SAMIRA ALI GUTOC
Address: Manican Hall, Bangon, Marawi City
E-mail Address: [email protected]
Motto: To become a bridge between the East and the West
She worked with an array of stakeholders for more than 17 years as a journalist, manager, consultant, environmentalist, trainer, activist and organizer.
She was nominated as one of the Ten Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) and she was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM). A recipient of Leadership recognition from the Junior Chamber International (JCI).
She tapped tri-media in bridging Muslim and Western cultures. She believed in the power of media like film and Internet to advocate the cultural minorities, peace, human rights, environmental issues and inter-cultural understanding. She had been featured in pop magazines such as Marie Claire, COSMOPOLITAN and Quality Britain. Her articles are published in a websites such as www.clickmindanao.org, www.maranao.com, and www.bangsamoro.com.
She worked with projects supported by UNESCO, AUSAID, USAID, and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to mainstream Muslim images in media, publishing materials to popularize the Code of Muslim Personal Laws, and among others.
She conducted numerous lectures and speeches on Muslim leadership for diverse entities such as the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Philippine Army and the Ateneo-supported Young Muslim Network program. She managed various projects in ARMM including the Lake Lanao Development Project by the Philippine Muslim Women Council and Mindanao Youth Speak to mainstream peace processes, youth leadership, eco-tourism and sustainable development.
She became the first lady president of the UP Muslim Students’ Association and the Metro Manila-wide Muslim Youth and Students Alliance. Samira has worked with youth organizations for more than a decade. Among the organizations that she co-founded are the Asian Peace Alliance, Asia-Pacific Peace Research Association and Young Moro Professionals Network.
She represented the country in various interfaith dialogues and youth conferences abroad and lectured on the value of education and youth development in a 30 international and local conferences such as those organized by the Amnesty International, De La Salle University, College of St. Benilde, and Miriam College.
Ms. Gutoc is the former Board of Director of Al-Amanah Islamic Investment Bank of the Philippines and Marawi Resort Hotel, Incorporated based in Marawi City. She contributes articles to the Asian Muslim Action Network's of AMANAH publication. She served as a consultant in the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) and formerly convenor of the Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy.
She obtained her degrees in Communication and Master in International Studies at the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman. She finished her law degree at the Arellano School of Law and acquired a fellowship program at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies.
As to her family life, she is married to Engineer Abdul Maomit Tomawis.