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Melissa Yap

Born 1985,in the Philippines, lives and works in GB

(2008) AIM-ME 15 - Master in Entrepreneurship ME15, Asian Institute of Management
(2007) Bachelor of Arts Major in Development Studies, Ateneo de Manila University
(2003) High School, Immaculate Conception Academy

Work Experience:
1. Greenstone Pharmaceutical (makers of Katinko products) (2009-Present)  
Greenstone Pharmaceutical HK, Inc. (Philippines)
Greenstone Pharmaceutical HK, Limited (Hong Kong)
Chief Executive Officer
2. Earth Kitchen (2012-Present)

Founder and Director
3. Got Heart Foundation, Inc. (2007-Present)
Founder and Executive Director
4. Got Heart Group of Social Enterprises
Founder and Executive Director
a. Got Heart Laboratory (2016-Present)   - Product Development Manager
b. Got HeART Gallery (2017- Present) - Resident Artist & Co-Curator
c. Got Heart UK Ltd. (2018-Present) - Founder and Director
5. Ateneo De Manila University
(Second Semester, SY 2013-2014)
Project Management; Part-time Faculty
 Social Innovations I & II, Development Studies Program;
Thesis Adviser

Volunteer Work:
2014-Present - Got HeART Therapy – organizer, volunteer art teacher
2005-2007 - PAFID - Philippine Association for Intercultural Development – Volunteered as a field researcher to help indigenous communities with their ancestral domain titling (CADT) and management (ADSDPP).
(2005-2007) NTFP - Non-Timber Forest Products - Field Researcher to help promote community made products like the t’nalak.
(2003-2007) Gawad Kalinga – Ateneo De Manila University – Worked with the out-of-school youth living in Payatas 13.
(2001-2003) C3 – Concerts for Charitable Causes; Founder and Events Organizer – This was formed when we were in high school to help raise funds for charity.
(1998-2003) Concordia Children’s Services, Inc.; Volunteer Art Teacher
(2017-2018) Product Design and Development with Cardiff Pottery and Art Workshops, Wales, UK
(2015) Short Course: Urban and Green City Planning – Nanyang Technological University
(2012-Present) Leadership and Poverty Alleviation Class with Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, SJ
Perspectives on Social Entrepreneurship and NGO Sustainability
Organic Farming and Livestock Raising
Natural Farming System and Technology
(2009) Grassroots Entrepreneurship and Management – Bayan Foundation
(2008) Venture into Entrepreneurship –Asian Institute of Management
(2007) Setting Up and Managing Successfully an NGO or Foundation
(2006) Ateneo Student Leaders Assembly
(2017) Documentary Feature on NHK World TV’s Her Story - program looking at the success of women overturning conventions and taboos as they contribute to social change and economic growth in Asia.
(2017) Feature on WomenTalk: WomenTalk TV is an International Emmy Nominated digital program that champions, celebrates and enables empowerment of women. It was created in 2012 and launched in 2013 as an independent interview series featuring everyday women who are extraordinary in Asia, our unsung ‘sheroines.’
(2013) The Outstanding Young Persons Award (TOYP) - Presented to the Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masaka of Japan as the only Filipino of five awardees selected worldwide.
Awarded by: Junior Chamber International Osaka.
To view the TOYP report, please visit:
(2011) Outstanding Service Award for Poverty Alleviation - For leadership, advocacy and service in poverty alleviation to improve the economic status of women.
Awarded by: Zonta International Area 5
(2009) Fellow, Paragon 100 – Asia’s most inspiring entrepreneurs and social changemakers. The Paragon program selected 100 young entrepreneurs and social changemakers of up to 30 years of age from Asia Pacific who are an inspiration to other young people.
Awarded by: The Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship
(2003) 1st Special Award for Outreach Activities - High School Graduation
Awarded by: Immaculate Conception Academy

All pictures: © Melissa Yap