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Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan
Chairman, Commission on Higher Education


Dr. Licuanan, a Filipino psychologist and educator, is a former President of Miriam College, Chief Executive Officer of the Forum in English of Philippine Business for Education at the Asian Institute of Management, and Trustee of the Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics. She actively participates in research, training, and advocacy work in applied social psychology, education, and educational reform, human resource development, and gender issues in the Philippines. She is also a recognized leader in advocating gender equality.

Licuanan was a professor and chairman of the Department of Psychology, and academic vice-president of the Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines. During her academic tenure, she championed gender equality and instituted sensitivity training regarding the sexual harassment of women. She is a recognized leader in advocating for gender equality in the Asia Pacific region.

Among the commissions she has chaired are the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCRFW), and Southeast Asia Watch: Eyes on the Beijing Platform for Action (SEAWatch).

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