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2015-2024 Members of the Board of Trustees

1. Nassef Manabilang Adiong, PhD is a lifelong learner of comparative study between Islam and International Relations. He created the IR-IS Research Cohort on December 2012 that became International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort (Co-IRIS) on November 2013. In addition to his service to profession, he founded the Philippine International Studies Organization (PHISO) on September 2015. He is Senior Lecturer II at the Institute of Islamic Studies and the Center for International Studies of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Appointed as Associate Professorial Lecturer V at the College of Political Science and Public Administration of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and Professorial Lecturer IV at the International Studies department of Far Eastern University, Manila. He completed his PhD in International Relations at the Middle East Technical University in 2016. The PhD program was sponsored by the European Union’s Erasmus Mundus Mobility with Asia scholarship and Turkey’s TÜBİTAK fellowship (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey). To read and cite Nassef’s publications, please click here.

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2. Frances Antoinette Cruz is a tenured Assistant Professor of German Studies at the Department of European Languages, University of the Philippines, Diliman, and an affiliate faculty of the Center for International Studies at the same University. She has taught classes on transnationalism and migration, gender studies, and Middle Eastern relations with Europe. Ms. Cruz obtained her Master’s degree in International Studies from UP Diliman in 2016 and her MA in German Studies with a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) at the University of Bielefeld in 2014. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in European Languages (summa cum laude) at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 2009. Her key research areas are norm diffusion, the GCC, migration and IR in the Philippines. In 2015, Ms. Cruz was part of a Philippine team that won first place at the Geneva Challenge: Advancing Development Goals Contest. The team’s proposal explored the utilization of mobile technology to assist Filipino return migrants. In addition, she has presented and written papers on the networks of soft power in Asia, responses to migration in Arab Gulf States and technology and development. She is a member of the International Studies Association, the Linguistic Society of the Philippines and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

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harvey3. John Harvey D. Gamas is the Chair of the International Studies Department of the Ateneo de Davao University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies major in Asian Studies with a minor in Philosophy, magna cum laude, from the same institution. He obtained his Master of Arts in International Studies, major in European Studies from the De La Salle University. He also holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Ignatian Institute of Religious Education Foundation. He is a member of the European Studies Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Association for Chinese Studies. In 2014 his paper entitled The Tragedy of the Southeast Asian Commons: Ritualism in ASEAN’s response to the South China Sea maritime dispute was published by Brill in the European Journal of East Asian Studies. His research on international/diplomatic history, non-Western IR, regionalism, religion and IR, are largely inspired by the lens of constructivism and the English School.

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4. Archill Niña Faller-Capistrano is a faculty member of the Department of Political Science, School of Law and Governance of the University of San Carlos (USC), Cebu City. She designed the A.B. Political Science major in International Relations and Foreign Service (IRFS) curriculum that is currently offered by USC. In 2010, she received an Australian Leadership Awards scholarship grant and in 2012, earned her Master of International Relations degree at Monash University, Victoria, Australia. She is currently the Chairperson of USC’s Institutional Ethics Review Committee. Her research interests include liquid modernity and human trafficking in international relations. Arch is also a member of the Philippine Bar and a lifetime member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Cebu City Chapter. She earned her Bachelor of Laws degree at USC in 2000. Her community engagement is concentrated to being Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Legal Bureau Inc., a pro-women and children non-governmental organization in Cebu, Philippines.

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09567-erickson5. Erickson D. Calata is Assistant Professor at the Political Science Department at Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Manila, Philippines. At PUP, he also serves as the founding adviser of the College of Political Science and Public Administration (CPSPA) Research Collective and Assistant Editor of the CPSPA Discourse. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Legal Management from Cagayan State University in Tuguegarao City, Philippines in 2004. He also holds his Master of Public Administration from the University of Makati, Philippines where he specialized in Policy studies. He is currently taking his PhD in Philippine Studies specializing in Political Science at Asian Center, University of the Philippines. He was once a legal editor, human rights worker, and had spent almost two decades of active involvement in voluntary sector management before joining the academe. He was former Assistant Professor at the College of Governance and Public Policy at University of Makati where he taught Political Theory and Methodology, Comparative Politics and Public Policy from 2012- 2014. His research interests include International Relations, Globalization Studies, Social Policy Reforms, and International Political Economy.

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Doce, Brian U [BA-POLSCI] TOGA 11R6. Brian Doce is an MA holder in International Relations at Jilin University located in Changchun City, Mainland China. He took Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at University of Santo Tomas with the honor of Cum Laude. His master’s thesis is about the role of religious actors as epistemic communities on Philippine socialization to the progressive norms of human security regimes. His research interests are international relations, foreign policy analysis, epistemic communities, religious actors and faith based organization (FBOs), and non-traditional security issues in East Asia and ASEAN. In terms of professional experience, he served as an editorial assistant of Documentation Service, a monthly journal published by Theological Centrum from May to June 2015. He also worked as a Research Associate for the Makati Business Club before he went to China for graduate studies. Currently, he is a member of the joint research staff of the Chinese National Language Committee for the ongoing research entitled “A Study on the Language Policies of One Belt One Road Countries” under the supervision of Liang Xiaojun.

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17910714_10210875518435440_1576513564_n7. Ricardo Roy A. Lopez is presently an MA Candidate in Asian Studies, Specializing in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman –Asian Center (UPD – AC). His research interests include Southeast Asian Studies and International Relations. He is also a member of the Philippine International Studies Organization (PHISO). He has contributed articles in the Ateneo De Manila University – Department of Sociology and Anthropology’s Verstehen project and for PHISO – UPD – AC’s Forging a New Philippine Foreign Policy Collaborative Project.

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8. Reserved slot for an ex officio member (i.e. the 2-year term President of the Management Committee).

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9. Robert Joseph P. Medillo is an MA student in Political Science at De La Salle University in Manila and holds a BA degree from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

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