Ferth Vandensteen Manaysay is the Deputy Manager of the Philippine branch of Al Gore’s The Climate Reality Project, where he has been working to develop strategies to educate government and private sector leaders about the climate crisis. He is concurrently serving as Vice Chairperson and Sectoral Representative of Young People from Disaster-Stricken Areas at the UN Youth Advisory Board. Prior to his current roles, he was the Project and Partnerships Manager of Yayasan Peta Bencana, a Southeast Asia-based non-profit, where he worked in community-based disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation from Indonesia to the Philippines with support from the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), USAID, and Pacific Disaster Center. Ferth was an Academic Fellow for the Global Environmental Issues and Natural Resource Management Program of the East-West Center and U.S. State Department’s Young Southeast Asian Leader’s Initiative (YSEALI). Ferth has held teaching and research positions for various organizations such as The Asia Foundation, Metro Manila Pride, Humanitarian Open Street Map Team Philippines, and the Ateneo School of Government. He earned his Master’s degree in International Relations as a Japanese Government Scholar from Waseda University under the Future Leaders Program for Regional Governance and Cooperation in Asia.