PH NatCom Secretary-General


Dr. Ivan Anthony S. Henares



Ivan Anthony Henares, PhD is a tourism educator, cultural policy researcher, and advocate for heritage conservation in the Philippines. He is an Assistant Professor at the Asian Institute of Tourism of the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

At present, he is Secretary General of the ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee (ICTC), Head of the National Committee on Monuments and Sites and Vice Head of the Subcommission on Cultural Heritage of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Chairperson of the Heritage Conservation Society (HCS), Philippine Committee President of the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH Philippines), Board Member of the Southeast Asian Heritage Alliance (SEACHA) and, International Correspondent (Philippines) to the Asian Network for Industrial Heritage (ANIH). He was named one of The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in the field of Heritage Conservation in 2012, and an Asia 21 Young Leader in 2008.

Dr. Henares received his PhD in Hospitality and Tourism Management and Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy from Purdue University (2017-2018 Fulbright-CHED Scholar). He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Master of Business Administration and Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning degrees all at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

His advocacy and research interests are in heritage conservation and tourism policy, and cultural tourism in historic urban landscapes, industrial heritage, cultural landscapes, and indigenous communities in the Philippines. His work is currently focused on Pampanga cultural heritage, especially in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, and the Sugar Cultural Landscape of Negros Island, where he is working with local stakeholders to protect early 20th century sugar centrals, hacienda houses and plantations, and 19th century sugar mills.

At the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, he also worked with the Agusan Manobo community of Sitio Panlabuhan to create a sustainable cultural tourism program, an alternative and sustainable source of livelihood for neglected but culturally-significant stakeholders in tourism.