Dr. Tony La Viña, Country Director
Dr. Tony La Viña is a teacher, thinker and lawyer. He is a social entrepreneur and an environmental and human rights advocate. He is currently Country Representative of Ashoka Philippines while serving at the same time as Dean of the Ateneo School of Government. He took these positions in 2006 when he returned to the Philippines after an eight year stint in a Washington DC environmental think tank, the World Resources Institute (WRI). He was undersecretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines from 1996-1998.
Dean Tony obtained his Masters (LLM) and Doctorate in Law (JSD) from Yale Law School and his first degrees from the University of the Philippines (in law) and the Ateneo de Manila University (in philosophy). Dean Tony currently teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle College of Law, and the Philippine Judicial Academy. He was born and raised in Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao, is married and has three sons.
Terri Jayme-Mora, Country Manager
Terri joined Ashoka in 2004 as the Asia Desk Officer based in the Washington, DC headquarters. In 2007, she moved back to Asia to help launch Ashoka’s country offices in Singapore and Manila. She leads Ashoka’s efforts in the Philippines to find and support the most promising local social innovators through a lifetime global fellowship.
With a passion for community development, local craft, and design, Terri is also Co-Founder of the local brand, Biyahe. From 2009-2012, she spent time in Singapore and London helping to build young brands in the fields of innovation and social enterprise. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and completed her Masters in Business Administration at London Business School in 2012.
Claudia Rivera-Quimpo, Program Associate
Claudia joined Ashoka Philippines as program associate in the beginning of 2014, when she took an interest in social innovation. Before this, she was with MAKNA or Majlis Kanser Nasional (National Cancer Council Malaysia) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She served in their International Division from 2011-2013, helping them start initiatives in Vietnam and Singapore.
In her undergraduate student days, she was an active leader in AIESEC, the world's largest student-run organization, and the President of the UP Children's Rights Advocates League. In 2011, She attained her bachelor's degree in Anthropology in the University of the Philippines Diliman, where she started to appreciate cultural diversity, living with indigenous communities. She recently co-founded EthnoStrat, a start-up consultancy company that uses social research and applied anthropology in offering new perspectives and cretive solutions. She's also the co-creator of www.eatsnowornever.com.
Jo Anne Villarosa Coruña, Regional Venture Consultant (Visayas)
Jo Anne is passionate about social innovation and development. She first joined Ashoka Philippines in 2008 as an intern and as Venture Consultant for the Visayas five years later. Prior to Ashoka, she has helped create and manage scholarship programs for Asian Americans in California, and has aided nonprofit organizations in the Philippines learn how to use the internet and social media to connect with local and international donors. Later on, she joined the team that started the Philippine Development Foundation, focusing on Communications and helping shape the scholarship program as well.
Jo Anne graduated from Bates College with a degree in Rhetoric; she also attended the United World College in Hong Kong for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Her consistent online presence since youth led to the creation of i:thecitizen to spark discussions on Philippine social issues. Jo Anne is currently exploring the intersection of her writing and her art to share stories of social innovation and other narratives. She is married and has a daughter.