GCSE is a social development and policy consulting firm specializing in Social Enterprise, Governance and CSR advisory services. In addition to that, GCSE Consulting focuses on:
Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities
and in activities and projects in the BCYF Social Development Areas
It is an initiative of the Benita and Catalino Yap Foundation, which promotes innovative social solutions for organizations and individuals who want to practice social responsibility, or create innovation that produces value for society. As an organization, GCSE stemmed from BCYF’s Consulting and Business Service (CBS) which has assisted social enterprises, and provided them training on finance, taxation and business development, among others.
GCSE Core Group
GCSE is composed of experts and professionals in the fields of Social Entrepreneurship, CSR and Good Governance. Partners have a cumulative experience of over a hundred years in various industries ranging from multinational corporations, professional firms, government service, micro / small and medium enterprises, technology startups, and the academe.
Antonio S. Yap, Chairman
Mr. Tony Yap is the Founder and Chairman of the Benita and Catalino Yap Foundation (BCYF). He was a Partner in Sycip, Gorres & Velayo and one of two Principals of the Project Development Services Division. He served as Director of the Bureau of Small and Medium Industry, and first Director of the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Office during the terms of Presidents Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino. He was also one of two key Members of the Presidential Task Force on Credit for the Poor under Pres. F V Ramos (which created the People’s Credit and Finance Corp.), and former National Vice-Chairman of the NCCA National Committee on Cultural Education. He also served in Cultural Center of the Philippines during the terms of Presidents Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III.
He was instrumental in creating the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan with the assistance of the Rotary Club of Makati Ayala, where he was a charter member of and first President of the RCMAyala Foundation). He also organized the first industrial and export estate in a military camp in Bicutan, working with General Angelo Reyes and garment exporter Charlie Javelosa.
He organized the first major telethon in the Philippines in 1991- the “Sagip Baryo” Telethon for the Archdiocese of San Fernando under Archbishop Paciano B. Aniceto D.D. to benefit the Pinatubo-affected areas.
As an educator, Mr. Yap has been the immediate past President of the Philippine Association of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities (which he served for five consecutive years). Aside from BCYF, Mr. Yap has also founded organizations like the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF), and convened the Talete King Panyulung Kapampangan Inc. (TPKI) – one of the major microfinance organizations in the Philippines. He is also President of the SACT College System, where one of his schools, Saint Mutien College, is the first private college to be converted into a social enterprise.
Jonathan Juan D.C. Moreno, President
JJ Moreno is one of the world’s leading experts in Good Governance. He has a diverse range of management experience ranging from consulting to direct responsibility over functional and operational transformation programs in various industries such as mining, banking, capital markets, FMCG, public sector, travel, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, engineering, telecommunications, agriculture, and transportation. He also has vast international experience having worked on projects in organizations that include large conglomerates, multilateral agencies, multinational organizations, family corporations, listed companies, state-owned enterprises, non-profit organizations, and regulatory agencies in the United Kingdom, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar. Before his appointment, he served as Corporate Governance Advisor at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) – World Bank Group; Principal of Southeast Asia and Practice Leader for Corporate Governance and Risk Management at Palladium Group, Inc.; President and CEO of the Institute of Corporate Directors; Executive Director for Governance Advisory Council under the Office of the President; and Head of Corporate Governance and Risk Management at the Philippine Stock Exchange.
Engr. Leah A. Macatangay, Director for Operations
Engr. Leah A. Macatangay has more than twenty years of experience as a business professional, with corporate and individual consulting experience in operations management and marketing, and managerial experience in business development and corporate communications in several organizations. She has worked in the software development, business consulting, education services, and developmental industries. She has consulted with SGV-Ernst and Young and Institutional Synergy Inc., as well as with her private consulting practice. She also has related academic experience as college professor, teaching operations management, operations research, entrepreneurship, general management, marketing, and business ethics. She has held various administrative and management positions in the academe, including college dean in the Entrepreneurs School of Asia. She is a speaker on various topics such as work and business ethics, leadership, entrepreneurship, fixed asset management, operations management, and values. She has done research and written management cases for the Asian Institute of Management. Currently, she is the Dean of the College of Engineering of the Central Colleges of the Philippines as well as Assistant Professorial Lecturer of De La Salle University, where she teaches Management of Organizations, Management Science, and Statistics. She has an undergraduate and masters degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Philippines Diliman, a masters degree in education from the University of Asia and the Pacific, has taken courses in education at the Istituto della Scienza de Pedagogia in Rome, Italy, and is currently doing her doctorate in business administration at the De La Salle University. She is a member of the Philippine Academy of Management, the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Philippine Association for Engineering Education, and the International Mentoring Association. She is a Professional Industrial Engineer (PIE), a certification granted by the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers (PIIE).
Francisco L. Roman Jr., PhD, Director for Programs
Dr. Roman has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and in the same school got his Master’s degree in Business Administration. He completed his Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Hawaii, East West Center. He finished his Doctorate in Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, in International Business. He received certificates from the International Teachers’ Programme (ITP) at the Centre D’Enseignement Superieur Des Affaires, France and from the German Foundation for International Development as a Lecturer on Competition Policy.
He is the former Associate Dean for Research and Publication and former Executive Director of the RVR-Center for Corporate Social Responsibility. He is also the Chair Coordinator of the Basant and Sarala Birla Professional Chair on Asian Family Corporations. Aside from the above-named administrative and research assignments, our speaker teaches Corporate Social Responsibility & Governance, Family Firms Management and Asian Business Systems, Competitiveness & Cluster Development, and SME Entrepreneurship in the Washington SyCip Graduate School of Business (WSGSB) MBA and in the Executive MBA programs. He has past connection as an Associate Dean of the Asian Center for Entrepreneurship, faculty of the Center for Development Management and Executive Director under the Ramon V. del Rosario’s Center for Corporate Social Responsibility.
Noreen Marian C. Bautista, Director for Development
Noreen is a social enterprise developer who co-founded impact-driven organizations since 2009. Her first company was EcoIngenuity Inc. (Home of the brand Jacinto & Lirio, which worked with water hyacinth livelihood communities), where she contributed as CEO. In 2010, the enterprise won the Business in Development Challenge and represented the Philippines in the International BID in the Netherlands. Her work with social enterprise communities led her to create SlashIgnite Inc. – an innovation and social enterprise development firm that aims to catalyze as many social enterprises from idea to scale. Since its founding it has helped create a crowdfunding site (www.thesparkproject.com), and social enterprises for NGO’s addressing challenges in environment, indigenous communities, etc. In 2014, her work led her to be chosen as one of the youngest representatives to the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Noreen was the former General Manager of CBS, OIC of the BCYF Institute for Social Enterprise and Development, and the Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence of Saint Mutien College. Today, she specializes in designing blended learning experiences for schools, colleges and universities to transform their Business Programs and develop more socially-responsible managers, entrepreneurs and social innovators.
She graduated with honors at the John Gokongwei School of Management, Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Management major in Communications Technology, minor in Enterprise Development.
Jose Rodriguez, PhD Director for International Projects
Jose “Pepe” Rodriguez was former director of Instituto de Cervantes Manila. He has been Honorary Consul of Bolivia in the Philippines, and President of the Academia Filipina de la Lengua Espanola since 1989. Dr. Rodriguez has been awarded the Encomienda de Isabel la Catolica by His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain for his contributions to the strengthening of Spanish-Philippine relations and was conferred the Order of Sikatuna by the Republic of the Philippines.
Rossana S. Javier
Rose is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Controls Self Assessment professional, Certified Risk Management Assurance professional. Rose brings 31 years of external audit and management consulting expertise in various industries. She was the former Managing Partner for Advisory and Practice Leader for Consulting services of PwC Philippines / Isla Lipana & Co. As Consulting leader, her responsibilities include the oversight of service under Governance and Compliance, Enterprise Risk Management, Forensics, Strategy, Process Improvement, Finance and IT Function Effectiveness as well as People and Change Management. Prior to Isla Lipana & Co., she worked for the Manila and Jakarta offices of a major accounting firm for 12 years as a financial auditor as well as business consultant. Rose finished her Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Accounting at the University of Sto. Tomas. She also took up Master of Business Administration in the University of the Philippines for further studies. Adding to her international exposure, Rose took the Executive Business Course for Partners at the University of Western Ontario and E-Business Edge Course in Melbourne Business School.
She is currently the dean of St. Matthew Institute, a unit of Saint Mutien College.
Chiqui Escareal-Go is the President and CEO of Mansmith and Fielders, Inc., an advocacy-based marketing, sales, innovation and strategy training and consultancy company. She heads the Mansmith Training Group which includes Corporate Achievers Institute, Sensei Business Academy and Day 8 Business Academy. She actively set up, organized or strongly supported various advocacies both for business and personal endeavors such as the Mansmith Young Market Masters Awards, and the Market Masters Conference, where 100% net proceeds go to charity in the areas of education and youth empowerment. She is a founding trustee of MarkProf Foundation, Inc., which is the search for and training of the Top 25 marketing management trainees of the Philippines and manages a P5 million AME-Mansmith marketing scholarship grant for marketing professors (since 1997). She is also president of the Josiah and Carolina Go Foundation that provides various scholarships and assistance to less fortunate young Filipinos.
Chiqui is an Executive Scholar in Marketing and Sales of Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University. She also took advance marketing programs at the Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School (Ceibs campus), IESE Business School (New York campus) and the University of California, Berkeley.
She is the President of the Women’s Business Council Philippines and is currently a member for the Board of Trustees of Kythe Foundation Inc., the De La Salle Alumni Association, St. Paul College Pasig and St. Paul University Philippines. Chiqui was one of the awardees for Outstanding Filipina Entrepreneurs 2011 in the Trailblazer category, the GoNegosyo Enabler Award in 2014 and the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network Award in 2015.