Rayyan Hassan is a Bangladeshi national and the current executive director of the NGO Forum on ADB. He has a background in environmental studies (NSU, Dhaka, Bangladesh), and a Masters in Social Change and Development (UOW, Australia). He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Political Science at the University of the Philippines in Diliman as he oversees the Forum network and its campaigns. As a civil society advocate he regularly engages policymakers at the ADB and AIIB and their major shareholders; bringing community issues to the forefront of the development debate. Through the support and guidance of the Forum International Committee, he continues to forge new alliances and implements campaigns with civil society groups at local, regional and global platforms. His work in the Forum remains steadfast in underscoring the importance of environmental and social justice and holding IFIs accountable.
You can reach him at rayyan [at] forum-adb.org.
Safeguards Policy Analyst
Nadeen Madkour is an Egyptian national based in Sydney, Australia.
She is a research scientist working to better understand the role of race, gender, and peace in international development, particularly their application by Multilateral Development Banks. Her research interests cover a broad spectrum including the intersection of gender and development, postcolonial feminist theories, and the impact of neoliberalism on development and international political economy.
She has worked in the non-profit sector and was part of global campaigns calling for the minimisation of forced displacement and end to illegitimate debt in the Asia-Pacific & the Middle East. She has recently published a joint paper monitoring the World Bank's response to COVID-19, which can be found here: https://www.jubileeaustralia.org/storage/app/media/downloads/latest-news/theworldbankandcovid-19-finaldraft.pdf"
You can reach her at nadeen [at] forum-adb.org
TANYA LEE ROBERTS-DAVIS
Energy Campaigns Strategist
Together with Forum members and allies, Tanya works to shift ADB and AIIB energy policy and finance priorities away from large-scale, resource-intensive and fossil-fuel-reliant options. For several years, she has been part of community groups, NGOs, and social movements demanding accountability from financial institutions and transnational corporations for the damage and injustice wrought on local communities and ecosystems.
In the past, she has also worked with the Forum's members and secretariat team to review the ADB's energy portfolio, write policy briefings and contribute to advocacy efforts at the ADB headquarters in Manila.
Tanya completed an undergraduate degree in feminist studies and the politics of globalization in Canada, an MA in International Human Rights Law at the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica, and an LLM in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the University of Essex School of Law in the UK.
You can reach her at tanya [at] forum-adb.org.
Program Coordinator for Communications
Jen worked as a university professor for more than 15 years. Polytechnic University of the Philippines, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, College of Divine Wisdom, Adamson University, Angelicum College, and the College of Holy Spirit are among the educational institutions that she had the opportunity to be involved with.
She has a degree in broadcast communication from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and has a master's degree in Communication, as well as Media Culture from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. She is currently concluding her graduate degree in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies from KU Leuven, Belgium. To see her portfolio please click here.
Media Communication and Support Liaison Officer
Dennis has experience in radio, print, events, and marketing. A communication major graduate from College of Divine Wisdom, before Forum, was the Managing Editor of Remate News Online, where he spearheaded the reorganization and upgrade of the online news department. He is also vital in the re-branding of the online news department. He also assisted in the launching of the digital news department of RMN News Online.
Denn was the former National Executive Director of Voice of the Youth, a youth organization that promotes positive social change by informing, inspiring, involving, and empowering the youths.
Denn is also an experienced radio broadcaster for different youth radio programs on DZXL RMN, DZIQ, DWDD, and Brigada News FM. He is also a motivational speaker specializing in public speaking, radio broadcasting, and personal branding for his side hustle.
You can reach him at dennis [at] forum-adb.org.
CHARITY CANTILLO-DELA TORRE
Administrative and Finance Coordinator
Charity or Lala joined Forum in July 2003. She has almost twenty years of experience in social development work. Lala was part of GABRIELA, an umbrella organization of women’s groups from different sectors, from 1991 to 1993. She worked with Kanlungan Center Foundation, Inc., a migrant crisis center, from 1993 to 2000. Lala also had a brief stint with the Philippine Rural and Reconstruction Movement (PRRM).
You can reach her at lcantillo [at] forum-adb.org.
PATRICIA RODULFA SIMON
Admin and Finance Officer
Patricia Rodulfa Simon has been with the Forum for last six years. She is a graduate of BS Accountancy and is the Admin and Finance Officer of the network.
She enjoys reading, volunteering, and finds computer/technological matters interesting.
You may reach Patty at patty [at] forum-adb.org.