FATHER KAREL S SAN JUAN SJ
Birth: June 16, 1965 in Marikina City, Philippines.
Entered the Society of Jesus Philippine Province in May 1998.
Ordained to the Priesthood in April 2010.
Finished tertianship in June 2013.
Pronounced Final Vows in February 2015.
Delegate of the Philippine Province to the 36 th General Congregation in October- November 2016, Rome.
Doctorate in Leadership Studies
Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, USA, May 2007
Dissertation: The Spiritual Formation of Leaders Based on the Ignatian Tradition
Master in Development Management
Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Makati City, Philippines, May 1993
Graduated with Distinction
Thesis: The Role of the University in Development: The Ateneo de Manila Social Development
Bachelor in Sacred Theology
Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, March 2010
Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines, March 1986
Graduated Class Valedictorian and Cum Laude
Philippine Science High School (1978-1982)
La Salle Greenhills (1972-1977)
Roosevelt College Marikina
MAJOR WORK EXPERIENCES
President, Ateneo de Zamboanga University: beginning October 2013
Regional Trustee, Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, 2013 to the
President, ZAMBASULTAPS (a regional network of private schools in Region 9,
Philippines), 2013 to the present
Chair of the Board of Trustees (October 2013 to the present) and Executive Director,
Emmaus Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation [engaged in the psycho-spiritual
formation and accompaniment of lay and religious leaders] (June 2007 to the September
2013). Developed and systematized programs like those on formation for formators,
formative leadership, organizational development, and psychotherapeutic treatment and
continuing care of Church personnel. Worked for institutional stability and sustainability.
Faculty, PhD in Leadership Studies Program, Ateneo de Manila University: June 2010 to
September 2013. Taught courses in Foundations of Leadership Theory, and Ethics and
Spirituality in Leadership. Adviced student researches and dissertations.
Member, Board of Trustees, Ateneo de Manila University, Ateneo de Davao University,
Xavier University, starting 2013.
Member, Board of Trustees, Ateneo de Naga University: 2010-2013.
Series Editor, Leadership and Organization Studies, Ateneo de Manila University Press:
2010 to the present.
For the Society of Jesus Philippine Province:
Chair, Commission on Ministries (2011-2016); Member, Social Apostolate
Commission (2005-2011), Facilitator of Consultations on Basic Education,
Vocation Promotions, Retreat Ministry, and Formation, and others.
Treasurer and Formator of San Jose Seminary (2010-2013).
Pastor, San Isidro Chapel, Mariang Ina ng Kapayapaan Parish, Montalban, Rizal (2010-
Corporation Member, Ateneo de Manila University (2012-present);
Member, Board of Trustees, UGAT Foundation (2011-present).
Consultant and facilitator, Ateneo de Manila University Office for Mission, Identity, and
Organizational Development: 2000 – 2004. Designed the Ignatian Spirituality for
Education Workshops (ISEWs), Ignatian Leadership Workshops, and other programs for
the integration of spirituality and Ignatian formation in Jesuit schools
Program Officer, Center for Ignatian Spirituality (CIS-Philippines), and Simbahang
Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), 2000 – 2002. Helped implement programs on retreat in daily life,
Ignatian spirituality in the apostolates. Helped organize and mobilize the religious sector
for national political issues (e.g. national elections, EDSA II).
Assistant professor, Asian Institute of Management, 1996. Taught courses in
Development Management, Business Management, and Entrepreneurship. Part of the
team that formed the ACE Center for Entrepreneurship with Dr. Eduardo Morato, Jr.
Consultant, Training Institute for Managerial Excellence, (TIME), 1994. Engaged in
consultancy, facilitation, and training projects with government and corporate
Instructor, Ateneo de Manila University, 1987 – 1988. Taught courses in Theology of
Liberation and Development Studies.
Deputy Director and Program Director, Ateneo Center for Social Policy and Public
Affairs, Ateneo de Manila University, 1988 – 1992. Directed programs related to social
policy research, advocacy, communications, and political education of marginalized
Program Officer, Office for Social Concern and Involvement, Center for Community
Services, Ateneo de Manila University, 1986 – 1988. Engaged in the conscientization
and organization of student socio-political organizations and alliances (Alyansa ng mga
Kristiyanong Magaaral – AKMA).
Consultant in strategic planning, development management, and organizational
development of the following government and non-governmental organizations:
Department of Agrarian Reform (1996 – 1997)
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (1993 – 1994)
Department of Trade and Industry (1993)
Land Bank of the Philippines (1994 – 1996)
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) (1996 – 1997)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (1995)
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) (1994 – 1995)
OXFAM America [US, Cambodia, Vietnam] (1995 – 1997), OXFAM Great Britain
(1995 – 1997), OXFAM Hong Kong (1995 – 1997)
Kindernothilfe [India] (1995 – 1996)
Community-Based Coastal Resource Management Resource Center (2005 –
Process design, facilitator, and speaker in the following organizations: Xavier University,
Ateneo de Davao University, Ateneo de Naga University, Ateneo de Zamboanga
University, Xavier School, Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, Ateneo Graduate
School of Business, Ateneo School of Government, National Convention of Campus
Ministers, Convention of Religious Brothers in the Philippines, Religious of the Virgin
Mary, East Asian Pastoral Institute, Loyola School of Theology, Jesuit Conference of Asia
Pacific, and other school, religious and non-governmental organizations.
MAJOR PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS, AND PRESENTATIONS
Ignatian Spirituality and Leadership: Forming Capacities and Dispositions in a Complex
World,Ateneo de Manila University Press, still to be released.
“Ignatian Spirituality and Leadership: Transcendence, Discernment, Companionship” in
Religious Life Asia Vol. XIV, Number 4, October-December 2012, Institute for
Consecrated Life in Asia.
“Leadership, Transcendence, and Spirituality: Insights from Bernard Lonergan, SJ” in Defining
Filipino Leadership. Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2011.
“The Grace of Office: The Call of Leadership and Transcendence” in Landas Journal Volume
23, Number 2, Loyola School of Theology, 2009.
“Spirituality, Leadership, and Governance” in Spirituality: Contexts and Challenges Lecture
Series VIII. Institute of Spirituality in Asia, 2009.
“The Spirituality of Leadership: The Lonergan Insight” in Landas Journal Volume 22, Number
2, Loyola School of Theology, 2008.
“Ignatian Leadership: Ignatius Counsels on Power and Conversation” in Windhover
Philippine Jesuit magazine, June 2006.
“The Ignatian Tradition of Magis: Magnanimity, Self-Transcendence, Discernment, and
Spirituality in Leadership.” Paper presented at the International Leadership Association
7 th Annual Conference, Emergent Models of Global Leadership, Amsterdam, The
Netherlands, November 2005.
“Re-Imagining Power in Leadership: Reflection, Integration, and Servant Leadership” in The
International Journal of Servant-Leadership Volume 1, Number 1, 2005. Gonzaga
University in collaboration with The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.
“Renewing Minds, Hearts, and Souls: The Call of Leadership and Spirituality” in Windhover
Philippine Jesuit magazine, 2004.
Co-Author, Learning to Change, Learning for Change: A Guidebook on Organization
Development for NGOs. Community-Based Natural Resources Management Learning
Center, May 2004.
Co-Author, Trends and Traditions, Challenges and Choices: A Strategic Study of
Philippine NGOs. Ateneo Center for Social Policy and Public Affairs, 1992.