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Mr. Illac Angelo Diaz

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Executive Director

Phone: +63 **********  
Email: i***@***.org
Local Address:  Philippines
MyShelter Foundation

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    MyShelter Foundation
  • Founder
    My Shelter Foundation
  • Founder
  • Board Member
    The Plastic Bank


  • Masters Degree , Public Administration
    Harvard Kennedy School
  • Masters Degree , Social Entrepreneurship
    Asian Institute of Management
  • Masters Degree , Urban Studies and Planning
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
76 Total References
Web References
News Flash, 1 Jan 1999 [cached]
Illac Diaz, Founder, MyShelter Foundation and Liter of Light, For bringing light, literally, to so many lives
"It's very empowering because what used ... [cached]
"It's very empowering because what used to be a problem is now a solution," says Illac Diaz, the Foundation's Executive Director.
It's a pioneering way to look at how a simple plastic bottle can be used as a brick," explains Diaz.
The first school, Payatas Elementary School, was built by the Foundation in partnership with Pepsi, which organised a bottle collection to build the classroom on a site donated by the local government of San Pablo. Diaz developed the idea of using bottles when he saw ancient buildings made from adobe, a mix of mud, sand, clay and water, along with straw and twigs still standing after centuries.
As Diaz explains, "Basic lighting would seem to be a fundamental right for any community and yet too often in our crowded urban areas it simply doesn't exist. By the easy application of previously used plastic bottles, we can create a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solution for basic lighting needs".
Illac Diaz
Born in Manila in 1972, Diaz has been a model, actor and advertising executive, while also studying a range of subjects all around the world, including Management Economics and Urban Planning.
He is perhaps best known as a social entrepreneur. His first venture was the Pier One Seafarer's Dormitory in Manila, which provides cheap, safe accommodation for sailors and overseas contract workers. Other projects followed and the World Economic Forum in Switzerland named him "Young Global Leader of 2008".
Diaz founded the My Shelter Foundation, a direct response to solving the Philippines' chronic lack of schools.
Illac Diaz, the founder and ..., 16 Jan 2014 [cached]
Illac Diaz, the founder and executive director of non-profit group My Shelter Foundation, which spearheaded the competition, says that the goal of the contest was to plan homes and communities that could survive for weeks in the severely restricted conditions of a post-disaster situation.
'Rather than spend millions on expendable handouts after disaster strikes, we wanted to work on something concrete ahead of time,' said Diaz during the opening ceremonies ahead of the announcement of winners.
'We don’t want to just keep on implementing whatever design that has been used before,' Diaz told IPS. 'Now through this contest, we have designs that hopefully will change the concept of low-income housing.'
'The future of the Philippines will be climate-challenged and we need change to happen now,' says Diaz.
Illac Diaz, Founder, ..., 10 Dec 2014 [cached]
Illac Diaz, Founder, Liter of Light and My Shelter Foundation
Illac Angelo Diaz, ..., 8 Dec 2014 [cached]
Illac Angelo Diaz, Architecture for Humanity Manila President
Illac Diaz is a former corporate executive who has since gone on to establish several foundations that provide sustainable solutions to societal problems. He is the executive director of MyShelter Foundation, a non-profit organization which has been engaged in improving the lives of many Filipinos through the creation of sustainable solutions for using recycled materials for the building of clinics and classrooms in rural areas.
Diaz holds Masters in Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. He also completed the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was recognized as one of the Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum, Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World by the Jaycees International, and is an Ernst and Young Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year. He has returned to the Philippines to apply and disseminate his research in needy communities throughout the country.
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