Dan joins IPCC as the Assistant of the Technical Support Unit of the Synthesis Report (SYR TSU).
Trained as an architect, Dan completed his MSc in Sustainability (2020) from the United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in Tokyo, Japan. During his two-year stint in the institute, he explored the intersection of internal displacement and urbanization in the Philippines. He was able to publish a paper with his adviser in the Sustainability Science Journal on the potential impacts of the pandemic to internally displaced persons (IDPs), focusing on internally displaced indigenous peoples in cities, which he argued are one of the most vulnerable and excluded of the IDPs.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines Mindanao. Afterwards, he volunteered for a non-government organization (NGO) that focuses on the urban poor employing community-led processes. This led to his interest shifting from the object (the building) to the users trying to understand how cities shape its people and vice versa.
Prior to IPCC, he was a research intern of UNU-CRIS (Bruges, Belgium) on internal displacement and return migration infrastructures in the Philippines. He was also a technical assistant during the ACE Programme Japan Study Visit 2019 organized by UNU-IAS and the ASEAN.