Prof. Nymia Pimentel Simbulan

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  • Professor of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, & College of Public Health (CPH), University of the Philippines Manila (UP Manila)
  • Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, U.P. Manila (November 2014 – present)

NGO Involvement

  • Chairperson, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), one of the biggest human rights formation in the country composed of more than 40 sectoral Human Rights NGOs working on various human rights issues and/or concerns like women, children, indigenous peoples, Moro, peasants, workers, church people, etc.
  • Executive Director, Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PHILRIGHTS), a human rights education and information center engaged in advocacy work on economic, social and cultural rights in the Philippines
  • Board Member, Medical Action Group, Inc., a human rights NGO advocating right to health and freedom from torture, cruel and inhuman treatment and punishment of prisoners
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Asian Forum of Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia), a regional network of 82 member organisations across 23 countries, mainly in Asia founded in 1991; FORUM-ASIA works to strengthen movements for human rights and sustainable development through research, advocacy, capacity development and solidarity actions in Asia and beyond.

Educational Background 

  • BA Sociology, Cum Laude, UP Diliman, 1977
  • Master of Public Health (MPH), College of Public Health, UP Manila, 1995
  • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), College of Public Health, UP Manila, 2001

Areas of Specialization in Teaching and Research

  • Sociology & Behavioral Science
  • Human Rights specifically economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR), children’s rights, indigenous peoples’ rights  &  right to health 
  • Public Health Promotion and Education

Awards received

  • ONE U.P. Professorial Chair in Behavioral Sciences for Outstanding in Teaching and Public Service Award in U.P. Manila, 2016-2018, and 2019 – 2021
  • U.P. Centennial Professorial Chair Award, 2008
  • Centennial Award Professorial Chair in 2014
  • International Publication Awards for 2001, twice for 2014
  • Outstanding Teacher in Extension Service, 2009-2010, 2010- 2011