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APPC Webinar 2: 17 September 2020 | 9:00–11:30 AM (GMT+8) Institutional Innovations and Reforms under the New Normal

Institutions shape behavior and transactions, impact processes, and facilitate transformations in governance. Achieving agile and innovative governance amidst a VUCA world requires institutional reforms, strategic planning, effective implementation, and sustained efforts. Looking at the experience of other countries that faced shocks or sought reforms to improve public service delivery, what institutional reforms are critical as countries move toward a new normal? What can the Philippines and other developing countries learn from exemplary reforms implemented by other countries? What key elements made such reforms successful?

The goal of the webinar is to come up with a set of specific recommendations for institutional/policy plans or actions aimed at innovating governance and/or promoting innovation in the public sector toward recovery and resilience.  The speakers and panelists are invited to talk about concrete institutional innovations and reforms that have resulted in the achievement of certain policy objectives as well as the constraints, and opportunities for institutional innovation.


9:00 am to 11:30 am Manila Time (GMT +8)

High Touch High Tech: Transforming Education after COVID-19

  • Dr. Ju-Ho Lee
    School of Public Policy and Management
    Korea Development Institute (KDI)
    South Korea

Building a Digital Public: Public Interest Technology, Data, and Trust

  • Mr. Sean McDonald
    Co-Founder, Digital Public
    Chief Executive Officer, FrontlineSMS
    Senior Fellow, Center for International Governance Innovation


  • Mr. Raymund E. Liboro
    Commissioner and Chairman
    National Privacy Commission  

  •  Dr. Ronald U. Mendoza
    Dean and Professor
    Ateneo School of Government

  • Atty. Aiken Larisa Serzo
    Consultant, Technology Law and Policy Program
    University of the Philippines Law Center
    Senior Associate, Disini Law Office


  • Dr. Charlotte Justine Sicat
    Research Fellow, PIDS



Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Korea Development Institute, South Korea

Ju-Ho Lee is a professor at the Korea Development Institute-School of Public Policy and Management and a Commissioner of the International Commission on Financing the Global Educational Opportunity (The Education Commission). He served as Minister of Education, Science, and Technology of the Republic of South Korea (2010–2013). Before joining the ministry as a Vice Minister (2009–2010), he was Senior Secretary to the President for Education, Science, and Culture (2008) and a member of the National Assembly (2004–2007). He has written several articles and authored a number of publications such as the Human Capital and Development: Lessons and Insights from Korea’s Transformation (2018) and Positive Changes: The Education, Science and Technology Policies of Korea (2012). He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Seoul National University and his PhD in Economics from Cornell University in 1990.


Co-Founder, Digital Public; Chief Executive Officer, FrontlineSMS
Senior Fellow, Center for International Governance Innovation

Sean McDonald builds governance for technology and technology for governance. He is the co-founder of Digital Public, the Chief Executive Officer of FrontlineSMS, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation. He holds a JD/MA from American University, with specializations in international law and alternative dispute resolution.


Commissioner and Chairman, National Privacy Commission (NPC)

Raymund Liboro is a seasoned ICT convergence and communications and public administration professional. Having been appointed as the country’s first Privacy Commissioner in March 2016, he fasttracked data protection policy development in the country with the issuance of the Data Privacy Act’s Implementing Rules and significant policy circulars within the first year of the NPC’s establishment—effectively working for the country’s data privacy and protection rules to be on par with global data protection regulations. In October 2018, he put the country on the world stage by earning the Philippines a voting seat on the exclusive five-member executive committee of the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners or the ICDPPC.


Dean and Professor, Ateneo School of Government

Ronald Mendoza is Dean and Professor at the Ateneo School of Government. From 2011 to 2015, he was an Associate Professor of Economics at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and the Executive Director of the AIM Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness. Prior to that, he was a Senior Economist with the United Nations in New York. His research background includes work with UNICEF, UNDP, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and several Manila-based nongovernment organizations. Mendoza obtained his Master in Public Administration and International Development (MPA-ID) from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and his MA and PhD in Economics from Fordham University.


Consultant, Technology Law and Policy Program, University of the Philippines (UP) Law Center
Senior Associate, Disini Law Office

Aiken Larisa Serzo is a consultant at the Technology Law and Policy Program of the UP Law Center. She is a lawyer at the Disini Law Office and heads the firm’s fintech practice. She also heads the firm’s legal education and policy initiatives for Philippine startups. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the UP College of Law. Her work as a lawyer focuses on fintech, tech arrangements, data protection, and emerging media. She regularly leads regulatory, transactional, and corporate investment projects. She was cited as a Next Generation Lawyer for Technology, Media, and Telecommunications from 2017 to 2019 in the Legal 500.


Research Fellow, Philippine Institute for Development Studies

Charlotte Justine Sicat is an assistant professor at the Virata School of Business, University of the Philippines currently on secondment as a Research Fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies. She has a PhD in Business Administration and two master’s degrees, one in Management and the other in Economics all from the University of the Philippines (Diliman). She is also a PhD Economics candidate. Her academic and professional experience has focused on the various aspects of the public sector and policy.


High Touch High Tech: Transforming Education after Covid-19

by Ju-Ho Lee, Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Institutional Innovations and Reforms under the New Normal

by Sean McDonald, Co-Founder, Digital Public; Chief Executive Officer, FrontlineSMS

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