Work Experience

 

2011-present Executive Director, Save Philippine Seas (SPS)
SPS a non-stock, non-profit organization that aims to protect the Philippines’ marine resources by mobilizing citizen-led initiatives that empower Filipinos towards collective action and behavior change.

  • Manages all projects, partnerships, campaigns, and finances of SPS

  • Leads fundraising initiatives of SPS through grants and corporate partnerships.

  • Project Director, Reimagine Recycling (September 2019-present): a forum for civil society organizations to support and contribute to Coca-Cola Philippines’ World Without Waste program. Responsible for overall project management, facilitation, branding identity, module development, and program design.

  • Project Director, Marine Biodiversity and Sustainable Business Practices (July 2018-present): a series of workshops in coastal areas to support Globe Telecom’s sustainability programs. Responsible for overall project management, facilitation, branding identity, module development, and program design.

  • Founder and Project Director, Haquathon (April 2019-present): a hackathon and incubator for technology-based solutions to marine conservation issues such as coastal law enforcement, environmental education, coral restoration, and marine pollution. Responsible for overall project and budget management, mentorship, branding identity, and program design.

  • Founder and Project Director, Sea and Earth Advocates Camp (2014-present): an environmental education program that builds the capacity of youth to become leaders in conservation by developing leadership skills and increasing pro-environment behavior. Responsible for overall project and budget management, mentorship, branding identity, and program design.

  • Founder and Project Director, Shark Shelter (2012-present): a multi-stakeholder, community-based project in Malapascua Island, Cebu, that aims to conserve coastal and marine resources through education, empowerment, and enforcement activities. Responsible for overall project and budget management, policy advocacy, fundraising, and program design.

     

January 6, 2020-present Consultant, United Nations Development Programme

  • Researcher and writer for the project Stocktaking of Initiatives of Stakeholders on Waste Management and Circular Economy for the Development of a Philippine National Policy and Action Plan on Marine Litter

February 2020-present Oceans Partnership and Engagement Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

  • Partnerships for ADB's regional project on plastics

March 2018-present Sustainability Adviser, The Purpose Business

  • Project Manager and Stakeholder Engagement Adviser for the development of the Sustainable Business

    Roadmap of Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)

  • Sustainability Adviser and Researcher for a paper on single-use plastic alternatives and material analysis for an international airline.

     

January 2018-present Lead Shark Campaigner, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines

  • Provide expert and technical support for the development of a comprehensive shark and ray conservation policy for the Philippines. Tasks include coordination with the Senate and and Congress regarding the proposed bill, developing modules for the shark conservation legislation workshop, facilitating shark conservation legislation workshops in two (2) sites, and implementing a communication and campaign strategy.

September-November 2019 Marine Conservation Expert, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

  • Conducted the research process to prepare the Blue Finance Initiative paper, which included reviewing ADB’s work on existing knowledge products on innovative finance and international frameworks and initiatives on blue finance, and co-wrote and edited the final text of the publication.

February-October 2019 Marine Conservation Analyst, ADB

  • Conducted research and wrote speeches, briefing notes, and grant proposals to support the development of ADB’s ocean health agenda.

March-November 2018 Youth and Environment Specialist, ADB

  • Led the development and implementation of community-based information, education, and communication activities in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Solomon Islands in relation to the regional technical assistance on Strengthening Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle of the Pacific.

 

2016-2017 Consultant, Oceana Philippines

  • Developed a scorecard on fishery laws to assess compliance and enforcement initiatives of local government units along Tañon Strait and created policy recommendations upon analysis. The scorecard has been adopted by the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Education

 

July-August 2017 Global Fellow in Marine Conservation, Duke University, USA 

  • Courses: Marine Ecology & Conservation Biology and Policy

 

October 2014-September 2015 MSc in Conservation Science (Merit), Imperial College, UK

  • MSc Dissertation: Good Seatizenship: Evaluating the effect of the Sea and Earth Advocates Camp on Self-Reported Knowledge, Attitude, and Behaviour

 

June 2006-April 2011 BA English Studies-Language (cum laude), University of the Philippines

  • Co-founded Isko Cleans UP, a university-wide solid waste management campaign and project

  • Member, UP Marine Biological Society

  • Actor, Repertory Philippines and Stages Inc.

  • B A Dissertation: Islands of Imagination: The Department of T ourism’ s Construction of National Identity

 

Awards and Distinctions

September 27, 2018    

Winner, E-Generation Challenge Competition, City Developments Ltd.


August 2018

30 Under 30 Awardee, North American Association for Environmental Education

                 

June 2017

Awardee, Biodiversity Recognition Awards, Biodiversity Management Bureau


October 2014- 2015

Chevening Scholarship, U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office

February 19, 2013

40 Under 40 International Development Leaders, Devex

March 23, 2012

Future for Nature Awardee, Future for Nature Foundation, the Netherlands

June 12, 2011

One of the Pitong Pinoy Modern-Day Heroes, Yahoo! Southeast Asia

 

Publications

Co-Author. 2011. An Introduction to Climate Change for Filipino Youth, PLL Publishing House. Editor. 2017. 

 

2020 Roadmap for the Conservation of Sharks and Rays in the Philippines. Co-author and Editor.

 

2018. Shark Conservation Legislation: A Toolkit for Policymakers.

 

Speaking Engagements (Selected)

May 8, 2018 

Lecturer; New England Aquarium IMAX Theater, Boston, MA, USA


March 10, 2018 

Keynote Speaker, 14th Borneo Global Issues Conference, Brunei

June 2, 2017 

15th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Cebu


April 21, 2017 

Conservation Optimism Summit, Dulwich College, London, United Kingdom

September 15, 2016 

Our Ocean, One Future Summit; Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

September 5, 2016 

Intergenerational Climate Justice Moot Court Workshop; IUCN World Conservation Congress, Hawaii, USA

May 22, 2014 

Keynote Speaker, Open Collaboration for New East Asia Champions; Cebu

June 16, 2012

TEDxKatipunanAve: Modern-Day Revolutionaries; Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City

 

Conferences and Trainings (Selected)

August 17-28, 2019

Philippine delegate, CoP18-CITES, Geneva, Switzerland

June 13, 2019

Trainer, Public Speaking Workshop, YSEALI Women Leaders’ Academy


May 2-11, 2019

Marine Conservation Fellow, New England Aquarium, Boston, MA, USA

February 18-21, 2019

Facilitator, Wala Usik Sari-Sari Store Design Workshop, Sipalay, Philippines

August 4-9, 2018

Mentor, YSEALI Marine Debris Expedition

June 28-30, 2018

Facilitator, Solid Waste Management Design Workshop, Danjugan Island

October 23-29, 2017

Philippine delegate, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species, Manila, Philippines

August 21-23, 2017

Community-Based Resource Management Workshop; Bali, Indonesia


September 24-October 5, 2016

Philippine delegate, CoP17-CITES, Johannesburg, South Africa

September 1-10, 2016

IUCN World Conservation Congress; Hawaii, USA


May 19-20, 2014

World Economic Forum East Asia Meeting; Manila, Philippines


April 30-May 5, 2014

Asian Development Bank Annual Meeting; Astana, Kazakhstan


August 16-20, 2013

YouthActionNet Laureate Global Fellowship; Sao Paulo, Brazil


June 19-23, 2013

Global Shapers Annual Curators’ Meeting; Geneva, Switzerland


January 23-29, 2012

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting; Davos, Switzerland

 

Affiliations

2012-present Councilor, World Future Council

The World Future Council researches, identifies and spreads policy solutions that contribute to sustainable development. The Council consists of 50 eminent global changemakers from governments, parliaments, civil society, academia, the arts and business.

October 2011-2014 Curator (2013-2014), Vice-Curator (2012-2013)
Global Shapers Manila Hub, World Economic Forum
The Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements, and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.

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