Esme Palaganas

Esme is a trained designer and a growth strategist for policy, design programs, brands and businesses. She graduated from City University of London – Bayes Business School (formerly Cass Business School) with a Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership.

As a creative and designer, she has shown in Malaysia and the Philippines, and worked with brands such as Melissa and L’Oreal. Her businesses, policy and advocacy work has garnered substantial publicity coverage and awards in the Philippines, US, Singapore and Japan.

Her organisational work involves partnerships with Global Shapers and World Economic Forum, Art Fair Philippines, and Department of Trade and Industries. She is a Visiting Lecturer at De La Salle University’s Business School and College of St. Benilde’s Design School, a contributor to Philippine Star and Vogue Philippines, and a representative at UNCTAD eTrade for Women. 





(2022) MInnov in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership, City University of London (Cass Business School), UK.
(2018-) MSc in Entrepreneurship Studies, De La Salle University, PH.
(2014) AB in Fashion Design & Merchandising (with Honors) De La Salle – College of St. Benilde, PH

Academic Papers & Conferences / Articles / Speaking Engagements

(2024 to be published) Filipino Community Values and its Impact on Filipino Fashion and Design Mindset
(2023) ‘AI and Creativity’, Asia Society Manila, Philippines
(2023) “Double Edged Design” – Design Center of the Philippines, Design Week Philippines, Manila, Philippines
(2023) ‘Rethinking Philippine Fashion Creative Ecologies: Enabling Creativity and Commerce’ Conference Presenter, The Courtauld Research Forum, University of London, London, United Kingdom
(2022) NFTs and the Rise of Digital Assets from the Southeast Asian Perspectives” Presenter, Global Women’s Inventors and Innovation Network Conference, City University of London, London, United Kingdom
(2021) “Prosperity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship” Guest Speaker, University College London, London, United Kingdom
(2021) “Philippine Natural Textiles & the Fashion Industry” DOST – Philippine Textile Research Institute, Philippines
(2021) “Eyes on Asia: Textiles and Identity: Future Proofing Our Textiles” Asia Society, Manila, Philippines
(2021) Moderator, National Commission on Culture and the Arts, Philippines
(2021) Rediscovering the Modern Filipino, Philippines Star (Print & Online)
(2019) ‘Green, Organic Cosmetics Purchasing Behaviors of Residents in the Philippines’ (Presenter and Co-authors with Ayson, C., Balarbar, M., Tremedal, J.) 7th National Business and Management Conference, De La Salle University Manila & Holy Angel University, Philippines
(2019) Cultural Partners Consultation, Department of Foreign Affairs, Manila City, Philippines
(2019 “Corporate Entrepreneurship within Filipino Sustainable Brands” (Authors: Cablizo, R. Palaganas, E)
(2019) E-commerce connecting Filipino Fashion Producers and MSMEs, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – ASEAN, Makati City, Philippines
(2019) “Entrepreneurial E-commerce: Chat bots in the Philippines”
(2018) “Brand Trust, Smart Shopping and Filipino Multichannel Purchase Intentions”,
(2018) “Fashion Design Council of the Philippines: Relevance & A Marketing Study”
(2018) “Corporate Entrepreneurship in Philippine Fashion Week”




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