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nDash Writer Profile for Joana Bagano


Writer and editor with 10 years of combined experience in tech, business, sustainable development, heritage

About Me

Since graduating from Journalism school in 2014, I have been "all over the place," dabbling in multiple disciplines and sectors, from cultural heritage, environment, agriculture, and development to technology, business, and marketing.

Currently, I work for an international non-profit organization as a full-time Strategic Communications Specialist focused on the following impact areas: sustainable development and the SDGs, climate change, gender & youth, and digital tools.

I bring with me considerable project management experience in the development and public sectors, having worked for the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (PH NatCom) for close to five years. With PH NatCom, I supported local, national, and international policies and projects related to heritage preservation and management, creative cities, freedom of information, and philosophy for children.

My freelance writing and editing portfolio, which spans over 10 years combined, highlights my ability to work with almost any topic. When developing content, I aim to add depth and nuance through research and critical thinking, with high regard for clients' needs, target audiences, and web readability.

I dream of a long-term career in the development sector, either communicating research outcomes for actionable policies, implementing heritage x tech x creativity initiatives at the grassroots, and/or telling human impact stories.

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My Writing Samples

Looking for Philippines’ next unicorn: Lessons from Revolution Precrafted

South-East Asia has seen its fair share of successful unicorns, but none so far have emerged from the Philippines. Some anticipated Revolution Precrafted, touted as the Philippines’ first unicorn, to be a breakthrough. But it was a bumpy ride for this startup, whose pivot from interior design-led service to technology is a case study on the threats that can stifle a startup’s successful journey.


Gender transformative change critical for nurturing an equitable rice sector in Africa

For centuries, rice has played a central role in Asia’s rice-based economies, so central that the crop has become a symbol for wealth, power, and food security. “White gold,” it has often been called. This label is slowly taking on its own meaning in Africa, where rice is increasingly being seen as a strategic crop, a pathway out of poverty, and for women, a significant opportunity.


Will Philippines’ new national ID push the pedal on the digital economy?

Will the Philippines’ new national ID push the pedal on the digital economy? Or will it further complicate the country’s ICT landscape? The answer lies in the hands of the government. A few weeks ago, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that they are on target to provide 70% of Filipinos (out of the 100 million total population) a national ID by the end of 2021. This is good news for Karl Kendrick Chua, the country’s Socioeconomic Planning Secretary, who says that the national ID



Strategic Communications Specialist

• Proposes and delivers communication plans to be used in donor relations, external events, internal communication messages, etc. • Drafts, edits, and finalizes full range of IRRI’s external and internal collaterals, including speeches, presentations, online and print stories, speaking points and social media statements, and other similar communications

Company: International Rice Research Institute

I worked there from 1/2020 until now

Contributing Writer

Writes news, features, and op-eds on technology trends in Southeast Asia.

Company: Disruptive.Asia

I worked there from 7/2021 until now

Freelance Writer

Experienced in writing features, reports, and adverts on business, finance, tech, and healthcare, primarily on their intersections with digital tech.

Company: Charlton Media Group

I worked there from 9/2016 until now

Content I Write