Louise Emmanuelle de Guzman Mabulo is a chef, farmer and entrepreneur. She is Founder of The Cacao Project, which cultivates resilient and climate-smart livelihoods, positioning farmers for sustainable success in San Fernando, Camarines Sur, Philippines. She is a National Geographic Young Explorer, a featured honouree for Forbes Asia’s list 30 Under 30, a Young Champion of the Earth under United Nations Environment Programme, Young Activists Summit Laureate, an honouree of Tatler’s Generation T and one of the World’s 50 Next Game-changing Producers listed by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awarding body.

Louise hosts Simply Sarap, a cooking show that promotes cultural diplomacy under the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines. She also hosts #GenGeo Conversations under National Geographic Society and NatGeo Presents: Food Costs Diet vs Planet series. She strives to empower farmers, advancing climate action and environmental stewardship through her work.

Ajith Basu

Chief Programme Executive

Agastya Foundation


Ajith Basu is Chief Consultant-Programs at Agastya International Foundation, an NGO that uses interactive, hands-on methods to educate over 1.7 million government school children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in 22 Indian states each year. The foundation handles teacher training programmes and coordinate ‘giftedness’ identification programme in STEM among rural children with various organisations including National Institute of Advanced Studies and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Ajith developed an impact assessment framework to assess various Agastya field intervention models in collaboration with various agencies in Bangalore. He designed and coordinated Agastya’s leadership of HP Catalyst New Learner Consortium which worked across eight countries. He also designed and coordinated Maverick Teachers’ Global Summit at Agastya campus where teachers participated, creating school-level pedagogies around UN SDGs.