Vivien Suerte-Cortez is a development professional who has more than 12 years’ experience working with local nongovernmental organizations, government and international development organizations.
Suerte-Cortez has been involved in policy research, project management, proposal development, monitoring, and coordination. Her areas of interest and experience include participatory governance, social accountability, public procurement, contract monitoring and budget transparency.
Suerte-Cortez was part of the REID Foundation team that entered into participatory budgeting activities with the Department of Public Works and Highways. This resulted in the inclusion of 12 billion Philippine pesos ($294 million) worth of tourism infrastructure projects in the 2013 national budget. She has also served as a consultant for World Bank Philippines, World Bank Institute, The Asia Foundation, Oxfam GB and the REID Foundation.
Suerte-Cortez is currently the coordinator for country innovations at the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific Foundation, where she manages the Participatory Audit project implemented with the Commission on Audit. She is also the Philippine desk coordinator of the Ateneo School of Government.