Summit Speakers

Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Malcolm Parry, OBE PhD BSc PGCertEd MRSB

Founder and Former CEO, Surrey Research Park
University of Surrey, UK

Dr. Malcolm Parry gained a BSc Hons in 1972, PhD in 1977 and PGCE 1977 all from the University of London after which he took an academic post at the University of Surrey in 1977 and established strong research links with industry. In 1981, he founded the University’s Surrey Research Park and was CEO for over 40 years.  The Park pioneered business incubation and acceleration services and supported companies as they scale and in some cases have exited by an IPO but many more have been acquired by companies such as Microsoft, BAE Systems, Airbus, Danaher, among other multinationals. The current cohort of over 200 companies on the site which contributes some £600m annually to the regional economy and provide an independent revenue stream to the University to support scholarship.


He was one of the 7 founder members of the UK Science Park Association in 1984 and is still active in this organisation and is an active member of the International Science Parks Association, and has sat on the Associations Advisory Board as well as the Technical Committee. He retired from the position of CEO of the Surrey Research Park in May 2021 but continues to be involved as a formally appointed visiting member of staff at the University of Surrey.


He has written and lectured extensively on the subject of science parks and presented papers at more than 20 IASP Annual Meetings, more than 25 papers at UNESCO Science Park training programmes, carried out more than ten mission for UNESCO as an expert to a range of Asian, African and South American countries, and has been used as an expert by the UN Economic Commission to Europe.  He has edited and contributed to a number of books on Science and Technology Parks with the most recent on the role of R&D in Arab Universities and is currently contributor to and acting co-editor on UKSPA’s 3rd Edition of The Planning Development and Operation of Science Parks of which the first edition was translated into Chinese in 1999 by the Chinese Government. In addition, he has gained commercial experience through starting and selling two companies.

In 2006, he was honoured with an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his work on Education and Industry links, actively involved in the business community in his region in the UK in the last four decades. 

Other Guest Speakers


Ms. Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño
Regional Director, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA 10)

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Mr. Jaime Rafael Paguio
Chairman of the Board, Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc.


Atty. Oscar Moreno

Mayor, Cagayan de Oro City


Dr. Raul C. Alvarez, Jr.
Regional Director, Commission on Higher Education (CHED10)

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Consul General Yoshiaki Miwa

Consulate General of Japan in Davao

USTP S&T Parks Master Planning Team Representatives:

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Arch. Maria Rallah Villaseca

Infrastructure Component Lead,

S&T Park Planning Team

Campus Architect, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Development Office

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Arch. Archemedes Wabe

Land Use & Site Development

Component Lead,

S&T Park Planning Team

Campus Architect, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Development Office

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Dr. Demetria May Saniel

Business & Financial

Component Lead,

S&T Park Planning Team

Director, Institute of Governance, Innovations and Sustainability



Dr. Ambrosio B. Cultura ll
President, USTP System


Mr. Alfonso Alamban

Regional Director, Department of Science and Technology (DOST 10)

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Mr. Ermedio Abang

Regional Director, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI 10)


Ms. Watcharin ‘Lhing’ Witthayaweerasak
General Manager, Thai Business Incubators and Science Parks Association

(Thai- BISPA)

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Ferdinand Ferrer

Director, Technology & Innovation, Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Chairman and CEO, EMS Group of Companies


Dr. Richard Abendan
Chief of Party, USAID Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) Program


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Mr. Emil Benjamin B. Tapnio

Youth Development Leadership Specialist

The Asia Foundation

On USTP's Response

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Mr. Clint Pacana


Agropolis S&T Park

Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration, USTP Claveria


Arch. Ferdinand Dumpa

Person-in-Charge, AGILA S&T Park

Director, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Development Office, USTP System

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Dr. Vanessa Ascaño

Vice President for Finance, Planning & Development,

USTP System


Webinar Resource Persons


Dr. Enrico Paringit
Executive Director, Philippine Council for Industry, Energy,
and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST – PCIEERD)

Challenges and Strategies in Developing the Innovation Ecosystems in the Philippines

Dr. Enrico C. Paringit started as the executive director of the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) in December 2018. An outstanding engineer, he led game-changing programs and projects in land surveying, remote sensing and geographic information system, environmental monitoring, and disaster risk assessment and management. One of these is the Disaster Risk Assessment, Exposure and Mitigation-Light Ranging and Detection Technology or DREAM LiDAR, which addressed the effects of flooding disasters in the Philippines through accurate national terrain elevation maps and training of LiDAR and flood mapping experts.


Engr. Niñaliza H. Escorial

Deputy Executive Director, Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD)

Challenges and Strategies in Developing the Innovation Ecosystems in the Philippines

Engr. Niñaliza is PCIEERD's Deputy Executive Director with an extensive experience in the formulation of strategic sectoral plans, initiating and directing programs and projects for implementation. She has been involved in the conceptualization and implementation of high impact projects of the Council that included packaging, Metrology, OneLab and Food Innovation Center, Smart Food Value Chain Program. She is also part of the DOST's Internal Auditor. She obtained her MS in Chemical Engineering from De La Salle University. 


Dr. Amal Makhloufi
Vice President, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), and General Manager, Sanofi

Virtual Healthcare and Innovative Medicines

A long-time champion of patients, Dr. Amal began her career as an emergency field doctor in Algeria before joining Sanofi as a Medical Sales Representative in 1999. Over the past two decades, she has risen through the ranks in various sales, marketing, business intelligence, and project management roles within the company before being named as the Chief Operating Officer for Sanofi Algeria in 2015. Through her unwavering dedication to empowering lives, Dr. Amal joined Sanofi Philippines in July 2018. Under the banner she affectionately calls #PanatangSanofi (Sanofi’s Pledge), her teams continue to work tirelessly in building a healthier Philippines through prevention, treatments for a variety of diseases and self-care solutions.


Dr. Delia Cresencio-Catacutan
Principal Scientist, and Country Representative-Philippines Center for International Forest Research-World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF)


Planetary Boundaries, Food Systems and the SDGs: the role of science and academia


Dr. Catacutan formerly headed Vietnam’s country program and the Southeast Asia Regional Program of ICRAF. Trained in natural resources management, she has over 20 years research experience on the technical, social and policy dimensions of agroforestry and integrated natural resources management, in Asia and Africa.  She is the lead author of the ASEAN Guidelines on Agroforestry Development, and a recipient of the highest commemorative medal for her contribution to the cause of agriculture and rural development in Vietnam.  Delia is Senior Fellow of the Global Evergreening Alliance and Founding Board of the International Union of Agroforestry.  Delia obtained her doctoral degree in Natural & Rural Systems Management from the University of Queensland, Australia, followed by a post-doc fellowship on Sustainability Science at Harvard University’s Center for International Development.  Delia is also a proud alumnus of USTP.


Dr. Lemuel D. Lopez
Faculty Member, University of Melbourne Law School


Potentials and Pitfalls in Agriculture Industry Partnerships: Why Contracts Matter?


Dr Lemuel Lopez is a dual-qualified lawyer, having been admitted as lawyer in New South Wales, Australia, and the Philippines. He earned his PhD (with specialisation in Private International Law, Comparative Law and Civil Law and Procedure) from the University of Melbourne. Employing a comparative law method, his thesis identified and explained the factors courts consider in resolving Choice-of-Forum clause issues whilst highlighting the unique and different approaches of the Asian courts. Since 2017, Lemuel has taught various law subjects at the University of Melbourne and Australian Catholic University, including Public and Private International Law, Principles of Business Law, Australian Consumer and Competition Law, Australian Land Law, Human Rights and Global Justice, and International Criminal Law. Lemuel has also gained more than 7 years of commercial transactions and dispute resolution experience in the Philippines and Indonesia. He has worked on various dispute matters including international arbitration and insolvency cases. Remarkably, he has also gained wide experience in commercial transactions, advising to a wide array of clients and commercial situations, including agribusiness venture agreements, cross border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance documentation, mining and energy contracts, and aviation and shipping transactions. Furthermore, he was also a legal consultant to the Philippine government on various anti-graft and corruption programs, and commercial and transactional aspects of rural development and agrarian reform. Lemuel finished his Juris Doctor from the University of the Philippines, Master of Laws with specialisation in International Law with Merit and Master of Diplomacy from the Australian National University, Bachelor of Arts Major in Economics (Honours Program) Cum Laude Minor in French Studies from the Ateneo de Manila University, Diploma in Law from the Legal Profession Admission Board - University of Sydney Law Extension Committee, and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law Australia.

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Mr. Romeo Montenegro
Assistant Secretary and Deputy Executive Director Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA)


Sustaining Energy in Mindanao: Status and Prospects

He is currently serving as Deputy Executive Director and concurrent head of Investments Promotion, International Relations and Public Affairs of the Mindanao Development

Authority (MinDA), the principal government agency mandated to coordinate the integrated development of Mindanao. His broad roles include overseeing implementation of MinDA programs to boost Mindanao's viability as an investment destination through facilitation and promotion efforts, including initiatives to strengthen participation in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines–East ASEAN Growth Area or BIMP-EAGA sub-regional cooperation.


Mr. Montenegro heads the Technical Working Group of the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee, an inter-agency body chaired and co-chaired by MinDA and DOE to spearhead efforts for long term Mindanao power development and energy transition. He has actively pursued collaborations with the country's power industry stakeholders and led MinDA's advocacy work on Renewable Energy development, where he had the opportunity to present in various national and international conferences.

He obtained his Masters Degree in Public Administration at the Ateneo de Davao University; studied Peace Journalism at the University of Sydney under AusAID grant; graduated as part of the pioneering batch of University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) Agribusiness Executives’ Program; and went through Executive Leadership Development Program at the National University of Singapore. He also underwent extensive trainings on Trade Facilitation in ASEAN Economies; Low Emission Development Strategy; Economic Corridors Development in Asia; Regional Power Market and Cross-Border Interconnection in ASEAN; and Lagging Region Development in Asia which were held in Singapore, Thailand and South Korea under grant programs from the ADB, USAID and the World Bank. 


His broad experience and immense knowledge of Mindanao honed through years of extensive peace and development work has deepened his institutional insights that helped guide a handful of local and multi-national companies from across diverse sectors including power and energy, move along sound investment direction. He has been with the government for over 24 years, under a dedicated career that has spanned across five administrations from Ramos to Duterte, including previous assignments to key executive offices under the Office of the President.



Dr. Maria Noelyn S. Dano

Director for International Affairs

Deputy Director, Institute of Governance, Innovations & Sustainability


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Ms. Monica Mabaylan-Ruiz

Manager, Promotions Management Unit

Technology Promotion and Commercialization Office