Nassreena Sampaco-Baddiri is chair of the Khadija Center for Muslim Women Studies, a research and policy advocacy center aimed at empowering Muslim women in the Philippines. She recently served as regional secretary of the Department of Tourism in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, where she spearheaded a tourism roadmap and pursued sustainable community-based tourism development for the region.
An academic and public servant, Sampaco-Baddiri was a senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of the Philippines – Diliman, director for special studies at the Center for Strategic Studies, and undersecretary at the Department of Education. She has done research work for the National Defense College of the Philippines and Center for Asia Pacific Studies, and consulted for the States and Security Program of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies in New York.
Sampaco-Baddiri has published on issues such as geopolitics, socio-economic development in Mindanao as well as Moro women and the peace process, and has conducted substantive research and held various forums on institutions and governance in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. She is currently researching the lived realities of Muslim women in Metro Manila with the Khadija Center.