picture1-croppedCZARINA MEDINA-GUCE, M.A.

Czarina is currently Political Governance Fellow of the Institute for Leadership, Empowerment, and Democracy (iLEAD), a think tank consultancy and resource center based in the Philippines that focuses on strategic policy work to strengthen democratic institutions. She specializes on political governance, subnational governance, Open Governments, and transparency, accountability, and participation issues.

Czarina is also Term Member of the Board of Trustees of The Asia Foundation. She also belongs to the inaugural 2014 The Asia Foundation Development Fellowship Program for Emerging Leaders in Asia.

For ten years, Czarina has been a part-time faculty member in the Ateneo de Manila University, currently with the Development Studies Program, and earlier with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Czarina has published articles in national and regional academic journals, and co-wrote and co-edited several books. She continues to do research consultancy work related to social development, leadership, program development and assessment, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation for corporate foundations and non-profit organizations.

Her professional history includes work with the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, Asian Institute of Management – Center for Bridging Leadership, Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy, and ABS-CBN’s former “The Correspondents” documentary program.

Czarina finished her AB in Social Sciences from Ateneo de Manila University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and completed her Masters in Sociology from the University of the Philippines–Diliman. She completed short courses in the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy – National University of Singapore on Policy Development and Leadership, and several Executive Programs under the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business – Center for Continuing Education.