Dr. Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria
Chancellor and Professor, UP Open University
President, Asian Association of Open Universities

Dr. Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria is the Chancellor of UP Open University (UPOU) and the President of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU). She will bring her expertise and experience from 21 years of academic leadership in an open and distance e-learning institution to the 5th National Conference on Open and Distance eLearning (NCODeL). Her career in the academe includes starting as an Assistant Dean for the School for Distance Education in Los Baños and eventually becoming a professor for development communication and Dean of the Faculty of Information and Communication Studies (FICS) in UPOU. She has held administrative posts in the same institution such as Director for the Office of Student Administration and served as the University Registrar. Dr. Bandalaria is a staunch advocate of democratizing access to quality education for the vulnerable sectors of the society which led to numerous public service works and researches which aim to serve lifelong learners by enabling their socio-economic transformation, and contribute to the country’s progress and to the sustainable development goals.

Dr. Bandalaria finished her studies in Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Major in Agronomy at the University of the Philippines Los Baños where she also received her Master of Science and PhD degree in Development Communication.