BRIAN V. GONZALES is the Co-Founder and Founding President (Oct 1999-Mar 2004) of the UNESCO Club of Metro Manila Philippines. He is currently a Senior Advisor of the Club (Mar 2004 to date) and represents the Philippines' premier membership to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA) based in Paris, France. He was appointed by the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines as Philippine Representative (2003-2005) to the Youth Forum of the 32nd General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the official youth advisory body of the General Conference, the highest policy making body of UNESCO.
PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Since 2007, he has worked for the US Support Program to the ASEAN-Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN) first with TRAFFIC / IUCN Asia Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand as regional project officer and in August 2009, transferred to FREELAND Foundation, lead implementing partner of USAID on the US Support Program to ASEAN-WEN. He is currently lead liaison officer to the Program Coordination Unit of ASEAN-WEN (based at the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand) and concurrently leads the monitoring and evaluation work for the US Support Program. He has also liaised with National Focal Points of ASEAN-WEN Member Agencies, World Bank's Global Tiger Initiative and the ASEAN Secretariat on high-level activities and missions.
From 2004-2006, he was a Programme Officer at the Secretariat of the Council of Asian Liberal and Democrats (CALD). The CALD Secretariat is a regional project of the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung East and Southeast Asia Office and is a regional organization of liberal and democratic parties in Asia, a first of its kind in the region. CALD is the regional partner of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe of the European Parliament, Liberal International UK and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs of Washington.
He was also engaged from 2003-2004 as Policy Officer of WWF, the World Wide Fund for Nature - Southeast Asia Policy Programme, a sub-regional cooperation among WWF offices in Indochina (covering Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam), Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand, together with WWF-International and WWF Donor organizations hosted by WWF-Philippines. He handled projects on Sustainability Assessment, Policy Advocacy, Policy Reforms, Policy Research, Knowledge Management and Asian Development Bank-WWF Cooperation.
Prior to his WWF stint Brian worked from 2001-2003 as a Consultant Operations Manager tasked to co-manage the secretariat operations of ADB Technical Assistance Partnership for Clean Air, Southeast Asia Infrastructure Division of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Concurrent with his ADB post, he was also a Member of the Governance and Capacity Building Network of the ADB and an Individual Member of the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) of the ADB and the World Bank.
From 2000-2002, he worked at the Human Resources Division of Ayala Corporation, the largest Philippine business conglomerate as Human Resources Assistant, staff-in-charge of recruitment, training and development coordination of the Human Resources Performance and Productivity Management of the Corporate Service Group. In Ayala Corporation, he was also tasked to co-manage the secretariat operations of the 2001 Ayala Young Leaders Congress concurrent to his HR post.
UNIVERSITY AND OTHER VOLUNTEER WORK
He has represented the Philippines and the UNESCO Club in various local and international youth and professional conferences and trainings as speaker, resource person and international participant, most recently, as recipient of various grants from the Government of Switzerland, Government of the Kingdom of Belgium and The World Bank. Back in his college days, he was a Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Commissioner of the Student Council, a Model United Nations Secretary-General and an awarded Model Batallion Officer of the of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps of De La Salle University Manila. He is also a Founding Member and Regional Administrator for East Asia and the Pacific (2002-2003) of the International Youth Federalism Network, an international organization of young people for federalism founded in St. Gallen, Switzerland and is hosted by the Forum of Federations in Canada. In 2003, he was shortly engaged by the Forum of Federations of Canada as Consultant. In 2002, Brian was appointed as the Regional Campaign Coordinator for Asia of the International Young Professionals Foundation Australia, a position he held up to 2005.
Brian graduated from De La Salle University - College of Saint Benilde in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs and earned graduate units for a Masters degree in Development Policy at De La Salle University Manila. In 2003 he received his Diplôme de qualité EUROregions from the Université Européene d’été de l’Institut du Fédéralisme of the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. In 1998, he completed the Course Program on Philippine Foreign Policy and Diplomacy at the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs where he also took his internship. He recently attended the two-week (04-18.12.05)seminar on Globalization at the International Academy for Leadership of the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung in Gummersbach, Germany.
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