Learning Summit 2016 is a three-day international summit on global trends and innovations in learning, featuring Mr. Elliott Masie, acknowledged as the first analyst to use the term eLearning whose focus has been in the fields of corporate learning, organizational performance and emerging technologies.

Elliott Masie

Futurist and Analyst

CEO, The Masie Center

One of the world's top movers
and shakers in eLearning

Mr. Elliott Masie is acknowledged as the first analyst to use the term eLearning. His professional focus has been in the fields of corporate learning, organizational performance and emerging technologies. Mr. Masie has developed models for accelerating the spread of knowledge, learning and collaboration throughout organizations. He has advocated for a well-balanced deployment of learning and collaboration technology as a means of supporting the effectiveness and profitability of enterprises.

Mr. Masie is renowned as the editor of Learning TRENDS, an Internet newsletter read by over 52,000 business executives worldwide. He heads The MASIE Center, a Saratoga Springs, NY think tank focused on how organizations can support learning and knowledge within the workforce. He is also the leader of the Learning CONSORTIUM, a coalition of 230 global organizations cooperating on the evolution of learning strategies. With his expertise, he advises a wide range of government, education and non-profit groups, including the US Department of Defense and the White House Advisory Council on Expanding Learning Opportunities.



As Prima Ballerina, Lisa Macuja-Elizalde graduated from illustrious centers like the Royal Academy of Dance and the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. She was the first foreigner to become a principal dancer at the historic Kirov Ballet and the first artist-in-residence of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. She was mentored by such luminaries of dance as Felicitas Radaic, Tatiana Alexandrovna Udalenkova, Natalia Dudinskaya, and Konstantin Sergeyev. She has had an unparalleled career of 28 years of dancing the lead in over 300 full-length ballets around the globe.

A believer in the talent of the Filipino and the capacity of the local audience to embrace the classical arts, she founded Ballet Manila in 1995. Under her leadership, she mentored dancers and showcased their talent in cities around the world. She also created the Project Ballet Futures, a charity devoted to helping young dancers, and Art 2 Art, a multi-awarded nationwide radio talk show that promotes art appreciation and education.

Among numerous citations, she has been a Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World awardee. She was given the Special Prize for Artistry by the House Diaghilev. She was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Philippine UNESCO National Commission. She was a Bodily Kinesthetic Intelligence Awardee in 2005. In 2015, she was chosen to represent the International Dance Council CID, the official worldwide organization of dance. In the same year, she was awarded by the Ateneo de Manila University for her Outstanding Achievement in Humanities.


Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

Olivier Ochanine is the 1st Prize Winner of the 2015 Antal Dorati International Conducting Competition in Budapest, Hungary, in which he surpassed nearly 120 other conductors from 23 countries. He was also recently awarded the prestigious 'The American Prize' (2015) in Professional Orchestra Conducting.

In the history of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Olivier was the youngest Principal conductor when he started in its 2010-2011 performance season. Under his leadership, the orchestra has performed numerous Philippine premieres. In June 2016, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra undertakes a historic concert tour to the United States which includes a performance at the world renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City. This tour is a project of Olivier which he took three years of fundraising and planning efforts. It is the first tour by a Filipino orchestra to the United States.

Olivier is also 2nd Prize Winner in the 2015 London Classical Soloists International Conducting Competition, where he conducted the orchestra, one of the best chamber orchestras in London, on various Beethoven symphonies. He is a regular guest conductor with several Philharmonic Orchestras in Asia, Europe, and North America. Upcoming conducting engagements include the Matanzas Symphony Orchestra (Cuba), Esterhàza Festival Orchestra, Virtuosi Italiani, and Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.

Olivier Serrat

Asian Development Bank

Olivier Serrat works at the intersection of knowledge management and development aid; his other specialties include environmental management, evaluation, and strategic planning. Olivier is a principal knowledge management specialist in the Asian Development Bank's Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department. He has degrees from the Universities of Kent and London.

Arnel Pineda

Journey / Arnel Pineda Foundation, INC.

Mr. Arnel Pineda fronts the legendary rock band, Journey, and represents the seemingly elusive dream that many Filipinos seek to achieve. More than a singer who made it big, he has been working to help others reach their dreams.Through the Arnel Pineda Foundation, he provides underprivileged children quality education and healthcare.

He works together with Cha-ching, a multi-country, multi-platform learning program that brings the Mobile Classroom to out-of-school and off-the-grid communities. His efforts contribute to increased literacy and numeracy in order to restore dreams to young minds.

Sr. Marie Rosanne

President Saint Paul University,

Sr. Marie Rosanne Mallillin is the President of Saint Paul University, Surigao. Under her leadership, Saint Paul University became dedicated to Catholic education, academic excellence, research and community service. Among her notable endeavors are the St. Paul University Surigao Disaster Relief Fund, and the SPU Drop-Inn Center. She also served as the executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines' National Secretariat of Social Actions (or Caritas Philippines), a non-profit organization focused on social services and integrated family development for the poor and the vulnerable.

Dr. Joanne Scillitoe

2015-2016 Fulbright-sycip
distinguished lecturer

Dr. Joanne Scillitoe is a Fullbright-Sycip distinguished lecturer, with an expertise on Business Entrepreneurship. She is the Academic Director for the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Business Incubator at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT); and as an NYIT Professor, she holds a crucial role in supporting entrepreneurial culture at this prestigious academic institution. This is reflective of her lecture series, business plan team buildings, angel investor residencies, and other numerous support programs she conducts.

Dr. Scilllitoe is also the president and CEO of Stratte Consulting, and by blending her PhD in Management and her background in the sciences, Dr. Scillitoe has found a niche in the convergence of technology and business.

Dr. Lucio Sia


Dr. Lucio Sia is the Executive Director of the UNESCO South East Asian Centre of Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Development (SEACLLSD). As an organization, SEACLLSSD leverages partnerships among 11 countries in Southeast Asia to empower lifelong learning to be aligned with UNESCO’s initiatives of promoting education for all (EFA) and education for sustainable development (ESD). Concurrent to his appointment at SEACLLSD, Dr. Sia is also the Programme Specialist for UNESCO in education and teacher policy development.

He earned his Master’s degree in Comparative Literature at the Universite de Paris VII and finished his PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy, Summa Cum Laude, at the American Graduate School in Paris.

Dr. Grace Javier

University of the Philippines
Open University (UPOU)

Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso is a professor of film and mass communication at the University of the Philippines' College of Mass Communications. She is now serving her third term as Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU). She became involved in distance education and open learning and served her first administrative duty as the Dean of the School for Distance Education in Diliman for the UPOU in 1995.

In 1999, she became the director of the UPOU’s Audio-Visual Teaching and Learning Laboratory and the director of the UPOU Multimedia Center in 2004. Dr. Alfonso is the Chair of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Technical Panel for Transnational and Distance Education. She is often a member of the Adjudication Committees for the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) Annual Conferences. Dr. Alfonso is a painter and a sculptor, a filmmaker, director, film researcher and critic, and an expert in multimedia. The University of the Philippines has also bestowed upon her the title of University Artist I and Dean Emeritus.