The world is facing unprecedented challenges in dealing with critical issues related to sustainability. Multiple stakeholders with various interests and agendas further challenge the ability to effect change at a substantial scale. The world is dynamic and interconnected and we need to understand how initiatives, policies and business decisions integrate and impact the world we live in. It is about time to break linear and reductionist thinking so we can solve multi-dimensional issues.
Picking up from last year's Sustainable Enterprise Summit, the goal of Sustainability Summit 2017 is to be able to view sustainability issues from different sectors as part of a system, understand how they interrelate and affect each other over time, and identify solutions and opportunities that can be implemented collaboratively.
The Sustainability Summit 2017 will highlight the importance of synergistic efforts in creating sustainable solutions.
Niña Terol is a “communicator, connector, and changemaker” whose 18-year career has spanned the corporate, non-profit, creative enterprise, government, media, and academic sectors. A woman of many hats, she is Co-Founder and Chief Fireball of her own venture, Kick Fire Kitchen, a team of motivators and idea catalysts who are passionate about inspiring creativity, innovation, and purpose-driven professional growth among individuals and organizations. She also heads corporate affairs for McCann Worldgroup Philippines, the largest and leading multinational integrated marketing communications agency in the country. Ms. Terol is also an author, educator, public speaker, and a mentor for startups and entrepreneurs.
Mica F. Tan is the CEO MFT Group of Companies, a diversified financial holdings company adhering to the principles of restructuring corporate blueprints and helping businesses grow to establish sustainable financial footing. Currently, the company has 20 subsidiaries from diverse industries including petroleum, pharmaceutical, technology, manufacturing, retail, food, and finance and investment with presence in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, United States and Europe.
After completing his Bachelor in Arts degree in Economics at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2000, Carlo Calimon entered the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in 2003 for his MBA degree where he majored in Marketing and graduated on the Dean’s List. Soon thereafter, he joined the Let’s Go Foundation (Leading Entrepreneurs Towards Seizing Global Opportunities), a non-profit, non-stock organization advocating entrepreneurship. Currently he is a Director of the foundation.
Peggy Chan is the Founder, Executive Chef and Managing Director of Grassroots Pantry, a restaurant and platform space through which she is able to share her passion for organic, plant-based food with the community. An ardent supporter of local sustainable agriculture and food-related NGOs, Peggy dedicates a lot of time to educating the public about the issues that face our food systems today."
Hindy is a devoted wife, mom to four children, a fashion designer and for the past ten years, a biodynamic farmer. She took up Communication Arts at Ateneo de Manila before pursuing fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NY. After working as a fashion designer in the retail industry for 15 years, and living at the very center of the city, she decided to move her entire family and worklife to the countryside to achieve a greater connectedness to nature. After immersing herself in various farming, nutrition, healing, education, and movement workshops, she started growing food in her backyard. Harvests became more plentiful, and she began sharing the extra produce with friends and family, and soon after, decided to sell via door-to-door home delivery. Hindy founded Holy Carabao in 2007 with the intention of providing healthier food to Filipino families. It has since grown to a network of small family farms, a farm school, a farm store, and farm kitchen. Together with her partner, Melanie Go, Holy Carabao aims to educate more Filipinos about regenerative agriculture, earth stewardship, conscious community building, and healthier food choices.
Quintin graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and pursued Master's in Literature at Oxford University, International Relations at Cambridge University and Global Business at Georgetown University.
Quintin worked on policy and structural reform in the Senate, House of Representatives and the National Security Council for 3 years before moving into the private sector, working on development and sustainability for companies in the energy and mining sector. He is also a published author and is currently and anchor and producer for Bloomberg TV Philippines.
Raf Dionisio is a Social Entrepreneur in sustainable tourism. He is the co-founder of Make A Difference Travel that does community based tours across the country and The Circle Hostel, an eco-art-surf hostel in Zambales, La Union and Aurora provinces that provides backpacker lodging. Both are working with Indigenous People (Aetas) of Zambales to reforest their 3,000 hectare ancestral domain and create agri-business for the tribes. Raf is also a member of The Plastic Solution, a movement that turns single-use plastic into ecobricks that are used for construction. By making things fun, more people are engaged to save the planet
Cristina McLauchlan, storyteller, brand marketer, 20+ years of event production and a passionate conduit of conscious individuals and ethical sustainable brands.
Cristina, founded The Vibe Tribe in 2016, as an agent of change this platform supports conscious and ethical brands with marketing strategies as well as creating event experiences and journeys where conscious leaders can showcase their work.
These events, experiences and journeys supports the individual, the community with the inspiration to #brandyourvibe and the awareness and to #raiseyourvibe.
Miguel is one of the co-founder and the Chief Community Officer of SCI (Satoshi Citadel Industries). Founded in 2014, SCI has been at the forefront of the Blockchain industry in the Philippines with an ecosystem of services ranging from payments, remittance, mobile money, and more, all powered by the technology behind Bitcoin. SCI is pioneering a lot of cutting edge fintech apps not just in the Philippines but globally, and was recently venture-backed by Korean tech giant Kakao Talk.
Maria Victoria “Ivy” S. Almario, Most Outstanding Professional Interior Designer 2017. she is the Principal of the Atelier Almario, known as the number 1 Interior Designer of the country. She worked in the US for 15 years and became one of the top renderer but despite the success, she chose to go back to the Philippines and help in the development of resorts, hotels, residentials and more than that a designer with a cause. She has been very instrumental in developing world class products from the grassroots through GKonomics. She dreamt of bringing the best for the least so that the least become the best. She will soon build a Design School in Marinduque to showcase local talents, culture and creativity together with her group of designer friends. She will be key in the development of eco-friendly and picturesque resorts and accommodation places for the tourism component of AGREA.
Mark is a policy and planning professional, particularly on tourism, sustainable development, and climate change. He is currently the President of TwoEco, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in interdisciplinary and sustainable tourism development, and President of the Heritage Conservation Society, a non-profit organization that advocates for the protection of culturally and historically significant sites of the built environment.
He applies an international and interdisciplinary perspective to projects, building on a master’s degree in environmental management (law, policy and economics) from Yale University, and law and political science degrees from the University of the Philippines. He has been a member of the Philippine bar since 2003, and an environmental planner since 2014, placing second in the latter’s licensure exam.
His work spans the private, public and academic sectors. He has worked in one of the Philippines’ leading law firms, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, and in government, leading the drafting in the Senate of Republic Act No. 9593, the Tourism Act of 2009, under Sen. Richard Gordon. He has consulted for the Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and for the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).
Cherrie De Erit Atilano is a globally awarded agriculturist, young scientist and social entrepreneur known to make farming sexy, and started working in the farming sector at the age of 12. She is the Founding Farmer/CEO & President of AGREA Agricultural Systems International, Inc. An agri-social enterprise that is based in the island of Marinduque, Philippines. AGREA (www.agreaph.com) aims to develop the first replicable “One-island Economy" model founded on Zero Hunger, Zero Waste and Zero Insufficiency through working on the islands number 1 agricultural import and export. AGREA as a company and her as the social entrepreneur was also awarded by the Asia Pacific CSR Council and UN Global Compact the Global Responsible Business Award 2017 for Agriculture Excellence. She was also recognised as Asia's Next Generation Emerging Leaders (ANGELS) 2016 and was awarded as one of the Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur 2017. She is a radical optimist, a dreamer and a true believer that Filipino farmers are world-class. She has been traveling the world as an advocate and inspirational speaker especially on her advocacy for global food security.
Engr. Edmond P. Maceda has been a Sustainability Consultant to Megaworld Corporation for the last 6 years, focusing on wastewater treatment for townships and sustainability training for employees. He is concurrently the Director of Sustainability for Enderun Colleges. He holds a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Philippines.
The first-mover and definitive brand in Philippines for collaboration, co-working and workstyle hubs; a completely re-imagined serviced office environment, a dynamic and supported community of innovators.
Julia Nebrija is an urban planner who is passionate about making cities livable, lovable places. She has worked at all levels from community organizations to international agencies to government with the same goal of developing sustainable solutions to urban challenges. She draws inspiration from biking around the streets of Metro Manila, exploring the Pasig River, and collaborating with creatives in grassroots movements in historic Manila.
Cathy is a pioneer and leader in the Philippine Spa, Wellness and Farm Tourism industries. She is the Founder and Co-owner of two Department of Tourism accredited destinations: Nurture Wellness Village, a wellness resort and Nurture Farmacy, an organic farm. A UK Licensed Therapist, she is also certified in the United States as a Health and Wellness Coach, Living Foods Educator, Chef Coach and Worksite Wellness Specialist. Cathy also heads Spa and Wellness Professionals, a spa and wellness management training and consultancy company. Cathy was the Founding President of the award winning Spa Association of the Philippines. She serves in the government as a Board member of the Philippine Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and advocates for women’s rights as part of the Technical Working Group of the APEC Healthy Women Healthy Economies project.
Cathy has been involved with human resource development, training and marketing for the past 35 years. She worked with Philippine Airlines as Head of the airline’s VIP Programs and Supervisor of its Management, Supervisory and Organization Development Divisions. After PAL, she founded International Customer Management Systems (ICMS), a consultancy firm working with local and international companies on customer service, management and supervisory training and organization development projects.
Cathy has been awarded as a STAR-PRENEUR by Go Negosyo, the government’s entrepreneurship program and by the ASEAN Women’s Entrepreneurs Network as an Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur. She is a frequent speaker in local and international conferences on spa, wellness and farm tourism. She is also the author of the internationally released book “Turn Back Time, Natural Anti-Aging CHOICES.
Currently VP-Marketing of SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation which lists under its portfolio the Conrad Manila, Radisson Blu Cebu, Park Inn by Radisson Davao, Taal Vista Hotel, Pico Sands Hotel, Park Inn by Radisson Clark, as well as the various SMX Convention Centers and Trade Halls in the country.
23 years in the hospitality industry (with five years international experience) primarily with the Shangri-La Hotel group and SM Hotels and Conventions Corp.
Travel and outdoors enthusiast. Has traveled to most of Europe, the United States, Middle East, Australia, North Asia, Southeast Asia and most of the Philippine archipelago.
Experienced diver and mountain climber. Has climbed the highest peak in Asia (Mt. Kinabalu) and the highest peak in Africa (Mt. Kilimanjaro). Hopes to reach at least the base camp of Mt. Everest in the near future.
Lives and breathes arts and music. Was once part of a univerity-based choir which represented the Philippines and won in some of the most prestigious choral competitions in Europe.
Environmental advocate. One of the prime movers of various environmental initiatives both here and abroad.
With more than a decade experience on the nexus of sustainable and responsible business issues, she has worked for blue chip companies, local and national governments, NGOs and multinational conglomerates in the transport, energy, extractive, consumer and property sectors. Her expertise lies in embedding and integrating sustainability into the business, rather than just as a traditional add-on – her experience ranges from working on innovative sustainable financing and investment and advising board members and senior management. Her international work experience has taken her around the Asia Pacific, North American and European regions.
She graduated with an MSc on Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and a diploma in business from the University of Oxford Said Business School. She has been awarded the 2014 FWN Global Most Influential Women of the Year – Emerging Leader; 2015 Global Sustainable Leadership Award and a fellow of the exclusive Pioneers for Change Fellowship Programme in the United Kingdom.
Meliomar Inc. is the local processing and export partner of the ARTESMAR® Initiative in the Philippines and owned by the Swiss mother company BLUEYOU – www.blueyou.com. Meliomar Inc. operates buying stations in the fishery project areas all over the country, facilitates domestic logistics and manufactures premium quality tuna products in two processing facilities in Metro Manila. Meliomar exports tuna and mahi-mahi products under the ARTESMAR® brand and fishery improvement scheme worldwide.
Sustainable Seafood Initiative – Proponent of Sustainable Seafood Week, on its 3rd year of establishishing an open and dynamic platform for interested stakeholders to discuss the status, challenges and awareness for more sustainable seafood in the Philippines
Ms. Loong Mei Yin has been spearheading TAEL’s investments in Malaysia and Thailand, with her over 20 years’ experience working with a diverse range of business groups. She also initiated the launch of TAEL Tijari, the Shari’ah compliant fund which co-invests with TAEL One and Two.
Before co-founding TAEL, she headed the Thai investment banking team of UOB Asia. She was instrumental in partnering with Thai families to regain control of their businesses and expand their platforms by making strategic acquisitions after the Asian financial crisis. She started her career in 1992 and during her tenure in Schroders Malaysia and subsequently as an executive director in UOB Asia, she spearheaded a substantial number of domestic/cross-border debt and equity capital market transactions for Malaysian and Thai business groups. Ms. Mei Yin is also leading TAEL's investments in Myanmar which is a new market focus.
Ms. Mei Yin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Monash University, Australia, majoring in accounting, finance and computer science. She is a CFA charter holder.
ALOYSIUS is a Manila based Filipino brand that specializes in custom women’s wear and bespoke men’s wear. It is renowned for its advocacy of promoting eco-friendly fashion through its use of local indigenous fabrics in its collections and in living up to its philosophy of dressing according to personal style.
ALOYSIUS has been synonymous with luxurious, well-crafted pieces with edgy artisanal flair. Its distinct aesthetic sets high standards in lifestyle dressing.
It has presented in London and New York City, with special showcases in Manila. It continues to show in various countries promoting Filipino indigenous fabrics and eco-fashion.
Creative Director Joseph Aloysius Montelibano, lived in new york city for over a decade starting out as hair salon receptionist, through being a fabric salesman, visual merchandiser for Giorgio Armani, costume designer and finally settling back in Manila to begin producing his own line.
He has been an advocate of Philippine Indigenous fabrics, its sustainability and effects on the environment since the beginning of his design career. He has taken the initiative to be a global ambassador of Filipino eco fashion through the use of these hand-woven organic materials in his collections he shows worldwide.
After moving to Negros, Ina became involved with the Association of Negros Producers, a BSO (business support organisation) born out of the need to diversify from a mono crop economy. Responding to the times, Hacienda Crafts was born, in 1994. She currently sits as Designer / Managing Director at Hacienda Crafts Company and is the president of the Association of Negros Producers at present.
As a designer, she has a background in Architecture and crafts. She was recently awarded as the Philippines awardee for Basketry at ASEAN Selections by SACICT Thailand.
After earning a BA in Social Sciences from Thomas Edison University in New Jersey, Hannah spent 6 years working in the non-profit sector for several international NGO’s. Hannah made a drastic career change and entered the business world when she discovered her passion for using sustainable cause-based businesses to combat traditionally “non profit problems” like labor rights violations, poverty, and human trafficking.
In the past 5 years, Hannah has launched several social enterprises in the US and the Philippines and has served as a business consultant for dozens more. Hannah’s latest project in the Philippines is co-founding an innovative garment factory that utilizes technology and transparency to form a deeper connection between consumers and the workers who make their clothes.
As the current events coordinator for Impact Hub Manila, Hannah helps create spaces for innovators in the Philippines to come together, share resources, and build businesses that have a positive impact on the world.
Diane is the Executive Director of IdeaSpace Foundation, a non-profit pre-accelerator based in the Philippines. She assumed the role of Executive Director when First Pacific launched IdeaSpace in 2012 and has had a hand in each of the 52 startups that have entered the IdeaSpace program. She is also the Philippines’ first holder of a Business Incubation Management Certificate from the International Business Innovation Association, the biggest global advocate for incubators, accelerators, educational institutions and regional economic development stakeholders.
Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat earned her bachelor and masteral degrees in Economics from the University of the Philippines.
She served her alma mater as a lecturer from 1994 to 2006, and was an Economic Consultant at the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) from 2001 to 2005 and at the Presidential Management Staff from 2005 to 2006. She served as Deputy Cabinet Secretary at the Office of the President in 2006.
In 2007, she was appointed as Undersecretary for Special Concerns at the Department of Agriculture (DA) wherein she was in charge of rural credit and headed various teams and committees in the areas of trade promotion, development assistance, international cooperation, and foreign investments. She was designated as Alternate Chair of the National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB) and led initiatives for special sectors (women, youth, elderly, differently-able).
Studied architecture in Monterrey (Mexico), Turin (Italy) and Graz (Austria)- graduating from the Technical University in Graz with a specialization in sustainable building design.
Worked in the Urban Planning Agency of Nuevo Leon, Mexico and later as the General Coordinator in the Mexican Green Building Council. Later went on to lecture architecture and urban design in the Technical University of Monterrey (ITESM).
Strong interest in sustainable habitats, green roof systems and permaculture.
Victoria currently manages the operations of Palafox Associates. The multi-disciplinary firm is involved in the planning of islands, provinces, cities, towns, residential and tourism estates, and mixed-use development projects, among others, all over the Philippines. Victoria is a licensed Environmental Planner and member of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP). She graduated with a degree in BA Organizational Communication from the University of the Philippines Manila and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Development Communication at the University of the Philippines Open University.
Winston Damarillo a Silicon Valley veteran with over twenty years of experience as a technology entrepreneur and venture capital professional with a proven track record of building successful companies.
He serves as the Executive Chairman of Amihan Global Strategies, a strategic consulting firm specializing in Digital Enterprise Transformation for the largest corporations in the ASEAN region. He is also the Co-Managing Director of PLDT Capital.
Winston was a venture capitalist at Intel Capital, where he led strategic investments in emerging technologies. He eventually became one of the highest-performing venture capital professionals in the company. He left Intel to develop technology products and nurture talent in emerging markets like the Philippines and bring them to the global stage.
No matter which side of the globe Jez is on, you can be sure of one thing – he’s probably doing something related to real estate.
That’s what happens when you have a lifelong passion for passion for people, cities, sustainability, architecture and land use. Jez received his B.S from the University of Southern California specializing in Real Estate Development, and a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). His research at UPenn's Wharton School included housing finance policies and housing industry data collection from over 80 emerging economies for Wharton's Housing Finance Information Network.
Jez worked for Southern California's top brokerage houses including Keller Williams Beverly Hills and Re/Max North Orange County before serving as the national council coordinator for Urban Land Institute Philippines. He’s also worked on special real estate projects with the Rufino Group of Companies.
The event brings together a diverse and interesting mix of some of the leading and most sought after practitioners and personalities in the Sustainability space.
This year's summit will be an intimate and interactive forum focusing on key issues on Sustainability relating to Systems, Synergies, and Solutions . Venue is limited to 200 attendees only. Register Now!
Sustainability Summit 2017 will feature 6 forum sessions discussing the most current and relevant topics on Sustainability
The beneficiary of Sustainability Summit 2017 is The Garden Classroom (TGC) program, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for elementary students by turning barren and forgotten school gardens in the 183 elementary schools of Marinduque into blooming centers for outdoor learning. Schoolyard gardens provide students with living classrooms. AGREA, together with the Department of Education (DepEd) Marinduque, believe that all children can achieve their best potential when provided with nurturing educational experiences that enhance their understanding of the world, their future in it and the confidence to secure their dreams.
To know more about The Garden Classroom (TGC) program, plase visit http://www.agreaph.com/the-garden-classroom