Victorino Aquitania

Regional Director

Vic serves as the Regional Director of ICLEI Southeast Asia. He brings more than three decades of 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.  Vic works directly with external support agencies and national governments to develop and deploy ICLEI's Pathways and advocacy in the region.  During his career as a civil servant and as Regional Director, he has been involved in more than 30 international projects. 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 were focused on helping cities address climate change. At ICLEI, he serves as the organization’s Regional Program Manager and is highly involved in project management and implementation. He also oversees the Secretariat's 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. Likewise, he led the conceptualization and implementation of regional conferences, training, 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 the 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)

Zenaida Ranario-Tagolino

Finance and Administrative Officer

Zeny joined ICLEI in 2005 as the Administrative and Finance officer. Prior to working with ICLEI, she was 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)

Alfredo Bernarte

Senior Officer- Project Administration and Acquisition
Al has been working in the development field for more than 15 years focusing on social and sustainable development of the fisheries and urban poor sectors; his work with the latter providing him the opportunity to oversee engagements in urban disaster risk reduction and management and urban resilience. He handles acquisitions and contract management at ICLEI, providing operational support to various projects such as the Ambitious City Promises.
Before ICLEI, Al worked for SIKAT, a local non-government organization doing community-based natural resources management (CBNRM) in several coastal municipalities in the Philippines. He also managed several urban development and infrastructure projects funded by the  Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Areas of Expertise: project management, project monitoring, and evaluation (M&E), administration, community engagement, participatory capacity, and vulnerability assessment 


  • Master of Public Management (University of the Philippines)
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (University of the Philippines)

Joy Camille Baldo

Senior Project Officer

Joy is a Development Communicator currently serving as ICLEI SEAS' Senior Project Officer. 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 Bugnot

Communications Officer

Val is a development communication practitioner with a background in social forestry, community-based resource management, and community organizing. At ICLEI, she is responsible for developing and implementing the organization's communication plan aimed to expand ICLEI SEAS' clout and engagement in the region. She also develops and implements targeted communication campaigns released through both offline and online streams. 

With the goal of bringing ICLEI's advocacy closer to local governments in Southeast Asia, Val represents the organization during networking events, exhibits, and conventions. She also leads the communications work and event coverage during ICLEI annual events such as the Resilient Cities Asia Pacific Forum and Asia LEDS Forum. 

At present, Val handles the citizen engagement strategies implemented for Ambitious City Promises in key cities in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam--ensuring that the needs of citizens and stakeholders are at the core of policies and programs towards low emission development.

Prior to joining ICLEI, she has worked with various communities in the Philippines to help document their resiliency initiatives and stories--scaling these up to help influence local policies and development frameworks.

In her spare time, Val pursues stories of community-based solutions to address climate change and has published articles focusing on environmental policy, blue carbon solutions, and renewable energy in local and international media outlets. 

Areas of Expertise: strategic communication, community organizing, digital campaigning, journalism, brand activation


  • Master of Community Development (ongoing) (University of the Philippines- Diliman)
  • BS Development Communication major in Development Journalism (University of the Philippines - Los Baños)

Pamela Cabacungan

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 CDP-ICLEI Unified Reporting Platform,  a reporting tool for local climate actions being managed by ICLEI and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). She handles the capacity building training for cities and municipalities, particularly those which are focused 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, EnP

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. He is also a licensed Environmental Planner. 

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)

Ricardo Marfiga, Jr.

Project Officer- Membership, Governance, Partnerships, and Special Projects

Ric oversees ICLEI SEAS’ membership and governance operation, recruitment, and services to local governments in the region. He also 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. 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 ensures the business sector's compliance to environmental laws of the City. He also served as a Planning and Research Assistant- evaluating project proposals from different institutions to be implemented in the City. 

Areas of Expertise: Climate change mitigation and adaptation, DRRM, GHG

Education:  BS Electronics and Communications Engineering (University of San Carlos, Cebu City)

Anna Dominique Ortiz

Project Officer, Energy and the Built Environment

Nikki is a Human Ecologist with experience in managing and promoting sustainable development initiatives. In ICLEI, she oversees projects related to energy and green building including the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) and Clean Energy Living Laboratories (CELLs). She is involved in building the capacities of local government partners in energy audit and efficiency. She also conceptualizes activities and projects on energy-related themes for the organization.
Prior to joining ICLEI, she managed grants and special funds for USAID-funded projects pertaining to advancing low emission development in the Philippines. She also worked for the Department of Science and Technology where she handled and harmonized international cooperation initiatives with donor agencies.
Areas of expertise: project management, renewable energy, energy efficiency, policy and program analysis, capacity building, community development
  • Master of Science in International Cooperation Policy (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan)
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology (University of the Philippines, Los Baños)

Joel Chester "Cheng" Pagulayan, EnP

Membership and Communications Assistant

Cheng is a development communication practitioner and environmental planner with specialization on gender mainstreaming and development planning. He is involved in visual design and digital communications of ICLEI SEAS’ online and offline communication platforms. He also assists in monitoring and maintenance of digital channels, and content gathering for offline and online media. He is involved in the implementation and management of the Ambitious City Promises Project in the Philippines particularly in the development and implementation of citizen engagement-related activities. Cheng also assists in ICLEI SEAS’ membership and governance operation mainly in maintaining database of and relationship with member and network local governments. He has been involved in project appraisal and management in his previous job as Development Management Officer at the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines.
  • Bachelor of Science in Development Communication (University of the Philippines Los Baños)
  • Master of Arts in Women and Development (ongoing) (University of the Philippines Diliman)
  • Certificate in Basic Project Management (Development Academy of the Philippines)

Renz Homer Cerillo

Project Assistant

Renz is a development professional specializing in strategic communications, knowledge management, and local and international projects delivery and management, with four years of experience in the development sector. In ICLEI, he supports the Clean Energy Living Laboratories (CELLs) and other sustainable development projects. He was a part of the British Embassy Manila’s International Policy section, supporting the Newton Agham Program – development fund from the United Kingdom to strengthen science and innovation capacity in the Philippines, led its communications strategy, and supported the Embassy’s wider objectives on green finance, urban resilience, and other development programs. He has also worked with the Department of Science and Technology on projects in ICTs, and disaster risk reduction and adaptation, and supported the Institute’s information and education campaigns. 
  • Bachelor of Science in Development Communication, Major in Science Communication (University of the Philippines Los Baños)

Jennifer Maducdoc

Accounting Assistant

Jeng underwent systematic capacity building and mentoring on financial and administrative management 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 Virata

Administrative Assistant

Edu joined ICLEI in 2018 and he is primarily concerned with assisting the administration and finance team in managing the office's day-to-day operations. He assists the whole team with matters of logistics.

Indonesia Office

Gina Karina

Country Manager

Gina began her work on the environment and sustainability as a youth activist. Her leadership brought her to represent the Indonesian youth at the UNEP Youth Advisory Council (2011-2013) and to be appointed by the Ministry of Environment as the representative to RIO+20 Conference (UNCSD) in 2012. Following her graduation, Gina served as Faculty Assistant in her university. She continued working under the procurement unit of UNDP in UKP4/ and 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 and mainstreaming urban low emission development to the city's development planning. She took a one-and-a-half year leave to pursue her Master's degree in Environment and Development at the London School of Economics, London and re-joined in 2017 as National Program Coordinator. At present, she 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 Daroyni

Project Officer- Ambitious City Promises

Selamet has nearly 15 years of experience in advocating environmental conservation and climate change in urban areas, focusing on air quality issues, waste management, green open spaces, and sustainable transportation. He served as the Director of the Indonesian Forum for Environment, Jakarta Region from 2000-2009. He was heavily involved in passing the legislation for waste management in Indonesia. Due to his efforts, he was appointed as the members of the Board of Directors and Considerations of National Waste Management. The board's task is to give advise and input to the Minister of Environment and Forestry for waste management programs implemented in Indonesia.

He 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 Earth Hour City Challenge) project since 2016. At the moment, he is supporting the implementation of 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)

Bima Fitriandana

Project Officer- 100% Renewable Energy

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 also supports 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)

Nisa Nidasari

Project Officer- Urban-LEDS II

Nisa is a Project Officer at ICLEI Indonesia. She served 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 provision of support for the development of the pilot project in Pekanbaru and Tanjungpinang city. She is 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.

At present, Nisa is handling the implementation of Urban-LEDS II, a project which aims to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through the promotion of urban low emission development strategies in cities and towns with emerging economies. 

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)

Rika Lumban Gaol

Project Assistant- Urban-LEDS II

Rika is the Project Assistant of Urban-LEDS II in Indonesia. She has almost five years of experience as a consultant in energy sector and climate change fields especially assistance to specifically in handling Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and also projects related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction. Rika assists in the implementation of Urban-LEDS II activities in Indonesia including coordination work with cities, national ministries, and other relevant stakeholders.
Area of Expertise: climate change mitigation, carbon footprint, GHG emissions reduction, GHG audit, and energy security.
  • Master of Defense major in Energy Security, Indonesia Defense University, Indonesia 
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, University of Sriwijaya, Indonesia

Happy Tiara Asvita

Local Government Associate- Ambitious City Promises

Happy supports the Ambitious City Promises project in ICLEI Indonesia. She has a background on urban planning and climate change. She provides technical support in project implementation including coordination with partners such as local and national governments and other relevant organizations. She also supports in data analysis and report writing. Prior to joining ICLEI, Happy worked as a Junior Planner at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. She worked with the spatial planning and strategic area of economic teams to provide a comprehensive analysis in formulating policy recommendations for accelerating the implementation of infrastructure and strategic economic projects.
  • MSc in Urban Management and Development, with specialization in Urban Environment, Sustainability, and Climate Change - Institute for Housing and Urban Development (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherland 
  • BSc in Urban and Regional Planning – Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

Achmad Rifdatul Hisan

Project Assistant- 100% RE

Prior to joining ICLEI, Hisan spent almost three years working for non-government organizations in Indonesia in the areas of rural electrification and renewable energy. He supervised the construction of micro hydro power plant at Sumba Island in support of the Sumba Iconic Island program. He also conducts appraisal studies and collects relevant data for the implementation of renewable energy projects. At present, he assists and supports in implementing the IKI-funded 100% RE project in Indonesia.
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering Physics (Telkom University, Indonesia)

Hikmatul Pasaribu

Finance and Operation Officer

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 the Project Management Team.  

Areas of Expertise: administration, finance, book-keeping,


  • Bachelor of Agribusiness (University of North Sumatera, Indonesia)


Hoang Thi Huong Giang

Country Liaison Officer for Vietnam- Ambitious City Promises

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

Project Assistant- Ambitious City Promises

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)

Laos PDR

Phouvannasinh Phongsa

Project Officer- Urban-LEDS II

Tok serves as the Project Officer of Urban LEDS-II in Laos PDR. He has over six years of project management experience which includes project planning, budgeting, and overall coordination. Tok previously worked with the Department of Climate Change of the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment (MONRE) as the Assistant Project Manager of the Green Climate Fund Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme.

For Urban-LEDS II, Tok is responsible for developing and implementing the project work plan in Laos PDR, in consultation with ICLEI SEAS. He also coordinates with project cities, national ministries, and organizations relevant to the project.


  • 2011 - Bachelor of Science with Honours Class 2, Majoring in Environmental Management, National University of Laos

Phonevisay Nengchue

Project Assistant- Urban-LEDS II

Neng is the Project Assistant of Urban-LEDS II in Laos PDR. He has over six years of experience in administrative systems including budgeting, coordination, and management. He used to work with the Indian Embassy in Laos PDR, mainly working on day-to-day coordination and as an interpreter.

For Urban LEDS-II, Neng assists in implementing project activities through setting up meetings and workshops, preparing technical reports, and generating content for the website and other communication channels.


  • 2011- 2015: National University of Laos, Faculty of Education, Department of Foreign Languages.