Ideas Exchange Speakers

Abi Mapua

Ashoka Philippines
Country Director

Abi believes that we can shape the future we deserve.

Her practice in the fields of Social Design, Experience Design, Environmental Science, and Community-Based Resource Management exposed her to the key importance of empathising with the needs and values of people as powerful vehicles towards clear articulation of desired futures and the design of paths towards it.

Having worked in the intersections of academe, local communities, and private sector presented her with the opportunity to cross-pollinate various disciplines and facilitate research and co- creation. Abi is the founding Director of the Hub of Innovation For Inclusion (HIFI) of the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde and is now the Country Director of Ashoka Philippines, a global organization that develops and supports changemakers.

Abi is certified Experience Designer of the Kaospilot in Denmark, a 2017 Fellow at the UnSchool of Disruptive Design, attended the Management of Innovations from Stanford University, and holds degrees in Agricultural Economics and Environmental Science from the University of the Philippines.

She is also President and Co-Founder at KindMind, an innovation and experience design laboratory that helps organisations drive inclusive and sustainable impact.

Jean Henri Lhuillier

Cebuana Lhuillier & CLFI President

Jean Henri D. Lhuillier is a Filipino businessman, diplomat and sports patron. He is the current president and CEO of PJ Lhuillier Inc., the company that owns and operates Cebuana Lhuillier, the largest microfinancial services provider in the Philippines.

Mr. Lhuillier is the man behind the expansion and diversification of Cebuana Lhuillier since he took the reins from his father Philippine Ambassador to Spain Philippe Jones Lhuillier in 1998.

Known then as a neighborhood pawnshop, Cebuana Lhuillier has now become a one-stop shop offering a full arsenal of microfinancial services which include pawning, remittance, microinsurance, bills payment, eLoad and business-to-business micro loan solutions.

He is the brains behind the company’s groundbreaking product, Cebuana Lhuillier Micro Savings, a product of Cebuana Lhuillier Rural Bank (CLRB). Since its launch in 2019, Cebuana Lhuiller which serves CLRB’s cash agent, has provided access to an affordable savings account to close to 4 million previously unbanked Filipino nationwide.

Mr. Lhuillier is also known for his vast contribution to Philippine sports helping popularize tennis and softball through his various grassroots development programs. He is the co-founder of United Tennis Philippines (UTP) is the current chairman of the board of the Philippine Tennis Association (PHILTA). He is also the president of the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL).

Hon. Leni Robredo

Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines
 

Vice President Leni Gerona Robredo 14th Vice President of the Philippines Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo, an alternative lawyer and public servant, is the 14th Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines. After years of working with the poor and the marginalized, teaching the less fortunate about their rights under the law, Leni, as she is popularly known, emerged into national consciousness following the loss of her husband, longtime Naga City Mayor and Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo. Called upon to carry on his legacy of good governance, she stepped into the political arena in 2013, when she won as Representative of the Third District of Camarines Sur. Amid a productive term in Congress, she was called upon to run for the Vice Presidency, and rose above many odds to assume the second-highest elected post in the country. Determined to bring the Office of the Vice President closer to the people, she led the crafting of its flagship anti-poverty program, Angat Buhay – an endeavor inspired by six key advocacy areas, including food security and nutrition, women empowerment, education, healthcare, rural development, and housing. It has reached out to poor communities around the country, through the generosity of partner-organizations and individuals, most of whom are from the private sector. She also launched Istorya ng Pag-asa, a program that aims to spread hope and positivity by featuring extraordinary stories of ordinary Filipinos through words and portraits shown at events, exhibits, and social media.

Moving forward to 2020, the Vice President led her office in its initiatives, first to help communities affected by earthquakes in Mindanao and the Taal Volcano unrest in Batangas and nearby areas. VP Leni continued to exemplify grace and resolve as she and her office stepped up to help in the government’s response against coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Despite limited resources, the Office of the Vice President launched various initiatives, through the help of many partners and donors, aimed at filling in the gaps found in terms of supporting frontliners and communities in need during this time—from providing PPE sets, locally produced protective suits, and medical supplies to frontliners across all regions of the Philippines; to providing free shuttle service and dormitories for frontliners in Metro Manila; to distributing relief packs, hot meals, and other assistance to communities, helping locally stranded individuals return to their respective provinces, giving market vendors and tricycle drivers a platform to boost their livelihood anew through community marts, giving livelihood opportunities and assistance to individuals, communities, and sectors who lost their jobs and sources of income; providing distance learning support for students, teachers, and their families; promoting mass testing efforts, among others.

Under VP Leni’s leadership, the OVP has also gone to great lengths to professionalize its ranks and cultivate a culture of excellence there. The office carries a quality management system certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001:2015), which it first successfully obtained in 2017. It earned its recertification in 2020, maintaining its streamlined processes amid the COVID-19 crisis. Moreover, the Commission on Audit has given the OVP an unqualified opinion—considered the highest rating from state auditors—for its financial reports in 2018 and 2019. Believing in the power of collaboration, and a faith in the people, VP Leni vows to keep working to help her fellow Filipinos, especially those in the fringes of society. – 30

Hon. Joy Belmonte


Mayor of Quezon City

Ma. Josefina “Joy” Belmonte is currently serving as the 11th elected mayor of Quezon City since 2019.  

Mayor Belmonte believes that the success of the city lies upon having trustworthy leadership, data and information-driven decision making, and an efficient and well-functioning government system that is worthy of the public trust. 

The 14-point agenda of the Belmonte administration: Deliver responsive, efficient and cost-effective social services; build more homes; provide better healthcare; ensure high quality education; empower citizens of every gender and social class; build a safer and more resilient city; make Quezon City the preferred destination for businesses; create new jobs across more businesses; develop growth hubs; build a livable, green and sustainable city; build essential infrastructure; be a model of good governance; professionalize and strengthen the Quezon City workforce; and listen to our citizens and know what they need.

Her style of leadership is one that is heavily rooted in the needs and wants of every QCitizen. She strengthened people’s participation by involving many sectoral organizations, civil society groups, and other stakeholders. 

During the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, Mayor Joy Belmonte proved that through the dedicated service of the local government officials and genuine concern for its constituents, the city will survive all hurdles thrown against it. 

Prior to becoming the chief executive of Quezon City, she served as the vice mayor from 2010-2019. She presided over a City Council, which has been regarded as the Most Outstanding in the Philippines, in accordance with the exemplary standards of the Local Legislative Awards of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

As vice mayor, she was also the chairperson of the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council (QCADAAC), which has been recognized as one of the most effective nationwide in addressing the problem of illegal drugs.  The QCADAAC obtained a perfect functionality score in the National Anti-Drug Abuse Council Performance Awards given by the DILG in January 2019.

Mayor Belmonte completed her high school studies at the Poveda Learning Centre.  She got her Social Sciences degree from the Ateneo de Manila University, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the Institute of Archaeology, University College in London, and another Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the Leicester University in the United Kingdom. – https://quezoncity.gov.ph/public-servants/mayor-joy-belmonte/

Kevin Lee

A Single Drop for Safe Water Executive Director
Ashoka Philippines Fellow
BRITE Project Manager

Kevin Lee is enabling vulnerable communities in the Philippines to demand, create and sustain water and sanitation systems through a new governance approach that simultaneously channels consumer needs and increases local government capacity to deliver.

Kevin was already thinking through ways to address water and sanitation deficiencies and together with a colleague, Gemma Bulos, founded A Single Drop for Safe Water. Kevin directed the focus of A Single Drop to target what he had come to see as the critical barrier for poor communities to access clean water and sanitation: local governance to design, build and manage water and sanitation systems.

A Single Drop for Safe Water inc – Single Drop Consulting Services inc. is a hybrid development organization that works in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene development and humanitarian work through out the Philippines

Dr. Bryan Albert Lim


Infectious Disease Specialist

Dr. Lim graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 2010. He became the first Program Coordinator of the Asian Institute of Management Zuellig Center for Asian Business Transformation. He is a founding member of the Universal Health Care study group of the University of the Philippines. He is currently finishing his residency in Internal Medicine at the Philippine General Hospital, at the same time, finishing his Masters in Development Economics at the University of the Philippines School of Economics. He is a fellow of Asia Society’s 21 Young Leaders’ Initiative as well as a founding member of the Global Shapers Manila Hub of the World Economic Forum. He recently co-founded Health Sector Catalysts, a company which designs innovations that aims to provide solutions to health system issues. The group’s first project, Pharmaceutical Transparency through Technology, was one of the winners of the Grand Challenges Canada – Stars in Global Health. He plans to have a career in Infectious Disease and in Health Economics. His main interests include designing and implementing innovations to reduce health inequities. -https://www.interacademies.org/

Moderator

Kevin Dela Cruz

PhilDev Foundation
Entrepreneurship and Incubation Manager of the Innovation for Social Impact Partnerships

Kevin has been working in the development sector for ten (10) years assuming various roles as a social entrepreneur, government consultant for livelihood and education, lecturer in enterprise development and a program development manager. 

 
He is currently working as the Entrepreneurship and Incubation Manager of the Innovation for Social Impact Partnerships, a joint program of the United Nations Development Program and PhilDev Foundation. He is also the Co-Founder and Lead Consultant of Strago Solutions Consulting working with clients coming both the public and the private sectors focusing on development sustainability and management.  
 
He is the Co-Founder of the iProcure Youth Fellows Program that seeks to build young leaders who will become advocates and practitioners of good governance principles. They have trained over 80 youth champions around the country. This project became one of the winners of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Seeds for Future 2020 organized by the United States Department of State and Cultural Vistas.
 
He was awarded by Meg Magazine as one of the 30 under 30 Youth Movers and Achievers of the Philippines in 2013.  He was also one of the finalists of the ASEAN Startup Awards 2020 as the Startup Ecosystem Hero of the Year. He is currently taking his Masters in Public Management at the Ateneo School of Government.

Host

Keb Cuévas

Tagani
Founder

Keb Cuévas is a Filipino digital agriculturist. They founded Tagani, a digital agribusiness platform startup focusing on e-learning and farm management systems. They previously worked as a Community Engagement Strategist at the news website Rappler.

Keb holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Agriculture and Business Management from the UP Los Baños. They also did his post-graduate academic fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at the prestigious Brown University’s Swearer Center, awarded by the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) program of the US Department of State. He also attended executive programs in social innovation at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica. Kevin is a member of the Ivy Entrepreneurs — an entrepreneurship organization for the eight Ivy League universities’ alumni.

Keynote Speakers

Abi Mapua

Ashoka Philippines
Country Director

Abi believes that we can shape the future we deserve.

Her practice in the fields of Social Design, Experience Design, Environmental Science, and Community-Based Resource Management exposed her to the key importance of empathising with the needs and values of people as powerful vehicles towards clear articulation of desired futures and the design of paths towards it.

Having worked in the intersections of academe, local communities, and private sector presented her with the opportunity to cross-pollinate various disciplines and facilitate research and co- creation. Abi is the founding Director of the Hub of Innovation For Inclusion (HIFI) of the De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde and is now the Country Director of Ashoka Philippines, a global organization that develops and supports changemakers.

Abi is certified Experience Designer of the Kaospilot in Denmark, a 2017 Fellow at the UnSchool of Disruptive Design, attended the Management of Innovations from Stanford University, and holds degrees in Agricultural Economics and Environmental Science from the University of the Philippines.

She is also President and Co-Founder at KindMind, an innovation and experience design laboratory that helps organisations drive inclusive and sustainable impact.

Jean Henri Lhuillier

Cebuana Lhuillier & CLFI President

Jean Henri D. Lhuillier is a Filipino businessman, diplomat and sports patron. He is the current president and CEO of PJ Lhuillier Inc., the company that owns and operates Cebuana Lhuillier, the largest microfinancial services provider in the Philippines.

Mr. Lhuillier is the man behind the expansion and diversification of Cebuana Lhuillier since he took the reins from his father Philippine Ambassador to Spain Philippe Jones Lhuillier in 1998.

Known then as a neighborhood pawnshop, Cebuana Lhuillier has now become a one-stop shop offering a full arsenal of microfinancial services which include pawning, remittance, microinsurance, bills payment, eLoad and business-to-business micro loan solutions.

He is the brains behind the company’s groundbreaking product, Cebuana Lhuillier Micro Savings, a product of Cebuana Lhuillier Rural Bank (CLRB). Since its launch in 2019, Cebuana Lhuiller which serves CLRB’s cash agent, has provided access to an affordable savings account to close to 4 million previously unbanked Filipino nationwide.

Mr. Lhuillier is also known for his vast contribution to Philippine sports helping popularize tennis and softball through his various grassroots development programs. He is the co-founder of United Tennis Philippines (UTP) is the current chairman of the board of the Philippine Tennis Association (PHILTA). He is also the president of the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL).

Kevin Lee

A Single Drop for Safe Water Executive Director
Ashoka Philippines Fellow
BRITE Project Manager

Kevin Lee is enabling vulnerable communities in the Philippines to demand, create and sustain water and sanitation systems through a new governance approach that simultaneously channels consumer needs and increases local government capacity to deliver.

Kevin was already thinking through ways to address water and sanitation deficiencies and together with a colleague, Gemma Bulos, founded A Single Drop for Safe Water. Kevin directed the focus of A Single Drop to target what he had come to see as the critical barrier for poor communities to access clean water and sanitation: local governance to design, build and manage water and sanitation systems.

A Single Drop for Safe Water inc – Single Drop Consulting Services inc. is a hybrid development organization that works in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene development and humanitarian work through out the Philippines

Dr. Bryan Albert Lim

Cebu
Infectious Disease Specialist

Dr. Lim graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 2010. He became the first Program Coordinator of the Asian Institute of Management Zuellig Center for Asian Business Transformation. He is a founding member of the Universal Health Care study group of the University of the Philippines. He is currently finishing his residency in Internal Medicine at the Philippine General Hospital, at the same time, finishing his Masters in Development Economics at the University of the Philippines School of Economics. He is a fellow of Asia Society’s 21 Young Leaders’ Initiative as well as a founding member of the Global Shapers Manila Hub of the World Economic Forum. He recently co-founded Health Sector Catalysts, a company which designs innovations that aims to provide solutions to health system issues. The group’s first project, Pharmaceutical Transparency through Technology, was one of the winners of the Grand Challenges Canada – Stars in Global Health. He plans to have a career in Infectious Disease and in Health Economics. His main interests include designing and implementing innovations to reduce health inequities. -https://www.interacademies.org/

Moderator

Erika Tatad

xchange
Director

Prior to joining xchange, Erika was Managing Director of Hapinoy, a social enterprise that works with women micro-entrepreneurs to grow their small village shops (“sari-sari stores”) through training and education, access to capital, and new business opportunities. She served as Regional Director for Asia Pacific of the World Youth Alliance, a UN-affiliated youth organization based in New York, focused on dignity and development. Erika also worked as a Senior Strategy Manager for k2 interactive (now part of Publicis Jimenez Basic), a Manila- based boutique strategy and communications firm, handling key accounts in the FMCG, banking, real estate and logistics industries.

Erika completed her International Diploma Programs in Global Business Management and Marketing from UC Berkeley, as well as an internship with World of Good, a leading US-based social enterprise now with the eBay group. She is an Asia Society Class of 2010 Asia 21 Philippines Fellow, a recipient of the 2015 Freedom for Excellence Award from the World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific and a 2016 Kathryn Hoomkwap Awardee.

Host

Keb Cuévas

Tagani
Founder

Keb Cuévas is a Filipino digital agriculturist. They founded Tagani, a digital agribusiness platform startup focusing on e-learning and farm management systems. They previously worked as a Community Engagement Strategist at the news website Rappler.

Keb holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Agriculture and Business Management from the UP Los Baños. They also did his post-graduate academic fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at the prestigious Brown University’s Swearer Center, awarded by the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) program of the US Department of State. He also attended executive programs in social innovation at the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica. Kevin is a member of the Ivy Entrepreneurs — an entrepreneurship organization for the eight Ivy League universities’ alumni.