Meet Gianna Reyes Montinola (IES Abroad Paris, Summer 1978 & 1978-79 | Mount Holyoke College), Vice President for Corporate Affairs at the Far Eastern University (FEU) Manila. Gianna grew up in the Philippines, and studied abroad with encouragement from her parents and her two brothers, who preceded her on IES Abroad programs.
After studying at Mount Hoyoke College, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Ateneo Law School in Manila in 1985, and worked in private practice for seven years with the Quisumbing Torres & Evangelista Law office. From March 1994-96, she was appointed Philippine Honorary Consul to the Republic of Peru. Since then, she earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration as an Edward Mason Fellow at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, and has co-founded two NGOs: Hands on Manila Foundation, Inc., and PeaceTech Inc. Gianna recently published two books entitled Laws for Life and Laws for Life 2 that answer often asked, everyday life questions from a legal perspective, designed for the Filipino audience. Check out the full interview.
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