Vic, as Regional Director of ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat, has 32 years professional experience working with local governments in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand on various urban development issues. He manages a team of experts and consultants within the Southeast Asia region dealing with urban development issues focusing on environmental sustainability. Works directly with external support agencies and national governments to develop and deploy ICLEI's Agenda and projects in Southeast Asia. During his career as a civil servant and as Regional Director, he has been involved in more than 30 international projects, including several research activities in the region. Prior to joining ICLEI, he has worked with the City Government of Baguio as Project Development Officer and Development management Officer in the local planning department, particularly working on urban planning focusing on environmental and socio-economic sustainability.
Areas of Expertise: Sustainable Development, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Institutional and Policy Development, International Cooperation, Project Development, Urban Planning and Law
Education: M.A. Public Administration; Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science in Forestry
Ranell Martin Dedicatoria
Regional Program Manager
Ranell brings with him a decade of professional experience in development work, seven years of which focus on climate change and cities. In ICLEI, he serves as the organization’s deputy and is highly involved in project management and implementation as well as strategic partnerships and knowledge management. He has supported local governments in the Philippines in formulating local climate change action plans through the conduct of vulnerability assessments and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory. He has led the conceptualization and implementation of regional conferences, trainings, and workshops aimed at increasing local governments’ capacities to respond to climate change. Prior to joining ICLEI, he worked on various projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and European Union.
Areas of Expertise: local climate action planning, climate change adaptation and mitigation, policy analysis and institutional mapping, stakeholder engagement, participatory research, project management
- BSc Development Communication major in Science Communication (University of the Philippines Los Baños)
- MSc Environmental Science (University of the Philippines Los Baños)
Finance and Administrative Officer
Zeny joined ICLEI in 2005 as the administrative and finance officer. Prior to working with ICLEI, she worked as an administrative assistant in a real estate company and a reservation officer in a travel agency for two and a half years. She has been trained in different areas including logistics preparation, financial reporting to funders for various projects, and administrative support in the organization’s operations.
Areas of Expertise: Administration and finance
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Holy Name University, Tagbilaran City, Bohol, formerly Divine Word College-Tagbilaran)
Joy Camille Baldo
Project Officer, Sustainability Management
Joy is a Development Communicator currently serving as a Project Officer for Sustainability Management. She is highly involved in all stages of project development and implementation on various themes of sustainable development including: mainstreaming climate change into local development plans; prioritization and implementation of adaptation and mitigation strategies in partnership with key stakeholders; highlighting the role of the youth and women sector in climate action; and facilitating vertical integration, among others. She also organizes training workshops and capacity building on climate change for Philippine cities and provides support to ICLEI annual regional events such as the Resilient Cities Asia Pacific (RCAP) Congress, Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: Urban Nexus Regional Workshops and the Asia LEDS Forum. She leads the development and packaging of knowledge products such as proceedings, reports, case studies on local adaptation strategies and integrated resource management, and information manuals on climate change. Prior to joining ICLEI in 2014, she served as an Ecosystems Management Specialist and Science Research Specialist for the Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR-BMB) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PTRI).
She is also a UN SDSN Local Pathways Fellow, a network of young thought leaders, urban planners, sustainability advocates, researchers and innovators from more than 50 cities across the world to advance local dialogue, collaboration and problem solving around the Sustainable Development Goals and to make cities and urban settlements “smart, fair and sustainable”.
Areas of Expertise: project development and management, climate change action, urban resilience, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stakeholder engagement, strategic communication
- Bachelor of Science in Development Communication, University of the Philippines Los Baños
- Certificate in Project Development and Management, University of the Philippines Diliman
- Certificate of Proficiency with Distinction, Sustainable Cities, SDG Academy
Val is a development communication practitioner with a background in social forestry and community-based resource management. Prior to joining ICLEI, she has worked with various communities to help document their resiliency initiatives and stories- scaling these up to help influence local policies and development frameworks.
Joining ICLEI SEAS in 2016, Val is responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies aimed to expand the organization’s clout, reach, and engagement in the region. She also manages external campaigns including ICLEI SEAS’ official website, social media handles, newsletter, and other collaterals.
Areas of Expertise: strategic communication, popularization, social media strategies, copywriting, community organizing and development
- Master of Community Development (ongoing) (University of the Philippines- Diliman)
- BS Development Communication major in Development Journalism (University of the Philippines - Los Baños)
Project Officer- Mitigation
Pam handles the conceptualization and implementation of climate change mitigation projects. She also supports local governments in the region in utilizing the carbonn Climate Registry, a global reporting platform for local climate actions being managed by ICLEI. She handles the capacity building trainings for cities and municipalities, particularly those which focus on climate change science and the Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG Emissions Inventory (GPC). As such, she also provides technical assistance in conducting city-level GHG inventory for numerous Philippine cities. She is the cCR focal for Southeast Asia; responsible for the management, coordination, training, and technical support concerning the platform.
Areas of Expertise: climate change mitigation, GHG inventory, project management, climate advocacy
- BS Environmental Planning and Management major in Corporate Environmental Management
Jose Bernardo Gochoco III
Project Officer- Adaptation
BJ has been working with local governments in the areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation, and disaster risk reduction and management through various development assistance projects funded by international organizations. Most notable is his work in Guiuan, Eastern Samar where he assisted in the formulation of their recovery and rehabilitation plan and Ecological profile after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the municipality.
In ICLEI, BJ oversees the implementation and monitoring of various climate change adaptation and mitigation projects of the organization. He performs the technical aspects of providing capacity building activities to local governments units.
Areas of Expertise: Urban planning, climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation, disaster risk reduction and management, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), area profiling, Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Vulnerability & Risk Assessments
- Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning (University of the Philippines - Diliman)
- Bachelor of Science in Economics (University of the Philippines - Diliman)
Project Officer, Climate Change Mitigation
Marvin has been handling the organization’s climate change mitigation portfolio focusing on low carbon development and sustainable energy. He is also the country liaison officer for the Philippines for the “Ambitious City Promises: Commitments for Low-Carbon Urban Development in Southeast Asian Large Cities”, a regional project which aims to support large cities in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam to establish ambitious local climate action plans. Marvin has facilitated various capacity trainings on low carbon tools for cities such as the GreenClimateCities (GCC) and ClearPath, and has worked on various project development and research consultancies including the development of the Philippines’ Climate Change Mitigation Framework Strategy and the UNDP Global Environmental Facility (GEF-6) Proposal on Sustainable Cities in the Philippines. He is part of the global network of energy experts at the Clean Energy Solutions Center (CESC), providing technical assistance on energy efficiency. He is also a lecturer at the Department of Economics of the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.
Marvin holds a Master's degree in Political Science major in Global Politics from the Ateneo de Manila University and a bachelor's degree in Economics (Honors Program) and Political Science with minor in management from the same university. He was a recipient of the Erasmus Mundus Mobility with Asia at the Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw in Poland. He was also a recipient of the Joint Masters Research Program of the ASEAN University Network and Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Energy Science in Japan.
Areas of Expertise: Climate and energy policy, low emission resilient development, economic research on climate change
- BA in Political Science and Economics-Honors (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines)
- MA in Political Science major in Global Politics (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines)
Ricardo Marfiga, Jr.
Project Officer, Membership, Governance, Partnerships, and Special Projects
Ric oversees ICLEI SEAS’ membership and governance operation, recruitment, communication and services to local governments in the region. Further, he handles partnerships with various organizations including the implementation of projects in climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and the sustainable development agenda. He also serves as the coordinator for local and international activities, assists in carrying out of projects in the region, and attends relevant workshops and meetings. Prior to his work in ICLEI, Ric is part of the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) of the Quezon City Government as an Industrial Inspector which conducts the inspection to all establishments within the jurisdiction of the City for its environmental compliance and attends to pollution (land, air water, noise) complaints. He also served as a Planning and Research Assistant who evaluates project proposals from different organizations/institutions/business to be implemented in the City.
Areas of Expertise: Climate change mitigation and adaptation, DRR, GHG
Education: BS Electronics and Communications Engineering (University of San Carlos, Cebu City)
Jeng underwent systematic training and mentoring on financial and administrative management training organized by her previous organizations, partner NGOs, and funding partners. At ICLEI, Jeng supports the Administrative and Finance Officer in all financial matters of the organization.
Edu joined ICLEI in 2016 and he is primarily concerned with assisting the administration and finance team in managing the office's day-to-day operations. He assist the whole team with matters of logistics.
National Program Coordinator (Interim Country Manager)
Gina began her work on environment and sustainability as a youth activist. Her leadership brought her to represent Indonesian youth at the UNEP Youth Advisory Council (2011-2013) and appointed by the Ministry of Environment to RIO+20 Conference (UNCSD) in 2012. Following her graduation, Gina served as Faculty Assistant in her university. She continued working under the procurement of UNDP in UKP4/ The President's Office as National Support Officer for LECB. This experience brought her particular interest in working with local governments towards sustainable development.
She joined ICLEI in 2013 as Program Officer and led cities in Indonesia to develop their GHG emission analysis & mainstreaming urban low emission development to city's development planning. She took one-and-a-half year leave to pursue Master degree on Environment and Development at the London School of Economics, London, and re-joined in 2017 as National Program Coordinator and acts as the interim Country Manager for ICLEI Indonesia Office. She is primarily involved in developing, coordinating, and implementing projects in Indonesia; bridging the mitigation and adaptation aspect of the projects in Indonesia.
Areas of Expertise: climate change mitigation, urban planning, youth, local government, and community engagement, climate advocacy, project management.
- BSc in International Relations (Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia)
- MSc in Environment and Development (London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom)
Selamet has nearly 15 years of experience in advocating environmental conservation and climate change in urban areas, focusing on air quality issues, waste management and green open space and sustainable transportation. He served as the Director of the Indonesian Forum for Environment, Jakarta Region in period 2002-2009. He is also one of those who fought for the legislation of waste management in Indonesia. Due to his passion in waste management, he was appointed to become one of the members of the Board of Directors and Considerations of National Waste Management. The board's task is to give consideration and input to the Minister of Environment and Forestry for waste management programs implemented in Indonesia.
Selamet joined ICLEI in 2015, handling climate change adaptation and mitigation projects. He was the lead for the ACCCRN (Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network) in 10 cities and OPCC (One Planet City Challenge; was EHCC) project since 2016. At the moment, he is the lead project officer in the Ambitious City Promises program, working with DKI Jakarta (national capital), Bekasi, and Tangerang City.
Areas of Expertise: climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency, waste management, local government, community engagement, climate advocacy
- BSc in Syariah Law (UIN Syarif in Hidayatullah, Indonesia)
- Social Capacity Development and Environment Management and Policy Evaluation Training (Hiroshima University, Japan)
Nisa is a program officer at ICLEI Indonesia. She serves as a national coordinator of Indonesia in the Integrated Resource Management in Asian Cities: The Urban Nexus, a regional program supporting 10 cities in six Asian countries to utilize integrated resource management (particularly the water, food, and energy sectors) in infrastructure project and urban development processes. Her specific tasks range from coordination and communications with partners, organization of capacity building workshops, preparation of workshop reports, and support the development of pilot project in Pekanbaru and Tanjungpinang city. She also involved in Asian Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) project where she assisted local governments in Indonesia in formulating City’s Resilience Strategy through the conduct of assessment on vulnerability and urban system’s adaptive capacity.
Prior to joining ICLEI, she worked as a researcher at Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL), where she provided research, advocacy and capacity building to improve the environmental governance both in local and national level.
Areas of Expertise: Environmental law, climate change adaptation, climate advocacy, research, capacity building.
- B.L. in Law (University of Indonesia, Indonesia)
Prior to joining ICLEI, Bima worked as a Research Analyst for the Independent Research Advisory Indonesia (IRAI). He was responsible for conducting studies on the national public policies concerning the urban poor sector and the infrastructure plan of Indonesia until 2045. He also looked into related themes of agrarian reform, low-end housing, and land management modernization.
At ICLEI, Bima is responsible for supporting the Project Officers with project management and implementation. He will also support the Communication Team in documenting project highlights and developing communication collaterals.
Area of Expertise: Sustainability, Urbanisation, Spatial justice, Urban Management
- BSc Urban and Regional Planning, Diponegoro University and ENSA Paris Belleville (2012)
- Res Urban Management, ENTPE Lyon (2014)
- MSc Sustainable Urbanism, University College London (2016)
Finance & Operations Assistant
Hikmatul P Pasaribu is a Finance and Operation Assistant, with a background in finance and administrative management. Prior to joining ICLEI, she has worked with various international Non-Governmental Organizations to support finance and administration in the organization. Joining ICLEI Indonesia in 2017, Hikmatul is responsible for accounting and finance records, assisting in the preparation and monitoring of ICLEI Indonesia Office budget, and drafting financial statements and reports. She also provides support to Project Management Team.
Areas of Expertise: administration, finance, book-keeping,
- Bachelor of Agribusiness (University of North Sumatera, Indonesia)
Vietnam Project Officers
Hoang Thi Huong Giang
Country Liaison Officer- Vietnam
Giang is the Country Liasion Officer in Vietnam for the Ambitious City Promises. As CLO, she leads the on-ground implementation of the project as well as coordination with local governments, development partners, and other stakeholders.
Giang holds a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning major from the Hanoi Architectural University and a bachelor's degree in Urban and Rural Planning major from the same university.
Areas of Expertise: climate change mitigation, urban planning, local government, and community engagement, project management.
- BA in Urban and Rural Planning (the Hanoi Architectural University, Vietnam)
- MA in Urban and Regional Planning (the Hanoi Architectural University, Vietnam)
Lai Bich Ngoc
Ngoc is the project assistant in Vietnam for the Ambitious City Promises. She has previously worked on initiatives on urban planning and community engagement. At ICLEI, Ngoc is responsible for providing technical support to develop, implement, and bridge projects in Vietnam.
- Degree of Architect in Urban and Rural Planning (the National University of Civil Engineering, Vietnam)
- Master in Urban and Regional Planning (the Hanoi Architectural University, Vietnam)