John Paul Cruz
Mr. Cruz is a senior analyst with the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ICT). As a Fulbright fellow and a visiting scholar at the Boalt School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Cruz conducted research on the effectiveness of electoral systems for voters with disabilities in the United States in comparison with the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). While conducting his research on electoral systems for voters with disabilities, he also served as Research Associate with World Enabled where he is involved in the organization’s Inclusive Cities Project, which focuses on the impact of global cities on the meaningful participation of people with disabilities in society. Mr. Cruz is interested in the intersection of urban development, human rights, and disability policy. He also conducts research with a group of public policy experts and human rights advocates from academic institutions across the ASEAN region and the US on national implementation strategies of ASEAN member states, particularly the Philippines, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Mr. Cruz is a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow on “People, Peace, and Planet in 2030: Shaping Inclusive and Sustainable Growth” where he had an opportunity to meet, learn, and share experiences on sustainable and inclusion strategies with experts from government institutions, private enterprises, and both national and international non-governmental organizations across the globe. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the National College of Public Administration and Governance at the University of the Philippines. With an IDPP Fellowship funded by The Nippon Foundation, he obtained a master’s degree in International Affairs in Comparative and International Disability Policy from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.
Mr. Cruz aims to make a significant impact in the lives of people with and without disabilities through his research on policy implementation, democratic institutions and processes, good governance, urban development, and the promotion of human rights instruments. He is passionate about issues covering accessibility of electoral systems and the participation of people with disabilities in policymaking processes.