• ECOTONE RESILIENCE FOUNDING TEAM

    Elsa Ligaya Dingkuhn

    Organic Agriculture

    Elsa is German and Filipina. She grew up in Africa and completed her organic agronomy and farm management degree in France, focusing on sustainable agriculture. Elsa has worked extensively with farmers, accompanying them towards a holistic understanding of their farm-system. Her work emphasizes on a community based approach of self-assessment mechanisms, to help farmers identify room for improvement (quality of life, financial and tehnical) while converting to organic set-up. She brings a solid hands-on understanding of agricultural land management that aims at catalyzing agro-ecological transition.

    Professor Helen Yap

    Marine Complex Systems

    On Helen’s side, this initiative has its seeds in the efforts of her father, Emmanuel, during his lifetime. She also acknowledges the full unquestioning support of her family. Helen is a professor at the Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines where she began her career over thirty years ago. In the 1990s, she was twice Chair of the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine environmental Protection (GESAMP), an advisory body to the entire United Nations system. She is an awardee for science of “The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service” (TOWNS) of the Republic of the Philippines.

    Liwanag Sales Fromont

    Plant Pathology

    Liwanag is Filipina. She is a specialist in plant pathology and mycology. She has worked at the National Crop Protection Center in Los Banos, University of the Philippines and the Department of Plant Pathology, Bureau of Plant Industry before she volunteered as a researcher for the West African Rice Development Agency in Senegal. She received her diploma from UP in Sciences and Agriculture. Liwanag is a mother of five and speaks both English and French and seven Filipino dialects.

    Valerie Daoud Henderson

    Finance & Environment

    Valerie has been in finance for most of her twenty+ years professional career. Over the past ten years, she has specialized in sustainable investments with high social and environmental impact. Her intimate knowledge of the financial sector brings a concrete vision to the project financial dynamics, its risk profile and its impact from a financial, social and environmental aspects. Valerie is a passionate advocate of bridging the gap between finance, people and sustainable projects.

    Cesar Jung-Harada

    Citizen Science

    Cesar Harada is a French-Japanese environmentalist, inventor and entrepreneur based in Hong Kong. CEO of MakerBay (Hong Kong MakerSpace for Social and Environmental Impact) where he teaches Citizen Science, Scoutbots and Protei INC (Ocean Robotics). Cesar is dedicating his life to explore and protect the ocean with open technologies. Cesar is a Former MIT project leader, TED Senior Fellow, GOOD 100, IBM Figure of Progress, Unreasonable at Sea Fellow, Shuttleworth foundation and Ocean Exchange grantee. Cesar believes that nature, human and technology can thrive in harmony.

    Dr Clement Dumont

    Marine Biology

    Clement is a marine biologist who has managed three MPAs in Mexico, Chile and Malaysia in close collaboration with the local fishermen. Over the years Clement has been responsible for several sustainable projects working closely with universities. He holds a PhD in biology from Laval University, Canada and post-doc from Stanford University. He had a Research Assistant Professor position at the University of Hong Kong between 2008 and 2011. In his free time, Clement likes to challenge himself with 100km trail running races.

    Raymond Dizon

    Entrepreneur & Science

    Of Filipino and Spanish descent, Raymond lived in many countries before settling in Manila where he lives with his family. He studied business in New York University and Environmental Science in Autonomous University of Barcelona. While his passion is sports and nature, he is dedicated to his real estate development and mining business. Raymond is a PhD candidate and specializes in studying natural systems. He loves diving, windsurfing and mountain biking. Raymond speaks Tagalog, English and Spanish fluently.

    Tarek Toubale

    Finance & Development

    Tarek decided to bring his deep knowledge of the financial world to the development field. After a career at Morgan Stanley where he was managing director of the equity division, Tarek worked for several high profile NGOs and most recently headed Karuna-Shechen, Matthieu Ricard’s NGO. Despite his involvement in several development projects, Tarek finds the time to teach yoga and to share his chess passion with children in developing countries.

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