Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Ms. Marilou “Malu” G. Erni is currently the Executive Director of the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF), the country’s major private sector vehicle and coordinator for disaster risk reduction and management. She brings with her 34 years of experience from Petron.
She is also currently a Lecturer on Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the Kyoto University (Kyoto and Tokyo campuses), for its annual Global Leaders Program.
She was an elected member of the Stakeholder Council of the Amsterdam-based Global Reporting Initiative, representing the business sector of the Asia-Pacific Region, for two terms. She was a Senior Fellow of the Synergos Institute, a New York-based non-profit organization that works with local partners globally to fight poverty.
She was a trustee and past chairman of the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF), and has chaired several annual LCF Corporate Social Responsibility Expos. She was also the President of the Bataan Coastal Care Foundation, Chairman of the Corporate Network for Disaster Response, a trustee of Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation, a Trustee of Teach for the Philippines, and an active member of the Philippine Business for Social Progress-Luzon Regional Committee.
Ms. Carmencita T. Abella is a leading specialist in adult learning, training and human resource development, management development, strategic planning and organizational change management. She has served as consultant to various government agencies, business organizations, international development agencies and non-government organizations in the Philippines and throughout Asia. Before joining the Foundation, she was president of the Development Academy of the Philippines, a pioneering resource institution and think tank in the country providing training and consultancy services, program innovation and research services in organizational change, human resource development, governance, local development, and quality improvement. As RMAF President, she oversees the administration of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, Asia’s premier prize and highest honor.
Currently, she is also active in the NGO community in the Philippines, serving as trustee of the Association of Foundations (AF) and NORFIL Foundation. Until recently, she was chair of the Philippine Council on NGO Certification (PCNC) and vice-chair of the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF). She has developed for the Association of Foundations (AF) the pioneering program “Managing with Effective Board Governance” for NGO boards and Executive Directors/CEOs, and is its principal facilitator.
To date, leaders of over two hundred NGOs, cooperatives and people’s organizations have benefitted from this program.
She continues to be a key adviser on board governance and management development to nonprofit organizations throughout the country.
She is a Professor of Sociology and immediate past chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology (DSA) at Ateneo de Manila University. Under her leadership, the DSA has been selected by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as the only Center of Excellence (COE) for Sociology in the whole country for 2012-1015.
She is a recipient of several fellowships abroad and has headed several social science organizations. As a dedicated public sociologist and key leader in the sociological community, she has lectured, researched and written extensively on poverty and social inequality, climate change and governance, civil society, gender, urban and local development. Part of her work is coming out in a forthcoming book (with Kathleen Knadeau, California State University), Women, Faith and Resilience to Climate Change and Disasters (Springer Publications).
Her work on climate change adaptation and resilience building in marginal, riverine communities in Metro Manila was awarded “Outstanding Scholarly Work with Most Social Impact” by the Ateneo de Manila University. Her efforts and advocacy on the urbanization and growth of third world cities and its relationship to environmental transitional issues like climate change vulnerability, adaptation and resilience has earned her a distinct position as Science Research Fellow at the Manila Observatory. Recently, she was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award by the Philippine-American Educational Foundation to do a comparative research on social inclusion among post-Sandy communities in New York and post-Ketsana communities in Metro Manila.
He is the Founder and Managing Director of the CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions, a group of companies composed of a Foundation, a Bank, a Microinsurance, a Development Institute, and a Business Development Services, all established to empower the poor women on the countryside to help alleviate poverty in the Philippines. Under his leadership, CARD MRI was awarded with the Prize for Excellence in Community Economic Development by the Southern New Hampshire University in 2007; People Power People Recognition Award by Former President Corazon C. Aquino in 2005; the Global Excellence for Microfinance by the Grameen Foundation, USA in 2003; and the Flame of Excellence Award given by USAID and Microfinance Coalition for Standards of the Philippines in 2000.
He sits as an adviser to several prestigious organizations like Grameen Foundation USA, Washington, US and IDEAS, USA. He also has served various key positions in the Philippine Government and has extensive international experience in the field of microfinance and rural development in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Bhutan, and East Timor, serving in various capacities as advisor, expert and/or consultant.
He is also currently the President of RIMANSI, a regional based association that promotes micro-insurance among MFI players in Asia region.
He has already completed the 3-year Owner President Management (OPM) Program (2005-2007) where he was given the Excellence Award on Strategy from the Harvard Business School. He obtained his doctorate degree in Organizational Development from the Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute (SAIDI), Manila, Philippines in 2002; and masteral and bachelor degrees in agricultural economics/marketing from UP Los Baños in 1978 and 1983 respectively.
Jessica Dator-Bercilla is the Science-Policy Research Specialist at the Manila Observatory, working on the trans-disciplinary application of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) in local, national, and international policy; in community-based DRR, CCA, mitigation and resilience; and in risk communication approaches via the Coastal Cities at Risk project.
She is a Senior Fellow at the Ateneo School of Government, and concurrently a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer for Asia and the Middle East at Christian Aid. She likewise serves as consultant and resource person for various schools and government agencies for topics on environmental management and climate change.
She has contributed her expertise in the evolving body of knowledge on DRR and CCA, and in transforming disaster and climate science in forms that will be more accessible to and will build better capacities on resilience and adaptation of at-risk communities. She has likewise helped initiate programs, advocacy and policy work, and research that led to disaster and climate resilience work in communities; the crafting of disaster risk reduction and climate change policies; a toolkit for the integration of DRR-CCA in development planning for local government units; and publications on DRR and climate change-related work in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia.
She is a Master’s degree holder in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada, and has earned her Ph.D. academic units on Holistic Foundations in Biosafety from the University of Tromso, Norway.