Alvin A. Camba


Alvin A. Camba is a Doctoral Candidate in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. He uses mixed-methods approaches to derive the determinants of [Chinese] foreign direct investment, the dynamics of elite competition, and the political-economic effects of capital mobility on the developing world. He has been awarded the Terence K. Hopkins Best Graduate Student Paper Award (honorable mention) from the American Sociological Association (ASA), the Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Publication Research Award (honorable mention) from the Critical Realism Research Network, and the pre-Dissertation fellowship from the Southeast Asian Research Group (SEAREG).

Some of his works have appeared in Journal of Agrarian Change, Palgrave Communications, Extractive Industries and Society, Everyday Political Economy of Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press), and New Directions in the Study of China and Africa (Routledge).

Jose Antonio A. Custodio


Jose Antonio A. Custodio is a security and defense consultant.  He has served as a consultant for the Office of the National Security Adviser and the Office of the President. He specializes in military history and has post-graduate studies in history from the University of the Philippines. He also occasionally teaches history and political science at several universities in Metro Manila.

Dr. Francis C. Domingo


Francis Domingo is Assistant Professor and currently the Vice Chair of the International Studies Department at De La Salle University. He completed a PhD in International Relations at the University of Nottingham in 2018. His thesis explored the cyber strategies of small states in the Asia-Pacific Region. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including Comparative Strategy, Defense & Security Analysis, and Military and Strategic Affairs.

Before joining academia, he briefly worked as a research analyst with the Office of Strategic and Special Studies (OSS), Armed Forces of the Philippines. In the private sector, he coordinated nationwide field operations involving brand protection for several multinational clients as the Associate Managing Director of RVDBic, a pioneering business risk and intelligence consultancy based in the Makati City, Philippines.

Atty. Jenny Domino


Atty. Jenny Domino is a Harvard Satter Human Rights Fellow at ARTICLE 19. Her human rights work focuses on international criminal accountability, constitutional structure, and the limits of freedom of speech in situations of mass atrocity. She previously consulted for the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines and has interned at the International Criminal Court’s Office of Public Counsel for the Defence. She has written for the Cambridge International Law Journal and The Philippine Daily Inquirer and has been interviewed by leading Philippine news agencies on the ICC’s preliminary examination of the Philippines. She received her Master of Laws degree at Harvard Law School and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Philippines, where she was Chair of the Philippine Law Journal. She also held the 2018 Global Diversity Fellowship of Vrije University Amsterdam’s Center for International Criminal Justice.

Richard Javad Heydarian


Richard Javad Heydarian is a multi-awarded public educator, academic, columnist, and policy adviser. He has taught political science at De La Salle University and Ateneo De Manila University, and is an incoming research fellow at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. He is currently resident analyst at GMA network, a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and a regular opinion writer for leading global publications. His latest book is “The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt against Elite Democracy” (Palgrave), which was among The Financial Times’ “Best of weekend long reads”, and described as “a superb monograph on the Duterte Phenomenon, grounded in political theory and Philippine history…” The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) describes it as an important work which, “vividly describes the simmering public dissatisfaction with post-Marcos “elite democracy” that paved the way for Duterte’s rapid rise to power…” He is also the author of forthcoming “The IndoPacfic Age: Trump, China, and the New Global Struggle for Mastery” (Palgrave) and “Duterte’s Foreign Policy”.

He is a regular contributor to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC, and has written for or/and interviewed by Aljazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Economist, among other leading global publications.

He has been described as “one of Asia’s most prolific…analysts,” and was awarded as the 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the World (TOYP) by JCI international for his contributions in social sciences. He has been invited to speak at the world’s leading universities such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, York University, and Australian National University, among others, and major global conferences on asian geopolitical affairs.

Dr. Ma. Carmen A. Lagman


Dr. Ma. Carmen Ablan Lagman is a Full Professor with the Biology Department of the De La Salle University – Manila. She is a member of the Center for Natural Science and Environment Research (CENSER), where she is also the Coordinator of the Technologies for Biodiversity Use and Utilization Unit. She has previously been the head of the Practical Genomics Laboratory and head of CENSER’s Biodiversity Unit.

Her career started by working on the physiology and genetics of giant clams and genetic connectivity and adaption of reef fish for her Ph.D. at the University of the Philippines’ Marine Science Institute, where she also received her Masters’ in Marine Biology.

She also had research positions at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute and the International Centre for Living Aquatic Resources Management in Manila and in the World Fish Center located in Malaysia. In addition, she has had visiting researcher positions at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Thailand and the National Research Institute for Aquaculture in Japan.

In 2016, Dr. Lagman received the Newton Agham Leadership in Innovation Fellowship (LIF) from the British Government and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) in Cambridge, UK. The year prior, she won 1st Prize in the Outstanding Research and Development Award (Emerging Technologies Category) from the Philippine Council for Industry Energy and Emerging Technologies Research and Development (PCIEERD) under the Department of Science and Technology.

She is an alumna of the Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Scholarship Program (2013 – 2014) and also a recipient of the USAID Science Technology Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program on its first year of implementation last August 2014.

Bienvenido “Nonoy” Oplas, Jr.


Bienvenido Oplas, Jr. is the President of Minimal Government Thinkers (MGT), a free market, non-government think tank in Manila registered in 2008. He is also a Columnist of BusinessWorld, Weekender section from April-September 2015, then the Opinion section, “My Cup of Liberty”, from October 2015 to present. Before that, he was a columnist of InterAksyon, “Fat-Free Economics” column from March 2012 to July 2014.

MGT is a member-institute of Economic Freedom Network Asia (EFN Asia) based in Bangkok, Thailand, and the Property Rights Alliance (PRA) based in Washington DC, USA.

He is a non-resident Fellow of the Stratbase-Albert del Rosario Institute (ADRi) from 2015 to present. He is also a lifetime member of the Philippine Economic Society (PES) and the UPSE Alumni Association (UPSEAA).

He graduated from Cadiz City High School, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, class valediction in 1980. Then he went to the University of the Philippines School of Economics (UPSE) and finished AB Economics in 1985. He went back to the school and obtained the Diploma in Development Economics (DipDE) in 1998.

Before forming MGT, he worked for a labor federation from 1985-86, then in a tv public affairs program, “Public Forum” in IBC-13 hosted by Prof. Randy David and directed by the late Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1987-1990. He also joined the cast of a political satire program in IBC-13, “Sic o clock News”, also directed by Ms. Abaya in the last year of the program, mid-1989-1990.

He worked as a Junior economist then Senior economist at the Congressional Planning and Budget Office (CPBO), House of Representatives, 1991-1999. Then he joined Think Tank, Inc., a research and consulting firm headed by former DOF Secretary Gary Teves, 2000-mid-2005.

So far he has published two books, Health Choices and Responsibilities (2011) published by Central Books Supply (Manila), and Liberalism, Rule of Law and Civil Society (2014), published by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) Philippines Office.

He was also a Chapter contributor of two books, Free Trade and Markets for Healthcare: Lessons from Asia (2013) published in Delhi, India; and Why Liberty (2010) published in the US. Currently he is  preparing three  books for publication in  2018, on Liberal Political Economy,  Free Trade and IPR in East Asia, and Energy economics.

Dr. Vicente B. Paqueo


Dr. Vicente B. Paqueo is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), a Fellow of the Social Weather Station (SWS) and the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF), and a World Bank Consultant. Dr. Paqueo was a Lead Economist at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and a Professor at the University of the Philippines School of Economics. Until recently, he was Lead Consultant of the ADB Social Protection Support Project for the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps). He was also a consultant at various times of other organizations like the ILO, WHO, UNICEF, UNESCAP, NEDA, DSWD, POPCOM and Population Center of the Philippines.

Dr. Paqueo finished his AB (cum laude) at the University of the Philippines School of Economics and got his Ph.D. from the same institution. He was appointed visiting post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University in New Jersey with a grant from the Population Council. He has since then published numerous articles and books and presented papers in local and international conferences. As a young man, he received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award for Human Resources Economics from the Philippine National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).

Vanessa Pepino


Vanessa Pepino is a development economist and environmental planner. Her areas of interest include environmental sustainability, particularly sustainable tourism planning and urban development, socio-economic development, and policy and institutional assessment. She has seven years of experience as a writer and researcher focusing on economic growth and development, and various sectoral industries, e.g. energy, agriculture, BPO/KPO, tourism, and mining. She holds an undergraduate degree of Political Science from De La Salle University-Manila where she graduated Cum Laude in 2011 and a Master Degree in Development Economics from University of the Philippines-Diliman. Currently, she works as a project manager for an international consulting firm.

Atty. Hannah Viola


Atty. Hannah Viola is the energy and infrastructure fellow of Stratbase ADR Institute.  She is concurrently the Convenor of CitizenWatch Philippines, an advocacy group which champions the rights of the consumers on various issues such as affordable prices of electricity, greater access to healthcare, inclusive mobility in the transportation sector and lower taxes for the burdened sector of society.

She was employed as a Junior Associate at Mendoza Antero and Associates Law Firm and as a paralegal in Dela Rosa and Nograles Law Offices. Before earning her Bachelor of Laws Degree in San Beda College of Law-Manila in 2015, she worked as an intern in the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Department of Justice and Siguion Reyna, Montecillo and Ongsiako Law Office.

She finished her pre-law course, Bachelor of Arts Major in Political Science from the De La Salle University- Manila where she graduated Cum Laude in 2011. She completed her secondary education from Saint Pedro Poveda College in 2008.