Jennifer Santiago Oreta, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor of the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Ateneo Initiative for Southeast Asian Studies (AISEAS) of the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. Dr. Oreta is currently a US-ASEAN scholar under the Fulbright program at TraCCC (Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption ) at George Mason University.
Under the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III (2010-2016), Dr. Oreta was appointed as Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) of the Philippine government. OPAPP is the agency under the Office of the President that is specifically mandated to facilitate political negotiations with armed groups and supervise the implementation of peace agreements.
Professor Oreta was part of the Technical Working Group on Normalization representing the Philippine government in the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. and led and initiated the crafting of a strategy paper on dealing with the communist insurgents outside the peace table. In this assignment, she led the national and local consultations with various government agencies, police, military, intelligence units, and local government units.
Now, Professor Oreta is a member of the Board and concurrent Executive Director of the Human Security Advocates (HSA), a civil society organization group focused on security governance and community security management. She is the focal person on security sector governance projects in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia of the DCAF-Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance. Dr. Oreta is also engaged in various consultancy work on security governance, conflict management, and anti-terrorism.