The British Council in the Philippines launched the Creative Innovators Mentoring Scheme running from September 2019 to February 2020. Creative Innovators Programme (CIP) fellows were paired with an industry expert as advisor, future collaborator or friend. 

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

Learn more about our CIP Mentors

Roberta “Bea” Camacho

Strategic Designer and Interdisciplinary Artist

Bea is a Business Designer and Senior Design Lead at IDEO Shanghai, where she uses human-centered 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.

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.

Haraya “Ia” del Rosario-Gust

Certified EOS Implementer and Managing Director, Straightarrow Corporation

la is a prime mover of creative process outsourcing in the Philippines. She manages StraightArrow - a team of young, highly-driven, very talented creatives primarily supporting digital & media agency clients in the US, the UK and Australia. She also manages GetCre8ive - a local company that distributes global brands - such as Getty Images and Adobe - to the Philippine Creative & Marketing Industries. Building on the successful businesses and strong relationships she has built over the years, she is now very focused on telling potential client-partners about the creativity of Filipinos and the great opportunities in outsourcing creative processes to the Philippines. la is also a Certified Value Builder of the Value Builder System and the first - and currently the only - Professional Implementer of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) in Southeast Asia.

Catherine Docherty

Director, Journey Associates

Catherine has extensive experience as a researcher, facilitator and consultant having worked in the fields of design and innovation for over 20 years. In 2004 she founded Journey Associates, a dynamic design-led innovation consultancy providing user-focused research, analysis and strategic consultancy where she leads a multi-disciplinary team of designers, researchers and consultants delivering a holistic approach to provide user focused and practical solutions to support organisational change. Clients include the BBC, British Council, Design Council, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow School of Art, Nesta, to name a few. She has held several advisory board positions in the creative sector: Chair of the British Council’s European Creative Hubs Forum, in Lisbon. She has also been a board advisor to The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design & Architecture.

Therese “Reese” Fernandez-Ruiz

Rags2Riches, President and Co-Founder

Reese is the President and Founding Partner of Rags2Riches, Inc., a Fashion and Design House empowering community artisans based in the Philippines that creates urban artisanal home and fashion masterpieces. For the past 10 years, the Rags2Riches team were able to build a sustainable end-to-end inclusive business with 1000 Filipino community-based artisans trained. She is also the founder and curator of Things That Matter, a market and media platform that creates positive impact and inspires an intentional lifestyle, with the goal of sharing all of R2R’s lessons and impact model to more community artisans in the Philippines and in Asia. Reese is an entrepreneur, wife, new mom, artist, storyteller, and proponent of design for social change.

John Howkins

Director, John Howkins & Co.

John is a global strategist and adviser on creative economies. He is the author of two best-selling books ‘The Creative Economy: How People Make Money From Ideas’ and ‘Creative Ecologies’.  His book on the future of work, ‘Invisible’, will be published in 2020. He is a former chairman of BOP Consulting, Tornado Productions,  CREATEC and the London Film School.  John is a founding investor in the Shanghai Creative Industries Investment Corporation and  the Founder of the Adelphi Charter on Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Property, and devised the London Intellectual Property Advisory Service (‘Own It’).

Tia Kansara Hon

Chief Executive Officer, Replenish Earth

Tia is a multi award-winning entrepreneur and economist. The youngest to ever receive the Royal Institute British Architects honorary fellowship, she is the co-founder of Kansara Hackney Ltd, the first ISO-certified sustainable lifestyle consultancy, and CEO of Replenish Earth Ltd, a cause and a collective action to protect the global commons. Hailed amongst the Top 100 most influential leaders in Tech by the Financial Times and Inclusive Boards, her clients include Coca Cola, Bloomberg, the European Commission, Forbes, Formula One, MIT, and Siemens. Tia has lectured at New Delhi School of Planning; Musashi Institute of Technology; KEA University; McGill University; University of British Columbia; School of Architecture and Planning; and School of Architecture, to name a few. She is currently a visiting professor at the Centre of Environment Planning and Technology.

Jia Ping Lee

Programme Director, Think City Sdn Bhd

Jia Ping is Programme Director at Think City. Formerly the head of the Kuala Lumpur office, she now heads Partnerships which seeks to deepen existing relationships and explore future collaborations with international organisations. She is a Honorary Council Member of Badan Warisan Malaysia (Heritage Trust of Malaysia) and has been working on heritage conservation and preservation as a volunteer since 2001. After George Town was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2008, she was part of the core strategic group led by Khazanah to create a programme to revitalize George Town and ensure it retained its vibrancy as a city. A lifelong passion for theatre led to a parallel career in the Arts. In 2000, Jia Ping pioneered the Arts for Health movement in KL, developing several programmes for Selayang, KL and Kajang Hospitals and in 2006, she conceptualised and developed an educational maze for PS the Children, a local NGO, which won a Silver Kancil and was nominated for a Yellow Pencil at the prestigious D&AD Award 2007 in the UK.

Julia Nebrija

Urban Planner

Julia is an urban planner who is passionate about making cities livable, lovable places. She graduated with a degree in international affairs and development from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University and a Masters in Urban Design from the Spitzer College of Architecture at the City College of New York. She has worked with non-profits, international organizations, and government agencies with the same goal of developing sustainable solutions to urban challenges. Julia served as the Assistant General Manager of Operations for the Metropolitan Manila Development Agency as well as the Program Manager for the Green, Green, Green and Pasig River Ferry Programs in the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management. Currently she is the Chief Operating Officer for the Philippine Japan Initiative for Clark. Julia draws inspiration from walking the city and collaborating on projects with creative communities in historic Manila.  

Diego Maranan

Transdisciplinary Artist and Researcher

Diego is a transdisciplinary artist and researcher who investigates how technology can help us reimagine our relationship with the environment, with other people, and with ourselves.  As a Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD fellow in the CogNovo training program for Cognitive Innovation at Plymouth University, he adapted methods and insights from user experience and technology design, perceptual psychology and neuroscience, dance and somatic practices, and pragmatist philosophy to design a low-cost wearable technology that uses vibrotactile stimulation to create unusual, pleasurable, structured sensory experiences that demonstrably increase body awareness. Diego teaches at the University of the Philippines Open University and co-founded Curiosity, a Manila-based design strategy firm that helps businesses, NGOs, and government design meaningful services.