The Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) welcomes Austere Panadero as its new executive vice president effective September 1, 2018. He brings to ZFF his wealth of experience in ensuring local governments have the capacity to effectively deliver public services and become accountable, transparent and results-based.
Panadero worked for close to three decades in various capacities at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), where he was undersecretary from 2007 until his recent retirement.
An Industrial Engineering graduate of the University of the Philippines, Panadero began working in the government as technical staff of the Development Academy of the Philippines, where he eventually became its vice president.
In the DILG, he ensured the continuity of program and policy implementation amid multiple leadership changes. For being an exemplary public official who has dedicated his life to improving local governance, the Ateneo de Manila University conferred to him the 2016 Government Service Award.