Maria Yap

Maria Yap

Senior Technical Advisor, currently working in Philippines

Maria Yap is a physician by profession and a teacher and social development worker at heart. She became a Health Management and Organizational Development Consultant after she opted for an early retirement from the Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines) in June 2016. Together with former DOH secretary, Dr. Alfredo Bengzon, she co-founded the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health in 2007 where she was appointed Associate Dean (2007 to 2011) and subsequently Associate Dean for Planning and Administration (2011 to 2013).  The Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health is the only learning institution in Asia that offers a double degree of MD-MBA and is currently among the leading medical schools in the Philippines. Maria was also the Director of the Health Unit of the Graduate School of Business of the Ateneo de Manila University from 2000 – 2014 and there she also started the MBA-Health program.

She spent the first ten years of her professional life as a social development worker, focusing on community-based health and health care financing, working with a university-based social development agency and eventually helped to set up the HEALTHDEV Institute, an institute focused on total human development, where she started as Program Officer eventually becoming its Executive Director until 1998. She is also actively involved in research and policy projects for the Philippine Department of Health and Philhealth, EPOS, Germany, WHO and ILO. Maria is a visiting lecturer in the Core Course and Weekend Seminars at the Master of International Health program of the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. She was also an advisor to Senator Teofisto Guingona III, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography of the 16th Congress of the Philippines, 2013-2016.

Maria joined ThinkWell primarily to serve as Senior Technical Advisor in the Philippines.

When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before. - Stonecutter's Creedo by Jacob Riis


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out of 81 provinces traveled in the Philippines

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