Bjarne is the Executive Director of Clean Air Asia. Bjarne has a broad international experience, particularly in environmental issues and sustainable development, with a proven track record of achieving meaningful impact through strategic leadership, resource mobilization and team building at all levels. He has taken CAA through continuous growth both regionally as well as in China and India including broadening the work of Clean Air Asia to include the Air, Climate and Public Health nexus. Bjarne holds a MSc in Environmental Studies from Strathclyde University, Scotland.
Glynda, alongside the Executive Director, leads the Clean Air Asia team, sets the organization’s strategic direction, and undertakes resource mobilization. Glynda is a lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience in air quality management. She was a member of the legal team which assisted the Philippine Government in drafting the Clean Air Act of 1999 Implementing Rules and Regulations. She led the implementation of the Asia Clean Fuels and Vehicles program which resulted in national policies and roadmaps for cleaner fuels and vehicles notably the Vietnam and Philippine regulations mandating Euro 4 vehicle emission and fuel standards, and Pakistan’s roadmap for cleaner fuels and vehicles. Glynda holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Ateneo de Manila University and University of San Francisco (joint program); and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines.
Dang oversees program development and strategic planning for Clean Air Asia’s impact initiatives on transport, energy, and urban air quality. She worked for government, private, and non-profit organizations in the early years of her professional career, with more than 10 years of training and experience on environmental pollution chemistry and management. She has led projects focusing on capacity building of governments for air quality management through policy guidance and direct technical assistance on air quality monitoring, emissions inventory and modeling, health impact assessment, air quality communication, and development of clean air action plans. Dang is a licensed chemist, holding a bachelor’s degree and masters units in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines.
Kathleen leads the Sustainable Transport Program of Clean Air Asia. She supports the management, implementation, and coordination of projects of Clean Air Asia and provides required technical and administrative support to guide specialists and researchers to effectively implement projects. Her work focuses on the areas of clean fuels and vehicles, fuel economy, low-emission urban development, active transportation, green freight and logistics, and electric mobility. Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management.
Everlyn has 7 years’ experience in atmospheric pollution analysis and air quality management, and the use of data analysis and capacity building to inform policy development towards improved air quality. Everlyn has a master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of the Philippines Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology, and trained through the World Meteorological Organization Global Atmosphere Watch and the European Research Course on Atmospheres. Everlyn plays a key role in the development, implementation, and review of air quality activities and projects of Clean Air Asia by providing technical guidance in current and emerging air quality issues in the region.
Russel plays a key role in the development, implementation, and review of energy and other heavy-polluting industries work of Clean Air Asia. He has a decade of combined experience in the power industry and in research and education focused on power system engineering, energy systems and markets, emerging power technologies, and renewable energy resources. Russel is a Registered Electrical Engineer with a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Philippines Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute.
Precious looks after the strategic planning and project implementation of Clean Air Asia’s work in cities, and is involved in the planning, conducting, and monitoring and evaluating of a range of project activities, as well as research, the preparation of project reports, workshops, conferences, and events. One of her focus areas was the piloting of the Cities for Clean Air Certification, a Clean Air Asia initiative which aims to support and recognize cities doing work on air quality. With the pilot phase completed in 2018, Precious continues to work with cities to develop and implement science-based clean air action plans. She has an Environmental Science degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.
Dana provides technical assistance to Air Quality Management projects, and supports related capacity building activities of Clean Air Asia. Dana is a licensed chemist, with a bachelor's and master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her graduate research work was primarily focused on particulate matter and aerosol studies. Prior to Clean Air Asia, she was a college chemistry laboratory instructor and a University Research Associate for almost eight years at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.
Faye Denna plays a key role in the development, implementation and review of Clean Air Asia projects. She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and Masters in Earth Sciences and Environmental Engineering from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea.
Carlo Bontia provides technical expertise in the development, implementation, and review of energy and other heavy-polluting industries work of Clean Air Asia. He also provides technical and policy advice and input to help develop Clean Air Asia’s position on current and emerging air quality and climate change issues in the region, particularly governing energy use and production, energy structures, and a just transition to non-fossil fuel energy sources. Carlo has a degree in BS Geology and is currently completing his master's degree in environmental science.
Raymund Abad provides technical expertise, develops and implements projects on the Sustainable Transport Program of Clean Air Asia. Raymund was a DOST-ERDT (Department of Science and Technology – Engineering Research and Development for Technology) scholar for his Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the De La Salle University, and received additional training from the Transport Studies Unit – University of Oxford, UK (2017) as part of the Sustainable Cities and Resilient Transport project.
Naressa provides technical expertise on sustainable transport, develop and implement projects, and deliver outputs of exceptional quality primarily under the Sustainable Transport of Clean Air Asia . Naressa holds an MSc on Complex Systems (Transport) at the University of Sydney, Australia, and completed her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of the Philippines Cebu where she also taught data analysis, and algorithm design. She has extensive knowledge on quantitative modelling and computational simulation of large complex systems such as transport networks, ecosystems and smart cities. Her interests include network analysis and application of data for evidence-based transport planning.
Myron is a Transport Researcher working for a carbon-neutral future. He believes that development should be sustainable and fair to all. He was educated at the University of the Philippines Diliman with a master’s in chemical engineering and has worked on a study for a fully renewable energy transition pathway model for the Philippines. He provides technical expertise on sustainable transport under the Sustainable Transport Program, including Low Emissions Urban Development, Clean Fuels and Vehicles, and Green Freight and Logistics.
Patrick is Clean Air Asia’s Communications and Marketing Manager. Patrick has extensive experience in developing and implementing organizational communications strategies and plans, organizational brand building, digital campaigns including online fundraising, supporter engagement, and web/social media development, including content creation. He has completed an MSc in Global Challenges at the University of Edinburgh, which is a combination of Public Health Challenges, International Development and Environmental Studies.
Regina is Clean Air Asia’s Communications Assistant. Regina provides assistance to the Communications and Marketing Manager and Clean Air Asia’s programs as required in producing a range of communications materials for dissemination across multiple platforms; produce high-quality written and visual content for Clean Air Asia’s website, publications and social media; and provide communications support for Clean Air Asia events and activities. She holds a bachelors degree in Mass Communications, major in Journalism, and is currently completing her master’s degree in Community Development at the University of the Philippines Diliman.
Rowena Caronan is Clean Air Asia’s Analyst. She is part of developing the CAA Manila Air Observatory including tracking policies, research, technology and sectoral trends related to clean air and clean energy, and support Clean Air Asia use of data in the development in relevant communication and knowledge products. Rowena is an investigative data journalist and analyst. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, and has two master’s degree – in Computational and Data Journalism from Cardiff University, UK; and Development Economics from the University of the Philippines.
Art leads the finance and administrative services team. He developed many of the Clean Air Asia’s operating procedures and is in charge of monitoring the organization’s financial budgets and financial reporting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has extensive knowledge on financial management, accounting functions, financial modeling, financial forecasting and feasibility analysis. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, major in Accounting from the Philippine School of Business Administration.
Jovy provides comprehensive support to the office of the Executive Director, including proactive coordination with the senior management team. She also oversees the human resource management of Clean Air Asia and takes a lead role in organizing the BAQ conference, annual meetings and other events. Jovy’s previous employment in Dubai includes high-level executive management support, organizing international events and human resource management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Sto. Tomas.
Cris handles contracts management and prepare project financial reports. She also assist the program managers and country directors in the preparation and submission of project proposals to funding agencies. In coordination with the project team, she prepares contract and TOR for project consultants and sub-grants. Cris has a vast experience working in international non-governmental organization in the field of finance and administration.
Valerie provides support in finance and administrative services of Clean Air Asia. Valerie is an accounting graduate, with master’s degree in public administration. She previously worked as a finance assistant and provided administration support at BEAM-ARMM (Basic Education Assistance for Muslim Mindanao in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao), a project funded by the Australian government.