WR Advisory Group complements its cutting-edge big data and automation technology with a team of highly skilled political scientist, esteemed researchers, and integrated communications professionals.
Prof. Robin Michael Garcia, Ph.D.
FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Robin Michael U. Garcia is a Shanghai-trained political scientist, professor, and public affairs adviser who has advised companies, electoral aspirants, governments, and international organizations. He is a sought-after speaker and analyst here and abroad. His views has appeared in top media organizations such as CNN, Aljazeera, Channel News Asia, Rappler, ANC, GMA News, and BusinessWorld among others. He frequently speaks in conferences and universities, most recently at the Fredrick Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Currently he is the President and CEO of WR Advisory Group, a public affairs firm specializing in data, strategy, and communications. Concurrently he is the Founder and Chairman of its affiliate opinion research company, WR Numero Research. He serves as Assistant Professor at the Political Economy Program of the University of Asia & the Pacific (UA&P) in Manila. Recently, he was appointed to the 24-person policy research group convened by Speaker Martin Romualdez at the House of Representatives of the Philippines where he advises on foreign policy. He was named an Eisenhower Global Fellow for 2023.
Dr. Robin will be a Visiting Scholar at the Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania from September 2023, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Politics from Fudan University in Shanghai where he was distinguished with the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. He obtained a Master of Public Administration from the University of the Philippines’ National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG), as well as a BA in Development Studies from De La Salle University where he was awarded the Gawad Mag-aaral Award (Distinguished Student Award).
Prof. Cleve V. Arguelles
PRESIDENT AND CEO, WR NUMERO
Cleve V. Arguelles is a political scientist known for his scholarship on political and social change in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. He is President and CEO of WRN, Assistant Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Development Studies in De La Salle University, and Affiliate Faculty of DLSU Andrew L. Tan Data Science Institute.
A recipient of numerous research grants, Cleve has published more than a dozen book chapters, journal articles, and technical reports. His research on elections, democracy, and youth political participation have been published in local and international journals such as the Asian Politics & Policy, Democratic Theory, and Southeast Asian Affairs. The book Rethinking Filipino Millennials, in which he authored a chapter, was named the Best Book in the Social Sciences in the 39th National Book Award. For his research impact and productivity, he is also regularly named as among the top-cited political scientists in the Philippines in the World Scientist and University Rankings.
Cleve has a BA (University of the Philippines), MA with Distinction (Central European University), and on-going PhD (The Australian National University) in political science. He is formerly Assistant Professor and Chair of the Political Science Program in the University of the Philippines Manila.
Leo Lope Lofranco
VICE PRESIDENT FOR DIGITAL
Leo Lope Lofranco is WR Advisory Group’s Vice President for Digital where he leads the data social media analytics and intelligence capabilities and oversees the digital campaign practice of the firm. He has helped build the firm’s data-driven work on social media campaigns for electoral aspirants.
Leo is a software engineer and research stints on computational methods. He was a Research Fellow at Harvard University where he helped developed a software that would analyze large data sets on pharmaceutical and biological information. He continued this research as an Erasmus Mundus research scholar at the University of Genoa’s Department of Medicine in Italy. He obtained a B.Sc. in Life Sciences from the Ateneo de Manila University where he was the captain of the rowing team.
Dr. Gary Ador Dionisio
Dr. Gary Ador Dionisio is a Senior Adviser at WR Advisory Group. With decades of experience in political national and local campaigns in the Philippines, he advises WR’s strategic communications team on political strategy and campaign management. Since 2019, he has been the Dean of the De La Salle College of St. Benilde-School of Diplomacy and Governance. Dr. Gary is a Senior Fellow at the Philippine Public Safety College, (PPSC), and he sits at the panel evaluating public administration and governance programs at the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). He is also a Subject Matter Expert at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) and a member of the board at the Washington Global Institute.
He frequently travels abroad to speak on topics around governance, civil society, international politics, and public policy. He obtained a Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) from the University of the Philippines—National College of Public Administration and Governance, and holds a master’s degree in political science from De La Salle University.
Charmaine Olea-Capili is a Senior Adviser at WR Advisory Group where she advises on corporate public affairs and stakeholder management. Charmaine has worked both in the public and private sectors. She has a long stint with the executive branch of government having worked with the Office of the Press Secretary and the Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process at the Office of the President of the Philippines. Afterwards, she joined several top government affairs consulting where she handled communications and stakeholder engagement consulting of global defense & security, aerospace, mining, and food & beverage companies.
Charmaine is currently the Executive Director of the Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA) where she champions the interests of the nickel and the mining sectors. She is a candidate for a Master of Political Economy from UA&P’s School of Social Sciences, Law and Governance, and. holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with specialization in marketing from Ateneo de Davao University.
Joshua E. Bata, MSc
HEAD OF RESEARCH
Joshua E. Bata is a peace, security, and development researcher trained in econometrics whose expertise have been put into use in his work with the Department of Agrarian Reform, the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency, and the Philippine Information Agency for the Task Force Bangon Marawi. He was previously based in Geneva working under the Conventional Arms and Ammunition Programme of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research.
His current work with the UN focuses on using arms and ammunition flows data for conflict early warning systems. A part of his work attempts to understand the flows, misuse, and proliferation of weapons to inform multilateral negotiations at the global and regional levels.
He has a BA in Development Studies (University of the Philippines and University of Tokyo) and a joint MSc in International Development (Palacky University Olomouc in the Czech Republic, Universite Clermont Auvergne in France, and Universita di Pavia in Italy).
HUMAN RESOURCE & FINANCE LEAD
Racel Recio has 10 years of experience in the accounting field, competitive and committed as an accountant. She believes that being reliable and trustworthy brings out the best in you and the company. Her commitment to updating financial reports makes the company's operation remarkable.
Racel obtained her bachelor's degree in Management and Accountancy from Divine Word College of Legazpi. She began working as an Accounting Assistant at Alalay sa Kaunlaran Inc. for 3 years, and earned certificates related to finance analysis and reporting and her career pursued the following years.
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS LEAD
Angel Marga is the Special Assistant to the President and CEO, and Corporate Communications Lead of WR Advisory Group. She is a Human Resources Professional, with experience focusing in recruitment. Prior to joining WR Advisory Group, she previously worked as a Recruitment and Admin Coordinator for half a year at Devex Incorporated. She also functioned as a Technical Recruiter when she had her six-month internship at Vertere Global Solutions Inc.
Angel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development and Management from Ateneo de Davao University, where she has served as a Human Resource Assistant for two years.
POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY LEAD
Charmaine Tadalan is a journalist by trade who has spent years covering political and economic developments both in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific region.
Before joining WR, she wrote about Philippine-related developments for Manila Bulletin online, and later focused on the Philippine Congress and the country's foreign affairs for BusinessWorld.
She then continued her pursuit in business journalism with the Charlton Media Group where she served as lead journalist for Asian Power and Retail Asia. In 2023, she earned her Masters in Political Economy at the UA&P.
Beginning 2024, she will be leading the WRAG's Political Intelligence and Public Policy practice, which intends to revive the company's political risk practice.
CREATIVE COMMUNICATIONS LEAD
Jio Villanueva is a Senior Creative Manager at WR Advisory Group where he works with the firm’s digital campaigns practice for electoral aspirants. Previously, Jio worked at the Presidential Communications Operations Office as lead producer and scriptwriter focused on themes surrounding youth, politics, and democracy.
Jio has won awards in journalism and has handled courses on media and information literacy, speech, writing and journalism. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Cavite State University.
Raphaelle Rhona Rodriguez
KEY ACCOUNTS LEAD
Raphaelle Rodriguez is a Lead for Key Accounts at WR Advisory Group. She is in charge of the firm’s external communications, from client management, client acquisition, to the firm’s social media presence.
She has almost a decade of experience in digital marketing and communications previously working with brands such as Lazada, Facebook, Unionbank, LEVI Jeans, Sandoz Philippines, Rappler, and ABS-CBN.
She has also led and assisted in the digital transformation of corporations such as Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, MSD Philippines, and Philippine Airlines. She has lead and helped helm the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP)’s Web Wednesdays series and DigiCon, the Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA)’s Collab Series, and Lazada’s Lazada University. Raphaelle graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.