Pernille Skjødt

LinkAiders, Denmark

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Pernille Skjødt

LinkAiders, Denmark

Pernille Skjødt

Managing Director, LinkAiders, Denmark

Pernille is a social entrepreneur and owner of the company LinkAiders, which was founded in 2015 with the sole purpose to improve disaster response. LinkAiders is developing a resilient communication system for disaster areas, called Reachi. The Reachi system uses mesh network technology to send vital information between first responders and coordinators, even when the existing infrastructure is down.

Pernille has a Master of Science in Engineering with specialization in Industrial Design from Aalborg University, Denmark. As owner of LinkAiders, Pernille operates in the exciting field of business, technology and social innovation.

LinkAiders has won both national and international, social design awards for the Reachi project.

Masugi Inoue

NICT, Japan

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Masugi Inoue

NICT, Japan

MASUGI INOUE

Director of International Research Advancement Office, Global Alliance Department, NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)

Dr. Inoue graduated from Kyoto University in 1992 and received a doctorate of engineering from The University of Tokyo in 1997. Since he joined Communications Research Laboratory (CRL) in 1997, which was reorganized as NICT in 2004, he has been engaged in the research and development of ultra-high-speed WLANs, wireless and mobile networks, ubiquitous computing, future-generation networks, and resilient networks. He has been in the current position since April 2016. He was a visiting researcher at Polytechnic University (now the Polytechnic Institute of New York University), New York, in 2000. He served as Director of General Affairs, Director of Finance, and Associate Editor of Transactions on Communications for the IEICE Communications Society. He also served as Chairman of the Technical Committee on MoNA and as a member of ten Technical Committees of IEICE and MBL of IPSJ. He received the IEICE Young Researcher’s Award in 2003, the Best Paper Award from IPSJ in 2006 and 2007, and the Young Scientists’ Prize of the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology in 2007.

Hiroshi Kumagai

NICT, Japan

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Hiroshi Kumagai

NICT, Japan

HIROSHI KUMAGAI

Director General of the Resilient ICT Research Center, NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)

2016: Director General of the Resilient ICT Research Center, NICT

2013: Associate Director General of the Resilient ICT Research Center, NICT

2009: Vice President, NICT

2004: Director General of the Applied Electro-Magnetic Research Center, NICT

1978 Joined RRL (Radio Research Laboratory: former institute name of NICT)

2009-2017: Visiting Professor of Yokohama National University

1989-1991: Visiting Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA

Maria Mendoza – Akol

PhilNITS Corporation

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Maria Mendoza – Akol

PhilNITS Corporation

MARIA CORAZON MENDOZA- AKOL

President, PhilNITS Corporation

She graduated with a degree of B. S. Physics, cum laude, from the College of the Holy Spirit. After graduation, she worked as a Scientist at the Physics Dept., of the Phil. Atomic Research Center., and as Physics Instructor at the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering of the University of the East

Her career in I.T started when she was hired as Systems Engineer in Datronics Philippines, Inc. After three years in the company, and after being promoted to Sales Manager of the firm, she opted to resign and together with some friends, set up Hexa Integrated Services, Inc., a Computer Service Bureau specializing in data encoding services, programming, and manpower placement, where she served as its President and General Manager. When some of the original incorporators migrated and some were appointed to government positions, they decided to close the company but she proposed to keep the Company and continue the business by setting up a similarly- named company called Hexa Corporation, a family-owned corporation also involved in the same Service Bureau Business.

She is the Founding President of the Philippine National IT Standards, (PhilNITS) Foundation, Inc., (formerly known as the Japanese IT Standards Exams of the Philippines (JITSE Phil) Foundation Inc), an NGO which is implementing a Certification Program for IT
Professionals, since 2002 to the present. It is a joint project of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and the Dept. of Trade and Industry of the Philippines with offices in Quezon City, Cebu and Davao.

Danilo T. Jaque

HydroNet Consultants Inc.

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Danilo T. Jaque

HydroNet Consultants Inc.

Danilo T. Jaque, PhD.

Managing Director, HydroNet Consultants, Inc.

Dr. Danilo Jaque obtained his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand, and Ph.D. In Civil Engineering (Water) from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia. He is currently the President of HydroNet Consultants Inc. and has been involved in various planning, designing and project monitoring and implementation related to drainage and flood control, solid waste management, water supply development, hydropower development, wastewater treatment, as well as environmental impact assessment. He is currently doing research on Climate Change Mitigation and
Adaptation in support to DOST program in Region 7.

Dr. Jaque's teaching interests include Fluid Mechanics and Hydrodynamics, Hydraulics, and Water Supply. Other related subjects of interest are coastal engineering, hydrology, flood design, environmental hydraulics river engineering
and urban drainage and sewerage system. Other related projects he was involved in is Mandaue City Drainage Project where he provided technical advise to the City Government Mandaue, Cebu on their Drainage infrastructure program. He is also involved in the San Carlos City Flood Study where he conducted basin-wide flood analysis and developed flood intervention program to protect the proposed Airport facility and Economic Zone.

Joel T. De Castro

West Visayas State University

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Joel T. De Castro

West Visayas State University

Joel T. De Castro, Ph. D.

Dean of College of Information and Communications Technology, West Visayas State University

Dr Joel T. De Castro holds a Professor 6 position at West Visayas State University in Iloilo City and has occupied various administrative posts. a known innovator and Researcher in the field of Distributed Systems and IT Security. He received his B.S. degree in Biology from Cebu Doctors University, in 1981, Master of Science in Computer Science” With High Distinction” from the Iloilo Science and Technology University in 2005. and Doctor of Industrial Technology “With High Distinction, Best Dissertation and Research excellent award” In Industrial Technology from Iloilo Science and Technology University - as Half Time Scholar in 2013. He is a recipient of various research awards due to his track record in publishing quality research papers such University Outstanding Researcher Award in 2005, PASUC6 Award in 2013, Winner ( Dissertation ) Graduate Research Congress May 2014 and International Research papers in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2008 and 2004. His research interest lies in the area of IT security and Protection, Distributed Systems, and Machine Intelligence and SMS Systems.

He is a member and officer of reputable Organizations like, Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators PSITE, Computing Society of the Philippines, Knights of Columbus as the Grand knight for College Chapter, International Association of Engineers and Korea Society of Internet and Information. Dr. Joel De Castro concurrently the Dean of the College of Information and Communications Technology, Project Leader of Green Technology Business Incubation of West Visayas State University a join project of DOST and CHED. Member of Regional Quality Assessment Team R6 (RQAT) Commission on Higher Education R6.

Biplov Bhandari

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Thailand

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Biplov Bhandari

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Thailand

Biplov Bhandari

Humanitarian Technology Practitioner and Social Entrepreneur, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

Mr. Biplov Bhandari, is a social and humanitarian technology practitioner, working in the community engagement and empowerment. He works as GIS Application Developer for the Servir Mekong Project with ADPC. Previously, he worked as Research Associate at Asian Institute of Technology, Geomatics Engineer at Kathmandu Living Labs and as consultant for Practical Actions and Development Gateway. Additionally, he is member and developer at Sahana Software Foundation where he develops, implements and evaluates the Location Based Early Warning System. He is also the International Coordination Council Member at Asta­Ja Research and Development Center. Biplov has extensively supervised and trained in the community level mapping using OpenStreetMap.

He was one of four young surveyors from around the world to be awarded with the FIG Foundation Grant for attending at FIG Working Week 2017 in Finland. He was also the speaker and fellow to attend the 7th ICCM conference in Philippines in 2016. Biplov was awarded with the Young Author Recognition, and the paper was awarded with the best paper by ITU. Biplov and his team also won the International Space Apps Challenge Kathmandu 2014.
Biplov earned his Bachelors of Engineering from Kathmandu University, Nepal.

Josh Woodard

FHI 360, USA

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Josh Woodard

FHI 360, USA

Josh Woodard

Regional ICT & Digital Finance Advisor

Josh has over ten years of experience in the international development space, primarily focused on helping people use ICT more effectively to achieve development outcomes. He is currently based in Bangkok from where he works on a number of different activities across Asia.

Among those activities, he leads a Rockefeller Foundation award to identify and support the scale up of high potential digital technologies for positively impacting resilience outcomes. As a part of that work, he published an Inventory of Digital Technologies for Resilience, with more than 100 entries.

In 2016, he designed and facilitated the two-day Harnessing the Data Revolution for Resilience Summit in Bangkok, which catalyzed a dialogue focused on harnessing the power of digital data to transform the design, implementation, and monitoring of international development programs to support resilience capacities at various scales. Previously, he was the lead for a multi-stakeholder effort to develop a mobile-based game for resilience through the Global Resilience Partnership, which made it to the finalist stage. He is the author of numerous toolkits on using technology for development, and has conducted trainings on the appropriate design, deployment and use of technology for hundreds of people across more than 10 countries globally.

Dann Diez

SEED4Com

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Dann Diez

SEED4Com

Dann Diez

Chief Executive Officer, SEED4Com

Dann Diez is a climate justice activist, his passion for people and planet brought him to help and mobilize eco-actions in the island communities. His training, experience and global involvement in social enterprise and sustainable development made a mark because of his dedicated commitment in sharing this to the grassroots communities.

For the past 3 years campaigning for a clean and healthy planet as the country Leader of Let's Do it Philippines Movement that aims to mobilize 5 million volunteers for a one-day nationwide cleanup in Sept 15, 2018 and founder of Sustainable Energy and Enterprise Development for Communities promote Renewable Energy for all in off grid, lastmile and disaster risks communities.

He is currently the Board Member of Internet Society of the Philippines, Regional Advisory Council member for the Visayas of the Foundation for the Philippine Environment, Board of Trustees of the Projects Abroad Philippines. A Jamsetji Tata National Virtual Academy for Rural Prosperity Fellowship in India, a Climate Reality Leader trained by Nobel Peace Prize Al Gore in Miami, Recipient of the Miguel R. Magalang Individual Climate Leadership Memorial Award, ASEAN Leadership Fellow on Smart Cities, Past President of the Rotary Club of Mandaue North and former Board Member of Coalition for Better Education.

As a citizen of the world he gives back and volunteer his time and resources to promote friendship, prosperity​ and peace.

Ramon Isberto

Smart Communications, Inc.

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Ramon Isberto

Smart Communications, Inc.

Ramon Isberto

Group Head/FVP, Public Affairs Group Smart Communications, Inc.

Mr. Isberto is the concurrent Public Affairs head of the Philippines’ biggest telecommunications firm, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), and its wholly-owned wireless subsidiary, Smart Communications Inc.
His media experience spans over 30 years of work in newspapers, wire service, television and public relations. He was a special sections editor of a leading Philippine business daily and Manila bureau chief of an international wire service covering not only domestic events, but also regional and international development issues. He was executive producer of a leading public affairs program and a talk show host of a business and general affairs morning program. He also served as the vice president for public affairs of a major broadcast network.
Outside of the PLDT Group, Mr. Isberto is the president of the Corporate Network for Disaster Response (CNDR), a fellow of the Social Weather Stations, an independent opinion poll organization, a member of the National Press Club, the Philippine Futuristic Society, and the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines.
In 2012, Mr. Isberto was conferred with the prestigious Accredited in Public Relations (APR) distinction from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) for displaying excellence and integrity in the practice of the profession.