Mary Lou Cunanan
Mary Lou Cunanan graduated from the University of the Philippines and took up her Executive MBA at the Asian Institute of Management. She joined the U.S. State Department J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, taking up Management Internship in Tennessee and Pennsylvania. She lived in Virginia for 8 years, working as Operations Manager for a company liaison to the U.S. State Department, responsible for meeting J-1 Cultural Exchange Program regulations, reporting requirements, and goals. Mary Lou has travelled extensively across Europe, Asia, North and South America and the Caribbean as Program Manager of the Work and Travel and Internship public diplomacy programs. In 2013, Mary Lou decided to return to the Philippines to start her own cultural exchange company, Vision International Philippines.
Mary Lou is an active member of Young SouthEast Asian Leader Initiative (YSEALI), an organization initiated by President Obama to promote youth leadership in ASEAN countries. She was a member of the panel organized by the US Embassy in Manila (#TheVisaHourLive) to discuss the J-1 and F-1 Programs of the U.S. State Department back in 2015. Mary Lou is also a huge advocate of women’s rights. She is a member of Filipino Women’s Network, an organization based in San Francisco, USA, which promotes the social welfare of Filipino women globally. In 2016, Mary Lou was given the ‘100 Most Influential Filipina Global Award’ under the Emerging Leader category, alongside Vice President Leni Robredo.
Joseph “Joe” Talamayan
Joseph “Joe” Talamayan is a Filipino who was born and raised in San Diego, California, USA. In honor of his Filipino roots, Joe envisioned a fully developed Philippines taking its place as one of the best countries in the world. The realization of this dream began when he and his entire family moved to the Philippines to help found Vision International Philippines.
As a U.S. Marines Corps combat veteran with over 12 years of military experience all over the world, Joe has accumulated a unique set of management operations skills in diverse global settings, including high-risk locations such as Iraq, Djibouti, Thailand, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. He has degrees from the University of San Diego and San Jose State University. Upon coming home, he pursued his Executive MBA at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati, Manila.
Ashley Bennett is an Australian national who moved to the Philippines to pursue philanthropic entrepreneurship by helping found Vision International Philippines. With natural affinity for serving people, Ashley built a remarkable career in the Australian hospitality industry which spanned over 15 years. This passion for people proved to be key to his rapid promotion which led to various senior executive roles, including the manager position at one of Southern Sydney’s most exclusive waterfront venues and Accor’s Asia Pacific flagship hotel in Darling Harbour. Ashley completed his Masters of Business Administration at the Australian Institute of Business and is a certified migration law expert.