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ALAN DAVIS is Director of Special Projects at IWPR (  the international media development NGO. This involves developing and delivering  projects around the world including those in the Philippines and Iran.

He joined IWPR in 1994 after working as a journalist  and news editor, reporting extensively from Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma.  A finalist in the UK Press Gazette Regional Journalist of the Year and the Observer Young Travel Writer of the Year, he was one of the very last journalists to report from inside the besieged city of Vukovar before it fell to Yugoslav and paramilitary forces in 1991. He has designed and implemented IWPR programmes in the Balkans, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Belarus and Afghanistan and worked as a media advisor for the UK’s Department For International Development (DFID) for 5 years. He studied radio, film and TV production at university in Iowa (US) and regularly appears as a media analyst for the likes of the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera TV networks. He has edited books on local media and conflict and currently heads up work on monitoring and evaluation for the Global Forum For Media Development.


ISAGANI R. CRUZ, PhD was former Philippine Undersecretary of Education. He is now a University Fellow at De La Salle University in Manila.

A well-known author of plays, essays, short stories, and biographies, he has won numerous awards, including a SEAWRITE award, a Centennial Literary Contest award, and a Gawad Balagtas award.  He has been named to the Hall of Fame of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in Literature. He has written or edited more than thirty books. He holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of the Philippines, an M.A. in English from Ateneo de Manila University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland. He is currently the president of the Philippine Fulbright Scholars Association (PFSA). He was also the head of the Technical Panel on the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Communication of the Philippine Commission for Higher Education (CHED), the Graduate Commission of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), the Philippine Center of International PEN. He has been decorated by the Government of France as a Chevalier dans l’ Ordre National du Mérite [Knight of the National Order of Merit] and by the Ramain family as Honorary Sultan of Iligan City.  He writes weekly columns on books, culture, and education for The Philippine Star and BizNews Asia.


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RACHEL E. KHAN is currently the chair of the Journalism Department at the College of Mass Communication, University of the Philippines-Diliman. She was formerly the deputy director of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), a non-governmental organization that seeks to promote professionalism among media practitioners. Prior to joining the university, she worked as a reporter for BusinessWorld, a leading business daily. She has won several awards, such as the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism and the Citibank Pan-Asia Journalism Award.

She recently authored a textbook on online journalism entitled, Internet 101: The New Mass Medium for Filipinos, published by Anvil Publishing, Inc. and a book on investigative journalism entitled, "Prize Journalism: A collection of JVO winners". She holds a M.S. Journalism from Columbia University under the Fulbright program and a B.S. Economics from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.


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ESTHER ESTEBAN, PhD is a professor of both graduate and undergraduate programs of the School of Education, University of Asia and the Pacific ( Manila, Philippines).  She teaches Child & Adolescent Psychology and Ethical Development of Children, among others courses.  She has written many publications, including “Cultivating Moral Sensitivity of Students” (2004) and “Education in Values: What, Why, and For Whom” (1990).

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in German/Education in Rutgers University, Brunswick, New Jersey (1964), her Master’s Degree in German Education at Princeton University, New Jersey and at Stanford University, California (1965), her Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Asia & the Pacific, Manila, Philippines (1992), and earned her Doctorate Degree in Child and Family Studies with honors in Miriam College Graduate School, Manila, Philippines (2002).  She is currently a visiting scholar at New York University’s Department of Sociology.


LISA BROOTEN, PhD is a professor of Radio-Television, Mass Communication and Media Arts at the Southern Illinois University, USA. She teaches Media and Society and Communication Research. She is also on the Board of Directors of the University’s Global Media Research Center.

Her research interests are on media organizations in Asia and have studied the media in Myanmar and Burma, specifically on the role of opposition media to the ruling generals. She is a Fulbright Scholar grantee to the Northeast and Southeast Asia Research Program and currently studying media organizations in Thailand and the Philippines. She completed the degree Doctor of Philosophy from Ohio University, USA.


ATTY. ALICIA A. RISOS-VIDAL is the National Director for Bar Discipline of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)—supervising 40 Commissioners investigating Disbarment cases over the Philippines—and a Faculty of Law of the University of the East. She completed a course on American and International Commercial Laws at the Academy of American and International Law in Plano, Texas. She is an alumna of the University of the East College of Law and presently enrolled in the Graduate School of Law of the University of the City of Manila. She began her career in 1985 as a Branch Clerk of Court at the Regional Trial Court of Caloocan City. Her other past government assignments include posts at the Public Attorneys Office in the City of Manila , Graft Investigation Officer at the Office of the Ombudsman and as Asst. City Prosecutor II in Manila.


OLIVER TEVES is a veteran journalist, who has worked with foreign press services for over two decades and was formerly the president of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the
Philippines (FOCAP). He is currently a reporter for the Associated Press Manila Bureau.

His previous affiliations include the Kyodo News Service, Balai Asian Journal and the Far Easter Economic Review. He holds a B.A. Philippine Studies from the University of the Philippines.


RAUL DOMINIC I. BADILLA is the Commissioner of the National Youth Commission.

Prior to joining the government in April 2003, he pioneered the setting up of the CFC Youth for Christ (YFC), a global Christian youth group. He finished his Bachelor's Degree from the Holy Rosary Seminary in Naga City , Bicol and is currently completing his Master's Degree in Public Administration at the University of the Philippines , Diliman, Quezon City .

In May 2005, he was awarded the HUWARANG PILIPINO Award for Excellence in Government Service & Youth Affairs for 2005 by the Huwarang Pilipino Foundation, at Ateneo de Manila University. In 2007, he was selected as National Leader of the Philippine Team of 28 Youth Ambassadors to the 34 th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program or SSEAYP, a diplomatic cultural exchange program between Japan & ASEAN countries, hosted by the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan. He is also a Council Member of the Multi-Sectoral Anti-Corruption Council (MSSAC), together with the Office of the Ombudsman.

Commissioner DINO BADILLA dreams of an empowered youth that will change the nation.


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