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Advocate Profile

Advocate Biography

Violeta Somera-Seva is currently the Senior Adviser to the Mayor of Makati City, Philippines. A lawyer and urban planner by profession, she has over 30 years of experience in managing the built environment, particularly Metropolitan Manila and its component local governments. She served as the General Manager of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). She spearheaded the establishment of the following Makati City initiatives: Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System (DRRMS). Environment Protection Council, AIDS Council, Solid Waste Management Council, Gender and Development Council, Green Urban Design Center (GUDC), Inclusive Mobility, Makati Poblacion Heritage Conservation Project (MPHCP), Makati Risk Sensitive Urban Redevelopment Project (MRSURP). A highly esteemed and sought after expert of mega-cities disaster risk reduction management planning; she has worked with Mumbai, Jordan, Bangladesh, Quezon City and Makati in disaster resiliency projects. She serves as a board member of the CityNet Foundation and the Mayor’s representative to the World Council on City Data (WCCD), CityNet and United Cities and Local Governments – Asia Pacific (UCLG-ASPAC), FMDV, ICLEI-SEAS. She is the concurrent General Secretary of Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative (EMI), a non-profit organization that advances urban resilience through science and innovation.

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