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Jo Villanueva

Regional Change Lead, Women’s Economic Leadership


Office Location: Davao City, Philippines

Jo leads the technical and programme quality support on the broader livelihoods work of Oxfam in Asia. She helps ensure that programmes help women gain power and overcome the barriers that keep them in poverty. She also serves as the thematic lead of the Gendered Enterprise and Markets (GEM) programme in Asia and coordinates the Community of Practice on Women's Economic Empowerment in Asia. Jo has more than 23 years of experience working in the development sector in the Philippines and across East and South Asia, with thematic specialization on market-based livelihoods, gender, women's economic empowerment, indigenous peoples' rights, natural resources and land rights issues.

Before joining Oxfam, she was Executive Director of the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center/Friends of the Earth-Philippines, Gender Co-coordinator of Friends of the Earth International, Learning and Knowledge Coordinator of the Ecosystem Grants Program-IUCN in Southeast Asia managed by the Samdhana Institute. She is currently a member of the Southeast Asia Regional Advisory Board of the Global Green Grants Fund (GGF), Philippine adviser of the Indigenous Peoples and Support Fund (IPSF), a fellow of Samdhana Institute, and founding member/Chair of the Board of Lilak (Purple Action on Indigenous Women's Rights). She has a master's degree in Social Development.