Our Board of Trustees
Lourdes “Odette” B. Alcantara
Ms. Odette Alcantara is an environmentalist, free-lance writer, community organizer, cultural worker and chess player. An environmentalist at heart, she is currently a convenor of Mother Erath Philippines and a board member of the Earth Day Network Philippines. She is a lifetime member of the Zero Waste Recycling Movement of the Philippines and has organized the National Conference for Eco Waste Management (2002), Search for Model Barangays (2003-2004) and the Residual Waste Management Summit (2005). She has authored “Doon Po Sa Amin” 100 Models of Ecological Waste Management.
Her love and appreciation for the arts is also manifested in her involvement with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) and Asian Council for People’s Culture. She is founder of the Heritage Arts Center and the Artists for the Environment. She is an AB Humanities graduate of the University of the Philippines. Ms. Alcantara’s other field of interest is chess and is in fact the founding president of the Philippine artists Chess Club. She was captain of the Philippine National Women’s Chess Team in the 1984 Moscow Olympiad.
Jesus Lim Arranza
Currently the chairman of the Advisory Council of the National Anti-Smuggling Task Force (NASTF) of the Federation of Philippine Industries, Mr. Jesus Arranza has organized Smuggling Watch, a group that closely monitors smuggling activities in various industries in the country. As an anti-smuggling activist, he headed the campaign against abuses of Duty Free Shops (Special Economic Zones and Duty Free Philippines) and the proliferation of smuggled goods openly sold nationwide. His operations have so far exposed existing modus operandi in bonded warehouses, duty free shops and import permits that are being issued by government agencies.
Mr. Arranza has also spearheaded the presentation of the Coconut Industry Position and has contributed relevant recommendations to the legislative and executive bodies. He has organized the ASEAN Vegetable Oil Club, an association of all the vegetable oil producers in the ASEAN Region. He finished Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Master in Public Administration at the University of the East.
Dr. René B. Azurin
Dr. René B. Azurin is adept in both the theoretical and virtual application business management and development. He is currently Chairman of Cerulean Software Company Inc., a software applications developer, and Bond Worldwide Inc., a global recruitment firm with affiliates in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the USA. He is likewise a Director of the publicly-listed Araneta Properties Inc. and is a consultant for various projects in both the private and public sectors. Also a former chief executive of a group of companies engaged in manufacturing, land development, banking, and transportation services, Azurin is a faculty member of the MBA program of the College of Business Administration of the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He is known in UP for handling a unique course which he has created and popularized called “Perspectives on Strategy”.
He is author of three books: Random Walks and other Essays – Ruminations of a So-so Manager (published by the University of the Philippines Press), Collusion or Efficiency? The Concentration-Profitability Relationship in Selected Philippine Industries (published by the Institute of Managerial Economic Studies) and Marginal Notes : Lectures in Business Economics (published by the UP College of Business Administration). Dr. Azurin is a graduate of the University of the Philippines-Diliman (BS Industrial Engineering and Doctor of Business Administration) and the Asian Institute of Management (Master of Business Management).
Edgar Ocava Chua
Edgar Chua is chairman and president of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. He likewise presides over the activities of other Shell companies. Despite his hectic corporate duties, Mr. Chua has a firm social commitment. He chairs the Philippine Business for the Environment (PBE), Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee and is a trustee of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). A BS Chemical Engineering graduate from the De La Salle University, Mr. Chua joined the Shell Group in the Philippines in 1979 and has, for the past 27 years been involved in auditing, supply planning and trading, marketing and sales, lubricants, corporate affairs and general management.
He has held senior positions outside the Philippines as transport analyst in Group Planning in the UK and as general manager of the Shell Company of Cambodia. From July 1999 to August 2003, he held various regional positions in Shell Oil Products East, covering all countries East of Suez Canal including China, India, ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. In September 2003, he was appointed country chairman of the Shell companies in the Philippines, Guam, Palau and Saipan.
Francis Chua is a rare mix of a corporate leader, a public servant and a civil crusader. At the core of these three qualities is his being a true Filipino. He has been recognized as a key figure behind the "Buy Pinoy" campaign to rescue the Philippine manufacturing industry against the onslaught of imported goods flooding the Philippine market and help save thousands of jobs of Filipino workers. He likewise heads the Steering Committee of the "Bangon Pilipino Movement." It is perhaps for this quality that he was chosen last year by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to be the Commissioner of the Consultative Commission to review the 1987 Constitution. He also serves as A Special Adviser on Economic Affairs to Speaker Jose De Venecia.
His competence in diverse fields of commerce and industry – telecommunications, petroleum-based industry, financial portfolio management – has earned him similar distinctive recognitions from important business organizations. At present, he is the president of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry; treasurer and member of the Board of Governors of the Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc; and president emeritus of the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines. In the academe, he also sits as a member of the board of trustees for three schools, namely: Hwa Kiaw University of Fukien in China, Philippine Institute of Quezon City, and the Seng Kuang High School. In June 2006, he was given the University of the Philippine Alumni Award for Community Service.
Dr. Corazon PB. Claudio
Dr. Claudio’s passion is to help improve the quality of life of indigenous peoples (IPs). She developed the Kalinga IP Program, which aims to build sustainable IP communities, and is now directing the Kalinga IP Para sa Aeta, with the support of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), TOWNS Foundation, Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran, EARTH Institute Asia (which she heads), Gawad Kalinga and other partners.
A TOWNS and Balik Scientist Awardee, she has held senior positions in the public and private sectors and has served the ADB, US-ASEAN Environmental Improvement Program, World Bank and others as Sr. Adviser or Consultant. She has authored over 400 papers and books on environment, sustainable development, and risk/disaster management. As part of the Asia-Pacific Environmental Innovation Strategy Project, she helped develop strategic policy options for the sustainable development of the region. She has also served as Sr. Adviser on sustainable development to Marinduque and Pasig City. Her affiliations include the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development (Core Member), Philippine Environmental Industry Association (Adviser/Founding President), Philippine Business for the Environment (Co-founder/Trustee), Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (Trustee), MAP (Chair, Environment and Urban Development Committee, TOWNS Foundation (Board Member), and Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (Trustee and former President). She holds Ph.D. & M.S., Engineering-Economic Systems (Stanford University), International Teachers’ Programme Certificate (Harvard University consortium), and MBA (Ateneo de Manila University).
Renato A. De Rueda
Mr. Renato A. De Rueda is one of the leading lights of the Philippine forestry sector. He began his career as a professional forester at the then Bureau of Forestry in 1969 and from then on was chosen as DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations from February 2003 until September 2004. He has been professionally engaged in forest protection programs of the DENR and was team leader and forestry specialist of the USAID-funded Natural Resources Management Program. He is currently a consultant for Environment and Forestry and National Coordinator of the OIKOS Society of the Couples for Christ. Mr. De Rueda is a graduate of the University of the Philippines –Los Baños (Bachelor of Science in Forestry) with a Masters of Management, Major in Public Management at the UP Visayas.
Elisea (Bebet) Gozun
Elisea “Bebet” Gozun is a former secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (2002-2004). Before and after her assumption in the country's top environmental agency, she has been actively involved in several environmental NGOs and environmental concerns. She currently serves as the National Project Director of the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) and Governance Team Leader for the Environmental Cooperation in Asia (Eco-Asia) Program for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) RDMA – Asia. She also chairs the Earth Council Asia Pacific, Philippines, Earth Day Network Philippines and is Vice President of the of the Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines (SWAPP). She is a member of the National Advisory Board of the WWF-Philippines, Board of Directors of the Philippine Business for the Environment, Zero Waste Recycling Movement of the Philippines Foundation Inc (ZWRMPFI) and the Air and Waste Management Association-Philippines.
She breathed a new life to the concept of solid waste management as guiding principles in the policy making processes during her stint as DENR chief. She was likewise instrumental in putting air pollution and solid waste management at the forefront of the government’s primary projects. Ms. Gozun has worked as consultant to the World Bank, United Nations Center for Human Settlements (UN Habitat), World Health Organizations (WHO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
John C. Kaw
John C. Kaw has been rendering community service for decades, donating school-buildings for various public schools and providing employment opportunities for hundreds of Filipinos. He has worked with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other law enforcement agencies to organize and implement many projects aimed at forging community partnerships with law enforcers. He is the chairman of the Committee on Peace and Order of the Federation of the Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the vice president of the Quezon City Filipino-Chinese Business Association. He is also the president of PEOTRACO Industries, Inc.
Fernando A. Lu
As president of the Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA), Mr. Fernando Lu is the proponent and advocate of the concept of managing the forest and developing the wood-based industry on a productively sustainable basis, allowing them to serve their ecological, social and economic ends. He is the managing director of Pacific Timber Export Corporation and MAN Automotive Corporation and is also a member of the Board Directors of the Dapitan Resources Development Corporation and Underwood Development Corporation.
Mr. Lu is a trustee of Parks & Wildlife Development Foundation and the director of the Forest Products Research Foundation. He is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University (AB Economics).
Dr. Ben S. Malayang III
Dr. Ben S. Malayang is among the 1,200 scientists from over 100 countries who co-authored the recently published Millennium Ecosystems Assessment, which describes the current environmental and socio-ecological state of the planet. He has likewise authored several works covering Forest and Environmental Policy and Governance, Biodiversity, Environmental Security, Environmental Philosophy and Ethics, and Institutional and Environmental Transformations in Southeast Asia.
For twelve years, Dr. Malayang has taught graduate courses on Institutions and Environment, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Contemporary Issues in Environmental Sciences and Management. He was full professor and dean of the School of Environmental Science and Management. He is a Senior Fellow of the Development Academy of the Philippines and a Fellow of the Strategic Studies Group of the National Defense College of the Philippines. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines-Diliman (BA Philosophy), Ohio University (MA in Philosophy and another MA in International Affairs) and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D in Wildland Resources Science).
Mr. Antonio Ruiz Santos Sr.
A former area-vice president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2001-2005) and president of the Metro Cotabato Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Inc. (1998-2001), Mr. Antonio Santos aggressively advocates for policies and actions that would strengthen Mindanao’s business community and accelerate the island’s development. He is currently involved in projects that seek to bring about increased employment, higher income and a better life for Mindanao’s people. He is instrumental in pioneering projects such as Assistance for the Comprehensive Education of Mindanao (ASCEND-Mindanao), Transparency and Accountability in Governance (TAG), Chamber Management Institute (CMI), German Technical Cooperation – BIMP-EAGA Project, Promoting Regional Opportunities for Enterprise and Livelihood Development and MBC-QUEDANCOR Banana Cardava Project.
Mr. Santos owns and manages the Ecoman Research and Developers Group, Construction and Land Development, ACATEL Group and Gaming Corporation, Estosan Garden Hotel and Restaurant and the Estosan Farm Mango and Banana Plantation, all based in Cotabato City. He is country director of BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BEBC) and a member of the National Small and Medium Enterprise development (SMED) Council and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB). Mr. Santos is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University (Business Administration).
Thaddeus “Thaddy” Anthony Lim Tan
Currently the deputy group head of the East West Bank, Mr. Thaddy Lim handles both the marketing and operation of its 16 new branches in all the key provincial cities in Luzon. He joined JCI-Manila in 2000 at age 32 and is presently president of the MJC Board. Having tasted the perks of being a three-time JCI-Manila board member, Mr. Lim is now posed to take the helm as the chapter’s president for 2006. His extensive banking background, advanced skills in client portfolio management and proven track record have made him 2002 and 2003’s Area Marketing of the Year Awardee. Mr. Tan completed two degrees at the De La Salle University (BS in Business Administration and Applied Mathematics).
Despite his breath of experience in the banking world, Richard Valdes is a recipient of the “Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran” for his involvement in the “Clean and Green Program of the Philippines” from 1996 to 2004. In 2001, he was conferred with the “Gintong Ama Award” in the socio-civic category and an award for Outstanding Leadership in the REACT Philippines, Inc.
He presently heads three companies as president, namely the iDEFENSE, Inc., Lotus Funding Corporation, and Shining Star Productions Inc. After graduating from San Sebastian College in 1974 with a degree in Commerce, Valdes first worked as an account manager at the Security Bank and Trust Company, Inc. In 1971, he headed the Loans and Syndication Division of the American-European-Asian Development Corporation from 1979 to 1981, Valdes was the vice-president for Metro Manila area for the Asian Banking Corporation.
Myrna T. Yao
Currently the chairperson of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), Ms. Myrna Yao is a staunch advocate in advancing the status of women in government and business. Her entrepreneurial ability and leadership in the business industry and her role in making a difference in the lives of women has made her the recipient of numerous civic and business awards here and abroad. She is also a distinguished keynote speaker on economic empowerment of women, human rights of women and gender responsive governance. She has been invited to speak at various conferences and conventions in the Philippines, Asia, and the United States.
Ms. Yao recently received the 2006 International Entrepreneur Award presented by the Enterprising Women Magazine and the Global Summit of Women during a summit that was held in Cairo, Egypt. She is the founder of Richwell Trading Corporation, one of the biggest distributors of children’s toys, infant and footwear products in the Philippines. She finished her Bachelor and Masteral in Business Administration at the University of the East.