Melissa has over two decades of experience in involuntary eviction, resettlement, and housing prior to joining the ADB Ventures. During years in the government, she designed, pioneered, and led government’s Participatory Resettlement Monitoring with “Community Building” in resettlement sites and led the participatory remedial interventions in 18 resettlement sites with 30,000 families. She has likewise worked with the World Bank and ADB as a Social Safeguards Specialist and with international foundations as a researcher for local and international projects leading to development-induced resettlement. Currently, Melissa continues to work with the resettled families and the informal settler families through CSO and People’s Organization partners. Melissa earned her Master’s in International Studies from Kobe University, Japan and her PhD from Wageningen University, The Netherlands. She has likewise published research on areas of social capital, food security, housing, and involuntary resettlement in the Philippines and Indonesia setting.

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