Sen. SHERWIN "WIN" T. GATCHALIAN
Sen. SHERWIN "WIN" T. GATCHALIAN is no neophyte to public service with his fifteen years of experience marked by integrity and a relentless drive to serve his countrymen.
A former award-winning mayor and congressman of Valenzuela City, he made the move from the local political arena to the national stage after winning a seat in the Senate during the May 2016 elections.
As Chairman of the Senate Committees on Energy, and Economic Affairs, respectively, his approach to running both committees has been united by a common theme— empowering consumers. The good senator has steered both committees in a pro-consumer direction, focusing on measures which will foster greater competition within critical industries, boost efficiency of services, and lower the costs shouldered by the general public.
To bring this legislative agenda to life, he has authored or sponsored several key measures, including the Recoverable System Loss Act, the Energy Virtual One Stop Shop (EVOSS) Act, the Philippine Innovation Act, and the Benham Rise Development Authority Act.
As Representative of the First District of Valenzuela, he filed in 2015 the original version of the bill that would radically expand access to college education for millions of Filipinos— the House Bill Number 5905, more commonly known as the Free Higher Education Act. The measure eventually became known as Republic Act Number 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act when it was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte in August 2017, and set the stage for millions of young Filipinos to attain a free college education in state and local universities and colleges nationwide.
Now in the 18th Congress, as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture, he intends to continue to fight for a better and more equitable, Philippine education system. He believes, and rightly so, that with accessible and quality education, everybody wins.
Dr. DAN C. LACHICA
Dr. DAN C. LACHICA is the President of the Semiconductor & Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI), the leading organization of multinational and Filipino-owned semiconductor and electronics companies in the Philippines with over 347 members—manufacturing firms, allied and support industries and the academe. The industry is the country’s largest exporter, at 56% or US$37.6 Billion in 2018, and employs a total of 3.2 million direct and indirect workers.
Engr. SAM HUI KEN
Engr. SAM HUI KEN graduated from University of Nottingham in 2015, with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. His final year project was to build a mathematical model to simulate the vibration behavior of piezoelectric under the actuation of rain and the electrical energy harvested from this actuation. The immense volume of data that arose from the progression of this project had sparked his interest in Big Data Analytics, which would later embark him on the journey to be a data scientist.
Mr. JOSEPH MARK R. AQUINO
Mr. JOSEPH MARK R. AQUINO has over 20 years solid work experience in the fast-paced Telecommunications/IT services based multinational companies. Led multi-cultural and cross functional project teams in various telecommunications, IT applications and internal corporate driven projects. With strong project management and execution skills and with the ability to create, deliver projects and achieve business results in aggressive timeframe.
Mr. ERIC H. CHOW
Mr. ERIC H. CHOW is the Academia Lead for Dassault Systèmes Asia Pacific South. He creates international partnerships to develop the workforce of the future to empower the digital transformation of commerce and society. On behalf of Dassault Systèmes, the global leader in 3D design and engineering software, Eric enables businesses, government, and organizations with the capabilities to create sustainable innovation.
Engr. ERIC JUDE S. SOLIMAN
Engr. ERIC JUDE S. SOLIMAN is a successful businessman in engineering industry and training. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer by profession and a registered ASEAN mechanical engineer. He took graduate studies in Master of Business Administration at the Philippine School of Business Administration to enhance his professionalism & business competence.
Engr. ALFRED LOUE F. ORQUIA
Engr. ALFRED LOUE F. ORQUIA is an Application Engineer at TechSource. He graduated in 2018 with a degree of Electronics and Communications Engineering at De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. Later that year,he was able to pass the licensure examination for ECE. He has also received the award for Best Undergraduate Research for his team’s study on implementation of sliding mode controller on an autonomous quadcopter in which, the research paper has been published at the 2018 International Journal of Automation and Smart Technology
Dr. ERIKA FILLE T. LEGARA
Dr. ERIKA FILLE T. LEGARA holds an Aboitiz Chair in Data Science, a professorship at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) where she is also the Program Director of the Master of Science in Data Science, one of the leading data science graduate programs in the region. Dr. Legara is also the Deputy Managing Director of the Analytics, Computing, and Complex Systems lab (ACCeSs) at AIM.