Christine Roque

Christine works for the ongoing peace process that aims to end the longest running insurgency in Asia. She is involved in the Reciprocal Working Group tasked to craft and negotiate the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) Draft Comprehensive Agreement on Political and Constitutional Reforms under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.  She is the founder and CEO of Rock, Paper, Scissors Inc. - a start-up company that aims to build a community of people and groups driven by social advocacy, innovation, and new media in a creative cafe/workspace in Manila. Part of its bigger mission is to connect urban communities with the country’s indigenous peoples by creating memorable social experiences centered around delicious, hand-crafted food, driven and inspired by fresh and sustainable produce. In 2012, she founded Philippines and single-handedly ran its operations for a few years. The petition platform became one of the most effective and impactful tool for civic engagement for Filipinos. It supported over a million Filipino user base in the country and tens of thousands abroad and saw countless campaigns that won positive social change. She is often invited as speaker and presenter in social media for social good events and communication trainings. Before transitioning to digital media and advocacy work, Christine worked as a broadcast journalist for five years. She covered Philippine politics, national security, the elections and other human interest stories. She’s also done international assignments in Myanmar, Hong Kong and other cities in China.  She co-produced and directed a documentary film called “After the Massacre” - an in-depth discussion on the state of press freedom in Mindanao through the lens of the Maguindanao massacre. This was shown in the celebration of World Press Freedom Day in Oslo, Norway and the Cebu International Documentary Film Festival. Christine took her Masters in Media, Peace, Conflict Studies at the United Nations-Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She has traveled in over 30 countries, knows five languages and in her free time, creates acrylic and watercolor paintings.