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adobo FOI 2019: Check Out Our Speakers For This Coming adobo Festival of Ideas 2019!

MANILA — The adobo Festival of Ideas will be happening this coming December 5, 2019 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila, with The Connectivity Economy”, as this year’s festival theme. We’ll be taking a look at how the modern economy is fueled by collaboration over competition, how unexpected connections are leading to an endless array of possibilities, and the role creative and innovative thinking plays in achieving business and sustainability goals.

We’re bringing in renowned leaders from across the globe coming from different sectors and backgrounds to help us explore the worlds created when industries and sectors intersect, converge, and collaborate and how the cyclic relationships between these sectors would shape the future of the world and transform it.

Rachel Renucci

Co-Founder & President, Chen Yi Agventures


For about 18 years, Rachel Renucci worked abroad as an investment banker. But after seeing the onslaught that Yolanda brought to Leyte, she decided to come home to the Philippines, towing along her husband Patrick to build a state-of-the-art milling facility that would help provide farmers in Leyte a better livelihood.

Patrick Renucci

Co-founder & Senior Technical Consultant, Chen Yi Agventures

Despite being a founder of one of the largest printing companies in Paris, Patrick Renucci left his business behind to find a way to live a new life in the Philippines while helping others. Now he runs a post-harvest facility in Leyte together with his wife Rachel to help out farmers affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Reina Reyes

Head of AC Analytics, Ayala Corporation

With a Ph.D in Astrophysics, Reina Reyes’ career in science goes a long way. Her involvement in her field has contributed to the country’s national development, as proven by her Gawad Lagablab Award, and she is now the Head of AC Analytics at Ayala Corporation and the Host of Science Says at the Knowledge Channel. She’s been touted as “The Filipina Who Proved Einstein Right” after publishing her research on testing general relativity.

Royal Pineda

Co-Founder & Lead Architect, BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design

Known for his distinct, responsive design and practical construction using various sustainable and innovative technologies, as well as a lead advocate for Modern Filipino Architecture+Design, Arch, Royal Pineda is a staunch believer in the value of mixing modern and traditional elements, and fusing indigenous materials with artisanal methods. He is also the Principal Architect+CEO of BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design.

Alexander de Leon

Head of Product Marketing, Instagram Asia-Pacific

Currently heading the overall product strategy and go-to-market initiatives for Instagram Asia-Pacific, Alexander de Leon spent prior of his career at Google and YouTube, working across both technical and business development roles.

Tuomas Peltoniemi

EVP Managing Director for APAC, R/GA

Tuomas Peltoniemi has been in digital marketing for about 20 years, working where technology, strategy, creative and business intersects since the late ’90s. Currently R/GA’s EVP, Managing Director for APAC, Tuomas oversees the company’s business across Asia-Pacific.

Calvin Soh

Founder, One Kind Ideas + One Kind House

Calvin Soh is a former CCO, now father, urban farmer, GIY stick creator, designer of One Kind House, investor, entrepreneur, consultant, occasional chef, speaker, co-creator time traveller, author of Big Red Dot and ex-advisor SIPI.

Anthony Thomas
President & Chief Executive Officer, GCash

Anthony Thomas joined Mynt as its Chief Operating Officer in 2015, and was part of its founding leadership team. He was appointed President and CEO in 2017.  Under his care, Mynt has reached over 7 million GCash users, making GCash leading in mobile payments through its Scan-to-Pay technology.

Issa Guevarra-Cabreira

Managing Partner, 917 Ventures

Currently the Managing Partner of 917 Ventures — Globe’s corporate incubator arm creating businesses beyond telco services — Issa Guevarra-Cabreira is an experienced Head Of Mobile with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry. Prior to Globe, she was Category Marketing Manager at Kraft Foods, Philippines (now Mondelez), looking after global brands Tang, MaxwellHouse, and Kool-Aid.

Dondi Gomez

Chief Marketing Officer, Jollibee Group of Companies

Holding a successful and global track record in the restaurant industry, Dondi Gomez is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of the Jollibee Group of Companies. With a background in marketing strategy and marketing management, Dondi is a marketing executive with strong FMCG experience from Unilever and business consulting background from Ernst & Young.

Carlo Almandral

Managing Partner, Adaptive AI

Carlo Almendral has founded and led companies across markets with a focus on AI for social change, and is currently the Managing Director of New-York based Adaptive AI. He is also known as a pioneer in social gaming, and a staunch philanthropist who serves at the Innovation Council for the UN’s World Food Programme and Board Trustee at For The Women Foundation.

Vic Icasas

President & Managing Partner, Hit Productions, Inc.

Vic Icasas is the President and Managing Partner of the multi-awarded sound studio Hit Productions, where he started his career almost thirty years ago as a composer and audio producer. He also serves as consultant for Beyond the Box and Digital Walker, and was formerly the Reviews Editor for gear website Technoodling. Vic is also the co-founder of Singapore-based startup Wika Media.

Neil Trinidad

Country Chief Marketing Officer, Lazada Philippines

Having a degree on Marketing Communications from the University of Asia and the Pacific, Neil Trinidad began his career with Unilever as a management trainee, eventually making his way to become the company’s Marketing Director for its Skin Care & Skin Cleansing arm in the Philippines. His work with Unilever would last 14 years before moving on to Google Philippines as its Industry Manager. Now active in the online retail scene, Neil serves as the Country Chief Marketing Officer for Lazada Philippines.

Tickets are available at PHP 5,000 at regular price and PHP 2,000 for students. There’s also a group package of 10+1 tickets for PHP 50,000. Get your tickets here.

For further inquiries, reach out to the adobo FOI team through our website at www.adobofestivalofideas.com or shoot an email to events@adobomagazine.com, or call up (+632) 884 50218. 

The adobo Festival of Ideas is sponsored by the following:
Co-Presenter: Jollibee
Minor Sponsor: ASUS Expert Series
Snacks and Coffee Sponsor: Oishi, Red Ribbon, Hineleban
Venue Partner: Resorts World Manila
Production and Logistics Partner: ArtisteSpace
Video Graphics Partner: Acid House 
Sound Design Production Partner: Hit Productions, Inc.
Ticketing Partner: Ticket World, Ticket2Me

Partner with adobo Magazine

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