Biology graduate Ivan Christopher B. Cordevilla has been chosen as a fellow for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Fall 2019 Academic Fellowship on Environmental Issues and Natural Resource Management. The program runs from August 21 to September 15.


The Academic Fellowship on Environmental Issues and Natural Resource Management involves the use of experiential learning through community exposures and meeting with local leaders both in public and private sectors in the United States of America. Participants of the program will explore on the role of environmental policy and its importance in the economic and political development in the US.


YSEALI, a U.S. State Department program, is geared “to strengthen youth leadership development and networking across Southeast Asia, deepen engagement with young leaders on key regional and global challenges, and strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and Southeast Asia.”


Cordevilla, who is currently teaching Science subjects for senior high school students at a public school in Bayawan City, will be stationed at the University of Montana, U.S.A.


Aside from graduating as Salutatorian of Class 2018 from Foundation University, he has been involved in various leadership trainings including the Ayala Young Leaders’ Conference, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Youth Summit and the 3rd ASEAN Foundation’s Model Meeting.


In 2018, Cordevilla also emerged as one of the top 25 national finalists for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP).