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MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship


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Rodrick Tan

Mastercard Foundation 2019 - 2020
MBA, Sloan School of Management

Rodrick’s venture, Sakay, is focused on helping lower and middle class, car-less Filipinos navigate metropolitan Manila. In a 2015 study by Waze, Manila was found to have the “world’s worst traffic”. Japan’s International Cooperation Agency estimates that the Philippines loses P3.5 billion every day in lost economic opportunity. This is in large part caused by more and more Filipinos turning to private transport in light of the poor public transport system. While better infrastructure is needed, an immediate, impactful way of improving the Philippines’s extreme traffic issue is through information – something that is sorely lacking. Information can be used to improve the experience of taking public transport and inform infrastructure planning, hopefully helping solve one of the Philippines’s most pressing problems.

Rodrick previously worked in the marketing function of Procter & Gamble where he was trained on identifying customer needs, developing a product strategy, and turning strategy into execution. When he’s not growing his venture, he is working to solve another problem in the Philippines: LGBTQ+ rights. He is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.