Lea Ivy Manzanero

Project Lead, DisasterNet Philippines


Lea Ivy O. Manzanero is currently the Project Lead of the DisasterNet Philippines Program of HHI. Her involvement in disaster rehabilitation in the Southeast Asian region started after the Indian Ocean earthquake and deadly tsunami that hit the northern part of Thailand when she was a research and documentation officer at the Asian Regional Resource Centre for Human Rights Education (ARRC). In the Philippines, her involvement with DRRM projects focused on increasing food security through value chain development of crops to support farmers and households in Central Luzon affected by typhoons as well as facilitating the conduct of training to increase capacities of LGUs.

She has also participated in the implementation of international projects such as UNESCO Bangkok Ethics and Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific, UNEP-GEF Wetlands Conservation Project, UN World Food Programme forecast-based financing and emergency preparedness, and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) funded by the World Bank.

Her research interests include responsible environmental behaviour, food, agriculture, and environmental ethics, and value chain development. Lea earned her both her degrees in B.S. in Food Technology and M.A. in Environmental Education from the University of the Philippines Diliman.