Marvin Torres Lagonera
Founder and Executive Director
A climate emergency activist and urbanist, Marvin works as a city climate planner by profession and enjoys mentoring young professionals and enthusiasts on various frontiers of economic and social change. He is currently affiliated with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, serving as City Adviser for Quezon City, Philippines. In this role, he manages the delivery of the city’s Climate Action Planning programme in line with Deadline 2020, C40’s flagship global program for C40 cities who made a commitment to set a carbon neutrality goal by 2050.
He is concurrently reading a Master of Science (MSc) in Sustainable Urban Development part-time at University of Oxford, where he has recently initiated behavioral research on travel motility and subjective well-being in the context of COVID-19.
Marvin holds a Master's degree in Political Science major in Global Politics and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics-Honors and Political Science from Ateneo de Manila University, and served as lecturer at the Department of Economics at Ateneo de Manila University.
He has been awarded various scholarships to study at the University of Oxford (MSc Programme Scholarship Award), University of Warsaw (non-degree Erasmus Mundus Master’s Mobility with Asia at the Institute of International Relations), Kyoto University (non-degree Joint Master’s Research Mobility of the ASEAN University Network and Kyoto University Graduate School of Energy Sciences by the Japanese Government), and Sogang University (non-degree Global Korea Scholarship by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Government of South Korea).
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