Emil Benjamin Tapnio

Having recently completed the Professional Fellowship of US Department of State’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) in Hawaii that culminated in Washington DC, USA on June 2018 and have been appointed as one of the Global Ambassadors of the International Young Leaders Assembly 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, Emil Tapnio is passionate in championing innovative leadership in the development sector.

He’s currently the Program Director at the Philippine Development Foundation headed by Filipino technology innovator Dado Banatao. True to PhilDev’s mission to help eradicate poverty in the Philippines through education, innovation, and entrepreneurship, Emil heads the Innovation for Social Impact Partnership (ISIP) project at PhilDev, co-implemented with UNDP and DFAT-Australia.

Specific to the academe and in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education, he managed the development of the pioneering Technopreneurship 101 subject that was rolled out in 539 Philippine universities nationwide. This is expected to produce new breed of graduates with entrepreneurial mindset and will take option to commercialize their researches and innovations that are globally-scalable, yet answers local Filipino needs. At present, Emil is heading the establishment of Technopreneurship Hubs in 15 strategically located universities in the Philippines that aim to spur innovation and entrepreneurship in various regions in the country.

Since Emil graduated from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, he developed and managed programs on education, entrepreneurship, economic reform, local governance, electoral reform, human rights, and persons with disability’s right to suffrage totaling over US$30million in portfolio funding from USAID, US Department of State, UNDP, DFAT-Australia (formerly AusAID), The Asia Foundation, and PhilDev Foundation.

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