Leadership

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UROOJ MALIK – Chairman and CEO

Dr. Urooj Malik commands over 30 years of experience in the area of sustainable development and management. He was educated in the United States and the Philippines and undertook his undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management, graduate degree Mineral and Energy Resource Economics, and a Ph.D. in Environment and Development Management. Prior to joining Hineleban, Dr. Malik was with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) where his career spanned over two and half decades, 1985-2010. During his last 10 years at ADB, he served in the ADB’s senior management stream, first as Country Director for Cambodia, then as Director for Mekong Energy and Infrastructure, and finally as Director in Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources for Southeast Asian region. Complementary to his engagements at Hineleban, Dr. Malik also holds senior advisory positions at the Bangsamoro Development Agency and the Provincial Government of Bukidnon.

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EDGAR BULLECER – President

Mr. Edgar Bullecer started his career in 1975 at the prestigious Philippine accounting firm SGV & Co., presently Ernst and Young, soon after earning his CPA. From then on, he expanded his work and became involved in numerous pioneering projects in the countryside of the Philippines. Since 1996, Mr. Bullecer has been instrumental in contributing to private initiatives for economic investments in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). These initiatives have greatly contributed to the transformation of certain conflict zones in Mindanao into bustling economic zones, illustrating how sustainable economic development is key to lasting peace. Mr. Bullecer maintains excellent relations also with the Indigenous communities of Bukidnon and spends a large part of his time discussing with them issues and concerns of common interest.

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NEIL ABEJUELA – Vice President,  Agriculture and Livelihood

Mr. Neil Abejuela has developed himself in the area of management, fostering 30 years of experience in the discipline. He completed his degree at the University of Mindanao, studying Liberal Arts in Commerce, specializing in management in March of 1983. His influential output, through various institutions, piloted him to becoming president management staff of the Office of the President, Republic of the Philippines, from 1987 to 1992. Soon thereafter, from 1992 to 2009,  he led various teams in the interest of agriculture in Mindanao, on farms such as Mt. Kitanglad Agri Ventures Inc, Celebrate Life Agri Ventures Inc, and Earth Soul Solutions. Mr Abejuela concurrently holds the title of Management Services Group Head at Mt. Kitanglad Agri Ventures Inc.

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RAOUL T. GEOLLEGUE – Vice President, Environment and Biodiversity

Forester Raoul Geollegue commands more than 35 years of experience in integrated watershed ecosystem management and biodiversity conservation. As Second Placer in the Professional Foresters Board in 1978, For. Geollegue rose to the ranks and became the Regional Executive Director of the DENR Region 6 from 1996-1999 then from 2001-2003. He was also the Regional Executive Director of DENR Region 10 from 2003-2005. He has served as Technical Consultant and Team Leader in various integrated watershed management and biodiversity conservation projects in many parts of the country. He is now the President of the Philippine Watershed Management Coalition, Inc.; Chairman of the Council of Expert on Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability in Mindanao, Earthsoul Solutions Inc.; Chairman of the Board of the Partners for Ecosystem Services and Natural Resource Management; Senior Adviser of Mother Earth Ecosystem Society; Founder, Convenor and Adviser of Guardians of the Earth Northern Mindanao; and Founding Member of Task Force Macajalar, which is Coalition of NGOs, farmers and fisherfolks and POs for environmental advocacy in Region 10.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator border_width=”2″][vc_column_text]

DOMINIC CINCHEZ – Group Head, Support Services

Mr. Dominic Cinchez is the Finance Officer is a CPA by profession with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of finance. Dom earned his BS degree from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City and passed the CPA board exam in 1996. He also completed his Masters in Business Administration degree at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City in 2003. He concurrently holds the function of a Comptroller at Unifrutti Financial Services, Inc. serving the Bio-technology & Research Services Group, and the Corporate Social Responsibility Group of Unifrutti Philippine Operations. Dom has earned a reputation in preserving the financial well-being of the companies he served. His contribution is largely due to his focus on the proper allocation and effective & efficient utilization of financial resources that goes with it the preparation of responsive budgets, institution of internal control and fiscal discipline in all aspects of the business operations.

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RENEE A. PERRINE – Vice President, Marketing

A city girl turned farmer, Renee’s initial farming venture involved sending boxes of organic vegetables door to door from Tuminugan Farm to families enrolled in the program, “My Personal Farmer”, the Philippines’ first Consumer Supported Agriculture program that ran from 2008-2011. In 2008, Renee began her Arabica coffee adventure by dispersing seedlings to the Indigenous Peoples of Bukidnon. By 2010, having perfected the processing, roasting and packaging of cherries, Renee brought to market what we now know as Hineleban Coffee.  This first successful model of Transformational Business Partnership bridged the gap between farmers and consumers, cutting middle men, and remunerating the farmers 300% more in cherry prices. Some 30,000 trees and still counting have also been planted through Hineleban Coffee’s “Sip and Reforest” campaign where one forest tree is planted for every bag of coffee purchased. Renee now works to mirror the success of Hineleban Coffee to new ventures like Hineleban Adlai, a highland grown heirloom grain, and Hineleban Bamboo.

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Urooj Malik
Chairman / CEO and Group Head, Advisory Services

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Neil Abejuela
Group Head,   Research and Development

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Edgar Bullecer
President and Group Head,  Community Relations

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Dominic Cinchez
Group Head,  Support Services

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Norma Llemit
Group Head,  Operations Management

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Victor Pabilona
Unit Head,  Values Formation

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Hineleban Foundation Incorporated (HFI) was formed in 2006 as a non-profit, non-stock organisation whose main advocacy is to reforest the high mountain ranges of Mindanao. To accomplish this, HFI partnered with the Indigenous People who live within the buffer zones of these mountains. Providing them with Family Food Security and sustainable disposable livelihoods through the model of Transformational Business Partnerships. Thus, restoring their role as “Custodians of the Rainforest”.