Secretary/Lead Convenor of the National Anti-Poverty Commission
Former Co-Director of TNI, Joel Rocamora has been working for several decades on issues of democracy, governance, and social movements within the Philippines.
Rocamora coordinated TNI's early work on the Philippines while he was in political exile during the Marcos regime. Rocamora returned to the Philippines in 1992 where he worked as a political analyst at the Ateneo Centre for Social Policy and Public Affairs and as a consultant to several development NGOs.
Joel is a member of Pres. Aquino's cabinet as Secretary/Lead Convenor of the National Anti-Poverty Commission. He was Executive Director the Institute for Popular Democracy prior to joining government.
Areas of expertise:Philippine & South East Asian Democratization Process; New Kinds of Political Parties; Social Movements; Participatory Democracy; Debt; Corruption and Governance
Rocamora was awarded the 1995 Philippines National Book Award for his book, Breaking Through: The Struggle within the Communist Party of the Philippines (Anvil1994)