Clare Cattleya Amador
For Clare Amador, the real work of nation building begins where human talent intersects with social responsibility. As assistant secretary at the Department of Budget and Management, she is involved in major governance reforms under President Benigno S. Aquino III’s administration, from organization development within the DBM to fund expenditure transparency across the Philippine bureaucracy. She serves as chief of staff to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and supervises the Office of the Secretary and its attached units.
She has worked extensively in the field of public service and development, and was founder of YTRIP, a nonprofit organization for responsible and sustainable tourism in the Philippines. She was also the founding chair of the Ateneo de Manila University’s Development Society, a student organization that empowers the youth toward fruitful public engagement.
Amador received the 2011 Gawad Sigasig Kabataan Award for Government Service. In October 2012, she was chosen for the Leadership Decision Making executive course under Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where she was also the youngest participant. Prior to that, she was invited to the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, which allowed her to broaden her knowledge on public fund management and strategic tourism.
Amador’s written work has been published by both national and local publications, and she is regularly invited to speak before organizations on a range of topics, including transformational leadership and alternative travel and tourism.