Team Villgro

Our Team Players

Because every superhero needs a group of dedicated team members who believe in them and work in tandem to make the world a better place, Team Villgro is always at your side whenever you decide to scale the impossible mountain or take a leap of faith. The team at Villgro is a diverse and dynamic mix of everything you can ever want. We are a group of mighty ants who work tirelessly to make your dreams come true.

To mentor, to advise, to counsel, and to pave the way, Team Villgro is here to help you grow and flourish every step of the way.

 

Priya Thachadi

Priya Thachadi

Co-founder and CEO

Education and Experience

I have a bachelors degree in Business and Advanced Financial Accounting and a Masters Degree in Journalism from India, a Master’s degree in International Relations and Development from the University of Warwick in the UK.

I have spent the last 15 years in international development, working in Journalism, Human Rights and Public Policy, before moving to the social enterprise sector. I served as the Head of Incubatee Support and Human Capital at Villgro India, one of the oldest and largest impact incubators in the world,  where I led post-investment support for early-stage ventures and pioneered Villgro’s Mentoring and technical assistance initiatives. In 2017, I co-founded Unlock Impact, a social impact consulting firm, that partners with other orginisations to scale solutions that tackle poverty.  Around the same time, I set up Villgro Philippines in Manila.

What you do at Villgro?

As CEO, I am responsible for the organization’s strategy and long-term direction. My role is to ensure that my team is challenged, inspired and fulfilling their potential. My focus is to build key partnerships and design incubation programs that support early stage impact entrepreneurs develop and implement their strategy and help find the right resources and opportunities to scale their solutions. I am constantly hatching plans to pathologically collaborate with other ecosystem players with similar values. Ultimately, I am carving out Villgro’s role in helping create successful Impact Enterprises in the Philippines. 

What makes me good at what I do?
  • Moral Imagination.
  • A pathological drive to collaborate.
  • Resilience and patience.
 
My Hobbies / Passion
I am passionate about politics and the state of the world.  You can find me striking up a discussion around global politics every chance I get.
I enjoy exploring the beautiful beaches in the Philippines and I love traveling to explore new cities and countries.
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Angelo Santiago

Angelo Santiago

Program Manager

My Education and Experience
I studied Applied Corporate Management at De La Salle University and have experience working with both multi-national corporations and small-to-medium businesses. I founded the Red Cross Council of DLSU when I was still in the university and have since worked with multiple development organizations and government agencies on a range of projects around sustainability, youth and civic engagement, and disaster risk reduction.
 
 
What I do at Villgro
As one of the program managers, I am responsible for the implementation of assigned programs.  I led the CSO-SEED Business and Investment Readiness Programme in partnership with the British Council and co-funded by the European Union. Through that programme I along with my team setup and trained six local incubators over the past year and helped them select and support a portfolio of 36 social enterprises. I also work as a portfolio manager supporting our high-potential impact enterprises within the Agriculture and Employment sectors.
My Hobbies / Passion
  •  I am fond of hiking, supporting development projects, and connecting people.
  •  Knowing there are people that still need help is what gets me up in the morning.
  •  I have a strong interest in data analytics and product design and intend to pursue a masters degree in Industrial Design Engineering in the Netherlands or the United Kingdom.
Yohanna Brillantes

Yohanna Brillantes

Program Manager

Education and Experience
Before joining Villgro, I worked for a fintech startup for over two years empowering Filipinos to access financial services. I have been with organizations focusing on impact since my college days. While studying business management at De La Salle University, I became an active member of AIESEC, an international organization that develops leadership among the youth. 
What I do at Villgro
I work as a Program Manager and manage the incubation support for entrepreneurs of our healthcare and clean energy portfolio. I also lead the recently launched accelerator program that supports two agriculture cooperatives in Benguet and Lanao del Norte in growing their businesses.
 
Additionally I manage events, our regular Happy Hours and Talk Impact events, a networking event for the Philippine impact entrepreneurship community.  
Your Hobbies / Passion ?
 I love creating things.  In my free time, I sew and paint.  My recent projects include sewing bags and painting on them.
Carlo Valle

Carlo Valle

Program Management Support

Your Education and Experience?
Carlo is a Canadian Volunteer from CUSO International, an international non-governmental organization dedicated to reducing poverty and inequality in over 22 developing countries. As an advocate for responsibly stewarding our shared and living planet, he believes building the social entrepreneurship ecosystem can better facilitate a more just and mutually beneficial world for everybody.
 
He supports Villgro Philippines in program management, research and development, fundraising, events management, and communications.
Geetha N

Geetha N

Communication Specialist

Your Education and Experience?

I have over 15 years of experience in Public Relations and Corporate Communications.  I have a Bachelors Degree in Science and a Masters Degree in Journalism.  

What you do at Villgro?

I work as a communication specialist.  

Your Hobbies / Passion ?
  • I am passionate Toastmaster
  • A Yoga Instructor.