JCA 2017 Keynote Speaker
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR STUDIES IN ASIAN CHURCH AND CULTURE
Melba Padilla Maggay is a writer and a social anthropologist based in the Philippines. She holds a doctorate in Philippine Studies, a master's degree in English Literature, and a first degree in Mass Communication. A specialist in intercultural communication, she was Research Fellow on the subject at the University of Cambridge under the auspices of Tyndale House, applying it to the question of culture and theology. She has lectured on intercultural communication and other cross-cultural issues worldwide, including a stint as Northrup Visiting Professor at Hope College, Michigan and Visiting Lecturer at All Nations Christian College in England.
Dr Maggay combines her academic expertise with artistic flair and leadership that brings people together for a common vision and enterprise. As a writer, she is proficient in technical and creative writing, and has won top literary prizes in the Philippines. As founder and longtime director of the Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture, she had been cited for her outstanding leadership in organising the evangelical Protestant presence at the EDSA barricades during the February People Power Uprising in 1986.