Maria Montserrat Iturralde-Hamlin (Monette for short) is the founder and president of 30-year-old TeamAsia, an award-winning integrated marketing communications firm that brings brands to the next level through integrated marketing, events, PR, creative and digital services. teamasia.com
Monette concurrently serves as chairperson of Hopkins International Partners, Inc.; president of the Government-Academe-Industry Network (GAIN), and Vice President for Conventions of the Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (PACEOS). She recently ended her two-year term as chairperson of the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines (WomenBizPH) and now serves as a trustee.
She served on the Tourism Promotions Boards as director representing the Meeting, Incentives Travel, Conventions, and Exhibitions, Events Services and Facilities Sector for three years. She also heads the Sub-Working Group for Human Resources of the Philippine M.I.C.E Roadmap 2030. A founder of the Philippine MICE Academy, she regularly lectures there and at the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) CSR Institute.
A sought-after speaker, moderator, trainer, business consultant and author, Monette has received LinkedIns 2021 Most Influential Filipino Women; ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Networks 2018 Outstanding Women Entrepreneur; Philippines Women Leadership Awards 2018. And many more.
Monette has co-authored Professional Event Management: A Guide to Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Exhibitions and Events, and is chapter lead on Communications with a Gender Lens for I am Woman. She has her own column entitled Monettes Musings at theredcircle.com.
She completed AB Psychology at College of the Holy Spirit, graduating Summa Cum Laude; MBM with Distinction at the Asian Institute of Management; and is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
A widow, she is mother to three wonderful children: Bea, Cara and Niccolo. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and posts her creations on social media using #casadeduckies.