Meet the speakers and guests at the 2017 Manila Social Good Summit
MANILA, Philippines – Optimism in technology comes with a disturbing question: Will intelligent machines, like robots, replace humans in the workforce?
With its theme, "Innovation with a Purpose: Leave No One Behind" the 2017 Manila Social Good Summit will explore the purpose of innovation and push back to the center stage the massive and urgent needs that the society faces. It will ask critical questions: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?
Organized by Rappler in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the 2017 Social Good Summit will be held on Saturday, September 16, at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila.
These are the key activities during the Social Good Summit:
- #HackSociety – is a 30-hour workshop with breakout sessions that will focus on 4 critical pathways to achieve the "Leave No One Behind" Agenda that includes media and democracy; peace, governance, and local initiative; environment and climate change; and public health and well-being. (Sessions are from September 14 to September 15)
- #2030NOWChallenge – Those not part of #HackSociety can make the most of their Social Good Summit experience by joining the #2030NOW Challenge which guides participants through the ideas and learning activities featured in the XChange.
- #InspireCourage Stories – #InspireCourage is a series of 5-minute stories told by organizations and individuals who have programs or initiatives that they are passionate about. (Session is from 10 am to 11:30 am)
- Leave No One Behind Plenary – This is the main event where we think of big ideas shaping our world today and every person’s stake in it. The Social Good Summit celebrates human judgment and values – compassion, integrity, hope, courage – traits that distinguish us from machines. (Session is from 1 pm to 6 pm)
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SPEAKERS AND GUESTS (in alphabetical order)
His Excellency Ola Almgren
Resident Coordinator, United Nations in the Philippines
Ola Almgren is the resident coordinator for the United Nations (UN) in the Philippines. He has been with the UN for 25 years, working on humanitarian affairs, development, peace and security, and disaster relief. He was director of the New York Office of the UN’s Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an organization that worked on the removal of chemical weapons in Syria. He was also the Mission Chief of Staff of the UN Stabilization mission in the Republic of Congo, where they worked on the security, restoration of government stability, the return of displaced families to their homes, and the relaunch of community economies after years of political turmoil. Ola Almgren was recently in Leyte where he visited various projects for the families and communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan
Philippine Communications Operations Office
Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan leads the Office for Policy and Legislative Affairs of the Philippine Communications Operations Office. He currently heads the Freedom of Information program of the administration. Prior to his post at the PCOO, he served the Commission on Elections and the Public-Private Partnership of the Philippines. He was a Board Member of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte from 2007 to 2010. He has a law degree from the University of the Philippines and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of the Auckland in Australia.
Operations Consultant, GenerationHope
Micaela Agoncillo is an operations consultant for GenerationHOPE Philippines, a non-profit company that builds public school classrooms through every purchase of bottled water they call "Hope in a Bottle." She finished her undergraduate degree in Communications Technology Management in Ateneo de Manila University.
Executive Director, Move.PH
Rupert Ambil is the Executive Director of Rappler’s civic engagement arm, Move.PH. He studied at University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños and UP Diliman. He began his career in the broadcast industry at the Philippines' first 24-hour news channel Sarimanok News Network, now ANC, or the ABS-CBN News Channel. In 2000, he left what could have been lucrative employment to work for an NGO in Eastern Samar. A hybrid of news-gathering, production, engineering, and eventually multimedia operations, the field eventually became his office. Telling stories using all available media is his passion.
Atom Araullo is an award-winning Filipino journalist and an advocate for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He has served long years in the media industry as a news reporter in TV Patrol and Bandila of the ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. During his childhood years, he was part of the afternoon show 5 and Up. He has a Bachelors degree in Applied Physics from the University of the Philippines – Diliman.
Actor and environmentalist
John Arcilla is an actor and environmentalist best known for playing the role of the protagonist Antonio Luna in the historical epic film Heneral Luna. As an environmentalist, he attends different conferences to participate on different environment talks. He has also been providing art workshops, including acting workshops to kids, asking no payment in return, except for the kids' and their parents' "acts of kindness for the environment." He is also the founder of the foundation called Capable- a non-profit organization recognized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) that conducts activities that support improving one’s self physically, mentally, artistically, and altruistically through the love of Mother Nature.
Campaigner, #IAMHampaslupa Ecological Agriculture Movement
Ryan Bestre is a campaigner for the #IamHampasLupa Ecological Agricultural Movement. It is a Greenpeace-supported movement that aims to elevate the stature of farming and farmers, promote ecological agriculture, and advocate mindful consumption. Members of the movement believe and fight for good, diverse, nutritious, affordable and safe food that does not harm the people and the environment.
Senior Account Manager
Eunice Braga is a senior account manager at Ogilvy & Mather Philippines. Eunice is part of the team working on the communications campaign for the United for Healthier Kids program, an advocacy program initiated by Nestlé Philippines. For the last 6 years, she has been working on brand-building, corporate social responsibility, and advocacy projects. She was also part of the team that provided communication support for the APEC Business Advisory Council for the Dialogue with APEC Leaders during the Philippines' hosting of the APEC Summit and for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figuerres’ visit to the Philippines.
YouTube sensation and Global Citizen
Alienette Coldfire is a singer and youtube sensation who won 3rd place in La France a un Incroyables Talent (France Got Talent) in 2016. Known to her friends and family as Katchry Jewel Golbin, she was first discovered when her video singing Mariah Carey’s 'I'll be there' went viral. As a blind singer, she attributes a huge factor of her success and where she is now today because of technology and social media.
Hon. Joey Concepcion
Secretary, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship
Joey Concepcion is the presidential adviser for entrepreneurship. In 2005, he held the same post for former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Prior to his post, he was the chief executive officer and President of food and beverage company RFM Corporation. Concepcion envisions a movement that advocates for a positive attitude on entreprises among Filipinos as a way to help them move up in life and as a means out of poverty.
Co-founder, BikeScouts Philippines
Myles Delfin is the co-founder of Bike Scouts Philippines, a group of volunteer bicycle messengers who respond to isolated areas in the aftermath of a disaster. He is a designer and creative director by training. His experience involves his work as a design principal for a small new media design office called Bloat&Ogle where he used to handle a wide range of design and creative projects including start-up businesses and multinational brands.
Atty JJ Disini
Managing Partner, Disini & Disini Law Office
JJ Disini is one of the leading information and technology law experts in the Philippines today. He graduated with a Dean’s Medal from the UP College of Law and placed 7th in the Bar Examinations. He also has a Master’s Degree on Law from Harvard School of Law. He is the first lawyer member of the Philippine Internet Commerce Society (PICS) and was actively involved in the lobbying efforts for the passage of the eCommerce Act. He is a professor in the University of the Philippines College of Law and a professional lecturer at the Philippine Judicial Academy.
Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon
National Economic and Development Authority
Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon heads the Planning and Policy of the National Economic and Development Authority. Among her major responsibilities is shepherding the formulation of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), the blueprint of government policies, programs and projects. She also oversees the monitoring its implementation. She provides technical advice on policy issues to both the legislative and executive branches of government, especially the committees of the NEDA Board. She holds a doctorate degree in Economics from La Trobe University in Australia.
Executive Director, IdeaSpace
Diane Eustaquio is the executive director of IdeaSpace – a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovation, technology development, and entrepreneurship as a path to nation-building. Prior to IdeaSpace, she served as executive assistant to the Head of Strategy for First Pacific Company Ltd where she gained exposure in closing deals, M&As and strategy management. She took her undergraduate studies in B. A. Organizational Communication (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines – Manila, where she focused her research papers and thesis on team cohesion.
Director, Sustainability, Globe Telecom
Monday has been in the communications industry for two and half decades working in Account Management for advertising agencies – J. Romero & Associates, Harrison Communications and Aspac-DAN. In Harrison, she headed the team that launched Globe Tattoo in 2009 and saw it attain leadership in 2014. She then moved to Aspac where she headed the Globe myBusiness team and at the same, the company’s Digital Marketing team. After 7 years of handling Globe from the ad agency side, Monday decided to join Globe in 2017 as Director for Sustainability under Corporate Communications.
Southeast Asia Regional Correspondent, Rappler
Natashya Gutierrez is Rappler's Southeast Asia regional correspondent. She was the Bureau Chief of Rappler Indonesia and reported on Indonesian issues for the international audience. Before that, she was a multimedia reporter with Rappler in the Philippines, covering politics, corruption, gender, and investigative stories, among others. She was awarded several journalism fellowships including the 2015 Asian Journalism Fellowship in Singapore, and the 2014 Reporting ASEAN fellowship. She received the Hildegarde Award for outstanding women in journalism in 2015. Natashya graduated from Yale University with a degree in psychology.
Head, Rappler Investigative Desk
Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim
Department of Information and Communications Technology
Before being the undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Monchito Ibrahim served as one of the Deputy Commissioners of the Arroyo-era Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) and Deputy Executive Director of the ICT Office (ICTO), the precursor of the DICT. Ibrahim is widely regarded for his work in sustaining the development of the Philippine cyberservices industry, helping the country reach its current status of being second in global market share next to India. He was also active in organizing 32 regional ICT councils to help sustain regional ICT development projects. These councils helped establish and develop the country’s current Next Wave Cities.
Regional Director, World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific
Mary Imbong is World Youth Alliance’s regional director since 2015. Beyond the region, Mary also completed an internship in 2013 at the WYA headquarters in New York City. Besides her dedication to development work, Mary carries a passion for the Humanities and the Arts. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, specializing in Film production, along with a Minor degree in Philosophy, in Ateneo de Manila University. Prior to being selected as WYAAP Regional Director, Mary worked in the Advertising industry with the McCann Worldgroup Manila.
Head of Communications, LoveYourself
Paul is a digital marketing professional who has deep interest in brand storytelling through multiple media platforms. He has more than 5 years experience working for the British business publication Financial Times where he was involved in B2B Client and Content Management. He is a certified digital marketer specializing in Social Media Marketing and Media Planning. Aside from being a social media manager, he is a volunteer for LoveYourself. An NGO that promotes HIV awareness and prevention.
President and Managing Director, 3M Philippines
Ariel B. Lacsamana was appointed President and Managing Director of 3M Philippines in October 2016. Born and raised in the Philippines but now happily rediscovering his birth country after 22 years of being away.
Prior to this appointment, he was president and director of 3M Global Services Channel (Export Operations) helping country subsidiaries accelerate growth for their businesses. He has a solid 14 years in 3M, held 9 roles, alternating strategy, business development and even marketing roles. A scientist by heart, a certified public accountant (CPA) by education, and an entrepreneur in practice. He is passionate about helping people through science and technology to elevate the lives of Filipinos in however way possible in his current capacity. He holds a Masters of Business Administration Degree from University of Texas in Austin. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accountancy from the University of the Philippines – Diliman.
Miss World Philippines 2017
Laura Lehmann is the representative of the Philippines to the Miss World Pageant. She also placed 1st runner-up on the Binibining PIlipinas pageant last 2014 and was Ateneo de Manila University’s UAAP courtside reporter. Her personal advocacy is on improving the education situation in the country. She is part of PREP which stands for Promoting Rural Education in the Philippines. She volunteers and visits rural elementary schools and teach lessons to the kids that are not in their curriculum.
Commissioner Raymund Liboro
National Privacy Commission
Mon Liboro is the head of the National Privacy Commission. He is a seasoned ICT convergence and communications and public administration professional. He also served as the former assistant secretary of the Department of Science and Technology for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction and was concurrently the OIC director of the Science and Technology Information Institute, the country’s leading Science and Technology Institute. Prior to joining government in 2010, he was involved in building multi-media platforms and IT startups. In 2005, he founded Megamobile, a mobile-IT company which was later acquired by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Public Affairs and Corporate Citizenship Director, Citi Philippines
Aneth Ng-Lim is the director for public affairs and corporate citizenship in Citi Philippines. She long years of experience in communications, working as Citi Philippines' public relations and communications head for 9 years prior to her post. She finished her undergraduate degree in Broadcast Communications in the University of the Philippines (magna cum laude) and received her Masters degree in Development Communications from the UP Open University.
Social Good Summit Project Lead, Rappler
Maria A. Ressa
CEO and Executive Director, Rappler
Jane T. Uymatiao is a blogger, social media practitioner (@philippinebeat), and citizen advocate (citizenjaneph). She is one of the founders of Blogwatch, a group of independent-minded bloggers, whose aim is to engage government, the private sector, and citizens on various socio-economic-political issues while using social media to push for social good. Her personal blogs reflect what she is passionate about: life, parenting, personal finance, social media (janeuymatiao.com), tech (titatechie.com), lifestyle (philippinebeat.com), yoga, and wellness (yoginifrommanila.com). Jane has a Master's degree in Business Administration with a focus on Strategic Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Her past corporate experience included over 16 years in IT audit and consultancy services with an accounting firm and a couple of years as head of corporate planning at a commercial bank.
Fr Flavie Villanueva SVD
Andrew Janssen Kalinga Center
Father Flavie Villanueva SVD is a priest who was a former drug user. After being ordained in 2006, he established Arnold Janssen Kalinga (which stands for Kain at Ligo ng Ayos) Center at the Catholic Trade Building in Manila, a holistic shelter for the homeless. The center serves as a rest place for street dwellers, ex-convicts and former addicts. It aims to help restore the the poor and wounded with a renewed sense of self and reclaimed sense of self respect and worth.
#HACKSOCIETY MENTORS (in alphabetical order)
Ventures Lead, LaunchGarage
At the age of 19, Fam Alonto graduated from Ateneo de Manila and immediately moved to San Francisco, California to pursue graduate studies at Stanford University. Fam has extensive technology entrepreneurship experience after working as in the venture capital industry. She also ran incubators, conducted deal-flows with C-levels and senior vice presidents of Fortune 500 companies. Currently, Fam is team lead at Launchgarage, managing the companies portfolios and doing investor relations. Her hobbies include backpacking, skydiving, and traveling by herself around the world.
Department of Interior and Local Government Region IV-A
Jay Beltran is the focal person on Local Economic Development and the managing editor of the Department of Interior and Local Government Region IV-A. He handles programs on the region's business permit and licensing system. Outside the Department, he is passionate about social issues, politics, human rights and environmental concerns.
Visayas State University
Jed Cortes teaches development communication, journalism, and new media in Visayas State University. He was one of the first Movers for Rappler. He also leads a regional network of campus journalists in Eastern Visayas.
Noemi is a social media practitioner with over 11 years experience in blogging, content strategy, social media engagement and online media publishing. Though Noemi has been blogging for 11 years now, she has been online since 1995, working as Robotica, the Internet Safety head for World Kids Network. She is active on social media networks as @momblogger. She also owns 4 blogs: aboutmyrecovery.com (parenting) , pinoyfoodblog.com (recipes), techiegadgets.com (gadgets) and beautyoverfifty.net (lifestyle). She is the features editor at the Philippine Online Chronicles (thepoc.net) and a co-founder & editorial board member of Blog Watch blogwatch.ph and blogwatch.tv)
Founder and CEO, The Spark Project
Patrick “Patch” Dulay is a startup enabler. He is the founder and CEO of The Spark Project, an online crowdfunding platform for passion-driven Filipino projects. As a lifelong learner and teacher, his passion for education and entrepreneurship inspires him to serve entrepreneurs by providing them access to tools that help accelerate their business ideas to reality. As an innovation and program consultant, he has worked with Ayala Land Inc. in mounting IDEA’YALA, the flagship youth challenge of the Ayala Malls crowdsourcing innovative ideas that shape the mall of the future.
Head, Ateneo Social Computing Science Lab
Dr. Reena Estuar is a full professor at the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science in the Ateneo de Manila University. She is the executive director of the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center where mobile-web and cloud R&D solutions are designed and developed for transport, health, environment and disaster. She heads the Ateneo Social Computing Science Laboratory where they study social, behavioral and organizational predictive analytics, modeling and social network development and analysis.
Philippine Leader and Country Manager, The Climate Reality Project
Rodne Galicha is a Filipino environmentalist and human rights activist currently involved in climate justice, biodiversity conservation and natural resources conflict management. He is the author of a pocket-sized book on emerging environment issues We Are Nature. In 2013, he received the 2013 Hero for the Environment national individual award from the Center for Environmental Concerns in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Republic of the Philippines. He now serves as Philippine manager of The Climate Reality Project while doing his voluntary work for ecological and cultural organization called Bayay Sibuyanon in his home-island of Sibuyan.
Pamela Marie Godoy
National Program Officer – Gender / Gender-based Violence, United Nations Population Fund
Pamela Marie Godoy has been working on addressing the issue of violence against women and children for over a decade now. It was initially part of her personal advocacy and now the focus of her work as the National Programme Officer of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Office Philippines since 2008. She has been working closely with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Department of Justice, and members of inter-agency protection mechanisms in local government units to strengthen their capacities in implementing anti-violence against women and children and anti-trafficking laws and providing survivor-centered and timely provision of life-saving services.
Co-founder and President of Seer Technologies
Joseph Benjamin "Joben" Ilagan is the Co-Founder and President of Seer Technologies, a 14-year old software consultancy, design, development and managed-services company focused on mobile, cloud and data technologies. Prior to founding Seer, Joben spent close to 10 years in Oracle Philippines handling various roles such as Solutions Architecture, Software Development, Education, Technology Pre-sales and Consulting for some of Oracle's largest customers in the country. He graduated from the Ateneo De Manila University with degrees in MS Computer Science and BS Management Engineering.
Project Lead, Philippine Startup Challenge, DICT
Jackie Isip is the project lead of the Philippine Startup Challenge – a government lead national startup competition which aims to encourage college students to create innovative solutions to real-life problems. She is a former researcher and Segment Producer in GMA News and Public Affairs and is an active volunteer in The Storytelling Project.
Senior Technology Advisor, Rappler
Nam Le believes in using technology to foster the development of great user experiences. He is a user experience specialist and evangelist, speciliazing in usability modeling and buildout, rapid prototyping and bootstrapping, complete site build-outs, e-commerce integration, technical and design management, production optimization and deployment. Prior to joining Rappler, he was a Silicon Valley software engineer and serial entrepreneur, working with large companies and mentoring Y Combinator startups.
Regional Communications Specialist, UNDP Asia Pacific
Cedric works for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) at its regional headquarters in Bangkok, supporting 24 UNDP country offices across Asia and the Pacific. He is one of the producers of UNDP’s Virtual Reality film: Ground Beneath Her, a story of a 14-year-old blacksmith’s daughter, who struggles to balance the everyday duties of a fractured home with her own dreams for the future, following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Prior to joining UNDP, Cedric, a journalist by education and passion, worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a television producer in Calgary, Toronto, Washington DC, and Vancouver. He has won several awards for his documentaries and news stories, and was producer of the highly acclaimed episode of India Reborn: Myth and Might.
Country Manager, Ashoka Philippines
Terri Jayme-Mora is the Philippines country manager for Ashoka, the world’s largest association of social entrepreneurs with over 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in more than 70 countries. She leads Ashoka’s efforts to identify and support the most promising Filipino social innovators through a lifetime global fellowship. With a passion for social innovation, local craft, and design, Terri is also co-founder of the local brand Biyahe. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and completed her Masters in Business Administration at London Business School in 2012.
Program Director, Civic Innovation Fellowship
Ivy Ong is a development practitioner, open data advocate, and public sector innovation experimenter. She is currently leading the 2017 Metro Manila Civic Innovation Fellowship, a two-week program focused on empowering our next generation of city problem solvers: urban designers, data scientists, developers and engineers. Her past lives include leading the World Wide Web Foundation's Open Data Lab Jakarta as its Lab Director, Program Coordinator and Outreach Lead for the Open Data Philippines Task Force of the Republic of the Philippines from 2013 until 2016, as well as an Open Data Fellow of Making All Voices Count.
Managing Director, Trading Room Inc
Obi Roco has over 25 years of extensive work experience in both the public and private sectors. Raised in an entrepreneurial environment all her life, running a business is second nature to Obi. She started her own business in the early 1990s but her inclinations for social responsibility have led her to work simultaneously in the legislative and executive branches of the Philippine government. She also headed a corporate foundation and has done independent consultancies for international organisations such as the Harvard Business School and USAID. Obi studied Political Science at De La Salle University – Manila, Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Philippines – Diliman, Disaster Risk Management at the World Bank Institute, and Development Administration and Planning at the University College London.
Ateneo School of Government
Jason Salvador is the former Land Transportation Office spokesperson of the previous administration. He is now the manager of a global roads safety project of the Ateneo School of Government.
Dr Achyut Shrestha
Expanded Program on Immunization Medical Officer, World Health Organization
Achyut Shrestha is a medical officer of the World Health Organization's immunization program. He has worked in various country offices for the past 7 years supporting the program in Nepal, Uganda, Vanuatu, Laos, and the Philippines. He obtained his Masters in Public Health at the University of Western Sydney in Australia and his Bachelors degree in Medicine and Surgery from Tiankin Medical University in China.
Data Scientist, Rappler
Mia Umanos is a 13-year veteran of the analytics community, having successfully driven clients toward digital marketing and customer intelligence maturity. She has managed end-to-end analytics solutions for digital marketing, customer/user experience and digital media buying. She's the leader you've been looking for to unify efforts of statisticians, analysts, IT, business and marketing toward a data-driven business culture. Her career has centered around digital touchpoints like content, ecommerce and adTech, but she also have project experience on multi-channel measurement and CRM.
Associate Director for Community Development, IdeaSpace Philippines
Goldy Yancha is the Associate Director for Business Development & Partnerships at IdeaSpace. Building a career in management across IT companies, with various roles in product, operations and P&L, she has witnessed the power that innovation can unleash in an enterprise. She is a Professional Fellow from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, with an immersion in MassChallenge, the largest accelerator in the world.
Design and User Experience, Rappler
Jen Yu is an award-winning multidisciplinary designer. She designs digital products and complex ecosystems in emerging and next-generation markets. Working with world-class design teams in Silicon Valley and Hollywood, she has led design and user experience groups from Disney, Adobe, Frog Design, Jawbone, Y Combinator, and DARPA. Her experience in product design ranges from media, fashion, games, wearables, telecommunications, military defense, cyber warfare, biotech, and AR/VR.– Rappler.com
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The Social Good Summit 2017 in the Philippines will challenge us to examine the purpose of innovation and ask the critical questions: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?
The event is happening on Saturday, September 16. For interested participants, see more details here.