2016 Speed Networking VIP Series: Q&A with Miguel CuUnjieng, Corporate Program Manager, Ceres Inc.

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Miguel CuUnjieng, one of the VIP Speakers for Net Impact Boston’s 9th Annual Speed Networking Event, joined Ceres in 2015 as a Manager with the Corporate Program. There, he manages relationships and projects, fosters external stakeholder engagement, and provides sustainability performance analyses for Ceres member companies and coalition organizations in the financial services industry. Prior to Ceres, Miguel created the Sustainability Department for the largest land developer and commercial real estate firm in the Philippines, SM Prime Holdings Inc and worked with The Coca-Cola Company Office of Sustainability. Miguel holds an MBA from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business and a BA in Philosophy and Environmental Studies from Santa Clara University.

We asked Miguel a couple of questions before the event:

Could you tell us about a time you took a chance and it paid off?

Moving home to Manila in the Philippines after college, I began working for the country’s largest land developer and was enrolled in their management in training program.  I was informed that the program would culminate in being regularized as an operations or tenant relations officer, however I joined the company to help in their environmental and sustainability related efforts.  I took a chance and advocated for the development of a sustainability department and pitched the creation of a “sustainability officer” role; I drafted the scope of responsibility for the role and presented the idea to the company president and CEO after just 1 month of employment.  This certainly paid off as I was regularized as the first sustainability officer in company history, and I officially began my career as a sustainability professional.

What’s an accomplishment you are proud of?

The Greenbiz 30 Under 30 is absolutely something that still surprises me, it was a great honor to be on this inaugural list.  However, I value this accomplishment more for the progress it reflects in our space than any pride I feel for being included.  That there even is an “Under 30 list” of emerging leaders in business sustainability highlights that the impact space is growing and not just within the civil society and NGO sectors.  It is my broad career goal to bring the business case for sustainability to an unassailable position, and I feel that this list (and those on it) reflects the progress being made towards that point.

To hear more from Miguel and our other speakers, register now for the Net Impact Boston’s 9th Annual Speed Networking Event next week! To see a list of other speakers and reserve your ticket, click here.

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