- April 24, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Liter of Light is dedicated in providing affordable, sustainable solar lighting to people in off-grid areas who live in the darkness. By using recycled plastic bottles and other locally sourced materials, Liter of Light has created easy-to-make bottle lights. Thousands of these bottle lights have been installed not only in the Philippines but also in more than 15 countries to illuminate homes, businesses and streets.
About the Speaker
Mr. Illace Angelo Diaz
Founder and Executive Director,
MyShelter Foundation, Inc. Philippines
Mr. Illace Angelo Diaz is the Founder and Executive Director of MyShelter Foundation, Inc. Philippines and Design Against the Elements Challenge. His organization, MyShelter Foundation, Inc, established the first earthbag and bamboo school construction practice in Asia to addresses the shortage of clinics and educational infrastructure in the rural areas by using more affordable indigenous (rather than fully manufactured) construction materials. Their organization built five clinics and twenty classrooms earthen at one fourth of the cost, built the first bamboo school classrooms in Camarines Sur, taught seminars on how to preserves dwindling forest resources in the country while enhancing the rural population’s capability to build their own communities in 10 provinces.
Illac Diaz has also received numerous commendations such as 1.) 2008 Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum; 2.) DHL Young Entrepreneurs for Sustainability; 3.) People of the Year, Philippines by People Magazine Asia; 4.) Ernst & Young, Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year; 5.) Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World, JCI International; and 6.) Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines for Social Entrepreneurship.
He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Management Economics from Ateneo de Manila University. He studied at the Asian Institute of Management for his Masters in Entrepreneurship, where he was an Honors & Prestige Award Recipient. He was also a Fulbright-Humphry Scholar at the Massacuhets Institute of Technology. Finally, he took up Masters in Public Administration, Mid-Career Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he was a Catherine Reynolds Scholar in Social Enterprise and a finalist at the Harvard Business Plan Competition.
Venue: AmCham Hall