Mentors

Who We Are

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EIRENE JHONE AGUILA

Member Faculty of Law, Far Eastern University

Apart from her current law practice, she is also a member of the faculty of law of Far Eastern University teaching Persons and Family Relations, Obligations and Contracts, and Legal Ethics and Ateneo de Naga University School of Law where she teaches Administrative, Public Officers, end Election Law as well as Ethics Review. She has held various consultancy positions in government ranging from a stint at the Department of Finance’s Privatization and Management Office to the Commission on Elections, to the Office of the SolicitorGeneral and the Department of the Interior and Local Government. She earned her Juris Doctor from the Ateneo de Manila where she also graduated her Bachelor's degree in Management Engineering. 

VANESSA BICOMONG

Lecturer,Ateneo de Manila University

A professional consultant and lecturer with over 25 years of experience in marketing consumer goods and financial services. She teaches Entrepreneurial Marketing at her alma mater, Ateneo de Manila University, and runs a marketing workshop for small- and medium-sized enterprises at the Ateneo Business Resource Center. 

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JOSEPH DE LEON

Director of Venture Strategy, Gravitas Prime

In his day job, Joseph de Leon is the Director of Venture Strategy for Gravitas Prime. He leads M&A advisory, capital raises, and market entry partnerships for clients in Asia.
For fun, he does the same thing for startups as a founding member of Manila Angel Investors Network (MAIN). MAIN is the country's largest active angel investor network, winner of Start-up Investor of the Year for the Philippines' 2019 RiceBowl Awards and partnered with Investing In Women, an initiative of the Australian Government, to nurture more female founders and funders. He has the privilege of being the Philippines Ambassador for Seedstars SA, selected as the Philippines' first Amazon AWS Scout, and as a mentor for institutions such as the German Accelerator, Impact Hub, UNDP, Founders Institute and IIDF.

AYA LARAYA

Founder, RONIN Group of Companies

Is your textbook dilettante as, for the past three decades, he has worked at high levels in multiple financial industries as well as having taught in major local and international academic programs. From stocks, mutual funds, banking real estate and startups, Aya has pretty much covered it all. And speaking of startups, he has helped create an internationally award winning startup as well as served as the chair for the screening committee of the Manila Angel Investors Network.  Most recently however, Aya has once again gone back to his alma mater where he currently teaches Product Development for startups at the Ateneo’s John Gokongwei School of Management.

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GIDEON PEÑA

Professor of Law; Data Privacy, Health, Labor, Medial Law Expert

A known celebrity lawyer who was the Head of Legal, Data Protection Officer, and AMLA Compliance Officer of Insular Health Care (the HMO subsidiary of Insular Life, the first and largest Filipino life insurance company). He  also teaches Constitutional Law, and Statutory Construction at Far Eastern University, where he finished his law degree. Outside the office, Atty. Gideon is a member of the Rotary Club of Makati-Dasmariñas. He also tries to squeeze in hiking and camping during his spare time. Back home, he is the proud son of a housemaid who turned into Albay’s leading caterer.

DOMNINA RANCES

Dean, Ateneo de Naga University College of Law

A dual-qualified lawyer in the Philippines and in the State of New York. She obtained her Master of Laws with a Graduate Certificate in Business Law from the University of Southern California. Apart from being a strong advocate of the intersection of business and human rights, embedded in her corporate practice is the advocacy to assist small and medium-sized enterprises navigate the intricacies of government regulations. She teaches commercial laws at the College of Law of the Ateneo de Naga University, where she also serves as Dean.”

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CECILLE REBOLLOS

School Principal, Australian College of Hair Design & Beauty, Manila

She has over 15 years of experience in personal branding, professional presence training, business and program development.  She has worked with companies such as BRAND:U® , Hunt and Farm, Institute of Beauty Entrepreneurship, School of Fashion and Arts, Australian College of Hair Design & Beauty, Center for Aesthetics & Visual, McCann Erickson, and Ogilvy One Indio Consulting. She is also the Arts School Principal of Australian College of Hair Design & Beauty, Manila