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PhilDev Visiting Professors

The following professors have taught and consulted both faculty and students at PhilDev’s network of TechHubs and Universities. They have shared their expertise in entrepreneurship and innovation increasing the over-all standard of Philippine universities. 

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Eugene Noh is the Recruiting Director of the Bay Area NSF I-Corps which provides Lean LaunchPad training for startups at UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, Stanford University, and other local universities. He is also leading a new campus-wide initiative to inspire and enable graduate student to pursue entrepreneurship as a potential career path. In these complementary roles, Eugene provides resources and training that enables and accelerates commercialization of university research and supports the next generation of tech entrepreneurs. 

Previously, Eugene served at the CITRIS Foundry of the CITRIS-Banatao Institute at UC Berkeley where he developed the Foundry Mentor Match Program and the Founder Skill Series, a training program that provides founders with the most critical skills necessary for startup success. As the Venture Lab Manager at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET), Eugene launched the Delta Prize, which accelerated the growth of 12 Berkeley startups and helped them to raise their first round of outside funding, including two companies that advanced to Y Combinator (Blitz eSports, Vernox Labs). During a two year stint in South Korea, Eugene hosted a weekly radio program on positive psychology. He holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley.


Esther Obonyo

Esther Obonyo, Associate Professor of Engineering Design and Architectural Engineering, Penn State Global Programs’ Director for WEFs NEXUS (East Africa), Penn State University.

Dr. Obonyo served as the Interim Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship program from January to August 2017 while concurrently working in Office of the Vice Provost for Global Program Office as Penn State’s Inaugural Global Faculty Fellow. Dr Obonyo was a 2015/ 2016 Jefferson Science Fellow placed with the USAID Global Development Lab in DC. She served as a Senior Science Advisor on the Digital Development for Feed the Future (D2FtF) team. D2FtF is a collaboration between the USAID’s Global Development Lab and the Bureau of Food Security. Dr. Obonyo also worked with the Research Partnerships for Development Team under the Center for Data, Analysis, and Research on issues related to improving the generation and use of scientific research to address development challenges. Between August 2004 and July 2015, she was a faculty member at the University of Florida's (UF) Rinker School of Construction Management, first serving as Assistant Professor until her promotion to the rank of associate professor in 2012. While at UF, she also served as a faculty entrepreneurship Fellow at College of Business. In addition, for the past 4 years, she has been a Visiting Professor in the Philippines through the PhilDev IDEA Program (a USAID-funded initiative directed at enhancing the practice of Technopreneurship in the Philippines). Beyond her academic credentials, Dr. Obonyo has extensive industry experience, having worked as a Construction Engineer, Project Manager and Innovations Analyst in several engineering and construction companies in Kenya, the United Kingdom and the United States. Her work has been disseminated through over 100 journal papers, conference proceedings and presentations. She is on the editorial board of two Journals – Buildings and Intelligent Systems. She was also guest editor for the Journal of Sustainability as well as the Journal of IT in Construction. Finally, she is a regular reviewer for two other journals, namely, Materials in Civil Engineer (ASCE) and Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management.