Sherwin Ona, PhD
Dr. Ona is an associate professor of political science and development studies at the College of Liberal Arts, De La Salle University. Dr. Ona’s general specialization is in the use of ICT for societal development, focusing on the use of ICT in public administration. As the former research and advanced studies director of College of Computer Studies-DLSU and head of the Center for ICT for Development of the College of Computer Studies, Dr. Ona also served as consultant to various government agencies namely the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), Office of the President, Republic of the Philippines (2005-2007) and the Career Executive Service Board (CESB), Civil Service Commission (2010-present). It was during his stint at the CICT that Dr. Ona became part of the APEC-Telecoms working group on the establishment of a Government Chief Information Officer Training Model for APEC economies.
Earning his PhD in Development Studies from DLSU-Manila in 2011, Dr. Ona was also part of the iGov PhD Summer Institute as a participant (2009) and then as junior faculty (2010). The iGov program is under the Center for Technology in Government (CTG), State University of New York (Albany), USA.
Ma. Beth S. Concepcion
She is a faculty member of West Visayas State University – Institute of Information and Communications Technology (WVSU-IICT). She was designated as the College Secretary (2010-2014), Department Chair of Information Systems (2004-2010), Department Chair of Information Technology (2006-2007), Extension Coordinator (2003-2005), Project Leader of Extension Project “Bringing Youth Technology Empowerment” (2006-2014) and Thesis / Student Research Coordinator (2006-2014).
She has presented research papers in international conferences and published papers in peer-reviewed journals on the fields of decision support systems, data mining, and information science.
She earned her Masters in Information Management at University of St. La Salle-Bacolod City and Bachelor of Science in Information Management at West Visayas State University, Cum Laude.
Presently, she is a graduate student at De La Salle University taking up Doctor of Information Technology where she is also involved in Open Data Research Project. She wants to explore research avenues of ICT and open data in community health and disaster risk reduction.
Ian Jayson Hecita
He possesses over 10 years of international and local research, teaching, and community work in the field of politics, governance, and development studies. He is concurrently Research Associate at the DLSU- Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance (DLSU-JMRIG) and Lecturer of Political Science at Department of Political Science at DLSU. In 2010, Mr. Hecita was Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute of Energy Systems, Economics, and Sustainability (IESES) at the Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, FL. In 2009 was a Visiting Fellow at the Theodore Heuss International Academy of Leadership in Gummersbach, Germany.
As Research Associate at DLSU JMRIG, Mr. Hecita has been engaged in research and capacity building projects focusing on transparency and accountability in governance particularly the role of information and communications technology (ICT) in improving governance and development outcomes. He has also worked with local civil society organizations (CSOs) in developing knowledge products such as training modules, needs-assessment reports, strategic planning guidelines, and learning manuals on CSO empowerment and anti-corruption initiatives in the Philippines. As Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Mr. Hecita handles undergraduate courses on Political Science, Local Governance, and e-Governance. His research interests include local governance, local policy change and innovation, e-governance, and disaster risk reduction.
Mr. Hecita is a member of the International Society for Third Sector Research, Philippine ICT Research Network, and the Philippine Political Science Association.
Tiffany Padilla is a practitioner in the ICT industry for over 6 years. She has worked with different platforms such as EDI, Mainframe, AS400 and Windows Servers. She currently works in one of the largest IT service delivery organizations delivering best-in-class services. In her role, she engages with different customers and teams from EMEA and APJ regions, supporting the IT environments of customers utilizing enterprise cloud services. She is also an ISO 20000 Internal Auditor and ITIL trainer. Ms. Padilla is presently a graduate student and research assistant at the DLSU Center for ICT for Development (CITe4D). Her research interests include service industry, knowledge management and knowledge-intensive organizations. As a member of the OGD project, she hopes to sharpen her research methods and skills, learn from her peers and contribute with her knowledge management expertise.
Louis Mark Plaza