2nd International Conference on Agricultural and Rural Development in Southeast Asia

Strengthening Resilience, Equity and Integration in ASEAN Food and Agriculture Systems
12-13 November 2014 • Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Philippines

Ms. Ruth P. Novales

Vice President and Corporate Affairs Executive
Nestlé Philippines

Ruth P. Novales, Vice President and Corporate Affairs Executive of Nestlé Philippines is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University. Ruth first embarked on a career in marketing agriculture for Jardine Davies and eventually became its public relations head. At the same time, she took her Masters of Business Administration at her alma mater and studied agricultural extension and communications at the the University of Reading, England. Thereafter, she took on key sales roles in several companies which included Wyeth and Kimberly Clark. In 2006, she joined Nestlé Philippines as regional sales manager for its Ice Cream Street Selling Division. Soon after, she took on the role as Head of Marketing Promotions and Events and was promoted to Vice President. In 2012, Ruth joined the NESCAFÉ Plan as Corporate Affairs Executive where she proved to be highly instrumental, not only in driving the interest in coffee in the farming community, but also in establishing unique and key partnerships with the National Convergence Initiative and a number of local government units. It is through her efforts that the coffee industry is now given an annual budget appropriation for plantlets and fertilization in coffee regions throughout the country. Ruth is married and is a mother to three children.



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About the Organizer


SEARCA is one of the 21 regional centers of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO). Founded on 27 November 1966, SEARCA is mandated to strengthen institutional capacities in agricultural and rural development in Southeast Asia through graduate education, short-term training, research and development, and knowledge management.

Contact Us

For further information and inquiries, please contact:

Acting Program Head
Research and Development
Department, SEARCA
Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines

Tel: +63 49 536-2287 loc 131