Team Villgro

We are a diverse and dynamic mix of mighty ants who work tirelessly to make the impossible, possible

Our Team Players

Just like 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. 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

CEO & Co-Founder

Johanna Brillantes

Program Manager

Katherine Khoo

Program Manager

Angelo Santiago

Program Manager

Prabh Singh

Investment and Growth Advisor

Amina Azad

Comms Ninja

Priya Thachadi

Co-founder and CEO

Education and Experience

Priya has spent the last 15 years in international development, working in Journalism, Human Rights and Public Policy, before moving to the impact investment and entrepreneurship sector. She 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 she led post-investment support for early-stage ventures and pioneered Villgro’s mentoring and technical assistance initiatives. In 2017, she also co-founded Unlock Impact, a social impact consulting firm that partners with people and organisations to scale inclusive solutions that tackle poverty across Asia.

She is the Co-Chair of the ANDE East and South East Asia Steering Committee.

Priya holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Advanced Financial Accounting and a master’s degree in Journalism and a post-graduate diploma in Human Rights Law from India, a Master’s degree in International Relations and Development from the University of Warwick in the UK.

What she does at Villgro

Priya came to Manila in 2017 to set up Villgro Philippines and has since powered on building the incubator from the ground up. Her role as CEO at Villgro PH keeps her engaged in formulating the organization’s strategy and long – term direction. This entails mentoring and inspiring her team, building partnerships, designing incubation programs and ultimately carving out Villgro’s path in helping create successful Impact Enterprises in the Philippines.

What makes her good at what her work

A strong-willed collaborator, Priya believes in the power of simple ideas that can solve big challenges. She made Villgro her life’s mission and hopes one day to be an investor for impact-driven startups all over Asia. Priya’s ability to spot talent, focus to build coalitions, her penchant to stay positive even in the worst times, and passion to improve people’s lives, make her good at what she does at Villgro Philippines.

When she’s not at work

A voracious reader and avid traveller with a passion for learning, Priya is an energetic, people’s person who is either exploring the pristine beaches of Philippines or having deep political discussions with friends and new acquaintances alike.

Johanna Brillantes

Program Manager

Education and Experience

While studying business at De La Salle University, Johanna became an active leader of AIESEC, an international organization that develops leadership among the youth. She led AIESEC Philippines’ Global Community Development Program overseeing the planning and implementation of programs developed by members for communities and incoming volunteers. Before joining Villgro, she worked at Coins.ph, a fintech start-up, for over two years empowering Filipinos to access financial services.

What she does at Villgro

Johanna is the creator in the team, someone you can always count on for bringing in fresh ideas for her projects at Villgro.

As a Program Manager at Villgro, Johanna manages the incubation support for entrepreneurs of our healthcare and clean energy portfolio. She also leads Angat Lahat sa Agri Business (ALAB) Innovation Accelerator that supports two agriculture cooperatives in Benguet and Lanao del Norte in growing their businesses.

What makes her good at what she does

A people’s person with flair for events, Johanna manages Villgro’s regular Happy Hours and Talk Impact events, a networking forum for the Philippine impact entrepreneurship community. Her passion to empower people and businesses wakes her up in the morning. Honest to a fault, Johanna feels strongly about access to quality education among other social issues. She has been working with organizations focusing on impact since she was in college.

When she’s not at work

When she’s not working, Johanna would go back to music and sing her heart out with a guitar or piano. She also enjoys sewing and painting which gives her a wonderfully quirky bohemian edge over the rest of the team.

 

Katherine Khoo

Program Manager

Education and Experience

Kath has helped build and run social impact acceleration programs across Southeast Asia for the last 3 years. She was previously with PhilDev Foundation, part of the entrepreneurship team working on the Innovation for Social Impact Partnership’s (ISIP) Social Impact Accelerator. Prior to PhilDev, Kath was an impact fellow with Scope Group, where she led communications and partnerships for ASEAN Impact Challenge. Kath has a degree in Communications Technology Management from Ateneo de Manila University, and was an active leader of the Gawad Kalinga Student Volunteers and Ateneo Resident Students Association in her time at the university. She is an active community builder in the Philippine startup and innovation ecosystem and a frequent facilitator of Startup Weekend events across the country.

What she does at Villgro

Kath leads the Impact Pioneers program to help facilitate the flow of risk capital to early-stage impact enterprises. As one of the program managers, she is also responsible for implementing some of the assigned programs and supporting high-potential impact enterprises in Villgro’s incubation portfolio.

What makes her good at what she does

Kath’s strength lies in her ability to build lasting relationships with individuals and partners. She is passionate about innovation and its power to transform communities and impact the base of the pyramid. Kath’s can-do attitude and knack for connecting people is what makes her great at supporting impact entrepreneurs to deliver more value to their customers and amplify their impact.

When she’s not at work

If she’s not reading on her Kindle or watching a new indie film, Kath is probably whipping up delicious things in the kitchen. Kath loves learning about what makes people tick and is usually out chatting up friends, old and new alike, over a good cup of coffee and thinking of new ways to create change in whatever way she can.

Angelo Santiago

Program Manager

Education and Experience

An alumni of De La Salle University in Applied Corporate Management, Angelo founded the Red Cross Council of DLSU while still in university and has 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 he does at Villgro

As one of the program managers he is responsible for the implementation of assigned programs. At Villgro he led the CSO-SEED Business and Investment Readiness Programme in partnership with the British Council and co-funded by the European Union. A key player in the Villgro team, Angelo also works as a portfolio manager supporting our high-potential impact enterprises within the Agriculture and Employment sectors.

What makes him good at what he does

Angelo’s empathy is his strength and it is what drives him to do what he does best – help those in need. He came to Villgro because he was drawn to the mix of entrepreneurial immersion and community and social development that the engagement would entail. A dreamer and a doer, Angelo’s superpower is his charming empathetic demeanor and vivid imagination. Angelo is a people’s person who believes that you can’t please everyone so you need to spend your time doing the best you can for those that would benefit the most from your help.

When he’s not at work

A book lover and volunteer for many development organisations, Angelo is usually busy engaging in community development efforts, enhancing his skills in business intelligence and data analytics, going on hikes to appreciate the beauty of the Philippines’ landscape and people, and connecting with other ambitious young professionals intent on impacting the country.

Prabh Singh

Investment & Growth Advisor

Education and Experience

Prabh has a decade of business development, commercial negotiation and strategic investment experience in the financial services, energy (LNG) and infrastructure industries. He has successfully built lasting partnerships with global investors and customers across Europe and Asia and raised significant new capital.

Prabh has a degree in Economics & Mathematics from Colby College and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, France. He is an alumnus of the United World Colleges movement committed to uniting people for peace and a sustainable future.

What he does at Villgro

Prabh’s role is to challenge entrepreneurs to think through their business model and develop focused strategies for growth. This includes working with them on tactical customer acquisition, creating detailed and robust financial models and implementing scalable operational processes to support growth.

What makes him good at what he does

Prabh is inspired by the energy and resilience of impact entrepreneurs. He is passionate about helping businesses articulate and execute their growth strategy. Be it in the early stages of achieving product-market fit or in a turnaround where rapid, decisive action with limited information is called for. Prabh has led diverse teams in multiple locations and is a firm believer in leveraging technology solutions to support rapid organizational growth.

When he’s not at work

Exploring new places and learning about the culture and history of his destinations is what keeps Prabh dreaming of time off work. He is also a Technologist (early-adopter) and spends time scouring for the next big thing. Prabh brings to the table clarity of thought and precise direction, especially to strategy games.

Amina Mahfooz Azad

Comms Ninja

Education and Experience

A Communicative English graduate from the prestigious Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, Amina has been in the media and hospitality industry for a good 20 years now. Her last assignment was in Goa where she was the Content Head at Planet Goa magazine for more than 9 years.

What she does at Villgro

Amina is the Communications Ninja at Villgro PH and basically the eyes, ears and mouthpiece of the organisation. With a penchant for social media and a flair for words, Amina is a storyteller who conveys to the world what Villgro PH is all about. From spamming your inboxes with mailers and newsletters, to flooding timelines with Villgro PH stories and posts, if we have an opinion, an event, or a program, Amina makes sure everyone knows about it and is engaged with it.

What makes her good at what she does

A curious extrovert, Amina is an adventurer at heart who likes to explore and learn something new each time she takes up an assignment. A proud non-conformist, feminist, and humanist, she feels deeply about issues such as gender disparity and poverty. Words are her weapons of choice and stories are her forte. She loves a good edit challenge and hones her skills following and studying the latest trends on social media.

When she’s not at work

A professional binge-watcher of any new series on Netflix, Amina loves to meet people and go out with friends. If she’s not furiously typing out status updates and posting stories, then she is most likely catching up on world affairs on Twitter or exploring quaint bars and hole-in-the-wall eateries in and around her home.

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