WHAT WE DO
Strengthen and advance democratic values and institutions, citizen engagement and empowerment, good governance, and inclusive development through leadership formation, policy research, discourse and advocacy, social innovation, and publication.
Serve as a knowledge center for research, training on policy-making and advocacy, towards strong, capable, and stable democratic institutions without operating as a school.
Build capacity of government, elected officials, and citizenry to strengthen institutions of governance and improve policy outcomes that advance the common good.
Facilitate linkages between and among government and elected officials, political organizations, and civil society through informal policy discourse and consensus-building.
The iLEAD Fellows, who are invited based on their experience, commitment and passion to contribute to iLEAD’s knowledge pool and engagement strategies.
The iLEAD Political Governance Round Table Strategy Sessions (PoliGovStrats), which are convened among high-level sector and issue leaders, practitioners, governance executives, advocates and direct stakeholders. iLEAD PoliGov RTDs focus on specific and defined sector bottlenecks, innovations, and opportunities to provide iLEAD clients with the best policy research, practical knowledge, and strategy on emergent, urgent, or big-ticket issues.
The iLEAD Political Governance Briefers (PoliGovBriefs), which are written in concise and succinct language and analyzes issues through its triple pillars: a) Political, covering the balances of power around the issue or challenge; b) Technical, covering the knowledge and capacity constraints or opportunities surrounding the issue or challenge; and, c) Administrative, covering the bureaucratic and systems situation into which the issue or challenge shall be, or have been operationalized5
WHO WE ARE
Members of the Board
PUBLIC FINANCE & POLICY
Butch Abad, former Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), is considered a principal mover of good governance reforms in the country. He is a lawyer, trade unionist, educator, activist, and former congressman for the lone district of Batanes, Philippines. He also served as Secretary of Education under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Secretary of Agrarian Reform under President of Corazon Aquino.
GOVERNANCE & PUBLIC FINANCE
Nene Guevara is the Chief Executive Officer of the Synergeia Foundation. She is a fiscal expert who has advised various development organizations on international taxation and public finance. She formerly served as Undersecretary for fiscal policies and reforms in the Department of Finance. She also founded the Movement for Good Governance and chaired the Galing Pook Awards Foundation, carrying her advocacy of participatory, accountable and innovative governance.
BUSINESS & GOVERNANCE
Ed Chua is Chairman of the Integrity Initiative, Inc.,an organization that promotes ethical and integrity standards in business community. He has held senior positions in both local and global industries and is known for his support for corporate social initiatives such in the Philippine Business for the Environment and Pilipinas Shell Foundation. He is also the current Chairman of the Makati Business Club, and President and CEO of Cavitex Holdings Corporation.
EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT
Carn Abella currently heads theRamon Magsaysay Awards Foundation, one of the most prestigious award-giving bodies in Asia. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Peace and Equity Foundation and as a Board Member of the Norfil Foundation, Inc. She is an Eisenhower Fellow and former president of the Development Academy of the Philippines.
GOVERNANCE & COMMUNICATIONS
Mon Jimenez is considered as one of the pillars of the country’s advertising industry. He is a prominent marketing and advertising executive having held positions in various leading advertising agencies in the country, including the JimenezBasic Advertising and Saatchi & Saatchi. He served as Secretary of Tourism from 2011 to 2016, pioneering the country’s successful tourism campaign, “It’s More Fun in the Philippines”. He is also a writer, mentor, and marketing communications expert.
Maxine Tanya Hamada
GOVERNANCE & PUBLIC FINANCE
Maxine Tanya Hamada works on governance strategy and innovation. She has almost 2 decades of leadership experience in both in civil society and public service. Her work spans the sectors of public fiscal management, civil society engagement, security sector reform, local governance and meaningful devolution, and indigenous peoples’ rights. Tanya is currently a member of the international steering committee of the World Movement for Democracy. She most recently served the Philippine government as assistant secretary for monitoring and evaluation in the Department of Budget and Management where she helped set up a national evaluation policy for the bureaucracy, oversaw the Grassroots Planning and Budgeting Program and engagements with civil society, and innovated a meaningful devolution program for direct fiscal downloads to performing provincial governments. Her Baguio-based H-Camp Business Management and Consultancy firm works with sub-national, national and international clients on innovative solutions to governance challenges. Tanya is the Corporate Secretary of iLEAD.
Eugene Kaw is currently the Executive Director of iLEAD. He is a practicing lawyer and a former government employee and professional, having served for 9 years from 2007 to 2016 in various senior management positions in the legislative and executive branch, the most recent of which was as Assistant Secretary and Chief of Staff in the Department of Tourism (2011-2016). Previous to being Tourism Assistant Secretary, he served as Director III and Chief Legislative Officer in the office of then Senator MAR Roxas (2007-2010) and as Director IV in the Office of the President-Presidential Management Staff (2010-2011). He is also a Faculty Member and Lecturer of Law at the Ateneo De Manila University School of Law, Ateneo de Manila University John Gokongwei School of Management, and Far Eastern University Institute of Law. He obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law in 2005 and earned his undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Arts, Major in Philosophy also from the same university in 2001. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2006.
Maria Luisa Villarin
Maria Luisa S. Villarin is a Policy Associate of iLEAD. She obtained her BS Accountancy degree from the University of Santo Tomas and became a CPA in 2012. She worked as an Associate at SGV & Co. from December 2012 to May 2014. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University Law School in 2018 and became a member of the bar in 2019.
Maria Paula Villarin
Maria Paula S. Villarin is a Policy Associate of iLEAD. She obtained her BS Accountancy degree from the University of Santo Tomas and became a CPA in 2012. She worked as an accountant for their family business for a year, and then a Tax Associate for Isla Lipana & Co. from December 2013 to May 2014. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University Law School in 2018 and became a member of the bar in 2019.
Ana Martha Galindes
Ana Martha Galindes serves as Policy Associate at iLEAD. Her years in research and development field span across the areas of public policy, local governance and development communication. Prior to joining iLEAD, she worked at the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, where she gained most of her knowledge and training in local policy work.
Robert Sanders, Jr. is a policy associate for the Institute, with a primary focus on economic development and public policy. He has worked on several projects with development organizations, lending and honing his skills in management, research, quantitative analysis, and impact assessment. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics, with honors, from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and is currently enrolled in the university’s College of Law.
Previous and Continuing Fellows
ECONOMICS & PUBLIC POLICY
Luis Razon Abad is currently a business development manager for a Philippine conglomerate, and a part-time lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila School of Government and Economics Department. Before joining the private sector, Luis served in both executive and legislative branches of the Philippine government, working on issues related to public finance and economic development. He has also taken on different roles in three national political campaigns. He completed his MBA at Harvard Business School in 2015 and his undergraduate degree in Economics at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2007.
Zy-za Nadine Suzara
Zy-za Nadine Suzara lends the Institute her policy and technical expertise on the national budget, particularly funding for local government and disaster risk management. Her years working for several USAID projects, and for government agencies such as the Departments of Trade and Industry, and Budget and Management, have entailed spotting and analyzing trends, issues, and challenges surrounding the country’s trade and economic policies and its impact on citizens.
Cleve V. Arguelles is a political scientist who has lectured widely on populism, political participation and democracy at home and abroad including Universität Wien, National University of Singapore, and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Political Science Program at the Manila campus of the University of the Philippines. His research on the populist publics was awarded the best MA thesis in political science at the Central European University in Budapest. One of his most recent publications is his chapter in the recently released A Duterte Reader: Critical Essays on Rodrigo Duterte’s Presidency (Ateneo De Manila University Press & Cornell University Press 2017).
Ma. Nisa Rigets
PUBLIC FINANCE & PUBLIC DIPLOMACY
Ma. Nisa Rigets was iLEAD’s Partnerships and Program Consultant. Her career in development work started in the Department of Budget and Management as Media Relations Officer, and recently ended her stint as Public Affairs Officer at the Australian Embassy in the Philippines. She is currently taking her Master’s Degree on Public Policy at UP Open University holds a degree of Speech Communication at the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her research interests include good governance, public diplomacy and fiscal policy.
SECURITY & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Valeene Salanga is Senior Research Associate of the Institute for Leadership, Empowerment, and Democracy, Inc. She earned her degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Major in International Politics from Miriam College. She is currently taking up her master’s degree in international studies in the same institution. Her research interests include international relations, peace and security studies, geopolitics, and diplomacy.
DEVELOPMENT & PUBLIC POLICY
Czarina Medina-Guce is Executive Director of the Institute for Leadership, Empowerment, and Democracy. She serves as Term Member of the Board of Trustees of The Asia Foundation based in San Francisco, and was Fellow of the Foundation’s Development Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Asia in 2014. She also teaches in the Development Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University. Her previous engagements include the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, and the Asian Institute of Management – Center for Bridging Leadership.
Rupert Mangilit has helped communicate causes in the last seven years. As a fellow for budget and fiscal policy, he continues with his advocacy of explaining what the national budget tells about this government’s policies and priorities. He has contributed for publications produced by the Department of Budget and Management, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, International Budget Partnership, USAID-ECOFISH Project, and Unicef Philippines, among others. Besides fiscal planning and management, advocacies he has embraced through his writing include health policy, good governance, and human rights.
INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY
Bon Moya’s career has spanned the diverse worlds of corporate, public service, academe and entrepreneurship. While currently attempting to manage his own tech startup, he concurrently lectures for the Development Academy of the Philippines (Public Sector Innovation) and the Institute of Corporate Directors (Strategic IT Management) as well as consult for various corporate and public sector firms. He was the former Undersecretary and CIO of the Department of Budget and Management from 2011 until 2016 during the Aquino administration. He was also a former Ford Foundation fellow assigned to assist the Open Government Partnership for the Asia Pacific.
HUMAN RIGHTS & LAW
Joey Mendoza is a lawyer and a development professional with over 25 years of management and consulting experience with various non-profit organizations, donor institutions and government agencies. He has specialized in the fields of human rights, access to justice, law and justice policy, alternative law, governance and housing and resettlement rights. In these fields, Joey has been involved in policy reform and advocacy and legal advice and analysis. He has served in top management and technical positions for various development organizations and donor-funded projects, including ADB, World Bank, the European Union, AusAid/DFAT, CIDA and UNDP, among others. He earned his law degree from the Ateneo Law School and is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.
Jan Harvey Parafina
Jan Harvey Parafina served as Executive Assistant to the Chair of iLEAD. A graduate of Philosophy from Ateneo de Manila University, he has done research and policy work in public finance, public policy, and development. He has worked as project coordinator for good governance dialogues in the Department of Budget and Management, and as research assistant for both the Congress and the World Bank. Apart from public finance and policy, his research interests include development, good governance, and ethics.
GOVERNANCE & COMMUNICATIONS
Darwin Mariano is a lawyer who combines fifteen years of progressive experience in crisis management, corporate communications and public affairs. An outstanding student, he was elected into public office at 15 years old, has written two books and has helped run three presidential campaigns. He has been recognized for outstanding work initiatives that support good governance, environmental protection, education and health. He is a founding member of the Movement for Good Governance.