian charity that provides assistance to disaster-stricken communities across 23 Asian countries. It also manages long-term development projects such as water and sanitation, shelter, sustainable livelihoods, healthcare and education. At Mercy Relief, Hassan established the Strategic Innovations & Partnership Division to develop appropriate technological solutions for rural and disaster-hit communities. He was the first chief executive of Lien Aid, set up in 2006 as the regional humanitarian arm of Lien Foundation.
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Mr. Philo Alto
Founder
Asia Value Advisors Limited
Hong Kong SAR

Mr. Philo Alto is the Founder of Asia Value Advisors, a philanthropy advisory firm based in Hong Kong. He also co-founded Asia Community Ventures, a not-for-profit organization which recently held an Impact Investing Forum with the Rockefeller Foundation in Hong Kong. He was recently appointed by Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary as a member of the Social Innovation Group to provide advice on the government’s HKD500 million (USD64.5 million) Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund. Mr. Alto’s articles have been featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Impact Investing Policy Collaborative, Lien Centre for Social Innovation and Asia Venture Philanthropy Network.

Mayor Carmela Alvarez
San Vicente, Palawan
Philippines

Mayor Carmela Alvarez
San Vicente, Palawan
Philippines
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Mr. Peter Rabley
Director
Investments Property Rights, Omidyar Network
United States

Mr. Peter Rabley
Director
Investments Property Rights, Omidyar Network
United States
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Mr. Alfredo Arquillano
UN Sasakawa Awardee for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2011 “Purok System” Program, Camotes Island, Cebu City
Philippines

Mr. Alfredo A. Arquillano, Jr. served as Municipal Mayor of San Francisco, Cebu province, the Philippines for three terms. Under his leadership, a “Purok” community empowerment program was developed to boost the resilience of families living below the poverty line. In the Purok “Capital Build Up” program, communities actively participate in developing local solutions for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. The system has won the municipal government several national and local awards, including the UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2011.

Ms. Myrna Asuncion
Assistant Director
National Economic and Development Authority
Philippines

Ms. Myrna Asuncion
Assistant Director
National Economic and Development Authority
Philippines
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Mr. Veeralakshmanan Bagavathi
Downstream Business Development APAC
Bayer MaterialScience
Thailand

B.V. Lakshmanan has over 23 years of industrial experience in R&D, marketing & business development and manufacturing in many Asian countries spanning the Indian sub-continent, ASEAN and China. Before Joining Bayer in 1996, he was associated with Chemicals and Plastic India Limited. Lakshmanan is currently responsible for Strategy Development for Downstream Business of PUR in APAC, he is also involved in the low cost housing development program of Bayer BMS in APAC.
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Ms. Darlene Marie B. Berberabe
President and CEO
Pag-IBIG Fund, Philippines

Darlene Marie B. Berberabe is the President & CEO of Pag-IBIG Fund. Previously, she was the Senior Corporate Legal Counsel of Procter & Gamble Philippines, and, before that, a labor law practitioner at Quisumbing Torres. She was also a professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law and College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. She was named Outstanding CEO for 2013 conferred by the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific and received the Communication Excellence in Organization Award in 2012 from the International Association of Business Communicators Philippines.
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Mr. Antonio M. Bernardo
Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner
Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board
Philippines

Antonio M. Bernardo is the Chief Executive Office and Commissioner of Philippines’ Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB). Bernardo has held numerous positions in the Government prior to being appointed as Commissioner of the HLURB, from Secretary of the Commission on Appointments in 2000, to Undersecretary and Chief of Staff at the Department of Energy and Special Assistant to the Chairman at the National Power Corporation, to Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs in 2002.
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Mr. Marco Boasso
Director of Manila (Global) Administrative Centre
and Chief of Mission – the Philippines
International Organization for Migration

Mr. Marco Boasso is the Director of International Organization for Migration (IOM) Manila (Global) Administrative Centre and the Chief of Mission, of IOM Philippines.  He has more than 19 years of field experience in migration management and operations, and has served IOM in various capacities. He has coordinated assistance operations for persons displaced by natural disasters in Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, Honduras and Indonesia; has represented IOM in the Inter-Agency Unit for Displacement established by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), among others.

Dr. Sareth Boramy
Director
Land Allocation for Social and Economic Development Project
Cambodia

Dr. Sareth Boramy is the Director of the Land Allocation for Social and Economic Development Project in Cambodia, a government initiative that is tasked to improve the process for identification and use of state lands being transferred to eligible, poor, and formerly landless or land-poor recipients. Dr. Boramy is also the Deputy Director General of Land Management and Urban Planning (GDLMUP) of the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction. In 2011, Dr. Boramy also coordinated the transfer of aid from the Russian Orthodox Church to the flood victims of the province of Siem Reap.

Mr. Joseph Briones
Barangay Chairman
Barangay Malanday, Marikina, Philippines

Joseph Briones
Barangay Chairman
Barangay Malanday, Marikina, Philippines

Ms. Camille Buenaventura
Executive Director
San Miguel Foundation
Philippines

Camille Buenaventura, Executive Director at San Miguel Foundation, has more than 20 years of experience in corporate social responsibility with expertise in program management and corporate-community relations. Buenaventura’s task is to plan and develop strategies for the CSR programs of the entire San Miguel Group. She is also the vice-chair of the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF), LCF-CSR Institute’s Speakers Bureau member and a trustee of Petron Foundation, Inc. In addition, she teaches corporate social responsibility at the Ateneo de Manila University.
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Ms. Edita S. Bueno
Administrator
National Electrification Administration, Philippines

Edita S. Bueno is the Administrator of the National Electrification Administration in the Philippines. She joined the rural electrification movement right after graduating from college. She is considered a pioneer and a homegrown expert and technocrat in rural development and corporate governance. A career executive service officer, she also has experience in policy administration/management, arts/humanities and energy development & management. She is a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
       

Mr. Giacomo Butte
Co-Founder Collective Studio, Cambodia

Giacomo Butte is the Co-Founder of Collective Studio in Cambodia, a firm that is involved in projects that benefit public spaces of cities and communities through improving their built environment. Butte has a Masters Degree in Interior Architectures from the Milan Polytechnic University. He has developed two sustainable masterplans for the city of Nanjing and for Hainan island in 2010, and has been active in several NGOs.
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Rev. Fr. Norberto Carcellar, C.M.
Executive Director
Philippine Action for Community-Led Shelter Initiatives, Inc., Philippines

Fr. Norberto L. Carcellar, C.M. a.k.a. “Fr. Bebot”, is the Executive Director and Founder of the Philippine Action for Community-led Shelter Initiatives, Inc. (PACSII), which is the intermediary support institution of the Homeless Peoples’ Federation Philippines Inc. (HPFPI). He is a priest of the Congregation of the Mission (CM) of St. Vincent De Paul and has varied expertise and experience in the fields of community and urban development, housing and upgrading finance and disaster interventions.

Mr. David Carden
Head
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Philippines

David Carden is the head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Philippines. Along with the Government and local and international aid workers, he has been working to help people during and after natural disasters. In 2011, he assembled a team to respond to the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Washi which struck the southern areas of the Philippines. Carden has participated in various conferences on humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction.
Speaker_Krasae-Chanawongse

Dr. Krasae Chanwongse
Executive Director
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Thailand

Prof. Dr. Krasae Chanawongse has been serving as Chairman of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), an international organization working on reducing the effect of disasters in the Asia-Pacific region, since 1999. Trained as a medical doctor, he has worked with the rural communities in Thailand to improve their access to public health service for over 15 years. Dr. Chanawongse has had a long and distinguished political career which included serving as a Cabinet member of previous Thai governments.
Speaker_Guillaume-Chantry

Mr. Guillaume Chantry
Coordinator
Development Workshop
Vietnam

Guillaume Chantry is the Coordinator of a French-based NGO, Development Workshop, in Vietnam. He is a civil engineer and has worked in the field of Human Settlements & Housing for 35 years, particularly in disaster prone areas. In Vietnam, he has been involved as a project coordinator in the areas of preventive housing reinforcement, research, training, public campaigns and reconstruction programs. He was given the World Habitat Award in 2008 and the UN-ISDR Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction – Certificate of Distinction in 2009.
Vietnam

Ms. Lara Born
Access to Energy Expert
Energy for All Partnership Secretariat,
Asian Development Bank, Philippines

Ms. Lara Born
Access to Energy Expert
Energy for All Partnership Secretariat,
Asian Development Bank, Philippines
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Sr. Maria Vida Cordero
Chairperson, FMJPIC-Luzon Commission
Franciscan Movement for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, Philippines

Sr. Maria Vida Cordero currently chairs the Luzon Commission of the Franciscan Movement for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (FMJPIC). She has a Master of Science in Agricultural Sciences, Food Security and Natural Resource Management from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. She is also involved in Christian Formation and Program Coordination in various schools, and Pastoral Management of Basic Ecclesial Communities (BCC-BEC) in parishes in the Philippines and in Japan.
Speaker_Neda-Dacanay

Mr. Leon M. Dacanay, Jr.
NEDA Regional Director
Region X, Philippines

Leon Dacanay has been the Regional Director of National Economic and Development Authority, Region X (NEDA-X) in Northern Mindanao since December 2009. He was formerly the Assistant Regional Director of NRO-CAR (NEDA Regional Office, Cordillera Administrative Region) and Chief Economic Development Specialist. He specializes in physical/land use planning and regional development planning. He has a master’s degree in Engineering (Transportation Engineering) from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.
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Ms. Agnes de Jesus
Senior Vice President, Environment and External Relations
Energy Development Corporation
Philippines

Agnes C. de Jesus is the Senior Vice President for Environment and External Relations and the Compliance Officer of the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) in the Philippines. She is also the current chairman of Philippine National Steering Committee of the Small Grants Program of United Nations Development Programme and a Third Party Reviewer of World Bank country reports. She has extensive experience in environmental and watershed management, government relations, policy formulation, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), public relations and conflict management.

Mayor Alfredo Coro
Del Carmen, Siargao Islands, Surigao del Norte
Philippines

Mayor Alfredo Coro 
Del Carmen, Siargao Islands, Surigao del Norte
Philippines
Speaker_Christopher-Dela-Cruz

Mr. Christopher dela Cruz
Chief Executive Officer
Philippine Green Building Council, Philippines

Christopher dela Cruz
Chief Executive Officer
Philippine Green Building Council, Philippines
Speaker_Luli-Heras-DeLeon

Ms. Luli Heras-De Leon
President
Ayala Foundation
Philippines

Luli Heras-de Leon is a Managing Director of Ayala Corporation and concurrently President of Ayala Foundation Inc. De Leon was formerly with Chevron Geothermal Philippines Holdings Inc. (CGPHI) as Vice President for Policy, Government and Public Affairs, a wholly–owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation. Prior to joining CGPHI, De Leon was President of the Economic Development Division of the Greater Houston Partnership, where she led inbound investment and recruitment initiatives for Houston, Texas, USA.
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Mr. Illac Angelo Diaz
Executive Director
Liter of Light, Philippines

Ilac Angelo Diaz is the Founder & Executive Director of MyShelter Foundation, Inc. Philippines. He is concerned with addressing the shortage of clinics and schools in rural areas. For this, he harnessed the practice of using more affordable indigenous construction materials by establishing the first earth bag and bamboo construction practice in Asia. He launched the Bottle School initiative in 2011. Most recently, he launched the ‘Liter of Light’ campaign to provide low-cost alternative energy sources to homes across the Philippines.

Mr. Umesh Prasad Dhakal
Executive Director
Nepal Red Cross

Umesh Prasad Dhakal is currently the Executive Director of the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS). His involvement with NRCS began more than 15 years ago where he was involved in managing their Bhutanese Refugee Program, facilitated Disaster Preparedness Network activities and managed health and disaster management programs. Prasad was awarded the Ralph U. Stone Memorial Award in 1999 in the United States and the Disaster Relief Medal, conferred by the Government of Nepal, in 2005.
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Mr. Faisal Djalal
Chairman
Asia-Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management, Japan

Faisal Djalal is the Chairman of Asia-Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management in Japan.
Djalal has been working as a senior consultant, trainer and facilitator for human resource matters, project manager, and organizational and community developer for almost 25 years. In 2003, Faisal Djalal founded the MPBI-Indonesian Society for Disaster Management, together with In 2008, he facilitated the establishment of the PLANAS-Indonesian National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Speaker_Raimond-Duijens

Mr. Raimond Duijsens
Coordinator, Partners for Resilience Program
Netherlands Red Cross

Raimond Duijsens is the Coordinator for Partners for Resilience Program of the Netherlands Red Cross. The program works on resilience strengthening by combining disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and ecosystem management with humanitarian, development and environmental organizations. Alongside his work, he is a PhD candidate, focusing on the humanitarian consequences of urbanization for the Red Cross, with a special emphasis on Asia.
Speaker_El-Sioufi

Mr. Mohamed El Sioufi
Coordinator, Housing and Slum Upgrading
UN-Habitat Nairobi

Dr. Mohamed El Sioufi is the Coordinator of Housing and Slum Upgrading at UN-HABITAT. He is also Executive Coordinator of the Global Housing Strategy, an initiative that facilitates developing and sharing research, case studies and activities to guide national and city and slum upgrading strategies. Currently based in Nairobi, Dr. El Sioufi has worked with UN-HABITAT since 1995 as a Senior Human Settlements Advisor, responsible for capacity development and technical cooperation in the Arab States and Africa. He established the UN-HABITAT Participatory Slum Upgrading Program which operates in more than 40 countries in the African, Arab States, Caribbean and Pacific regions.
Speaker_Consuelo-Garcia

Ms. Consuelo D. Garcia
Country Manager
ING Bank, Philippines

Consuelo D. Garcia is the Country Manager of ING in the Philippines. She joined ING in February 1991 as Head of Financial Markets, where she had overall responsibility for Local Treasury and Capital Markets teams. Garcia previously worked with SGV and Bank of Boston where she was involved in audit, trust, lending, corporate finance and other special projects. Garcia is also a Board Member of European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP).
Speaker_Joyceline-Goco

Ms. Joyceline Goco
Assistant Secretary
Climate Change Commission, Philippines

Assistant Secretary Joyceline A. Goco is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Climate Change Office of the Philippine Climate Change Commission. She also acts as the Project Manager of the Enhancing Capacity for Low Emissions Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) – Philippine Project. She has been presenting papers on climate change issues at national and international conferences and fora and is involved in the international climate change negotiation as a member of the Philippine Delegation.
Speaker_Anna-Maria-Gonzales

Ms. Anna Maria M. Gonzales
Sustainability / Planning Manager
Ayala Land Inc., Philippines

Anna Maria M. Gonzales is currently the Sustainability/Planning Manager at Ayala Land, Inc., Philippines. Previously, she was an independent Architect & Environmental Planner, Social/ Urban Specialist for the League of Cities of the Philippines, a Participation and Local Governance Consultant for the Partnership for Philippine Support Service Agencies, the NGCHP Administrator/ Deputy Secretary General of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), and the Executive Director of the Alternative Planning Initiatives (ALTERPLAN).
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Mr. Charlie Gorayeb
National President
Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations Inc., Philippines

Charlie A. V. Gorayeb, a multi-term national president, was granted the distinguished Hall of Fame Award by the Chamber of Real Estate & Builders’ Associations, Inc. (CREBA) – the largest real estate and housing umbrella association in the Philippines with almost 30 chapters. He was conferred lifetime recognition by the ASEAN Association for Planning and Housing (AAPH) in 1988, where he served as Vice-President. Aside from being the head of four major construction and development firms, Gorayeb also serves as honorary Consul-General of the Republic of Djibouti.
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Dr. Sujata S. Govada
Trustee
Urban Land Institute, Hong Kong SAR

Dr. Sujata S. Govada is an award-winning urban designer and certified town planner with over 28 years of international experience. She has been extensively involved in transit- oriented development, urban regeneration, harbor front planning plus several urban design & planning projects throughout Asia. Some of her recent projects include large-scale master plans in the Philippines, Adaptive Reuse of Police Married Quarters in Hong Kong, and Urban Integration for the Hyderabad Metro in Southern India.

Mr. Maryono
President Director
PT Bank Tabungan Negara
Indonesia

Mr. Maryono
President Director
PT Bank Tabungan Negara
Indonesia
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Dr. Julie Hall, MBE
Country Representative
World Health Organization, Philippines

Prior to becoming the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative to the Philippines, Dr. Julie Lyn Hall, MBE was the Global Team Lead for Polio Eradication at UNICEF. She has also worked with the UNDP as Pandemic Coordinator, with Australia’s Department of Health & Ageing as Principal Medical Advisor, and has served as House Officer and Senior House Officer for various hospitals in the United Kingdom. She has been working with WHO since January 2003.

Mr. Henning Haugerudbråten
Deputy Director Asia Pacific
Triple Jump, the Netherlands

Henning Haugerudbråten is Deputy Manager Asia Pacific at Triple Jump. He joined Triple Jump after spending more than three years with the Norwegian Microfinance Initiative (NMI), where he managed the NMI Frontier Fund. Prior to this, he worked with McKinsey and Company, the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund and the World Bank Group. He has extensive financial sector experience and has served on boards of MFI and microfinance investment vehicles (MIVs) in Asia and Africa.
Speaker_Marja-Smit

Dr. Marja Hoek-Smit
Director, International Housing Finance Program

Dr. Marja Hoek-Smit is the Director of the International Housing Finance Program of the Wharton School Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center, and an Adjunct Professor in the Wharton Real Estate Department of the University of Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on housing markets, urban and housing policy, and the deepening of housing finance systems, particularly in developing and emerging market economies. She currently works on housing finance policies in Egypt, South Africa, Haiti, Mexico, and Myanmar. Dr. Hoek-Smit is also the founder and Executive Director of the Housing Finance Information Network (HOFINET).
Speaker_Tanya-Hotchkiss

Ms. Tanya Hotchkiss
Head of Strategy
Cantilan Bank, Philippines

Tanya Hotchkiss is the Head of Strategy of Cantilan Bank Inc., a rural bank in Northeastern Mindanao whose mission is to deliver accessible banking services to clients in the region. From 2003-2007, Hotchkiss was a fundraising officer for the Philippine Eagle Foundation. Hotchkiss is a founding member of Hotchkiss Foundation, and also serves as its executive and administrator of the Hotchkiss Learning Center, where she oversees the foundation’s island ecology conservation work and the school’s conservation education program.
Speaker_Seki-Hirano

Mr. Seki Hirano
Senior Technical Advisor, Shelter and Settlements
Catholic Relief Services, Thailand

An architect by training, Seki Hirano is the global technical lead for Shelter and Settlement Rapid Response and Recovery (SSRRR) for Catholic Relief Service, an international NGO committed to post-disaster reconstruction. Seki has been involved in most major humanitarian responses since the Asian tsunami (2004) taking on key roles in the reconstruction process, coordinating with various organizations including NGOs, UN, Shelter Cluster, donors, World Bank and government ministries. Seki authored the Rwanda school infrastructure standards and continues to publish lessons from ongoing shelter and settlement responses.

Mr. Arturo Jalili
Director for Business Development
CEMEX Asia

Mr. Arturo Jalili
Director for Business Development
CEMEX Asia
Speaker_Jin-JiaXin

Mr. Jin Jianxin
Executive Director
Association for Promoting Civil Society of Yunnan Province, China

Jin Jianxin, Executive Director of the Association for Promoting Civil Society of Yunnan Province, has been part of the management of the social organization since 1997. He was appointed a guest professor of sociology by the Humanities College of Yunnan University of Nationalities in 2010. Some of his research papers have received awards from the Ministry of Civil Affairs in China, Civil Affairs Bureau of Yunnan Province, and Yunnan Provincial government. In 2006, he published the book “Non-Governmental Organizations Operation and Management Collections.”
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Mr. Froilan Kampitan
Assistant General Manager
National Housing Authority, Philippines

Froilan R. Kampitan is the Assistant General Manager of Philippine National Housing Authority since 2005. Kampitan is in-charge of the development of housing for calamity-stricken families, such as those affected by Typhoon “Washi” in 2011, Typhoon “Bopha” in 2012. He also oversaw the resettlement of about 90,000 families affected by the rehabilitation and restoration of the Philippines’ Railways System (Northrail-Southrail Linkage Project) through the Community Association Initiative Approach (CAIA).
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Ms. Tessa Kelly
Program Coordinator on Disaster Law
International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Malaysia

Tessa Kelly is the Program Coordinator on Disaster Law of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Kelly is an Australian lawyer who has previously worked at IFRC as a consultant on the Laos International Disaster Response Laws (IDRL) project in 2009, as a consultant with the United Nationals Development Programme on a follow-up project related to a similar study in Vietnam, and most recently as a consultant on the legislative advice the IFRC is providing to the Cambodian government about IDRL.

Mr. Harish Surendra Khare
Operations Officer, Housing Finance
International Finance Corporation, India

Harish Surendra Khare
Operations Officer, Housing Finance
International Finance Corporation, India

Ms. Sok Kinna
Chief of Cadastre Office and Vice Chief of Secretariat Informal Settlement
Development for Battambang City, Cambodia

Ms. Sok Kinna
Chief of Cadastre Office and Vice Chief of Secretariat Informal Settlement
Development for Battambang City, Cambodia

Mr. Suresh K. Krishna
Managing Director
Grameen Koota
India

Suresh K. Krishna, Managing Director of Grameen Koota, heads the organization with a strong focus on adapting the best practices in the field of microcredit into an ever-evolving program strategy. He has a background in teaching and entered the field of development in 1997. He has participated in programs and workshops on microcredit and was part of the team in formulating Grameen Koota’s Strategic Business Plan using Microfin Software, developed by the World Bank.

Dato Jeya Kumar
Managing Director
Wyndham Housing

Dato Jeya Kumar Managing Director
Wyndham Housing

Ms. Alexis Lapiz
Ecotown Team Leader
Climate Change Commission, Philippines

Alexis D. Lapiz is the Ecotown Team Leader at the Philippine Climate Change Commission. He has been working with the government for the last 12 years, occupying various technical and supervisory positions. He is the current overall project coordinator of the Ecotown Demonstration Framework, a program initiative of the Climate Change Commission. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of the Philippines, Los Banos. He took his master’s degree at the University of Gottingen, Germany, majoring in Tropical and International Forestry.
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Mr. Lim Hak Khoun (Kevin)
Chief Executive Officer
First Finance
Cambodia

Kevin Lim serves as Chief Executive Officer of First Finance, a joint-venture company specializing in micro-mortgages in Cambodia. Lim is a Cambodian-born Chinese Canadian educated in Cambodia and Canada. He has over 17 years of professional experience including 13 years in banking with well-established local and international banks such as ANZ Royal Bank, Maruhan Japan Bank, Vattanac Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, and Forte Insurance. He is also the non-executive Chairman of Key Real Estate, and Board Advisor of Cambodia Investor Club.
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Mr. John Lin
Director
Rural Urban Framework
China

John Lin is a director of the Rural Urban Framework, a non-profit research and design organization based at the University of Hong Kong where he is also an assistant professor. Lin’s current research investigates the process of rural urbanization in China with a focus on the sustainable development of Chinese villages. He has received several international awards including the overall winner of the Architectural Review’s House Award in 2012 for his “House For All Seasons” a rural house prototype built in China. His research and work has been published widely and exhibited in places including the Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Mr. Simon Pedro Sandoval Rodriguez
Patrimonio Hoy, CEMEX
Mexico

Mr. Simon Pedro Sandoval Rodriguez
Patrimonio Hoy, CEMEX
Mexico
Speaker_Antonia-Loyzaga

Ms. Antonia Loyzaga
Executive Director
Manila Observatory
Philippines

Antonia Yulo Loyzaga is the Executive Director of the Manila Observatory, a private scientific research institution in the Philippines focused on climate and disaster risk. She leads the Manila team of the Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR). She serves on the Science and Technology Committee of the UNESCO National Commission, the Department of Science and Technology Committee on Space Technology Applications (COSTA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs Committee on Ocean Concerns. She recently co-published an award-winning book on informal settlements in Metropolitan Manila called “Lungsod Iskwater.”
Speaker_Patrick-McAllister

Mr. Patrick McAllister
Director, Housing Finance
Habitat for Humanity Asia-Pacific

Patrick McAllister is Director for Housing Finance at Habitat for Humanity International, Asia-Pacific. For the past three years, Mr. McAllister has led Habitat’s regional housing finance strategy, including promotion of innovative investment vehicles, microfinance, savings and financial education. Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity, he started a consulting firm that advises clients on financial inclusion, consumer protection and market development.
       
Speaker_Mendoza-Edguardo

Mr. Eduardo Mendoza
Chief Executive Officer
Tulay sa Pag-unlad Inc., Philippines

Eduardo Mendoza is the Executive Director of Tulay sa Pag-unlad, Inc. (TSPI), a Christian microfinance and microenterprise development NGO in the Philippines. TSPI provides microfinance, micro-enterprise development services, and micro-insurance to more than 250,000 people through 154 branches mostly in Luzon. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Mendoza had top executive roles handling private equity, investment management, venture capital, strategic planning, information technology and organizational development.
Speaker_Jelly-Moring

Ms. Jelly Mae Moring
Research Officer
Building and Social Housing Foundation, United Kingdom

Jelly Mae Moring is a Research Officer at the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF). Ms. Moring is currently involved in a study exploring the long-term impact and ‘lessons learned’ of reconstruction and disaster risk reduction projects, most of which have been award winners or finalists. She holds an MSc in Environmental Governance from Albert-LudwigsUniversität Freiburg and is currently taking an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies with the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Mr. Brett Moore
Shelter and Reconstruction Specialist
Global Rapid Response Team
World Vision International
Australia

Mr. Brett Moore
Shelter and Reconstruction Specialist
Global Rapid Response Team
World Vision International
Speaker_Luis-Morales

Mr. Luis P. Morales
Executive Director
Philippine Council for NGO Certification
Philippines

Luis P. Morales joined the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) in 2010 as Executive Director. He has more than 30 years of experience working in various NGOs involved in development programs and resource mobilization. He was a trainer and evaluator for livelihood cum education programs with an international NGO at its field offices in Northeast Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining PCNC, he was with Consuelo Foundation for more than 10 years, where he managed funds from international and bilateral grant-making institutions.
Speakers_Laurie-Navarro

Ms. Laurie Navarro
President, CleanEnergy Solutions International
Former Chief of Party AMORE, USAID, Philippines

Laurie B. Navarro is the President of CleanEnergy Solutions International, a private energy and environment consulting firm. She was the Chief of Party of the Alliance for Mindanao Off-grid Renewable Energy (AMORE 3) program until September 2013 when the program was completed. The USAID-funded program, in alliance with the Philippine Department of Energy, SunPower Foundation and Winrock International, provided access to electricity through renewable energy technologies such as solar PV and microhydro to remote rural communities in Mindanao. Navarro is a chemical engineer who had served as team leader for a host of energy projects.
Speaker_Richard-Northcote

Mr. Richard Northcote
Head of Corporate Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainability
Bayer MaterialScience AG, Germany

Richard Northcote
Head of Corporate Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainability
Bayer MaterialScience AG, Germany
Speaker_Eva-Oberender

Ms. Eva Oberender
Programme Director
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, Austria

Eva Oberender is Program Director with Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership in Austria. REEEP is a non-profit partnership of governments, international organizations and private sector companies engaged in the field of clean energy. She has management oversight of all REEEP-funded projects, leads the development of several new sector-specific interventions aimed at scaling up successful clean energy business models and is responsible for the global network of REEEP Regional Secretariats.
Speaker_Felino-Palafox

Mr. Felino Palafox, Jr.
Founder and Managing Partner
Palafox Associates, Philippines

Felino “Jun” Palafox, Jr. is the Founder and Principal Architect-Urban Planner of Palafox Associates. Founded in 1989, the architectural design and planning firm has been involved in more than 900 projects in 37 countries. Palafox Associates is among the world’s 100 largest architecture firms on the annual list of London-based World Architecture Magazine. His firm has designed memorable landmarks in the Philippines such as Rockwell Center, the 180-hectare First Philippine Industrial Park and SM, Robinsons and Waltermart shopping malls. Palafox Associates is also a participant of the Chicago-headquartered non-profit organization, the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Speaker_Gwendolyn-Pang

Dr. Gwendolyn Pang
Secretary General
Philippine National Red Cross

Dr. Gwendolyn Pang is the Secretary General of the Philippine National Red Cross. Dr. Pang is actively involved in achieving the Red Cross mission to reduce vulnerability of Filipinos. She is the Chair of the Asia Pacific Fundraisers’ Network and Co-Chair of the Strategy Implementation Group of the Federation Wide Resource Mobilization Strategy of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. She is the youngest Secretary General appointed to the Philippine Red Cross.
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Mr. Al Panico
Head of Operations for the Asia Pacific Zone
International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Al Panico is the Head of Operations for the Asia Pacific Zone of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). He has been part of the organization first as a volunteer and later as a staff for 40 years. He has served in various international positions such as head of the IFRC’s Regional Offices in Nairobi, Kenya and New Delhi, India. He has also served as head of Federation country offices in Sri Lanka, Uganda and Malawi, and has also been vice-president of the American Red Cross.
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Ms. Conchita Ragragio
Executive Director
Corporate Network for Disaster Response
Philippines

Conchita Ragragio is the Executive Director of the Corporate Network for Disaster Response in the Philippines. She is an environmental planner by profession and has had more than thirty years of experience in foreign-funded development projects. Ragragio has worked on environmental management and planning concerns, including the preparation of environmental impact assessments, since 1979. She has also served as the Executive Director of the online Green Forum.

Ms. Sandee Recabar
Focal Person for Mitigation
Climate Change Commission, Philippines

Ms. Sandee Recabar
Focal Person for Mitigation
Climate Change Commission, Philippines
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Mr. Zaigham Mahmood Rizvi
Secretary General
Asia-Pacific Union for Housing Finance, India

Zaigham Mahmood Rizvi
Secretary General
Asia-Pacific Union for Housing Finance, India
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Mr. Daniel Rozas
Researcher
Microfinance Platform, Belgium

Daniel Rozas is a researcher at European Microfinance Platform in Belgium. Rozas joined the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) as a Senior Microfinance Expert in June 2013. He also continues to work as a micro- and housing finance consultant and researcher on a broad range of topics, including risk and crisis management, business strategy, market analysis, funding flows, and social performance. He has collaborated with some of the leading organizations in the sector, including Accion, CGAP, the Financial Access Initiative, Habitat for Humanity, MicroRate, M-CRIL, Planet Rating, and Women’s World Banking.

Dr. Friedmann Roy
Global Product Lead Housing Finance
International Finance Corporation – Access to Finance Advisory

Dr. Friedmann Roy is the Global Product Lead, Housing Finance Access to Finance Advisory at the International Finance Corporation. He has proven business development skills for investments and project management in emerging markets, particularly in central and eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. At IFC, he designs and implements the global strategy of IFC’s offer in housing finance advisory services. His countries of operation include Honduras, Haiti, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India and Ukraine.
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Mr. Jose Clemente “Joey” Salceda
Governor
Province of Albay, Philippines

Jose Clemente “Joey” Salceda is the Governor of the Province of Albay in the Philippines. He is dubbed as the Green Economist Governor and Father of the Albay and Manila Declarations on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA). These declarations paved the way for the Philippine Climate Change Act of 2009, and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act, which established DRR and CCA as a national and local priority for building community resilience to climate change impacts & disaster.
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Mr. Joseph Scaria
Director for Resource Development for Asia-Pacific
Habitat for Humanity International, Asia-Pacific

Joseph Scaria, Jr. is Director for Resource Development at Habitat for Humanity International, Asia-Pacific. As a social marketer, he has more than 23 years of experience in marketing, resource mobilization, program development and management, creative and innovative enterprise planning, training and capacity building, grassroots communication, and implementing social development projects in various countries in Asia-Pacific, the Commonwealth and Africa.

Mr. Rogelio Sebastian
Bookkeeper
Barangay Malanday, Marikina, Philippines

Rogelio Sebastian
Bookkeeper
Barangay Malanday, Marikina, Philippines

Ms. Maria Lovella Segayo
Focal Person for Natural Resource Assessment
Climate Change Commission, Philippines

Maria Lovella Segayo is the Focal Person for Natural Resource Accounting at the Philippine Climate Change Commission (CCC). Her background is in economics with a focus on environmental and natural resources. Prior to joining the CCC, her work mainly concentrated on policy studies, international cooperation for forestry and project development. She is currently involved in mitigation and adaptation initiatives and the natural resource assessment focal person for all Ecotown demonstrations.
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Secretary Lucille Sering
Vice-Chair
Climate Change Commission, Philippines

Secretary Lucille Sering
Vice-Chair
Climate Change Commission, Philippines
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Ms. Regula Maria Schegg
Strategic Business Developer
Hilti Foundation
Principality of Liechtenstein

Regula Schegg is Strategic Business Developer for Hilti Foundation located in the Principality of Liechtenstein. Her role emphasizes the establishment of social enterprises providing affordable, eco-efficient and disaster-resilient housing concepts in the urban context of Asia and the Pacific. She focuses on the provision of livelihood opportunities and community engagement in manufacturing and constructing alternative building materials and pre-fab housing system. Regula graduated with an MBA (Honors) in Global Management from Thunderbird, The School of Global Management.

Mr. Michael Schwarz
Head, Global Partnerships East Asia
Swiss Re
Hong Kong SAR

Michael Swartz is the Head of Global Partnerships East Asia at Swiss Re. Mr. Schwarz joined Swiss Re in 2007 as part of Public Sector Business Development in Market Strategy. Since then he became a Client Manager for public sector clients in Europe, Middle East and Africa where he managed a number of innovative transactions in different lines of business. Starting 2011, he joined the Asia & Emerging Markets Strategy Department within Swiss Re’s Global Partnerships Division in Hong Kong, where he assumed responsibility for Swiss Re’s business relationships with governments, development banks and NGOs in East Asian countries.
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Mr. Nathan Sergio
Kaantabay sa Kauswagan (Partners in Development) Program
Naga City, Philippines

Councilor Nathan Sergio is on his third and last term as the third-ranking member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (city legislature) of Naga City in the Philippines. Together with the late Interior and Local Government Secretary and former Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo, he started and developed the “Kaantabay sa Kauswagan” (Partners in Development) program. For 10 years since its establishment, he headed Naga City’s Housing and Settlement Development Office. An activist at heart, Nathan was a student leader before entering government service.
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Mr. Dilip Singh
Housing Project Lead in India
Institute for Social & Environmental Transition (ISET), India

Dilip Singh is the Housing Project Lead in India at the Institute for Social & Environmental Transition (ISET) and an agricultural engineer. He has over 20 years of experience working in India. His focal areas of work span rural energy policy and planning, renewable energy technology systems, climate change adaptation and capacity building. Singh is currently associated with research related to developing resilient practices for climate induced challenges facing people in urban and peri-urban areas and developing strategies to make this target group resilient to climate change impacts.
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Ms. Samantha Stratton-Short
Associate
Arup International Development
United Kingdom

Samantha Stratton-Short is an Associate at Arup International in United Kingdom. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the building and construction environment. She joined Arup International Development in 2009 to bring her private sector experience in large complex projects to the development sector. Arup provides strategic advice, design and management, and evaluations of low-income and post-disaster housing and settlement programs. She has experience in large-scale housing and settlement planning in India and Haiti, as well as shelter in Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
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Ms. Tunnie Srisakulchairak
Programme Officer, Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Consumption and Production
United Nations Environment Programme,Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

Tunnie Srisakulchairak joined the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in May 2009. Her areas of responsibility include promoting technical capacity on environmental assessment, strengthening science and policy networking, and supporting decision-making process and policy advocacy to governments and institutes in the region. She also provides technical support to deliver UNEP six priority areas, especially in ecosystems management, climate change assessment and resource efficiency.
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Ms. Fabia Tetteroo-Bueno
General Manager
Philips Lighting
Philippines

Fabia Tetteroo-Bueno is the Country Manager of Philips in the Philippines. Fabia also serves as the General Manager for Philips’ Lighting sector, where she is responsible for implementing plans and strategies that will help grow the company’s market share in the Philippines, to further solidify its standing as the country’s leading lighting brand. In her 14 years with Philips, Tetteroo-Bueno has worked in various regions of The Netherlands and Shanghai, China. She handled roles in purchasing, supply chain management, and sales and marketing.
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Mr. Felex Thomas
Manager
Slum Rehabilitation Society
India

Mr. Felex Thomas
Manager
Slum Rehabilitation Society
India
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Mr. Ferdinand Tolentino
Deputy Executive Director
Public-Private Partnership Center
Philippines

Ferdinand Tolentino is the Deputy Executive Director of the Public Private Partnership Center of the Philippines. He has a Master of Commercial Laws degree from the London School of Economics, University of London and a Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Dr. Phong Tran
Institute for Social & Environmental Transition (ISET)
Vietnam

Dr. Phong Tran is the Technical Lead of the Institute for Social & Environmental Transition (ISET) Vietnam. With ISET Vietnam, Dr. Phong has worked with city partners on the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) program and the USAID-funded project to assist with developing projects that build urban climate resilience. He obtained his doctoral degree from Kyoto University, Japan and has more than a decade of experience working with city and provincial governments on disaster risk reduction and climate change issues, with intensive knowledge of the theories and practices of both.

Dr. KK Upadhyay
Team Leader
FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence
India

Dr. KK Upadhyay
Team Leader
FICCI Aditya Birla CSR Centre for Excellence
India
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Dr. Jerry Velasquez
Head, Regional Office
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
Thailand

Dr. Jerry Velasquez is the Head of the Regional Office of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in Asia-Pacific. He was recently appointed as Chief of the Advocacy and Communications Section and Head of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign of UNISDR in Geneva. He previously worked for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) and other UN agencies. He has published widely on environmental governance and social vulnerability. His latest publication “Reducing Vulnerability and Exposure to Disasters – the Asia Pacific Disasters Report 2012” was published in October 2012.
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Mr. B. Venkatesham, I.A.S.
Managing Director
Andhra Pradesh State Housing Corporation
India

Andhra Pradesh State Housing Corporation’s Managing Director B. Venkatesham was appointed to the Indian Administrative Service in 1995. He has held various positions in the state administration, including Sub-Collector and Sub Divisional Magistrate of Rajahmundry and Rampachodavaram, Commissioner for Urban Development of Warangal, and Joint Collector of Chittoor and Guntur Districts. He received 10 gold medals from Red Cross for Social Welfare, and received the E-India award for the mobile application “HOMES” – Housing Online Monitoring e-Governance System.

Ms. Maria Ayn Jella Villanueva
Focal Person for Vulnerability Assessment
Climate Change Commission, Philippines

Maria Ayn Jella Villanueva
Focal Person for Vulnerability Assessment
Climate Change Commission, Philippines

Dr. Ambreen Waheed
Founder and Executive Director
Responsible Business Initiative
Pakistan

Ambreen Waheed is the founding Executive Director of Responsible Business Initiative and Chair of the South Asia Forum on Responsible Business. She is globally recognized for pioneering work in CSR & responsible entrepreneurship and is on the governance bodies of the Global Reporting Initiative, Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption & Production, UN Global Compact Local Network and others. Dr. Waheed authored Pakistan’s first CSR status report “Responsible Business Guide: A Toolkit for Winning Companies.”
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Mr. Xie Jiachen
Division Chief, Philanthropy and Voluntary Service
Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, China

Jiachen Xie is Division Chief of Philanthropy and Voluntary Service at Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau in China. Jiachen Xie has more than 30 years’ extensive experience in the areas of public administration, international exchange and philanthropy management. In 2010, he was appointed as Division Chief of Philanthropy and Voluntary Service. He is a policy-advisor in the areas of regulating philanthropic activities, supporting NGO development, and setting up platforms for cooperation among government organizations, NGOs and firms to provide better social services to solve social problems.
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Ms. Marcia Yu
Senior Investment Officer and Sector Lead, Affordable Housing Investments
International Finance Corporation,
United States

Marcia Yu is a Senior Investment Officer and Sector Lead for Affordable Housing Investments at the International Finance Corporation. Marcia has extensive experience in affordable housing transactions in emerging markets across the globe. At IFC, Marcia is involved in the sourcing, reviewing and structuring of over 10 affordable housing investments ranging from US$10-65 million per transaction across Latin America, Africa, Middle East & North Africa and Asia. Marcia is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst.
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Dr. Yan F. Zhang
Senior Urban Economist
Urban Sector Coordinator, Eco2 Cities Initiative
The World Bank

Dr. Yan F. Zhang is the Senior Urban Economist, Eco-2 Cities Initiative, and Urban Sector Coordinator of the World Bank. In her capacity as coordinator for urban, water, and disaster risk management program for the Philippines, Dr. Zhang has been leading the Bank’s engagement in the low-income housing sector, with a focus on addressing shelter challenges of informal settlers living in hazardous areas. She holds a doctoral degree in public policy and urban planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, focusing on low-income housing policy.
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Felixberto U. Bustos, Jr.
President
National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation
Philippines

Dr. Felixberto U. Bustos, Jr. is the current President of the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Financial Risk Manager and a Certified Public Accountant, both in the Philippines and in New York, USA. He is a seasoned banking executive, being a former Executive Vice President of the Land Bank of the Philippines and a former Group Vice President in charge of Transferred Assets of the Philippine National Bank.
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Victoria Maynard
Program Research and Development
Habitat for Humanity Great Britain
United Kingdom

Victoria Maynard trained as an architect and has worked for UN-Habitat, Shelter Centre and Arup International Development since becoming involved in post-disaster reconstruction following the Indian Ocean tsunami. She is currently completing a PhD at University College London, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, where her research focuses on post-disaster housing.
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Irene Isaac
Deputy Director General for Sectoral TVET
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Philippines

Irene Isaac
Deputy Director General for Sectoral TVET
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Philippines
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Josefina Patricia Magpale-Asirit
Commissioner
Energy Regulatory Commission
Philippines

Josefina Patricia Magpale-Asirit

Susan Sy
Vice President
Credit Suisse AG
Singapore

Susan Sy
Vice President
Credit Suisse AG
Singapore

Kishan Singhania
Joint President & Unit Head
Indo Phil Group of Companies, Adita Birla Group
Philippines

Kishan Singhania is the joint president & unit head of the Indo Phil Group of Companies in the Aditya Birla Group. He has many years of experience in strategic management, finance, audit and marketing. Previously, he was CFO of Aditya Birla Yarn (ABY) Overseas Spinning Business from March 2010 to August 2011. He has held various positions in the group including the marketing head for ABY in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.