Asia Pacific


Lord Pomperada, Director

Lord Leomer Pomperada was born in Iloilo City, Philippines. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Manila, Philippines. After his graduation in 2012, he became an intern for WYAAP and introduced Filipino Sign Language to the WYA members. In April 2011, he also represented WYAAP at the International Solidarity Forum on Sustainable Development in New York City. Previously, he has worked with the Institute for Solidarity in Asia as a Program Assistant for Communication and Development. Prior to joining WYA, Lord served as a Philippine Youth Ambassador to the 40th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program, a diplomatic and cultural youth exchange program that brings together more than 300 youth from ASEAN countries and Japan, providing them with an opportunity to live together on board the ship Nippon Maru for fifty-one days. He enjoys working with young people, spending time with friends and travelling to new places.

Zarina San Jose, Director of Operations

Zarina was born and raised in Metro Manila, Philippines. In 2013, she graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in Journalism. Although never in the student council, Zarina was an active student leader through her organizations in college. After graduation, she became a regional intern for WYA Asia Pacific, and then proceeded to complete an internship at the WYA Headquarters in New York. Upon coming back to Manila, she worked with Philippine Business for Education as a program assistant. Her main advocacy lies in the achievement of free quality education for all, while her other interests revolve around photography, travel and literature. Zarina is also currently involved in a three-year project that aims to rebuild the school library and revive learning at a small town in Palo, Leyte, Philippines.


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