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Gwen has over 20 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sectors throughout her career and held various leadership, management and operations roles.
Gwen assumed as Interim IFRC Deputy Regional Director for Asia Pacific on October 1, 2020 in addition to her role as the IFRC Head of East Asia. She is also a Steering Committee Member of the IFRC Asia Pacific Disaster Resilience Center in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and Adviser of the International Academy of Red Cross and Red Crescent in Suzhou, China.
Prior to joining the IFRC, Gwen served as the Secretary General of the Philippine Red Cross from 2009 to 2016. She was also the IFRC Interim Head of Country Office in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from October 2017 to March 2018.
Gwen developed her passion toward the areas of public health, disaster preparedness and response, partnership and resource development, organizational development, and humanitarian diplomacy. She is an advocate on women leadership and women empowerment.
Gwen’s humanitarian actions can be traced back to when she was a Red Cross Youth Volunteer during her student life. In 2012, Gwen was conferred with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities by the Lyceum of Northwestern University in the Philippines. In 2015, Gwen received the Florence Nightingale Award, which is the highest International distinction for a professional nurse to recognize great courage and devotion to victims of armed conflict or natural disastersIn April 2021, she was awarded by Philippine Red Cross with Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon medal in recognition of her valuable contribution to humanity.

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