In 1959, Rosario Gonzalez, became the first Filipina to pass the competitive foreign service examinations for Filipino career diplomats given by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Her undergraduate degrees obtained from the University of the Philippines are: Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, Bachelor of Science in Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws. She also obtained a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Governance while commencing law practice in her father’s law firm. Ms. Gonzalez was offered full scholarship for an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy of Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York.
From 1962 to 1979, Ambassador Manalo served in various capacities as a Career Officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs. She eventually served as the Philippine Ambassador to the following capitals: in Brussels, Lisbon, Paris, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. She was also appointed as Philippines Ambassador to the following institutions EEC, UNESCO.
From 1988-1990, Ambassador Manalo was seconded by the Philippine Government to UNESCO in Paris under the then Director General Federico Mayor Zaragoza. She served in his Cabinet as ADVISER for almost two (2) years, in charge of the K to 12 Education Program and the Culture of Peace Program, the latter in collaboration with Butros Butros Gali, who eventually became the Secretary General of the United Nations.
From 1997, Ambassador Manalo became the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Philippine Foreign Office and retired as a career official in 2003. She was recalled by various Presidents of the Philippines to undertake special diplomatic assignments such as : Philippine expert on CEDAW, Special envoy to draft the ASEAN Charter , Philippine representative to the Board of Governors of the Asia-Europe Foundation based in Singapore, Philippine Commissioner to the Shanghai World Expo, the Philippines Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, etc.
Currently, Ambassador Manalo is: Dean of Philippine Women’s University (PWU) School of International Relations and Diplomacy and Director of PWU’s center for gender equality, a Fellow and Lecturer of the National Defense College of the Philippines (DND); Professorial Lecturer of the Foreign Service Institute of the Philippines (DFA), Lecturer and Professor in various leading universities in the Philippines.
Ambassador Manalo is a recipient of various distinctions and honors amongst which are the following: invited as a member of the International Honor Society of the Phi Kappa Phi (2012); the French National Order of Merit, rank of Grand Officer, bestowed by H.E. President Francois Mitterrand (1994); the Order of King Leopold Award, rank of Commander, bestowed through a royal decree of his majesty, Kind Badouin of Belgium (1988); Philippine highest diplomatic award order of Sikatuna, rank of Datu, bestowed by H.E. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (2010); and the ever precious Loyalty Award of the Department of Foreign Affairs (2016); Premio Zobel for her efforts in the promotion of Spanish heritage, language and culture in the Philippines (2001).
Ambassador Manalo can speak, read and write in the Filipino, English, Spanish and French languages.
Ambassador Manalo is a mother of five (5) children and a grandmother of eight (8).
U Mya Theinn
In 1973, U Mya Theinn obtained his L.L.B degree course. In 1976, during his L.L.M course, the Education Department appointed him as a Tutor to the Law Department.
He served ten years in the law department. In 1986, he joined the Judicial Department. From 1984 to 2011, he held several levels of Judge's posts, including the post of Director General of the Supreme Court.
In 2012, he joined the Commission for Assessment of Legal Affairs and Special Issues, Union Parliament. In 2013, he was appointed as Chairperson of the Constitutional Tribunal and dealt with many constitutional law cases. Again in 2016, he joined law and special issue commission. He is performing law reform function in that commission. He is well experienced in domestic laws as he worked as a Tutor and Judge and Legislative Officer.
Ambassador Kenzo Oshima
ICOE Commissioner Kenzo Oshima is a retired Japanese diplomat, with experience as Ambassador to Australia, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and the Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations. He also served at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as Senior Vice-President, as a member of the Parliament-appointed Investigation Commission of the Fukushima-Diichi Nuclear Accident (2011), and as a Commissioner at the Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority. Currently Mr. Oshima is Managing Director of the Africa Society of Japan, advisor to the President of Hiroshima University, and guest professor at Kwansei University in Hyogo, Japan.
Professor Dr. Aung Tun Thet
Prof. Dr. Aung Tun Thet completed his B.Com, M.Sc, PHD in Management Science, Post-Doctoral Fellowship and D.Litt. degree from the universities of UK, Germany and Myanmar respectively.
In 1989, he was appointed as Director-General of the Department of Planning and Statistics in the Ministry of Health. In 1992, he joined UNICEF HQ in New York. He also served with UNICEF in Dhaka and Bangkok. He was the Principle Officer at UN Systems Staff College, Italy in 2000. In 2011, he became a member of the Legal Issues and Special Affairs Commission, Union Parliament. He was appointed as President’s Economic Advisor, Vice-Chairman of National Economic and Social Advisory Council and member of Myanmar Investment Commission. He was a member of the Peace Commission (2015) and Maungdaw Investigation Committee (2016). Since 2017, he is the Chief Coordinator of UEHRD and visiting Professor at Universities of Yangon, British Columbia and Payap.