Senior Research Fellows


Expertise and research interests: evaluation of communication and social interventions, communication strategy for development, political communication and public opinion polling, quantitative and qualitative methods of social research, news media effects on political participation and knowledge.

Professor David recently joined the Ateneo School of Government as Full Professor of Leadership Communications.  She was previously the Director of the Communications and Knowledge Management Office of the Philippine Competition Commission and former faculty of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communications.  

Professor David holds a PhD from Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been published in some of the leading journals in communications, and her recent book “The RH Wars: Framing the Population and Health Debate” received the Philippine National Academy of Science and Technology’s (NAST) Outstanding Book Publication. In 2015, Professor David was named one of the country’s Outstanding Young Scientists by the National Academy of Science and Technology.


Expertise and research interests: rule of law, hybrid justice, violence against women and peacebuilding in Mindanao, judicial politics, misinformation, public opinion

Dr. Deinla is an Associate Professor at the Ateneo School of Government (ASOG) where she teaches Critical Criminology and Graduate Innovation Report for the graduate program. She is also the convenor of BOSES Pilipinas, the first university-based opinion and survey research in the Philippines. Her areas of research are on the relationship between politics and law, and on rule of law and democracy in Southeast Asia and ASEAN. She has published extensively on judicial politics, legal pluralism, hybrid justice and peacebuilding, as well as on civil society and military relations in Mindanao, Philippines. She is currently working on several projects with ASOG such as on misinformation, public opinion and democracy and electoral violence. Dr. Deinla is a developmental lawyer and currently working on a justice and human rights program to operationalize and strengthen the multi-level justice system in the Bangsamoro.

Dr. Deinla’s most recent publication is titled, ‘Filipino Women Judges and their Role in Advancing Judicial Independence in the Philippines’, a chapter in a special volume on Women and the Judiciary in the Asia Pacific (Crouch: CUP, 2021).  Dr. Deinla was previously connected with the Australian National University for over eight years as a Fellow.


Expertise: education research, development management

Edilberto de Jesus, Professor Emeritus, served as the president of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) from 2009 to 2012. Prior to this appointment, he was president of the University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City (2008–2009). He accepted a concurrent appointment as Presidential Adviser on Rural Development in the Aquino Cabinet in 1988 while serving as Deputy Commissioner in the Peace Commission. He returned to AIM in 1992 as Associate Dean for Research (1992–1995), leading the team that established the AIM Policy Forum, and serving as its first Chair. He then served as president of Far Eastern University (FEU) in Manila in 1995. From 1995 to 2002, he served on the boards of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU) and the Coordinating Council for Private Educational Associations.

In 2002, he was appointed Secretary of Education before serving as Secretariat Director (2005–2007) of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) in Bangkok. Dr. de Jesús completed his Master of Philosophy and PhD in History at Yale University. He graduated cum laude from the BA Honors Course in the Humanities of Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU). AdMU, FEU, and Xavier University Cagayan de Oro have conferred on him a PhD in the Humanities, Honoris Causa.


Expertise: Medicine, Health Systems and Governance, Pharmacovigilance

Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go is an Adjunct Faculty at the Asian Institute of Management. He was Philippine Department of Health Undersecretary (2015-2016); Director General of Food and Drugs Administration (October 2012- October 2014); Deputy Director Bureau of Food and Drugs (1999-2001).  He was the founding Executive Director of the Zuellig Foundation from 2001 to 2009. He was faculty of the UP College of Medicine (1990-2006), Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (until 2010) and AIM (2010-2015; 2017-2020, as School Head Zuellig School of Development Management).

He holds Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine (1985), and from Newcastle University UK (1998, Clinical Pharmacology). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh), a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore and Honorary Fellow of the Singapore College of Physician since 2017 and the President Philippine College of Physicians (2017-2018).

From 2013-2016, he advised the Chair of the APEC's Life Science Innovation Forum (LSIF) executive board. He served as a member of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety and WHO Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicinal Products.  He is a member of the Steering Committee of the NUS Initiative for Health in Asia (NIHA), and Expert Panel member of the Center for Regulatory Excellence based in Singapore.  In the mid-2000's he was also President of the Corporate Network for Disaster Response (CNDR) and a founding member of the Laban Konsyumer Inc, an NGO Consumer advocacy organization since 2016.  He sits as Board Member of Culion Foundation Inc., Equicom Savings Bank, Maxicare Health Corporation, Generika, OML Center for Climate Change Adaptation, CARD MRI BotiCARD Inc, MedGrocer (2020),  and a member of the National Council of Biosafety Philippines.  He is currently the president of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcome Research Philippine Chapter.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Expertise and research interests: Political economy

Dr. Ronald U. Mendoza was the dean of the Ateneo School of Government at Ateneo de Manila University from 2016 until 2022. He is currently a Committee Member of the United Nations Committee of United Nations Committee of the Experts on Public Administration (CEPA).

Dr. Mendoza has an extensive background in international development policy and international cooperation, with a resumé that includes work with the United Nations, the Asian Institute of Management and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Dr. Mendoza has collaborated with government officials, academics and representatives of the private and nonprofit sectors to advance reforms that could improve human development, reduce poverty, and elicit more inclusive economic and political development.

He has carried out research, technical assistance engagements and missions to developing countries including Ethiopia, Mongolia, Senegal, Thailand, Turkey, Kyrgyz Republic and Ukraine. Before joining the Ateneo School of Government, Dr. Mendoza was also an associate professor of economics at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), where he also served as executive director of the AIM Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness. Working with a team of young researchers at AIM, he crafted and managed policy research on development issues relevant to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Together with Ateneo researchers, he co-authored a study on the impact of political dynasties on poverty and underdevelopment in the Philippine countryside. Dr. Mendoza also worked with Ateneo, La Salle, the University of the Philippines and an international group of researchers on Building Inclusive Democracies in ASEAN (Anvil Press, 2015), which won the Outstanding Book Award for 2016 from the Philippine National Academy of Science and Technology.


Expertise and research interests: governance, infrastructure development, infrastructure finance, and Public-Private Partnerships

Dr. Torio has over 25 years of experience in operations, finance, research, and policymaking related to public infrastructure, as a senior corporate officer, government official, and academic scholar.  As the first Executive Director of the Public-Private Center of the Philippines, he was instrumental in shaping the Philippine government’s policy and strategy with respect to the development of public infrastructure through private sector participation.  As an academic, his teaching, research, and projects focused on governance, infrastructure development, infrastructure finance, and Public-Private Partnerships. 

He has a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from the University of British Columbia. He also holds Master’s Degrees in various disciplines – Master of Engineering from the University of the Philippines, Master in Management from the Asian Institute of Management, Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, and the Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Policy Studies from the University of British Columbia.

His extensive and diverse work experience, coupled with his graduate studies in various fields, allow him to take an interdisciplinary approach towards teaching, research, and capacity building.


Expertise and research interests: Energy, economics

Josef T. Yap is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Ateneo School of Government. He was ​​President of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, where he worked for 26 years until his retirement on June 30, 2013. While at PIDS, he specialized in macroeconomic policy and applied econometrics. 

Dr. Yap finished his undergraduate and doctoral studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman and went to the University of Pennsylvania on a post-graduate program. In 2010, Dr. Yap was honored as one of the 100 outstanding alumni of the UP Diliman College of Engineering as part of its Centennial celebration. 

His current research interest centers on regional economic integration in East Asia and promoting energy security in the Philippines. Dr. Yap was the regional coordinator of the East Asian Development Network and was actively involved in the establishment of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). From 2019 – 2022, Dr. Yap was Senior Technical Advisor to the ASEP-CELLs Project (Access to Sustainable Energy Program, Clean Energy Living Laboratories) which was implemented under the auspices of the European Union and the Ateneo School of Government. He is co-author of the books The Philippine Economy: East Asia’s Stray Cat? Structure, Finance and Adjustment and Lessons from Nationalist Struggle: The Life of Emmanuel Quiason Yap.


Expertise: State-building, decentralization, and constitutionalism

Atty. Michael Henry Ll. Yusingco is a non-resident research fellow at the Ateneo School of Government. He is also a Lecturer at the Institute of Law, School of Law and Governance of the University of Asia and the Pacific. Atty. Yusingco previously worked as a Consultant to the Office of Senator Koko Pimentel. Atty. Yusingco is also a contributor in various Philippine newspapers, such as on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler, MindaNews, The Daily Guardian, Philippine Times, Sun Star Cebu, Asian Currents, Asia Times, Channel News Asia, and East Asia Forum.

Atty. Yusingco finished his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Ateneo de Manila University, and his Bachelor of Laws from Arellano University School of Law. He also obtained a Master’s degree in Law and Development from the University of Melbourne Law School.

Research Fellows

Non-Resident Research Fellows


Expertise: anti-corruption

Daniel Davis is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Virginia. His work focuses on corruption, what causes it and how it can be controlled. Daniel's dissertation is a comparison of the anti-corruption systems in the Philippines and Indonesia looking at how politics influences who is charged for corruption. Daniel was a visiting fellow at the Ateneo School of government in 2019 and conducted research for his dissertation in Jakarta,


Expertise: Foreign direct investments, environmental economics, sustainability

Nadia Doytch is an Associate Professor of Economics at CUNY Brooklyn College, Koppelman School of Business, where she teaches International Trade, Microeconomics, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics and Sustainability Theory and serves as the Economics Department Graduate Deputy Chair. Nadia also holds an Associate Professor appointment at the Ph.D. Program in Economics at CUNY Graduate Center and a Non-Resident Research Fellowship at Ateneo de Manila University School of Government (ASoG) in Manila, The Philippines.

Nadia’s fields of research are: International Economics, Development Economics, Energy and Environmental Economics. Her work has appeared/ is forthcoming in Energy Economics, Social Science & Medicine, Journal of International Money and Finance, International Review of Economics and Finance, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, Children and Youth Services Review, Economic Systems, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Journal of Asian Economics, Borsa Istanbul Review, Post-Communist Economies, Comparative Economic Studies, Eastern Economic Journal, Applied Economics Letters, the Springer Rethinking International Development Series and others. Nadia currently advises graduate student research in International Economics, and Environmental and Development Economics.


Expertise and research interests: Economics, Negotiations, Strategy, Critical Thinking, migration, Asian business

Vickie Licuanan is currently an Adjunct Faculty and former Dean of the Asian Institute of Management (2005-2010), prior to which she held various administrative positions such as Associate Dean for Faculty and Programs, for Research, and for AIM’s School of Entrepreneurship. She co-authored various research studies published in research journals, as well as wrote 2 books on Women Entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia, and Southeast Asian Women in Government and Not-For-Profits. Her most recent research project was a 3ie-funded RCT evaluation of training for OFWs. 

She studied for a PhD In Economics at Harvard University under Fulbright and Harvard University grants, and obtained her BA in Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude) from Maryknoll College.


Expertise: Comparative international, taxation policies, fiscal incentives

Jude B. Ocampo is a Philippine attorney specializing in tax and corporate law. He holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration degree (Finance and Supply Chain Management) from the UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is a graduate of, and a former lecturer at, the University of the Philippines College of Law.

A corporate and tax lawyer with 15 years of experience in the Philippines and abroad, he was a tax lawyer at Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. (Ernst & Young Philippines), an international tax director with Ernst & Young (Hungary), a tax principal at KPMG Manabat San Agustin & Co. (Philippines), and a partner in the tax and legal department of Deloitte (Commonwealth of Independent States). He was most recently a regional tax director and deputy head of regional tax of DFDI, an international law firm focusing on high-growth Asian markets. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, international corporate structuring, and international tax. Jude has assisted a number of global and ASEAN multinationals in multi-jurisdictional reorganizations. He also served in the Philippine government. From 2004 to 2005, he was Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Republic’s Trade and Industry Department and Finance Department.


Expertise: Poverty reduction, global value chain, sustainable development, governance

Ms. Olfindo is a consultant in the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice of the World Bank in Washington, DC. Formerly, she was an economist in a Tokyo-based development consulting firm, consultant in Asian Development Bank, and staff in the Philippines’ National Economic and Development Authority. She holds a master’s degree in economics from University of the Philippines and a master in public administration in international development from Harvard University.


Expertise: Civil Society and Social Accountability in Southeast Asia

Eitan Paul is a Graduate Student Instructor at the Department of Political Science of University of Michigan. He is currently taking his PhD in Public Policy and Political Science at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in the same university. His fields of research are Civil Society and Social Accountability in Southeast Asia, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance in the Global South, Political Economy of Development, and Democratization and Electoral Authoritarianism. He worked as a researcher at the Asia Foundation in Dili, Timor-Leste, and at the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a Princeton in Asia Fellow at the National Democratic Institute in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and as a Program Associate at Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs in Washington, DC.

He obtained his Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Fletcher School, Tufts University and his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service major in International Politics (Honors) from Walsh School of Foreign Service in Georgetown University.

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