Class of 2024
Dion Lorenz L. Romano is a lawyer advocating for the rights of the indigenous people and the environment. He has more than 10 years of experience in program management, research, and has been practicing law for four years. He finished Mass Communications, Cum Laude, at the Universidad de Sta. Isabel, and pursued his law degree at the University of Sto. Tomas.
Dion worked for two years at the Office of the Vice President of the Philippines (OVP) as Program Officer of the Angat Buhay Program, the flagship poverty-alleviation program of the OVP, and he later on joined the Legal Unit when he passed the 2017 Bar Examinations. After his stint at the OVP, Dion managed several research and training projects at the Ateneo School of Government focused on the transition of the Bangsamoro Government. More recently, Dion served as lawyer at the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center representing indigenous people communities in asserting their rights to ancestral land and in protecting the environment.
Dion joins the GHD program as Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, S.J. Scholar. In GHD, Dion intends to study the climate crisis, renewable energy, and how it impacts human development. He envisions human development through structural reforms in the law, government policies, and stricter accountability mechanisms for transnational corporations.