Engr. Sean Ligtvoet

Project Officer and Wastewater Consultant - DOST Region XI

Engineer Sean Ligtvoet is a Project Officer and Wastewater Consultant with the Department of Science and Technology Region XI. For the past seven years he has been engaged in projects and research on Wastewater Management and Water Structural Engineering in both the Netherlands and the Philippines including applying his expertise and conducting studies on low-cost nature- based wastewater treatment, water structural engineering, water system analysis, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and International Aid and Development. He is also a consultant of the UNESCO-HELP Davao Network

Dr. Ravindra Joshi

Pacific Coordinator - Tropical Agriculture Association and Consultant - International Rice Research Institute

Ravindra Joshi is an independent consultant on invasive species, climate change, biodiversity loss as well as food and nutrition security. He is one of the world’s leading researchers on Invasive Apple Snails and their impacts on ecosystems. His work with the NEURICE Project Funded by the European Commision in Spain and the Asosacion de Deltas del Mediterraneo has allowed him to work and speak on his areas of expertise in over 10 countries around the world. He is also the Pacific Coordinator for the Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA), UK and an International Consultant for the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

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Dr. Roehlano M. Briones

Philippine Institute for Development Studies - Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Briones is a Senior Research Fellow at Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), where he conducts policy research for the Philippine government, with specialization in agriculture. He has authored numerous published research papers and co-edited four books, on the economics of agriculture and natural resources, rural development, food security, international trade, and the macro economy. He is a Board Member of the consultancy group Brain Trust Inc., past Board Member of the Philippine Economic Society, as well as Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Freedom. In 2017, he was the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) College of Economics and Management Outstanding Alumnus for Economics and Public Policy. In 2018, he was a UPLB Outstanding Alumnus.

Previously, he was an assistant professor at Ateneo de Manila University and UPLB. He obtained his Ph.D. from the UP School of Economics in 2000 and did postdoctoral research at the WorldFish Center in Penang, Malaysia.

Kriza Faye A. Calumba

Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science and Chemistry at the University of the Philippines Mindanao

Kriza Faye Calumba is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science and Chemistry at the University of the Philippines Mindanao. She received her Master's degree in Food Science from Louisiana State University, United States last May 2019 under a Fulbright Scholarship. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and Valedictorian from the University of the Philippines Mindanao with a Bachelor’s degree in Food Technology in 2014 and was an exchange student to the National University of Singapore in 2012. After graduation, she has been teaching at UP Mindanao where she engaged in research in line with food microbiology, lactic acid bacteria, and utilization of indigenous vegetables. She is also a member of the Phi Tau Sigma Honor Society of Science and Technology, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Philippine Association of Food Technologists, Inc. Lambda Chapter, and Sigma Beta Sorority. She has keen passion for hip hop dancing as well as traveling which broadens her perspective about the society.

Peter O'Gorman

Director of Innovation & Learning at AI (Artificial Intelligence) Darwin

Peter O’Gorman is Director of Innovation & Learning at AI (Artificial Intelligence) Darwin, an Information Technology & Services Company based in Australia. He’s also a member of the Board of Directors of Cloudstreet Consulting Pty Ltd.

Peter Sprang

Integrated Expert at International Rice Research Institute

Peter Sprang has more than 15 years of work experience mostly in South East Asia in the field of Sustainable Forestry, Agroforestry and Agriculture with a focus on Standard Setting, Auditing and Training. He is working since Feb 2017 at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Philippines in the role of Technical Coordinator for the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP). The Secretariat of the SRP is at the UNEP office in Bangkok. Peter´s position is funded and placed through GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and CIM, the Centrum for International Migration, Germany. He holds a Diploma in Forestry from the University of Freiburg, Germany.

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Kennemer Foods International, Inc.

Kennemer Foods is a producer and marketer of high quality agricultural products specializing in the sustainable growing, sourcing and trading of fermented cacao beans. Through its inclusive business model, Kennemer works to increase and sustain smallholder farmers’ incomes. It provides end-to-end support through its growership program including access to financing, good quality inputs, technical assistance and a guaranteed market. Kennemer is the Philippine’s leading supplier of cacao beans to the international market.

Rosanna Tuason-Fores

Vice Chairman and CEO - Hijo Resources Corporation

Rosanna Tuason-Fores is an Advisor to the Board and brings experience and expertise in business enterprise and sustainability initiatives. Her management skills range from setting up ventures in call centers (now the biggest industry employer in the Philippines) to running agricultural conglomerates (with operations in banana, coconut, food processing, port operations). In 2018, Rosanna was featured by London-based Earth Security Group for her pioneering efforts in sustainable development in ecosystem-based climate adaptation.

A Management graduate of Santa Clara University, Rosanna returned to the Philippines determined to make a difference in both business and nation-building. She involved herself in agribusiness and became VP for Marketing at Blue Bar Coconut. She also served as the President of the Association of Philippine Coconut Desiccators. She was the owner representative of Cardinal Ceramics, which counted the Metropolitan Museum of New York among its customers.

Rosanna was part of the early wave of investors who saw the potential of business process outsourcing in the Philippines. She helped form Ambergris Solutions, which quickly became one of the top three call centers in the Philippines before its acquisition by Telus Canada. She continues to sit as Chairman of the Telus Community Board. Rosanna was also a Founder-Shareholder of Enderun Colleges, Inc., one of the leading hospitality & culinary schools in the Philippines. Rosanna is a recipient of Signum Meriti Medal of Saint Paul School of Business and Law, Inc. for her exemplary achievements in the fields of Business, Education, Tourism, Agribusiness and Property Development.

Today, Rosanna is leading its transformation of Hijo from a traditional banana plantation to a modern corporation with business units in agribusiness, logistics and port operations, property development, and tourism as the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Hijo Resources Corporation. Aside from her role, she is also president of the Tuason Development Foundation, which received support from USAID to find and fund entrepreneurs in Mindanao. She also served two terms as President of the Tourism Congress of the Philippines, the private-sector entity mandated by law to work with the Philippine government to develop the tourism industry.

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Joseph Sandro

Assistant Scientist - Agricultural Engineering at International Rice Research Institute

Experienced Engineering Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. Skilled in Agricultural Mechanization, Postharvest, Soil, Agronomy, Data Collection, Climate Change, and Leadership. Strong operations professional with a BS Agricultural Engineering focused in Machine Design from University of the Philippines.

Peter Damary

Partner - Réseau Entreprise et Développement Durable (REDD)

Peter Damary is a Partner of the Réseau Entreprise et Développement Durable (REDD), an organization composed of professionals specializing in training and consulting on voluntary norms and standards for food value chains, with particular emphasis on Geographical Indications (PDOs, PGIs), regional foods and sustainability norms. Through REDD as well, he specializes in sustainable agriculture projects, agriculture and biodiversity and workshop moderation being the previous Head for the Agri-development Division of Technomic Consultants SA. He was Inland Coordinator for a project mandated by the SDC to develop organic agriculture in the Central Balkans (Bulgaria) through extension servicing and credits, then as Coordinator of international projects in Eastern Europe.

Now living in Davao City, Philippines, Mr. Damary is developing the activities of REDD - sharing knowledge for Tasty and Ethical Food - in Asia.

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