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

Mary Jane Alvarez

Regional Program Manager

Jane's demonstrated expertise is gathered from working in the development sector for more than a decade with particular focus in the area of sustainability, climate change, environment, and natural resources. In ICLEI SEAS, she assists the Regional Director in developing, strategizing, and overseeing the implementation of programs and projects under the different portfolio across Southeast Asia. She provides technical advice and strategic guidance in the design and delivery of project activities. She manages program and project teams to ensure efficiency and initiate collaboration among the team and external partners.

Prior to joining ICLEI, she served as OIC-Supervising Economic Development Specialist of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). She had extensive training and involvement on the conduct of national and sectoral development planning, policy review, and investment programming to achieve the country’s development objectives particularly on climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable development, and the environment sector.

Areas of expertise: national and sectoral development planning, policy review, investment programming, climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable development

Education:

  • Master of Science in Sustainability, United Nations University (UNU) and University of Tokyo (UTokyo)
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, major in Human Settlements Planning, University of the Philippines Los Baños (cum laude)

Pamela Cabacungan

Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Manager

Pam is responsible for the low emission development pathway portfolio of ICLEI in the Southeast Asia region. She oversees program management and building relationships with member and network cities of ICLEI and with like-minded organizations in pursuit of joint and concerted climate action and urban sustainability. She works with local governments in establishing city-level GHG emissions inventories, formulating local climate action plans, and climate data disclosure. She completed her undergraduate degree in BS Environmental Planning and Management at Miriam College and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Environmental Management and Studies to continue to adapt to the fast-evolving nature of policies, technologies, and advocacy in the field of urban sustainability.

Areas of Expertise: climate change mitigation, GHG inventory, project management, climate advocacy

Education:

  • MS Environmental Management and Studies (ongoing), Miriam College, Philippines
    BS Environmental Planning and Management major in Corporate Environmental Management, Miriam College, Philippines

Zenaida Ranario-Tagolino

Operations Manager

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

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Holy Name University, Tagbilaran City, Philippines (formerly Divine Word College-Tagbilaran)

Ricardo Marfiga, Jr.

Senior 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, Philippines

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
 
Education:
  • Master of Science in International Cooperation Policy, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, University of the Philippines Los Baños

Jose Bernardo Gochoco III, EnP

Senior Project Officer

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

Education:

  • Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning, University of the Philippines Diliman
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics, University of the Philippines Diliman

Kristianne Jemi Santos

Project Officer

Jemi supports in project coordination and implementation of climate change mitigation projects to the project team. As such, she supports logistical and information management with various city departments as well as in providing technical assistance in conducting city-level GHG inventory in the collection of relevant activity data and support in the completion of GHG emissions inventory report in partner cities. She also supported in a research and served as a research associate. She serves as Project Officer in the implementation of Ambitious City Promises in the Philippines including coordination work with cities, national ministries and other relevant stakeholders and assists in the conduct of C40 Cities Climate Action Planning Programme activities in the Philippines.
Education:
  • Masters in Environmental Planning, Miriam College
  • BS Environmental Planning and Management Major in Urban Planning and Green
    Architecture, Miriam College

Katrina Toliongco

Project Officer

Katrina has four years of experience working with local governments on climate change and sustainable urban development. In ICLEI, she is involved in the coordination and implementation of climate change mitigation projects with a focus on accelerating low-emission development in the local governments, such as Active City-Community Engagement to Leverage Emissions Reduction through Activities that Transform Energy-Use (ACCELERATE); WWF's One Planet City Challenge (OPCC); South-South Collaboration on Climate Information and Services (SSCIS); and Sparking Active Mobility Actions for Climate-friendly Cities (SPARK). She also provides capacity-building activities and technical assistance to local governments in climate data disclosure through CDP-ICLEI Track.

Education:

  • Masters in Environmental Planning, Miriam College
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning and Management Major in Urban Planning and Green Architecture, Miriam College

Kenneth Bernard Hizon, EnP

Project Assistant

Kenneth is an environmental planner with experiences working with multiple stakeholders in the fields of climate change, local planning, and sustainable development. In ICLEI, he is tasked to assist in the technical operations of the ASEP-Clean Energy Living Laboratories (CELLS), the NDC MRV Plan, and KASpaces of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Prior to joining ICLEI, through the extension program of University of the Philippines - Los Baños Department of Community and Environmental Resource Planning, he worked closely with local government units in assisting them in formulating their local plans and assessments such as the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Local Climate Change Action Plan and Climate and Disaster Risk Assessments. He also worked for the Climate Change Commission as a technical staff handling the operations for the People’s Survival Fund, Global Environment Facility and Green Climate Fund.

Additionally, Kenneth currently serves as the President of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners - Laguna Chapter (2022 - 2024) as well as the Vice President for Internal Affairs of the University of the Philippines - Los Baños College of Human Ecology Alumni Association (2022-2024).

Areas of expertise: Environmental Planning, Climate Financing, Climate and Disaster Risk Assessment, Climate Change Adaptation, Geographic Information Systems, Capacity Development.

Education:

  • Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning (ongoing), University of the Philippines - Diliman
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology major in Human Settlements Planning, University of the Philippines Los Baños

Chris Hidalgo

Communications Officer

Chris specializes in various facets of marketing and communications, including campaign planning, creative execution, strategic rollout, and everything in between.

He started his career as a technology and business journalist, writing about consumer and green technologies for a Philippine-based tech lifestyle magazine and various Southeast Asian business magazines. His work in the development sector includes being a training assistant for a leadership training program for students around the Philippines.

Most recently, he served in the marketing and communications office of one of the top engineering schools in the Philippines. In addition to his social media management role, he also wrote speeches for the school’s executives; created feature stories for the school’s applied research projects; led production and served as quality control for internal and external communication materials; and led the development of institutional marketing strategies.

At ICLEI, Chris is at the helm of communications and advocacy and also leads the Secretariat’s partnership and networking activities.

Areas of expertise: marketing, branding, social media management, communications, creatives, writing, publication, sound recording, photography, videography, directing, audiovisual post-production

Education:

  • Master of Arts in Communication (ongoing), University of the Philippines - Diliman
  • Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication, University of the Philippines - Diliman

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 2017 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

Selamet Daroyni

Senior Project Officer

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

Education:

  • BSc in Syariah Law (UIN Syarif in Hidayatullah, Indonesia)
  • Social Capacity Development and Environment Management and Policy Evaluation Training (Hiroshima University, Japan)

Suryani Amin

National Coordinator – Urban Shift Project

Suryani serves as National Coordinator to UrbanShift Indonesia, leading the project and serving as the focal point between cities and the global resources team. Suryani was previously a City Advisor to Jakarta with C40, assisting the city tackling climate change through robust climate and resilient planning. Prior to ICLEI, Suryani worked with Mercy Corps to build more resilient communities in vulnerable districts in Jakarta; with USAID to enhance Indonesia's government and community resilience to climate change and weather-related natural disasters; and with the World Bank Jakarta Office to shape disaster risk reduction and broader adaptation measures.

Suryani holds an M.Si in Sociology from the University of Indonesia with a research focus on Environmental Sociology. She is a senior research fellow at the Resilience Development Initiative.

Areas of Expertise: Climate Change Adaptation, Sustainable Development, Project Management

Education:

  • M.Si in Sociology, University of Indonesia

Herdianti Indah Puspita

Project Officer – Safe and Sound Cities (S²Cities) Programme 

Herdianti Indah formerly worked as a Forest and Climate Governance consultant for more than 5 years. She also has experience in Low-Carbon Development strategic initiatives under the Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia. Now, Herdianti is a part of ICLEI Indonesia handling the Safe and Sound Cities Programme, as well as assisting in the NDC Partnership and Urban Shift projects.

Passionate about climate and sustainability issues. she has spent 3 years as a government relations staff,  working with and providing capacity building to local governments in overseeing local action plans to reduce GHG emissions.

Areas of expertise: climate change, sustainable land use management, forest governance.

Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Forestry, Universitas Gadjah Mada

Yustisia Rahman

Project Officer – Urban Article 6 of the Paris Agreement in Indonesia

Yustisia is an environmental legal analyst with a decade of experience managing various research, projects, and advocacies on environmental issues. He has been involved in various activities requiring him to work closely with communities and officials at the national and local levels. From 2017-2018 he was involved in advocacy work to restore indigenous peoples’ land rights in the forest area, where he facilitated a national coordination meeting to accelerate the process attended by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Governors, and Majors/Regents across the Indonesian archipelago. As a researcher, he participated in developing the Local Government Index, a tool to measure local governments’ governance in forest land use and management. He was also involved in writing a legal annotation of the nation’s environmental law. His recent research undertaken during his post-graduate study examines the legal framework for bioregionalism, an approach to managing the environment beyond the limit of political-administrative boundaries.

Areas of expertise: Environmental Law; Climate Change Law and Policy; Forestry Law; Development Planning; Good Governance; Regional Autonomy; Policy Advocacy; Community Engagement

Education:

  • Bachelor of Law (University of Indonesia)
  • Master of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)

Juniarti Elisabeth Sinaga

Membership and Communications Officer

Juniarti Elisabeth supports the membership governance and communication aspects of current projects at the ICLEI Indonesia office. Formerly working in the private sector as a marketing communicator, she was responsible for managing communication outputs, CSR projects, and campaigns activities of the company. After participating as one of the Indonesian delegates for the Asian Student Environmental Platform (ASEP) Japan in 2016, she was inspired to work in the environmental field and contribute to society. She heartily believes in the mission and long-term vision of sustainable urban development accelerated by ICLEI.

Area of expertise: copywriting, communication, social media strategy, digital marketing,
qualitative research, SEO writing.

Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies, University of 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,

Education:

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

Marwan

Administrative Assistant

Marwan fell in love with the environment when he became part of an organization focusing on peat restoration.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Computer Science, Telematics Cakrawala School of Technology, Indonesia