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Myrish Cadapan Antonio

Myrish Cadapan Antonio is the Senior Director for Fellowships and Global Initiatives at the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT. Before joining MIT in October, 2021, she served as Director of Fellowship and Leadership Development Programs at the HKS Center for Public Leadership (CPL) for six years where she led a team in designing and implementing programs for more than 130 graduate fellows from across the world on principled, effective public leadership, and was the Women and Public Policy Program’s Interim Executive Director from January to May 2021.

Before coming to HKS and MIT, Myrish was an experienced tri-sector professional for almost 20 years, working in various capacities in the private, public and non-profit spaces. Her private sector positions include as Deputy Legal Counsel of Silliman University [among the Philippines top institutions of higher learning] and Director of the Dr. Jovito R. Salonga Center for Law and Development while serving as Faculty Member of the College of Law; a senior partner at Edlaw Office, engaged in premier corporate legal practice in the Philippines; and as corporate secretary for various corporations engaged in business and entrepreneurship. She also served as an elected local legislator in the Philippines, leading social innovation programs for women, children, environmental protection and preservation, solid waste management, regulatory mechanisms, small business support and ethical leadership.

She currently serves on the board of the Harvard Club of the Philippines Global and Save One Life, an international non-profit serving children with hemophilia in developing countries worldwide. She holds a degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Laws, both from Silliman University, a Master of Laws in Government Procurement from the George Washington University Law School as a Fulbright scholar and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, receiving the Vernon and Littauer awards for academic excellence and significant contribution to the HKS community.

Myrish has been widely recognized for her excellence and leadership. Among them the 2017 Silliman University Law Alumni Award, the 2019 Outstanding Sillimanian Award (OSA) in Global Leadership, the 2019 Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Award (highest award for HKS staff) and the 2019 Harvard Heroes (highest staff award for Harvard University).

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