Tony Lambino is Governance Specialist at the World Bank Insitute's Governance Practice and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. From 2007 to 2011, he was a member of the CommGAP team, doing research and training, and providing analytical support to CommGAP’s operational portfolio in Asia and Africa. Research interests include political communication, governance reform, public opinion, and citizen engagement.
Tony worked as Chief Media and Communications Officer for the Office for Regional Development, Office of the President of the Philippines (Manila), news anchor and writer for ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs (Manila), and consultant to the Global Forum for Media Development (London and Amman). He has published original research on presidential rhetoric, journalism, and media development. He received his M.A. in Political Communication from Penn, Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School as a Fulbright Scholar and Osmeña Fellow, A.B. in Communication, cum laude, from the Ateneo de Manila University as an Aquino Scholar, and was named one of 1999's Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines.
In a previous life, Tony was a professional singer and songwriter, cutting albums in the Philippines as a solo artist and with the multi-awarded Smokey Mountain, a singing group named after the largest garbage dump in Asia in the 90’s, with a mission to promote social and development issues through popular music.