Our Team


Dr. Lizan Perante-Calina is the Dean of the Graduate School of Public and Development Management of the Development Academy of the Philippines. She headed the DAP-GSPDM Academic Team during the first Senate Hearing on Sustainable Development Goals, Innovation and Futures Thinking, in which she presented the Strategic Foresight Framework for the Philippines anchored on the SDGs. Through her leadership, series of invitations from the Senate Committee followed thereafter giving GSPDM the leverage to participate. Committed to adopt a futuristic way of thinking, she has attended workshops on strategic foresight management with Leading Futurists, Dr. Sohail Inayatullah and Dr. Anita Sykes-Kelleher. 

Dr. Lizan holds both Doctor of Public Administration and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG). She finished her Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication major in Public Relations from the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos with Cum Laude honor.

As the President of the Philippine Society for Public Administration, Dr. Lizan has distinguished herself as an academic scholar, author of books and journals local and international, and resource person in capacity building programs and conferences in the multiple but allied fields of public administration. Her academic interests lie particularly in leadership (e.g., phronetic leadership, leadership for development, organizational management), public sector reform, innovative governance, and knowledge creation. She also teaches on the graduate level at UP-NCPAG, University of Makati’s College of Governance and Public Policy, and the Graduate School of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) main campus.

Dr. Lizan enriched her expertise through various educational experiences including the first knowledge-based management program under the LEADING Asia program of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Graduate of the Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); and the Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) of Stanford University in 2015.

PROF. SHERMON O. CRUZ | Vice President

Shermon O. Cruz is the Director and Chief Futurist of the Center for Engaged Foresight, a premier futures thinking and strategic foresight innovation and consulting firm. A professional futurist, Shermon is a UNESCO Global Futures Literacy Expert, a founding member of the Asia Pacific Futures Network, a member of CSIRO Data 61 Asia Pacific Foresight Group, and a full member of the Association of Professional Futurists and the World Futures Studies Federation. Shermon is currently a regional editor at the Journal of Futures Studies, a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal in the discipline of futures studies published by the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies at Tamkang University.

He has collaborated with the best futurists and futures organization in the world in designing transformative and cutting-edge futures thinking events and futures literacy projects that integrate strategic innovation, creativity, novelty, and experimentation. Shermon has delivered keynotes and facilitated futures thinking and futures literacy workshops in Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, India, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Italy, Canada, the Philippines, Singapore, to name a few.

He served as a senior consultant for UN Agencies futures thinking programs and initiatives like UNESCO, UNICEF, the United Nations Framework for Climate Change, the United Nations Development Program, UN Cambodia, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He helped design and ran futures thinking workshops for some of the world’s top global think tanks like the East-West Center and the Asian Development Bank. He was the course director of UNESCO Global Futures Literacy Lab and the World Futures Studies Federation Knowledge Lab projects in the Philippines.

Shermon has applied anticipatory risk management thinking and approaches to help companies build organizational long-term organizational resilience and continuity plans as a consultant for John Clements Business Continuity Advisory Services. He previously served as a business continuity manager and risk management location leader for EY Global Delivery Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers Service Delivery Center, and Accenture Philippines.  

He was a recipient of the 2014 International Social Science Council and the World Social Science Forum Early Career Social Scientists from the Global South. He was a member-advisor of Accenture Philippines Future Leaders Council. View his full LinkedIn account here https://www.linkedin.com/in/shermon-cruz/.

DR. REGINALD UGGADAN | Corporate Secretary

Reginald G. Ugaddan is an Assistant Professor and Director at the University of the Philippines, National College of Public Administration and Governance, Diliman, Quezon City. He served as an associate professor at the Institute for Public Administration and Governance, Isabela State University, Echague, Isabela. He is also a senior researcher in the Research Center for Public Human Resource Development, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea. He earned his masteral and doctorate degree in public administration in the Graduate School of Governance (GSG) at Sungkyunkwan University. 

He worked as a program manager for the Global Master of Public Administration (e-Government and e-Policy) and Master in Public Management for the Latin and Caribbean civil servants. He also worked in various researcher institutes and involved in numerous research projects such as entrepreneurship in the public sector, conflict management in East Asia, funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea, and among others. His research interests lie in the areas of human resource management in the public sector, public management, public sector leadership, organizational behavior, disaster management, e- Government and e-Policy, behavioral public administration, international and local governance, democracy, and futures thinking in organizations. 

His works appears in the Philippine Journal of Public Administration, International Journal of Policy Studies, International Journal of Public Sector Management, Public Performance Management Review, American Review of Public Administration, Asian Review of Public Administration, Modern Society and Public Administration, and Public Personnel Management.


Emmanuel (Noel) has been in the forefront of change in the various initiatives of government.

Since 2012, he has been sharing his forward looking ideas in the different Senate Committees he’s been involved in.

From 2013-2016, he ably represented the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture in several Boards of State Universities and Colleges (SUC) all over the Philippines. His insight in the SUC Boards gave rise to reforms in governance in Higher Education.

During the same period, Emmanuel was the Committee’s representative to the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts Board of Commissioners and in the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the Philippines. At the cultural front, he was instrumental in the Senate Investigations of Heritage issues, one of which was the case of the “Pambansang Photobomber” that ruined the vista of the Jose P. Rizal National Monument. 

He was also part of the Knights of Rizal group which brought the issue before the Supreme Court. 

Outside of Senate Committee works, he’s also involved in the Strategic Planning and Foresighting in Higher Education Institutions across the country. His team of Strategic Management experts and Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioners are continuously providing a helping hand to our State Universities and Colleges as they strive for transformation in their organizations. 

His Strategic Digital Media expertise was extensively been utilized in both national and local election campaigns. He conceptualized creative ideas for the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts in its efforts to promote our Heritage and Pride of Nation to the Filipino Youth via the KulToura Mobile app. The KulToura Mobile app concept was awarded the Anvil Honors in 2019.

At the moment, his commitment to national development and progress brought him to serve as a consultant to the Senate Committee on the SDG, Innovations, and Futures Thinking where his ideas and insights of the Futures are valued.

A Scottish Rite Freemason, he’s an officer of the Gran Logia Nacional de Filipinas and a Knight Commander of Rizal. Invests his free time in reading favorite authors Umberto Eco and Manly P. Hall. Loves to travel, too.


Shiela R Castillo is the Futures Learning Advisor of the Center for Engaged Foresight since 2018. She has facilitated futures workshops for UNICEF Philippines, UN Cambodia, and the East-West Center Hawaii. She worked as Technical Advisor of Let Us Create Futures, a child focused non-profit in Cambodia. She also worked as an Organizational Development Specialist for VSO Cambodia, where she advised two provincial NGO networks for the provinces of Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri. 

Before working in Cambodia, Shiela worked as a social development professional in the Philippines for more than 15 years. As an independent consultant, she did projects for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), German Aid (GIZ) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), among others. She also worked at the Philippine Red Cross, Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), Sagip Pasig Movement (SPM), LifeBank Foundation (LBF) and other development organizations. She has published her work in magazines and anthologies. 

Shiela trained as a Climate Presenter for Nobel Prize Laureate Al Gore’s The Climate Reality Project (TCRP) in Jakarta in January 2011. She also participated as a Philippine delegate to the Asia Pacific Climate Change Leadership Conference in Australia. Since then, she has conducted more than 70 climate presentations in key cities all over the Philippines, Cambodia, and online, and have reached more than 20,000 participants from various sectors. Her climate awareness initiative was featured in the coffee table book Climate Adaptation, Best Practices in the Philippines, published by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 2012. In 2016, she was mentor and speaker in the 31st International Training of The Climate Reality Project in Sofitel, Manila attended by 700 participants from all over the world. On Earth Day 2017, she was awarded the first Luntiang Dahon (Green Leaf) Award for Climate Leadership.
Shiela participated in UNESCO futures trainings and took e-learning courses on The Future of Work and Humanitarian Foresight. She has been a Fellow of the Circle for Engaged Foresight since 2012. For her complete CV, go to her LinkedIn account here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shielarcastillo/

MS. CELINE GRACE M. ABELLA | Youth Futures Convenor

Celine Grace M. Abella is the Learning Manager of the Sustainable Development Goals and Regional and Local Governance Cluster (SDRLGC) of the Development Academy of the Philippines-Graduate School of Public and Development Management (DAP-GSPDM). She was part of the DAP-GSPDM technical team that served during the first Senate Hearing on Sustainable Development Goals, Innovation and Futures Thinking, when the Academic Team headed by Dr. Lizan E. Perante-Calina presented the Strategic Foresight Framework.  She is also a Core Member of the Philippine Society for Public Administration (PSPA). She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde with Magna Cum Laude honor. During her college years, she spent most of her time actively joining international and local Model United Nations conferences, writing position papers and doing research on various areas such as e-governance, fundamental freedoms, and international security among others. She also became the President of the student organization called Leaders in Diplomacy and the Lead Convenor of the 2nd SDG-CDA Research Colloquium.

Senior Fellows

Senator Pia Cayetano

Senator Pia S. Cayetano is the Chairperson for the Senate Committee on the SDGs, Futures Thinking, and Innovations.

Most recently, Senator Pia worked for the passage of three landmark laws. She sponsored the reproductive Health Law (RA 10354), which provides women with access to information and health care services to realize their reproductive health rights, after the bill languished in Congress for 14 years. She also fought for the Sin Tax Reform Act (RA 10351) which generates additional revenue for the country’s healthcare system, while also discouraging Filipinos from the unhealthy behaviors of smoking and excessive drinking, and Graphic Health Warning Act (10643), which requires all cigarette packages sold in the market to bear picture-based warnings on the hazardous effects of smoking.

Her growing list of legislative accomplishments includes the Act Amending the National Health Insurance Act (RA 10606), Foster Care Act (RA 10165), Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act (RA 10152), Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act (RA 10028), Establishment of Persons with Disability Affairs Office Act (RA 10070), Expanded Senior Citizens Act (RA 9994), Food and Drugs Administration Act (RA 9711), Magna Carta of Women (RA 9710), Universally Accessible Cheaper and Quality Medicines Act (RA 9502), National Anti-Rabies Act (RA 9482), and the Environmental Awareness and Education Act (RA 9512), among others

Dr. Alex B. Brillantes, Jr,

Alex B. Brillantes, Jr, is Professor at the National College of Public Administration and Governance at the University of the Philippines where he also served as its dean for two terms from 2002 to 2008. He obtained his PhD and MA in Political Science from the University of Hawaii as scholar of the East West Center, and MPA and AB Political Science from the University of the Philippines. He also took special courses at the Institute for Policy Studies and the Institute for Public-Private Partnership in Washington DC, and at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dr. Brillantes is a member of the Pi Gamma Mu and Phi Kappa Pi International . Brillantes is President of the Asian Association for Public Administration with its secretariat in Seoul, Korea. He is also the former President of the Philippine Society for Public Administration. He is a Fellow of the Pimentel Institute for Leadership and Governance, the Social Weather Stations and the Center for Leadership, Communication and Governance. He was founding member of the Asian Association for Public Administration where is currently its President. He earlier served as Chairman of the Philippine Social Science Council and Board Member of the Galing Pook Foundation and the Local Government Development Foundation. He was also a Trustee of the Local Government Academy.

Dr. Ma. Oliva Z. Domingo

Dr. Ma. Oliva Z. Domingo is currently the President of Kalayaan College.  In 2016, she assumed the Presidency of Kalayaan College after retiring as Professor at the of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG).  She continues to teach graduate courses at the NCPAG until today.  She handles courses in human resource management  and development, leadership, human behavior in organizations, organization studies, resource generation, and voluntary sector management.  She is much sought after resource person on strategic planning, leadership, change management, and organization-related topics by national government agencies, local government units, and non-government organizations. She has a long list of local and international publications and is the recipient of internationalpublication awards.

Dr. Domingo received her Doctor of Public Administration degree from the University of the Philippines and her post-graduate Diploma in General Management, wit Distinction, from the Research Institute of Management Science in The Netherlands.

Global Advisory Board

Peter Bishop

Dr. Peter C. Bishop is an Associate Professor of Strategic Foresight and Director of the
graduate program in Futures Studies at the University of Houston. Dr. Bishop specializes in techniques for long term forecasting and planning. He has published a book on the subject, Thinking about the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight, with co-author Andy Hines, and he delivers keynote addresses and conducts seminars on the future for business, government and not-for-profit organizations. He also facilitates groups in developing scenarios, visions and strategic plans for the future. Dr. Bishop’s clients include IBM, the NASA Johnson Space Center, Nestle USA, Tetra Pak, the Shell Pipeline Corporation, the Defense and Central Intelligence Agencies, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Texas Department of Transportation, the California Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Houston’s Future. Dr. Bishop is a founding board member of the Association of Professional Futurists.

Dr. Bishop came to the University of Houston in 2005, having taught futures studies at the ClearLake campus since 1982. Dr. Bishop started teaching at Georgia Southern College in 1973where he specialized in social problems and political sociology. He received his doctoral degreein sociology from Michigan State University in 1974.

Jim Dator

Dr. James Allen Dator is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Hawaii Research Centerfor Futures Studies, Department of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor in the College of Architecture, of the University of Hawaii at Manoa; Co-Chair and Core Lecturer, Space Humanities, International Space University, Strasbourg, France; Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Futures Strategy, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; Daejeon, Korea, and former President, World Futures Studies Federation.  He is editor-in-chief of the World Futures Review. He also taught at Rikkyo University (Tokyo, for six years), the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, the University of Toronto, and the InterUniversity Consortium for Postgraduate Studies in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia.

Jennifer M Gidley 

Dr Jennifer Gidley is an author, futurist, researcher, and a Postformal Psychologist. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS, Sydney; an Adjunct Professor, Southern Cross University, NSW; a Fellow of the Botin Centre, Santander, Spain; a former Visiting Fellow at SciencesPo, Paris, France.

As former President (2009-2017) of the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF), a UNESCO and UN-ECOSOC partner founded in Paris in 1973, she led the global peak body representing 300 of the world’s leading futures scholars from over 60 countries. 

As an international speaker, researcher and consultant in education, innovation and sustainable futures, she has projects in Europe (Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Romania, Spain, Sweden), Middle East (Egypt, Iran and UAE) and Asia (Malaysia, Shanghai, Taiwan), UK and USA. She serves on editorial boards of several academic journals, and have published over 50 academic papers, and several books.

Rushdi Abdul Rahim

Rushdi Abdul Rahim is a Senior Vice President in Malaysian Industry Government Group for High Technology or better known by the acronym MIGHT, a technology policy think tank under the Malaysia’s Prime Minister Department. He is also the Director of myForesight ®, Malaysian Foresight Institute. Through MIGHT’s foresight, trend & horizon scanning activities, Rushdi spent most of his time working with organizations – private and public – understands and explore the future impacts of trends as well as disruptions.

He led the completion of major foresight and futures initiatives that shaped Malaysia’s national policy development including Youth Defined-Shape the Future; the engagement of youth in foresight, Future Rail 2030; a foresight project for the development rail industry in Malaysia, Future of Malaysian Public Service – Beyond 2020; a collaborative project with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Public Service Department (JPA) as well as Future of Work – Work, Workforce, Workplace; looking at the impact of 4th Industrial Revolution to the nature work, workforce required and the work environment.

Recently he led MIGHT’s team in the collaborative development of Industry 4frwd – Malaysia’s National Industry 4.0 framework with the Ministry of International Trade & Industry as well as the National Anti-Corruption Plan with Center for Governance, Integrity & Anti-Corruption.

He was also the Co-Chair for the working committee on Prioritization of
Technologies for R&D under the National Science and Research Council (NSRC).

Rushdi was also featured as one of the 25 futurist in “Leading Thought’s – How to Use a Futurist”

Sohail Inayatullah

Professor Sohail Inayatullah is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Futures Studies and on the editorial boards of Futures, Prout Journal, East West Affairs, World Future Review, and Foresight. He has written more than 350 journal articles, book chapters, encyclopaedia entries and magazine editorials. His articles have been translated into a variety of languages, including Catalan, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Indonesian, Farsi, Arabic, and Mandarin. Inayatullah has also written and co-edited twenty-two books/cdroms, including: What Works: Case Studies in the Practice of Foresight; CLA 2.0: Transformative Research in Theory and Practice (2015); Questioning the Future: Methods and Tools for Organizational and Societal Transformation (2007); and, Macrohistory and Macrohistorians: Perspectives on Individual, Social, and Civilizational Change (1997). His latest (2018) book is Asia 2038: Ten Disruptions That Change Everything.

Shunjie Ji

Dr. Shun-jie Ji has a Doctoral degree in Political Science-Urban Studies joint programs at the Michigan State University. He is one of the founding board members and the Deputy Secretary General (2004-2006) of the Taiwan International Studies Association (TISA). He served as a full-time Counselor in the Office of the Vice-President of Taiwan in 2006; was the Managing Editor of the Journal of Futures Studies (2003-2006) and the Managing Editor of the Taiwan International Studies Quarterly (2005-2006).

Internationally, he has been working on issues in human rights, human security, multiculturalism, and sustainable development

Anita Kelleher

Anita Kelleher is passionate about development – individual, organisational, community and international.  With 20 years experience in strategic analysis and long-range planning, coupled with transformational leadership and development expertise, Anita typically works with government and community benefit organisations building their capacity to successfully navigate the emerging challenges of the 21st century. Her practice is notable for its customised project design, strategic thinking, and for crossing boundaries – disciplinary, cultural, political, sectoral – drawing from a diverse range of intelligence sources to catalyse ideation, creativity and innovation. In addition to positioning clients for future development and change, Anita’s projects have resulted in long-range plans 20-50 years out, product and service innovations, tri-sector partnerships, community activation and shifts in organisational values.

Anita holds a Master of Business Leadership; Master of Future Studies; and a PhD in Social Science (Future Global Governance). Anita is Chair of the Australasian Node of the Millennium Project, and a member of the Association of Professional Futurists and World Futures Studies Federation. 

Maya Van Leemput

Maya Van Leemput is Senior Researcher of ‘Open Time|Applied Futures Research’ at the Management, Media and Society department of the Erasmus University College Brussel where she also teaches Strategic Futures Orientation. Her background is in media studies with a Ph.D. from the University of Westminster for her research on “Visions of the Future on Television.” Her critical forward-looking work on media, culture, arts, (cross-cultural) communication, development, science and technology in society and urban environments, uses experimental, creative and participatory approaches. She partners with photographer Bram Goots on Agence Future (AF), a long-term independent project for exploring images of the future. The interdisciplinary experimental collaboration combines conversation based approaches and visual ethnography with multi-media co-creation. Maya is is a fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation and the Centre of Postnormal Policy and Futures Studies, a member the Association of Professional Futurists and the interdisciplinary visual arts collective OST.