Ana is a seasoned PR professional with more than 20 years of experience in PR campaign ideation and implementation. Back in the year 2000, Ms. Pista founded Ardent Communications, the country’s premier tech PR agency. ArdentComm came about during a time where other agencies focused solely on lifestyle and FMCG brands. Seeing the rise of digitalization, Ms. Pista differentiated her company through specializing in technology communications. Servicing huge tech brands such as Microsoft, Norton and Symantec, Ms. Pista was able to establish the niche market of her company. Expanding its services nearly two decades after, ArdentComm has evolved into a full IMC agency catering to a wide variety of multi-industry brands.
Today, Ana serves as the president of the company. She is also the Vice President-External of the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP). She was appointed as the chairwoman of the recently concluded 26th National Public Relations Congress. Under her chairmanship, Ana set the benchmark by achieving many firsts to the organization’s annual PR congress such as mounting 12 breakout sessions in addition to the usual plenaries, tapping over 10 international thought leaders and over 20 local experts, and using cutting-edge technology for promotions, registration, and ticketing system. For the first time in 26 years, the annual PR congress reached over 400 delegates by opening its doors to the general PR and communication practitioners such as the industry organizations, large corporation, SMEs, Start-ups, members of the academe, government agencies, NGOs, and LGUs. It was also under her chairmanship that the plan for the 2020-2025 Philippine PR Roadmap was launched.
Charlie Villasenor is well known as a procurement and supply chain management icon in Asia and globally for his advancement of ethics, excellence and e-enablement in procurement and supply chain management. This brought him his affiliations and engagement at the Board and Advisory levels of organizations like the International Federation of Procurement & Supply Chain Management (IFPSM), UN/WTO (International Trade Center/ITC –SCM Program), and Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia) and some other Board functions in some corporations. He was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of PASIA – Procurement & Supply Institute of Asia and TransProcure, a leading global procurement and supply chain solutions and services company for over 18 years now. Charlie has been with 3M, Coca-Cola, Chevron holding leadership positions in supply chain functions in Asia, Middle East and Africa regions. Charlie set Asia’s B2B eProcurement & strategic in the 1990s when he was with Caltex and also as Regional Head of a publicly listed software company in 2000. He also had a short stint for a couple of years as Senior Vice-President of LBC a leading logistics and courier company in the Philippines. He has an MBA degree and PhD and certications in Supply Chain, Procurement & Logistics management. He is happily married with Janet Yater and has twin sons Juan Miguel and Juan Gabriel. A devoted father and covenanted member of ang Ligaya ng Panginoon.
Rey Lugtu is a digital and culture transformation thought & action leader, a sought-after public speaker, and an accomplished educator, author, and business columnist.
He is the CEO of Hungry Workhorse, a digital and culture transformation consulting firm. He has engaged with several companies and organizations on digital transformation and innovation, helping them in strategy, execution, and change management.
He is also the chairman, independent director, co-founder, and adviser of several startup and tech companies. He previously held senior executive roles in Microsoft, Samsung, Globe Telecom, Emerson, and IBM.
He is the Chairman of ICT Committee of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) and Vice Chairman of ICT Committee of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP).
He is Professorial Lecturer in the MBA program of De La Salle University, where he has been teaching for 15 years and currently teaches strategic management; Lecturer on Digital Transformation in the Benilde - School of Professional and Continuing Education; and was Adjunct Faculty of Asian Institute of Management where he taught Digital Transformation.
He is a business columnist and writer for Manila Times, Manila Bulletin, and Business World. He has written several articles and book chapters on digital transformation, 4th Industrial Revolution, and technology and culture.
He earned his MBA from DLSU where he is also finishing his doctorate. He finished courses in business from INSEAD-Wharton University of Pennsylvania, China Europe International Business School, and Helsinki School of Economics.
Mr. Michael Pereyra Gabilo is the current President of the Philippine Physical Therapy Association and presently affiliated with Metropolitan Medical Center College of Arts, Science and Technology as the: (1) Special Project Manager, (2) Coordinator of the College of Dentistry and College of Medicine and (3) Faculty Member of the College of Physical Therapy, College of Medical Technology and College of Medicine. Currently, a member of the following councils in the Professional Regulation Commission: Continuing Professional Development Council for Physical Therapy and Career Progression Committee. He is also the incumbent Secretary of the United Healthcare Organization of the Philippines. Last April 2017, he has been awarded by the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila as the Most Outstanding Alumnus for the year 2017.
He has served as the Secretary of the Philippine Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) from 2010-2013 and the Association’s Vice-President for Internal Affairs from 2013-2016. He is also a member of the PPTA Educators’ Special Interest Group. Because of his exposure with the current state of affairs in Physical Therapy education and health profession education and through his affiliation with various organizations, he is very much involved in different projects and advocacies that primary aim to advance the quality of health profession education in the country particularly Physical Therapy education as well as the standard of the Physical Therapy profession in the country. He has been invited as a resource person in various fora and seminar-workshops organized by different local and international higher educational institutions, professional organizations and government agencies like the Senate of the Philippines, Department of Health, Department of Labor and Employment, National Council for Disability Affairs, Commission on Human Rights, PhilHealth, and the Professional Regulation Commission.
He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2002 at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. Currently, Mr. Gabilo is finalizing his thesis for his Master’s Degree in Health Profession Education at the University of the Philippines Manila – National Teacher Training Center for Health Professions. He also finished the Basic Occupational Safety and Health Course provided by the Department of Labor and Employment – Occupational Safety and Health Center and Advanced Medical Transcription at Emilio Aguinaldo College, where he served as the Physical Therapy Department Chairperson of the School of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Respiratory Therapy from 2009 – 2013. He is also a holder of National Certificate II in Health Care Services and a Microsoft Office Specialist for Office Excel.
Co-Founder and CEO of EventBank, a cloud-based engagement management software company.
Founder of China Entrepreneurs, a network of more than 20,000 business professionals.
As CEO of EventBank, Eric Schmidt is focused on delivering cloud solutions that transform the way professional communities enable and enrich relationships. Over the last 15 years, Eric has founded and incubated several companies from the ground up. He maintains substantial experience with venture capital and private equity investments.
Eric is an elected member of AmCham China's Board of Governors (2017) and is recognized as an authority on digital technologies and business in Asia. He has been featured in media such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Baron’s, BBC, CCTV, China Daily, and numerous other outlets.
Eric once traced Marco Polo’s route from Beijing, China to Venice, Italy by bicycle – he was appreciatively sponsored by Nike and Phillips.