Maria Lourdes Laurel-Avancena Arcenas is a clinical psychologist by profession. Her expertise is resiliency strengthening and competence-building.
She obtained an AB degree in Psychology from St. Scholastica’s College-Manila graduated Cum Laude and an MA in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University.
Ms. Arcenas is Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at Stanford University, California where she received an MA in International Development Education. She has an accreditation certificate in Partnerships Brokering for Sustainable Development from the Overseas Development Institute Program, Deakins University, Australia and in Conflict Resolution/ PeaceBuilding from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. Her career experience spans psychodiagnostics, human resources management, crisis communication, team building, and resource governance. She is currently Senior Advisor-Corporate Social Responsibility to local and international corporations in the mining, power, forestry, infrastructure sectors. She is pro-bono Trustee of the Mothers for Peace Social Enterprise Inc. that provides women in peace-building roles with opportunities of building capacity for sustainable livelihoods.