ILIGAN CITY — ASST. PROF. ABU AL-RASHEED T. TANGGOL announced that he is among 105 emerging leaders selected to join the Obama Foundation Leaders program. The program trains participants around the world in leadership development and civic engagement to help build their skills and scale their work across public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Asst. Prof. Tanggol will be one of just 35 Leaders participating in the Asia-Pacific program. This year’s Asia-Pacific cohort represents 22 countries/territories across the region.

Asst. Prof. Tanggol is a public policy, and peace and conflict resolution specialist. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology where he also serves as the director of the Center for Local Governance Studies. He obtained his Master in Public Policy degree from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS) as an NUS ASEAN graduate scholar and Philippine Commission on Higher Education scholar. He studied Juris Doctor at the University of the Philippines, Diliman and completed his degree at the Mindanao State University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration degree from the National College of Public Administration and Governance, University of the Philippines, Diliman. His interests are in the areas of peace and conflict resolution, judicial reform, climate change action and disaster risk resilience, urban and transport policy, good governance, and education policy.

As part of the six-month, non-residential program, these dedicated changemakers will convene virtually each week for interactive sessions designed to help them drive change by honing their leadership skills, building deep relationships with their peers, and engaging with thought leaders and members of the Obama Foundation community. They will also have an opportunity to participate in various virtual experiences and special events, including one-on-one conversations with experienced mentors in the Foundation’s global network.

President Obama’s familial ties to the region, his time in Indonesia as a young man, and his upbringing in Hawai’i have informed his values and his faith in the passion of this generation of changemakers across the Asia Pacific region. Launched in 2019, the program is creating a network of leaders who drive positive, innovative change in their communities throughout the continent and across the globe. The 2023 cohort of Asia-Pacific leaders are working across a broad range of issues and focus areas, including the climate crisis, indigenous rights, education, and more.

The Obama Foundation Leaders program is designed to further inspire, empower, and connect emerging leaders from Africa, Asia Pacific, and Europe to change their respective communities and the world. To learn more, visit

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