WTH Foods is a plant-based alternative protein start-up in the Philippines. They make plant-based versions of Filipino pantry favourites, such as corned beef, ground meat, hotdog sausage, and burger patties, using local and sustainable ingredients. Before WTH Foods, Stephen founded Nipa Brew Craft Beverages. It operates a microbrewery and taproom in Makati, Philippines. In 2012, Stephen was awarded the UK Chevening Scholarship to study Masters in Bioscience Enterprise at the University of Cambridge. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Ateneo de Manila University, and Masters in Technology Management from the University of the Philippines – Diliman. He was a consultant at Hybridigm Consulting, the Philippines' first biotech consulting firm, and was a part-time faculty at Ateneo de Manila University teaching bioscience enterprise, a course that brings together concepts in business and biotechnology. In 2018 Stephen participated in the Professional Fellows Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. He was a visiting fellow at Rutgers Food Innovation Center in New Jersey, where he gained experience in food innovation and commercialization. In 2021 he completed the plant-based nutrition certificate program from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at eCornell. His passions are in food innovation and entrepreneurship. In the near future he plans to put up a food innovation centre to work on global food security issues.
Stephen will be part of Protein session on Day 3.