Our Team

Steering Committee

Prof. Shermon Cruz

Conference Chairperson

Dr. Lizan E. Perante-Calina

Conference Co-Chairperson

Ms. Shiela R. Castillo

Conference Secretary-General

Prof. Sohail Inayatullah

Conference Advisor

Organizing Committee

Prof. Shermon Cruz

Vice President

PROF. SHERMON O. CRUZ | Conference Chairperson

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.

Dr. Lizan E. Perante-Calina


DR. LIZAN E. PERANTE-CALINA | Conference Co-Chairperson

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.

Ms. Shiela R. Castillo


MS. SHIELA R. CASTILLO | Conference Secretary-General

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. 

Ms. Celine Grace Abella

Youth Futures Convenor

MS. CELINE GRACE M. ABELLA | Deputy Secretary-General

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.

Dr. Reginald Uggadan

Corporate Secretary

DR. REGINALD UGGADAN | Chair, Committee on Programs

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.

Mr. Emmanuel De Guia


MR. EMMANUEL DE GUIA | Chair, Committee on Partnerships

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.