Hannah Baes

Operations Manager

Hannah Baes is a Certified Public Accountant who gave up her career to serve impoverished urban and rural communities in Davao City, Philippines through Innovative Education, Economic Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and Financial Inclusion to boost productivity and inclusive growth.

In 2017, Hannah joined Hope for the Nations Philippines where she has taken on many responsibilities and leadership roles including Director of Pathway to Life Schoolhouse, a homegrown leadership school for the impoverished children which was launched 3 years ago by Hope for the Nations Philippines.

She earned a certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change from the University for Peace, mandated by the United Nations and was chosen as one of 5 Filipinos who were sent to the US to represent the Philippines in the YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development sponsored by the US Department of State in 2019. She was also selected as the only Filipino peer mentor during the YSEALI Regional Workshop on Empowering Educators in Southeast Asia held in Malaysia.

Her burning passion is to give the best to the least and she believes that when given the necessary tools, we could unleash the incredible potential of the poor.

relevant professional experience and skills

Youth partner for Progress, Sulong Pilipinas 2020

Sulong Pilipinas is the annual consultative conference between the Duterte administration and various citizen groups. Held annually since 2016, even before then Preseident-elect Duterte took office , Sulong Pilipinas has been on the platforms of the government to consult Filipino citizens on socioeconomic priorities.

Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change from the university for peace (UPEACE)

Certificate issued by the University for Peace, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change course hopes to inspire participants, help them gain an understanding of the challenges of the start-up process, offer space and structure for participants to begin developing their own business plan for a socially beneficial venture, and help them think about the complexities of growing and managing it.

Academic Fellow, Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Academic Fellowship on Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, University of Connecticut, USA 2019

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is a public diplomacy program designed to advance regional strategic goals, break down barriers that separate the next generation of leaders in Southeast Asia, and link those emerging leaders to the United States. 

To this end, the YSEALI Academic Fellows Program funded the US Department of State brings exceptional young leaders from Southeast Asian countries to the United States to further develop their professional and leadership skills. These five week institutes, held on the campus of a U.S. university or college, includes an academic residency, leadership development, an educational study tour, local community service activities, and opportunities to engage with American peers.

Peer Mentor, YSEALI Regional Workshop on Empowering Educators in Southeast Asia, 2019

Supported by the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, the workshop is co-organized by The Asia Foundation and StartupMalaysia. The workshop brings together 100 educators from across Southeast Asia to explore personalized learning approaches and strengthen the network of educators in the region.


Accountant, Island Merchants Corporation, Dumaguete City, 2017

professional designation & academic background

  • Certified Public Accountant, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, Silliman University, 2016
  • Class Honor, Silliman University
  • Class Salutatorian, Zamboanga del Norte National High School
  • Class Valedictorian, Dipolog Pilot Demonstration School

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