Organization Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy
Areas of Interest Islam and Democracy, Economics, Peace and Security
About this Expert
MS AMINA RASUL-BERNARDO is PRESIDENT of the PHILIPPINE CENTER FOR ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY (Council) and a MANAGING TRUSTEE of the MAGBASSA KITA FOUNDATION, INC (MKFI).
Recently, she has been appointed as Board Member of the Mindanao Development Authority. She has written and edited several books on the Mindanao conflict, Islam and democracy. She was a columnist with Manila Times but is now writing for Business World. She has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Georgetown University, University of Michigan, Notre Dame University, Australian National University, Nanyang Technological University and many others.
With degrees in Economics (UP), Masters in Business Administration (AIM) and Masters in Public Administration (Harvard), she has brought economic development into her advocacies for Mindanao, particularly Muslim Mindanao. She was a member of the Philippine Cabinet under former President Fidel V. Ramos, as Presidential Advisor on Youth Affairs, appointed concurrently as the first Chair of the National Youth Commission (NYC), which she organized. During her term, the national government focused on and committed resources to the National Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP). Under her leadership, the NYC’s Medium Term Youth Development Plan was cited by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as one of the best practices in the preparation of a youth development plan.
Ms Rasul was appointed by the late President Corazon C. Aquino as Commissioner of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women representing Muslims (1990 to 1998). She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Philippine National Oil Corporation (PNOC), the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Founding Director of the Local Government Guarantee Corporation (LGGC).
The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy started as a Council, a network of Muslim democracy advocates, in 2002. PCID had successfully helped organize a national network of Muslim religious organizations - the National Ulama Conference of the Philippines (NUCP) - with over 150 organizations as members. PCID is now working with the Muslim women religious leaders to establish their own network, Noor-us Salam. She led the development of an Islamic peace education model for the Philippines (available in book form), one of a handful in the Islamic world. PCID hosted the first International Workshop on Islamic Peace Education (Davao City, June 27-30, 2010), which brought together the leading experts on Islamic peace education and conflict resolution.
Recently, the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) was registered, which will serve as the institute supporting the Council (www.pcid.org.ph). PCID is internationally known as a think-tank, a credible source of analysis on the peace, security, development situation in Muslim Mindanao as well as Islam and Democracy. She was a Visiting Professor at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, Manila where she developed an interactive module to teach Peace and Conflict Studies. She earned a master's degree in business management from the Asian Institute of Management and a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has served as a resource person for CNN, Al-Jazeera, BBC, C-Span, Australian National Radio as well as Philippine media.