Celina Agaton helps revitalize local economies around the world through heritage preservation, food security, gender, sustainable tourism, open data and free and open source geospatial technologies. Her programs coordinate efforts across community sectors and funders. She loves creating vibrant, accessible and sustainable creative spaces that connect people to the things they care about in their communities.
Her projects take her around the world, working with CEOs, farmers, government leaders, doctors, artists and students. She consulted as the community engagement director and strategist for innovation thought leader, Don Tapscott’s initiatives including Open Cities and Global Solution Networks at the Martin Prosperity Institute, and was a contributor to social innovation bestseller, Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet.
With her own consultancy, she has worked as the digital director and policy advisor for Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone’s mayoral campaign, Miami’s Wolfsonian Museum, University of Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, WWF Philippines and Me to We Style. She was the communications director for Volunteer Toronto, where she led the creation of cross sector engagement, funding, social media and benefits programs for Ontario non-profit organizations. In the Philippines, she leads projects for World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank and Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. She is a voting member for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap and OSGeo Oceania.
In 2014, Celina won the Making All Voices Count and Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and Pacific (ANSA-EAP) #EdTech competition for innovation in technology for resilience. She was a 2013 Google and USAID Fellow for the 2013 International Conference on Crisis Mapping.
Celina recently launched MapPH, a real-time, cross sector open data OpenStreetMap platform that combines citizen reporting on public and private sector needs with risk data within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Her work has been featured at the first and second White House Mapathons, with MapPH’s maps showcased at the 2016 Mapathon. She helped launch the first two YouthMappers chapters in the Philippines.
She is the founder of Films That Move, cross sector partnerships and accessibility director for Toronto Maker Faire, board member of Food Forward, advisor to the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Education Committee, ambassador for the David Suzuki Foundation, global advisor to Netsquared and board member of the Telus Community Foundation. In 2018 she joined the board of the Do No Digital Harm Initiative, the world’s first on-call, deployable team mandated to address the ethical, security, and design challenges faced by humanitarian actors supporting highly vulnerable civil society groups, crisis-affected populations and the humanitarian practitioners who serve them.
Prior to social innovation, Celina worked in marketing for museums and Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, and spent six years in advertising for healthcare innovations. Celina has lived in Jakarta, Manila and Toronto. Follow her on Twitter at @celinaagaton. Learn about Celina’s speaking engagements.