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Janine Chiong

Janine Mikaella Chiong, known to her friends as Nin, is President and CEO and Head of Sales & Marketing for Habi Footwear. Prior to reestablishing Habi after university, she briefly worked as a Marketing Assistant in GlaxoSmithKline Philippines, and in her time in university was President of Musmos, a sector-based organization that works with empowering the urban poor youth. Her love for social development was what led her to pursue the Social Entrepreneurship track for her business thesis, which led to her journey with Habi Footwear. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the Ateneo de Manila University,  and is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Enterprise Development at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.
Besides Habi, Janine is also co-founder of entrepreneur's hub Roots Katipunan and volunteers as a Youth teacher at Grace Christian Church of the Philippines.  Her interests are in financial literacy, cooking, fitness and travel. 

Bernadee Uy

Bernadee Uy, or Berns for short, heads Finance and Community Development for Habi Footwear. Like Nin, Berns was heavily involved in social development since her school days, having served as Executive Vice-President of Alay ni Ignacio (ANI), which offers academic and leadership programs to deserving public high school students with the aim of enabling access to higher education and developing grassroots leaders. After university, she took on a full-time job at Accenture Philippines, consulting for organizations such as ABS-CBN and Gawad Kalinga. She also worked as Social Enterprise Manager at the British Council of Manila and took a part-time teaching post at her alma mater, the Ateneo de Manila University (which also conferred on her a Bachelor of Science in Management). At present, she is the Head of Acquisitions at Grab Philippines. 

Paola Savillo

Maria Paulina Savillo, or just Paola, heads Product Development for Habi Footwear - an apt position given that during Habi’s thesis days, it was she who had had the idea of turning woven cloth into shoes. Creativity is Paola’s strong suit, which also reflects in her interest in digital marketing - her first job was as a marketing officer at SM’s malls division, where she was also a powerful force in the digital development of its Shopmag; currently, she is Associate Marketing Manager at JobStreet. Her other talents and passions were also evident in her university days, when she headed the choir of her home organization, the Ateneo MACA (Management in Applied Chemistry Association - hence her Bachelor of Science in said course), and also represented the country for World Youth Day 2008 on behalf of Opus Dei, where she is also an active member to this day. Besides digital marketing and designing, she also likes exercising and staying fit.