The founding directors of GKonomics are successful professionals who came together for this shared dream of a sustained poverty alleviation platform where many can engage and achieve success and scale their work to benefit many.
Cecilia David Manheimer
Cecille is a BSC Economics and AB Psychology graduate of the College of the Holy Spirit, and took her MBA at the Ateneo de Manila. She worked for the banking industry in various capacities for 15 years in the Philippines before moving to New York City. In Manhattan, she co-founded and managed 3 popular wine shops and subsequently invested in the real estate business. After managing successful and profitable businesses in the US, she moved back to the Philippines in 2007 and shared her rich business experience to help poor communities attain sustainable livelihood.
Rose Isada Cabrera
Rose, GKonomics' resident lawyer, graduated from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, after obtaining a bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems, minors in Public Administration and Speech Communication from California Polytechnic State University. She practiced commercial law in Los Angeles, California for 10 years. She also served as Executive Director for ANCOP Foundation USA from 2002-2008, spearheading and growing the Gawad Kalinga network in the United States. Today, she is the Executive Director of GKonomics, inspiring many to partner with the poor for a prosperous Philippines.
Divine Banaria Duran
Divine graduated with a Management degree from Pace University in New York. She worked for Coca Cola and the World Presidents Organization. She generously shared her gifts in marketing and communication to initially advocate the GKonomics mission and vision to encourage more people to take up the cause of the poor. Publishing various marketing communication collaterals such as our quarterly product catalogs, Divine worked to showcase the hidden talents of the poor while spreading their inspiring stories.
Marivic Poblador Pineda
Marivic graduated from De La Salle University with a BS in Management, and was a former Board Member and Deputy Administrator for Trade and Tourism of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. She also worked for Software Ventures International and IBM Asia Pacific, Hong Kong. She generously volunteered her time and creative genius as initial Product Development Director for GKonomics, assuring that the products made by GK residents are marketable and world-class.
Pinky Velez Poe
Pinky graduated from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, with a double degree in Business Administration and Accountancy, and is a Certified Public Accountant. She also completed in 2017 her Masters in Social Entrepreneurship at Ateneo de Manila University. She brings her more than 20 years of corporate and business experience - from her first job as a Brand Assistant at Unilever, to being global head ofInternal Audit of Schlumberger Oilfield Services, and as co-founder and Managing Director of BCC Credit Corporation - to the work of GKonomics, assuring good financial stewardship for the organization, while also training GK residents on good financial management. She is one of the founders of ATBP, a social enterprise specializing in back office support services for social entrepreneurs.