Expert Profile

Ms Crisel M. Lope-Dumadaug
Position(s) Executive-in-residence Fellow at the GCSP, Commission Member of the IUCN Commission, Member of the Board of Trustees of IKADA.

Crisel M. Lope-Dumadaug’s career is characterized by her visionary leadership and significant contributions. During her tenure as a Commission Member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (CEESP) and as a Member of the Board of Trustees of IKADA, she has been instrumental in driving substantial growth and sustainability in the bamboo industry. She has skillfully woven public policy trends, climate security, and sustainable development goals into the association's framework, thereby fostering prosperity for bamboo farmers and entrepreneurs. 

In her previous role as Municipal Administrator in the Philippines, Crisel, led transformative projects that greatly enhanced environmental conservation and community engagement. Her exceptional leadership has earned the municipality numerous accolades in governance and sustainability. 

As the Executive Director of the Tultugan Task Force for Peace and Security, she integrated socio-cultural considerations into safety measures, thereby fostering peaceful coexistence and intercultural harmony. Serving as the Chairman of the Preparedness Committee for the Municipal Disaster Risk and Management Council in the Philippines, she enabled stakeholders to effectively anticipate, respond to, and recover from hazard events. Her inclusive emergency preparedness plans, which take into account the unique cultural and social needs of local communities, have been key in cultivating a resilient community ready to face challenges. 

In an effort to underscore the importance of bamboo in disaster management on a global scale, Crisel served as a panelist at the International Union for Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) Seminar on Demographic Differential Vulnerability to Disasters in the Context of Climate Change Adaptation in Phang Nga, Thailand in 2014.

In her former role as Cultural and Arts Director and Tultugan Bamboo Music Festival Executive Director in the Philippines, Crisel made a profound impact on the region's cultural landscape. She highlighted the aesthetic value of bamboo in preserving cultural heritage, playing a crucial role in raising environmental awareness and emphasizing the rich cultural traditions of the community. Under her guidance, the Tultugan Bamboo Music Festival evolved into a recognized cultural landmark that celebrates indigenous traditions, artistic expression, and local community participation. Her role in coordinating the Visayan leg of the 1st International Gongs and Bamboo Music Festival brought global attention to Maasin's cultural significance. 

 Crisel is a Certified Core Humanitarian Professional and a Social Protection Ambassador for UNKampus30, UNSSC, SP2022. She also completed courses on Cybersecurity conducted by the Asian Development Bank Institute and Security Risk Management Essentials co -developed by the Global Interagency Security Forum.