His Excellency Franz Jessen has been the ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the delegation of the European Union to the Philippines since 2015, after his posting as the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam. Prior to this, he was head of Division for China, Hong Kong, MACAU, Taiwan, Mongolia at the European External Action Service in Brussels. Ambassador Jessen has completed his master’s Degree in Social Sciences from Odense University and Master’s Degree and Ph.D in Economics from Virginia Tech, USA.
Senator Cynthia Villar is the current chairperson of the Senate Committees on Agriculture and Food as well as the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. From 2001 - 2010, Senator Villar served as the Representative of Las Pinas in the Philippines House of Representatives. She earned her degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines’ (UP) College of Business Administration, which recognized her as one of its Distinguished Alumni in 2004, and completed her Masters’ Degree in Business Administration at the prestigious New York University (NYU). She is instrumental in establishing the Las Piñas - Parañaque Wetland Park in the Las Piñas - Parañaque Critical Habitat & Ecotourism Area or LPPCHEA and spearheading the Manila Bay Clean Up.
Dr. Raymond Tan is a full-time professor of chemical engineering, a university fellow and the current Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at De La Salle University Manila. He is a leading researcher in the areas of process systems engineering (PSE) and process integration (PI), and in particular is the co-developer of the carbon emissions pinch analysis (CEPA) method. Prof. Tan received his BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from De La Salle University, and is the author of more than 270 publications with an h-index of 36 in the Scopus database. He has received multiple awards from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE) and NAST.
Mr. Crispian Lao is the Vice Chairman of the National Solid Waste Management Commission under the Office of the President, Republic of the Philippines, as the Private Sector Representative for the Recycling Industry. He is a strong advocate for the environment through proper waste management and the development of enabling policies to promote appropriate, technologically and economically viable investments and support Small and Medium Enterprises in the Philippines. In addition, he is a technical working group member of the Climate Change Commission; board member of the Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines; a technical committee member of the Bureau of Product Standards; a member of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Environment Committee; and past president of the Philippine Plastics and Industry Association.
Irma Percela is equipped with a solid background and qualification in economics, statistics, corporate planning and communication management where she rendered 35 year-service in a government owned and controlled corporation. She was the chairperson of NFA GAD-TWG, NFA GAD Focal Point System from 2004 to 2009 where she initiated the institutionalization of the Gender and Development Program of NFA. She has been invited as a resource person on Ecological Solid Waste Management as well as Clarificatory Hearing Compliance of LGUs on the implementation of Republic Act 9003 from the Office of the Environmental Ombudsman. Ms. Percela graduated Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Economics at Philippine College of Commerce and took her Masters Degree in Business Administration and Communication Management.
Atty. Gerard Mosquerra is currently the Deputy Ombudsman of Luzon. He is a native of General Santos City. He started his law practice in the litigation department of the Carpio Villaraza and Cruz Law Offices in 1992 and eventually opened a law practice in his home city in 1995 where he engaged in criminal and civil litigation work. He has dedicated the last fifteen years of his professional life to fighting corruption as a practitioner and an international adviser and his preferred areas of focus are criminal litigation, anti-corruption investigation, stolen assets recovery and judicial and legal reform.
Brigadier Gen. Danilo Delapuz Lim has a military background after graduating in one of the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point, New York U.S.A. Aside from his military positions, Chairman Lim also held various government positions like serving as a Military Assistant to the Secretary of National Defense, Chief of Staff of the Undersecretary for Local Government and Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence in the Bureau of Customs from 2011-2013. At present, Chairman Lim heads the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the agency in charge of providing the delivery of basic services in Metro Manila’s 13 million residents which includes traffic and transport, flood control and solid waste management, among others. In a short span of time, Chairman Lim is able to institutionalize reforms in the agency aimed at reforming erring MMDA officials and personnel. He carried out the instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte to curb out anomalies and corruption within the agency. Gen. Danilo Delapuz Lim has a military background after graduating in one of the prestigious United States Military Academy at West Point, New York U.S.A. Aside from his military positions, Chairman Lim also held various government positions like serving as a Military Assistant to the Secretary of National Defense, Chief of Staff of the Undersecretary for Local Government and Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence in the Bureau of Customs from 2011-2013. At present, Chairman Lim heads the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the agency in charge of providing the delivery of basic services in Metro Manila’s 13 million residents which includes traffic and transport, flood control and solid waste management, among others. In a short span of time, Chairman Lim is able to institutionalize reforms in the agency aimed at reforming erring MMDA officials and personnel. He carried out the instruction of President Rodrigo Duterte to curb out anomalies and corruption within the agency.
Engr. Elgio Ildefonso is currently the OIC-Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Commission under the Office of the President and the Chief of Solid Waste Management Division, EMB-DENR. His service to the Department is exceptionally remarkable as he was seated to a number of positions such as the Deputy Executive Director from 2010 to 2013, Executive Director of Task Force Air Quality in the Office of the DENR Secretary and Director for Technical Services Office of the Undersecretary for Field Operations, DENR 1 from September 1997 to October 1998. Engr. Ildefonso graduated in Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Technological Institute of the Philippines and has earned multiple Masters Degree including his recent degree in Environmental Management and Development in Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.
Lt. Col. Joseph Ross Jocson PA(R), MNSA, ChE is the President and Chairman of the Board of the Packaging Institute of the Philippines which is a national association composed of multinational and local companies who are in the forefront of the packaging industry in the country. He is also a public servant at heart serving the Armed Forces and as Commissioned Lieutenant Colonel Reserve. He received a distinguished award of the Knights of Rizal and was honored The Order of the Knights of Rizal which is the sole order of knighthood in the Philippines. Lt. Col. Jocson graduated at University of Santo Tomas with a degree in bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and took his Masters Degree in International Security Administration (MNSA) at National Defense College of the Philippines.
Ms. Aileen Lucero is currently the National Coordinator of the Ecowaste Coalition, a non-stock public interest non-government organization promoting chemical safety and zero waste to protect human health and the environment. She was previously the Deputy Coordinator for Chemical Safety and serves as the focal person for various campaigns on the following areas of concerns on Waste and Chemical issues specifically on Environmental Law Compliance, Waste Management and Zero Waste Building Models, Establishing sustainable and resilient communities, Campaign on Clean Air and Water Pollution and Children’s Articles with BPA and Phthalates. Ms. Lucero also acts as a Resource Speaker in legislative hearings and foras of different organizations, church, SMEs, media groups and LGU’s assembly.
Mr. Giovanni Seritella graduated in University of East Anglia in UK, where he received a prestigious NATO Scholarship Award gaining him an advanced training in Remote Sensing and Global Climate Change in University of Dundee United Kingdom. He earned his Masters Degree in Cranfield University in Environmental Monitoring & Climate Change. His dedicated work for the environment was shown throughout his years in the European Union Delegation designated as Program Manager to Indonesia, Albania and the Philippines. He was also designated as Head of Europe House, the detached office of EU Delegation to Indonesia managing post-Tsunami reconstruction and post-conflict recovery in the Aceh province, North Sumatra, Indonesia.
Engr. Jess Reyes has been with Nestle Philippines Inc. for 23 years. Currently, he is the Vice President for Corporate Affairs Executive and the Pillar lead in Creating Shared Value for the Planet which Strive for zero environmental impact in Nestle operations.
Mr. Jess Reyes took up his degree in Mechanical Engineer in De La Salle University and is a licensed professional Mechanical Engineer.
Mr. Colayco has helmed Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation as president and chief executive officer since 2013. Prior to his venture into waste management, he served as president and chief executive officer of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority from 2002 to 2004 and Clark Development Corp. and Clark International Airport Corp. from 1998 to 2000.
Mr. Colayco initiated and successfully implemented the creation of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway as well as enabled the accelerated development of the Bonifacio Global City while in government service.
In the private sector, Mr. Colayco advised Philippine and multinational companies as managing director, partner and manager at SGV & Co. from 1972 to 1987. He spent his early years in the corporate world working with Procter & Gamble Philippines Manufacturing Corp.; Engineering Equipment, Inc.; and United Brands in the United States.
Engr. Antonio F. Garcia has worked in the water sector all his life, with close to four decades of experience under his belt. He rose from the ranks, starting as a sewage pumping station shift engineer for the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, before the water and wastewater services portfolio for the Greater Metro Manila Area was privatized. Now, as head of Maynilad’s Wastewater Management Division, he ensures the implementation of the company’s sewerage and sanitation roadmap, which he also designed. He holds a BS Mechanical Engineering degree from the Mapua Institute of Technology, where he also served as an instructor for seven years.
Terrynz joined Tetra Pak Malaysia in 1996 in Marketing & Research and has spent 20 years at the company in various roles ranging from marketing, business intelligence, key account management and communications.
In 2005, Terrynz took on the role as Communications & Environment Manager and subsequently, in 2007, she was appointed Environment Director for Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines. In this role, Terrynz is responsible for the strategizing and implementation of Tetra Pak’s environment plans and activities across country market level. This includes developing sustainable business model for used beverage carton recycling by working closely with key stakeholders across the value chain, driving continuous improvement of recycling solutions through development of recycling capacities and network, ensuring active collection and recycling participation among national waste organisations and other commercial partners. Terrynz also works closely with the marketing, supply chain and sales management functions to drive deployment of environmental innovations in the markets. Part of her role also includes working closely with government agencies, NGO’s, and commercial stakeholders to proactively contribute to legislative/ policy developments.