The British Council in the Philippines launched the Creative Innovators Mentoring Scheme running from September 2019 to February 2020. Each Creative Innovators Programme (CIP) fellow was paired with an industry expert, who served as an advisor and a potential collaborator in the future.

The mentoring scheme enables CIP fellows to gain new knowledge and perspectives from an expert in the field and build new professional networks. It aims to help them run and maintain their hubs in an efficient and sustainable way.

Learn more about our CIP Mentors

Apl de Ap / Allan Pineda

Founder, Apl.de.Ap Foundation

Apl de Ap / Allan Pineda, Allan Pineda Lindo, known professionally as Apl.de.Ap, is an American-Filipino musician, rapper, singer, and record producer, best known as a member of the Grammy Award-winning hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas

Apl.de.ap was honoured in America by the prestigious This Time Foundation for his charity works. On November 18, 2008, he founded the Apl.de.Ap Foundation to help various communities and children in the Philippines and throughout Asia. In 2011, after expressing his desire to help improve the education situation in the Philippines, his foundation formed a partnership with the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF) to create the "We Can Be Anything" advocacy campaign where Apl.de.ap and NCAF planned to build 10,000 classrooms in two years or less through the advocacy.

Bea Camacho

Senior Design Lead, IDEO

Bea is a Business Designer and Senior Design Lead at IDEO Shanghai, where she uses human-centred design and design thinking to drive innovation and create positive impact. An artist at heart, Bea also creates video art, performance art and installations. Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, including the Triennale di Milano Design Museum, Tate Modern, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Musee d’Art Moderne in St. Etienne.

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Nripal Adhikary

Founder, ABARI

A graduate of City College of New York, Nripal Adhikary is currently working in Nepal for ABARI . He has been working with bamboo and earth as construction materials in more than 25 countries for over ten years. In the last three years since the Nepal earthquake, he has built and designed many government schools, homes, libraries and luxury hotels using local materials. He works with hundreds of farmers and artisans to plant bamboo along the riverbanks of Chitwan for use in bamboo-based crafts.

Jasmine Chou

Founder, Have Fun Creative Co.

Jasmine is the curatorial consultant of Have Fun Creative Co., Ltd. and former chief curator of Original Festival and Good Home Taiwan. She specialises in space operation and curation. Jasmine has been dedicating herself to promote the artistic innovation and cultivation of promising creators in Taiwan for years.

Suryani Senja Alias

Chairwoman, Kraftangan Malaysia

As Chairwoman of National Handicraft Development Corporation (Kraftangan Malaysia ), Suryani Senja Alias advocates for the re-shaping of the national craft landscape in Malaysia.  She herself is active in the creative community through her artisanal brand, Senijari, and her contemporary art gallery, Cult Gallery. She serves as the board director and co-founder of Think City, an organisation that works with communities and local councils to make cities people-friendly, liveable and resilient.

Haraya 'Ia' del Rosario-Gust

Certified EOS Implementer and Managing Director, Straightarrow Corporation

la is a mover of creative process outsourcing in the Philippines. She manages StraightArrow, which caters to clients from the US, the UK and Australia, and GetCre8ive, which distributes global brands to the Philippines. She is an advocate of promoting Filipino creativity and opportunities in outsourcing creative processes to the Philippines. la is a Certified Value Builder and the first – and currently the only – Professional Implementer of the Entrepreneurial Operating System in Southeast Asia.

Malaya del Rosario

Head of Arts and Creative Industries, British Council in the Philippines

Malaya is an art manager specialising in cultural programming and strategy development. She currently heads British Council's Arts and Creative Industries work in the Philippines, focusing on making creative hubs become more sustainable and impact-led. She has over 10 years' worth of experience in exhibition and project management. Currently she works with several private and public institutions in the areas of sustainability, capacity building, and creative economy policy development. 

She has an MBA in Arts and Cultural Management, specialising in Art Market and Exhibition Management, from the Institut d'études supérieures des arts (IESA) and Paris School of Business, France. In 2018 she was selected to represent the Philippines in UNESCO’s expert training on the 2005 Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

Santiago Alfaro

Sociologist, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Santiago Alfaro is a sociologist, author and professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) currently studying the Peruvian craft sector for the British Council Peru. His interests lie in cultural policies, contemporary craft, ethnicity and cultural and creative industries economics. He was the deputy manager of performing arts and cultural industries at the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima and general director of cultural industries and arts at the Ministry of Culture.

Catherine Docherty

Director, Journey Associates

A researcher, facilitator and consultant, Catherine has worked in design and innovation for over 20 years. In 2004, she founded Journey Associates, a dynamic design-led innovation consultancy that promotes organisational change. She has held several advisory board positions in the creative sector and served as Chair of the British Council’s European Creative Hubs Forum in Lisbon. She was also a board advisor to The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture.