Profiles of Global Boards

Prof. Emma Estenzo Porio

She is a professor of Ateneo de Manila University and Science Research Fellow, Manila Observatory. She also chairs the Governing Council of the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC), policy-making body of  the social science associations. Her research projects include governance and transformation of local power structures and democratized decentralization, social justice and gender. 

"This is an initiative for a greener/gentler world."

Maw Byar Myar Kay (Lu lu)

She is from Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship 10 (APS 10) in collaboration with UN mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and Ateneo de Manila University in Philippines (Double MA Degrees). She is also from Kayah state and she belongs to Kayah ethnicity in Myanmar. She commits in green justice movement with her unique identity. 

Go Takahashi

He is from Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship 10 (APS) 10, UN mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and Ateneo de Manila University in Philippines (Double MA degrees) and also a MPA holder from Maxwell School of Citizens and Public Affairs of Syracuse University in U.S. with BA from Waseda University, Tokyo. He is the Nitobe Leadership Fellow of International House of Japan. He is an official delegate to several UN Conferences including COP and a Special Accredited Member to SDGs Summit at UN headquarters, 2015. He had worked for Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and World Economic Forum (WEF).  

"Green Justice is a fundamental and critical Key for valuing the universal human rights of local and indigenous people." 

Dr. Vishalache Balakrishnan  

She is a Director of Center of International and Comparative Education (CRICE) in University of Malaya in Malaysia. She has worked with several international NGOs in social activities. Her vision is to develop educators who are creative in cultivating moral values in the global arena. She is the Elected EXCO at Association for Moral Education Conference (AME) for the first time as a Malaysian. Dr. Balakrishnan is also from Asia Leadership Fellow Program of International House of Japan. 

Jag Fernando  

She is an excellent leader of social entrepreneurs in Baguio for creating sustainable society in local community and belongs to Benguet State University, a famous academic institute on the study of local and indigenous peoples in Philippines. She is also from Karao community in Cordillera of Luzon, one of the most diverse residential areas for local and indigenous peoples in Philippines. 

Khun Francis  

He is a Deputy Director of NGO Karenni Evergreen (KEG) in Myanmar. KEG’s vison is a Karenni state which is forever green through the cooperation of every citizen of the state, whose voice will protect the natural heritage, the traditional knowledge and practices, as well as the biodiversity of the state. 


She is from Kiangan, Ifugao, Philippines. She teaches tourism subjects at the Ifugao State University, enjoying particularly subjects on sustainable tourism, heritage tourism and ecotourism. She manages the Research and Development Center of the Ifugao Rice Terraces as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), and is the Project Manager of the International Innovation Center for Indigenous Knowledge. Through these centers, she works directly with community members in addressing issues and challenges affecting the Ifugao Rice Terraces, heritage conservation and indigenous education. She handles training programs and research projects at the Ifugao State University.

Chan Zi Xiang  

Zi co-founded Langit Collective, a social enterprise that aims to bridge the urban-rural rural-urban economic gap. He is Langit’s ‘CFO’ overseeing the financials and farming activities in the village. Trained as an actuary, he left his corporate career to venture into developmental work in the rural interiors of Borneo. His experience working on basic infrastructure projects with rural indigenous communities of Borneo equipped him with community consultation and rural project management skills. His years of working on the ground with indigenous communities formed his firm belief that the way forward for rural indigenous communities is through revaluing their unique heirloom agricultural products and to conserve and leverage on indigenous wisdom, knowledge and culture of environmental stewardship.

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Hi is from the Tuwali tribe of Hungduan, Ifugao, Philippines with BS in Development Communication (Science Communication) degree at Benguet State University. Currently the Project Coordinator of the Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP) implemented at Ifugao State University. ISMTP is a human capacity building program that empowers Ifugao indigenous youth to revitalize the Ifugao Rice Terraces as a natural and cultural heritage. His main task is building network of heritage conservationists while facilitating the conduct of researches on indigenous flora and fauna, forest management, sustainable tourism among others. He is also inclined in promoting traditional cuisines of Ifugao while conserving indigenous food resources by propagation and advocating food tourism. At present, he is involved in the conduct of the Ifugao Rice Terraces Assessment, a research-project that aims to assess the state of the Ifugao Rice Terraces by tracing the trends and changes of ecosystem services and its utilization for the past 50 years to the present. He specializes in community organizing, visual design and production, communication campaign / advocacy strategies and photography.

Aung Thu 

He is from Community Learning Center.  

"I want to be working with local people and raising community forestly and improving community knowlege and skills for environment conservation."

Aung Naing Oo (Sae Reh) 

He is from the education program at the refugee camp where he learned land law, environment and economics.  

"I want to improve local and indigenous community for sustainable development. All community people have the right to learn environment for protecting traditional value."

Lilian Chen 

Lilian co-founded Langit Collective, a social enterprise that works with indigenous farmers in the rural region of Sabah and Sarawak, to promote their heirloom agricultural products to a wider market. Having worked with local communities across Sabah and Sarawak for the past 7 years, she is well equipped with experience and skills in working rural indigenous communities. Lilian brings her strong networking skills into building relationships and partnerships at both the community level as well as the business development level. 

Lilian is a strong believer in enabling market access for rural smallholder farmers, for they play a crucial role in achieving food security and sustainable development.

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