Editorial Board

Antonio Tujan Jr. is a social activist working on Philippine and international issues for more than 40 years. He is one of the founders of IBON Foundation and the former director of IBON International. He is also the executive editor of the Institute of Political Economy. He is the Vice-Chairperson for Internal Affairs of the International League of Peoples’ Struggles.

Managing Editor: Mark Moreno Pascual

Fred Engst teaches economics at university in Beijing. Fred was born in Beijing and grew up in the years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China. His American parents are Erwin (Sid) Engst (a dairy farmer) and Joan Hinton (a nuclear physicist) who arrived in the country after WWII to participate in China’s new democratic revolution and socialist construction. He was a “Red Guard” during the Cultural Revolution, and later was a factory worker for 5 years before moving to the U.S. in 1974. He continued to work in various factories for a dozen years more, while studying part-time through college. He earned an economics Ph.D. in 1997. By 2007, he returned to China to pursue his research interests, which include the socialist economy and the Cultural Revolution, among others.

Pio Verzola Jr. is a Filipino researcher and writer on political and socioeconomic issues that pertain to farmers’ and minority people’s rights, and a veteran activist associated with the Cordillera Peoples Alliance. He has also worked with IBON International in various capacities: as head of its Policy and Communications Unit, as occasional editor of IPE publications, and currently as research consultant.

Pao-yu Ching is a Chinese-American Marxist–Leninist–Maoist economist and professor emerita of the Marygrove College. Her works focus on the socialist transition in Modern China, regarding its economics but also the changes in society, culture and women’s rights.

Roland G. Simbulan retired as a full time faculty of University of the Philippines in April 2019 with the highest academic rank of Professor 12 in Development Studies and Public Management after 36 years of teaching. He still teaches at U.P.’s Graduate School as a Professorial Lecturer 5.

Jose Maria Sison is Chairperson Emeritus, International League of Peoples’ Struggle. He led the reestablishment of the Communist Party of the Philippines in 1968 as well as the founding of the New People’s Army in 1969 and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in 1973. He is now among the world’s most outstanding theoreticians in Marxism-Lenininism-Maoism. He continues to do research and write on Philippine and global issues as a public intellectual.

Sonny Africa is Executive Director of IBON Foundation – an independent non-government organization providing research, information and education services to people’s movements in the Philippines and abroad since 1978. He is also Board Member of Altermidya, a fellow of the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) and the Center for Anti-Imperialist Studies (CAIS), on the coordinating committee of ‘Pagbabago! People’s Movement for Change’, and an editor of the on-line news magazine Bulatlat. He has previously worked as staff in the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), evaluator of NGOs with Management Systems Advancement, Inc (MASAI), legislative officer in Congress/parliament with Bayan Muna, and as a peasant organizer. He has been an active educator to people’s organizations as well as a resource person for schools, NGOs, government and media since the 1990s.

Rosario Guzman is IBON Foundation’s executive editor and head of the Research Department. She is also a member of the IBON Board of Trustees.

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