ALL ROADS LEAD TO MANILA
Hello Philippines! This year’s chair of the ASEAN hosted the ten finalist teams at the ASEAN Business Investment Summit on November 12-14.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF 2017!
The winners of ASEAN Impact Challenge 2017 graced the stage at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit on November 12 and were awarded the title of Best Inclusive Innovation for their respective stages.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TOP 10 FINALIST TEAMS
From August 8 to September 9, we’ve received applications from impact-driven innovators all over Southeast Asia, working towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Here are the ten finalist teams for this year’s ASEAN Impact Challenge:
Early Stage Innovations
Scale Stage Innovations
REGIONAL FINALS JUDGES
Co-Founder, 1000 Angels
Mr. Roy Platon started his career with the Ayala Group of Companies, with venture capital investments and incubation activities in Internet, wireless apps, IT solutions, and digital media. With more than 17 years in the industry, he has spent a good portion of his career heading a pioneering B2C e-commerce website (MyAyala.com), a user-generated content & reviews portal (OpenRice.com.ph), and working with a global mobile messaging & social media app (WeChat PH). Most recently, he is a consultant to the Philippines first startup reality TV show, TheFinalPitch.PH, which aired this July to Oct 2017 on History Channel, and auditions for Season 2 are underway. Currently, he is helping match founders with funders, as co-founder of 1000 Angels.
CEO and Co-Founder, Villgro Philippines
Priya is the Co-founder and CEO of Villgro Philippines, an early stage impact investor and incubator that funds, mentors and support for-profit social enterprises that are building solutions to impact the poor. Priya served as the Head of Incubatee Support and Human Capital at Villgro Innovation Foundation for over three years, supporting innovative early stage social entrepreneurs in India. She led post-investment support for portfolio companies and pioneered Villgro’s Mentoring program and technical assistance initiatives to support these innovative entrepreneurs. These days you can find her mentoring and training impact entrepreneurs in Manila where she is actively involved in the startup ecosystem, when not exploring the beautiful beaches around the Philippines.
Capt. Dexter Comendador
Chief Executive Officer, AirAsia Philippines
Captain Dexter M. Comendador has over 33 years of experience in the aviation industry. He served as combat pilot, flight commander and pilot instructor in the Philippine Air Force for eight years before beginning his professional career as commercial pilot in 1992. A trailblazer and highly-decorated pilot, Captain Comendador is a cum laude graduate of the prestigious Philippine Military Academy and is a recipient of 26 service medals, including two Gold Crosses for bravery and successful combat operations. In 1994, while serving as flight systems engineering crew of a commercial airline, Captain Comendador successfully managed an inflight bomb explosion that earned him a commendation from then-Philippine President Fidel Ramos and international media attention, inspiring stories of bravery, courage, and professionalism. Captain Comendador opted for early retirement in 2010 while serving as chief pilot for safety and compliance at a local budget airline. AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes has described Captain Dexter as “a Filipino hero pilot, a homegrown talent with the extraordinary ability to connect and inspire people and ideas capable of driving change and innovation in the Philippines.
Joseph De Leon
Manila Angel Investors Network
Head of Good Business, Singapore International Foundation
As Head of Good Business in SIF, Martin drives programmes designed to enable Singaporeans and world communities to connect through social entrepreneurship and professional work exchange, to enhance cross-cultural understanding and collaborations in effecting positive change. He leads the team responsible for the SIF’s Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE), a signature programme that seeks to inspire, equip and enable youths from across the globe to launch or scale up their social enterprises in Singapore and beyond. He oversees the execution of YSE which has nurtured an international alumni network of over 600 young changemakers representing 27 nationalities, who are creating social impact across 13 countries including India, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand.
Dr Thomas Tang
Thomas Tang has been a sustainability practitioner for the last 20 years working as a consultant and as a corporate executive. He is the former sustainability director of a multinational engineering design company. As well as authoring numerous articles and papers on sustinability and the application of living labs to urban centres, he is a contributing author to the “Urban Planet” an edited volume including transdisciplinary perspectives of urbanization and the environment that offers new knowledge for sustainability and resilience in the era of global urbanization. He has worked in the UK and throughout Asia where he has conducted studies and assignments for many major clients such as the World Bank, APEC, the United Nations and the governments of Hong Kong and Singapore.
Director of Publications, School of Global Studies, Thammasat University
Chris Oestereich is a lecturer and the Director of Publications at the School of Global Studies at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. He’s also the publisher of the Wicked Problems Collaborative, a press that focuses on humanity’s biggest social and environmental challenges, and a zero-waste practitioner who helps organizations reduce their footprint as they evolve towards the circular economy. Chris has an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Masters in Environmental Management from Harvard University.
Executive Director, Academy, Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre
Johnathan Lee is the Executive Director of Academy in the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC). This division offers education/training courses, global ecosystem exposure and also South East Asia’s leading accelerator program to a global entrepreneurs and start-up community. Johnathan comes from a diverse background with over 18 years in commercial and investment experience in various industries ranging from finance, healthcare and education. He holds a Masters in Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago School of Business.
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