Maria Ela L. Atienza, PhD is Professor, Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman and Co-Convenor, Program on Social and Political Change, UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies. She is the editor of the Philippine Political Science Journal. She also served as Chair of the Department of Political Science, UP Diliman; Director of the UP Third World Studies Center (2010-2013); and President of the Philippine Political Science Association (2007-2009). Professor Atienza’s research interests and publications cover local governance and devolution, human security, health policy and politics, and disaster governance. Her current research projects are on constitutional performance assessment of the 1987 Constitution since 1987 until the present, prospects for alternative institutional arrangements in Metro Manila for health service delivery in the midst of the current charter change debates and the pandemic, localization of humanitarianism, and impact of COVID-19 on the Philippines’ health governance and health workers. Maria Ela Atienza participated in the second Melbourne Forum in 2020.