Lian Sabella Castillo

Lian is an IT professional with a bachelor's in Computer Science at De La Salle University and a masters in Information Studies at The University of Tokyo. She had previously handled professional projects in culture-based conservation and blended learning. She is currently based in Chiba, Japan as a research student in Sustainability Science at UTokyo's Kashiwa campus. Her research focuses on educational technology for sustainable development (ICT4Ed and ESD). Aside from her day job, Lian enjoys painting and has participated in a number of exhibitions in her hometown, Davao City.


Build and Release Engineer
Cambridge University Press Full-time
Jul 2019 – Present
Gatekeeper of code deployments in staging and production environments
Technologies: Linux administration, AWS cloud architecture, Atlassian tools
TEDx speaker, I Wanna Be the Very Best: A Pokémon GO Wellness Journey (May 2021)

E-Learning Specialist
Quipper Contract
Oct 2018 – Jun 2019
Coordinated a 3-month blended learning course for 21 teachers from 18 partner schools
Conducted monitoring and evaluation throughout the entire pilot
Worked closely with UP open university dean and lead instructor, Dr. Bagarinao

Jul 2018 – Feb 2019
Davao, Davao Region, Philippines
- Self Portraits, Art Portal (July 27-August 7, 2018)
- Paint a Song, Morning Light (September 3-November 3, 2018)
- Buy Local Art, Art Portal (November 15-December 29, 2018)
- Whispers in the White Garden, Abreeza Art Market (February 22-24, 2019)
- (May 2020)
- Artists at Home, Chinatown Museum (June 2020)
- The Art of Climate Action, UN Academic Impact (July 2021)
- RCE Youth Climate Art Challenge, Acknowledged and Honorable Mention (November 2021)
- The Climate Change at Your Doorstep, First Prize (December 2021)

Research Officer
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Contract
Dec 2017 – Jun 2018
Davao, Davao Region, Philippines
Led a team of 15 trained IP researchers surveying 7 villages around forest edges
MAXQDA Photo Contest Winner for field work done with Philippine Eagle Foundation

Data Encoder
Ayonix Part-time
Nov 2016 – May 2017
Facial recognition encoding using IrfanView and an in-house movie tool
Done in part-time alongside writing my master's thesis (hourly compensation)

Infrastructure Engineer
Macquarie Group Full-time
Oct 2012 – Sep 2015
Graduate Application Support Analyst for Tools Operations
SME for Automation Reporting (IBM Cognos Analytics)
Roster Manager for teams in India and the Philippines

Creative Developer
Unilever Internship
Apr 2011 – May 2011
Flash developer (ActionScript 2.0) for standing kiosks and mobile applications
Coding knowledge transfer to Retail Solutions Creatives Team
Projects: Watsons Skin Essentials, Ponds White Beauty Naturals


The University of Tokyo
Graduate Program in Sustainability Science (GPSS-GLI)
April 2021-Present
Yuto Kitamura Laboratory
Recipient of Japanese Government (MEXT) 2020 Research Scholarship
- PinoyScientists Blog (February 2021)
- Pinays Can STEM Instagram Takeover (September 27-October 1, 2021)
- PinoyScientists Takeover (December 5-11, 2021)

The University of Tokyo
Master of Arts and Sciences Information Studies (ITASIA)
2015 – 2017
Activities and Societies: Mitaka International Hall of Residence
First English student of Ylab
Recipient of Monbukagakusho Honors Scholarship (JASSO) 2015
Delegate to the 20th UN Youth Assembly
Awards: Best Paper (1) / Best Presentation (1)

Københavns Universitet
Kierkegaard: The Individual in the Global Society
July 2016
Activities and Societies: International Alliance of Research Universities
Global Summer Program at the Faculty of Theology
Recipient of IARU-Santander Scholarship

De La Salle University
BSc Computer Science Instructional Systems Technology
2008 – 2012
Activities and Societies: Council of Student Organizations, Federation of Advertising Organizations
Academic Achiever Awardee (consistent first honors)
President, Moomedia (54 officers, cumulative 700 members)
- 4th and 5th Young Multimedia and Graphic Designers’ Summit (250% profit)
- Student Partner for Graphika Manila 2011 and 2012
- LEAP Classes: DJ101 with Boys Night Out (250-300 participants)
Awards: Social Relevance Award / Top 1 CS-IST


GradMAP Philippines
May 2021 – Present Volunteer
• Resource speaker, A Deep Dive into Graduate School Applications - Japan (APAC, Sep 2021)

Research Staff
Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Nov 2020 – Jul 2021
• the project transitioned into a larger global initiative to answer for target 4.7 of the SDGs
• Lead Writer for Curriculum Localisation in the Developing World: Challenges and Opportunities of Curriculum Localization in Ghana, Morocco, and Turkey (May 2021)

Project Officer
Global Schools Program
Sep 2017 – Jul 2021
• Teachers Advocates Core (May 2020 - June 2021)
• Outreach Team Lead (Feb 2019 - April 2020)
- managed 450 advocates from 85 countries
• Global Schools Ambassador (2018)

Selected publications

Call of Duty: A Case Study of ICT Integration in Philippine Provincial Public Schools in San Isidro Davao Oriental Post K-12 Implementation
Feb 27, 2018 JPAIR Multidisciplinary Research

The Opportunities and Challenges of Curriculum Localization for the Sustainable Development Goals
May 16, 2021 UN Global Schools Program

Other affiliation