Jo-Ann Emilene de belen

Jo-Ann Emilene A. de Belen is the Managing Director for DAP sa Mindanao which is focused on improving governance and leadership and fostering peace across Mindanao. A graduate of the University of the Philippines with degrees in Master in Management (Development Management) and BS Psychology, she has developed her expertise in community-based disaster risk reduction, disaster response program evaluations, organizational capacity assessment, community development. She is most passionate about empowering individuals, teams, and organizations to serve the most vulnerable sectors, especially in Mindanao. 

Fatima dela crus

Fatima D. dela Cruz works as a project staff of the Development Academy of the Philippines, through its regional operations center, DAP sa Mindanao. Since working at the Academy, she has been involved in different projects on monitoring and evaluation, organizational development, strategic planning, capacity building, and other technical assistance engagements with both public and private sectors in Mindanao especially with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. She graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in Community Development.

Sylvia Concepcion
Senior Fellow (Food, Supply Chain & agribusiness)

Sylvia B. Concepcion, PhD, gained more than two decades of experience in research specifically in the fields of agribusiness supply chains, market and consumer research, and small-holder farming studies. She has led and conducted various researches mostly on the relational aspects of these areas. These researches were funded by international funding agencies like the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Over 60 of her research works were published and cited as least 300 times in many international and local journals. Aside from her research expertise, Dr. Concepcion has also 40 years of teaching experience in the University of the Philippines, in the campuses of Cebu, Diliman and Mindanao. She is now focused on the commercialization of patentable technologies developed in UP Mindanao.

Mariel Encar H. Uy
RESEARCH FELLOW for covid19 policies

Mariel Encar H. Uy has been with the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) as a Project Assistant since December 2017. In her professional experience, she was part of DAP’s research/projects on drug treatment and rehabilitation, federalism, local government and decentralization studies; and recently, strategic planning, capacity building, organizational development, and technical assistance projects for Mindanao and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.  She graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in AB Political Science and plans to pursue her Post-Graduate Studies in Public Administration soon.

Dominic Ligot
Data Specialist

He founded CirroLytix, a data research company focused on data ethics, machine learning research, and social impact through big data and applied machine learning. He co-founded Data Ethics PH, a community of data practitioners looking at social issues related to data such as data privacy, data security, AI discrimination and liabilities, digital ownership rights, and data poverty.

Jerome Gibran de Jesus
Website Manager

Jerome currently works for Enderun Colleges, as their Digital Marketing Strategist and Google Specialist. Jerome manages the digital strategy of client brands and help drive the growth of business opportunities. He takes part to the day to day execution of tasks under the Enderun Marketing Services team. As a young and driven entrepreneur, Jerome owns a boutique digital marketing and communications agency for socially and environmentally conscious businesses and movements. Empowering impact-preneurs and start-ups create change in their local communities, while making a dollar and a difference. 


Fatima D. dela Cruz
Mindanao Futures Lab Manager
Contact No: +63 977 826 1006