Our Story


Vanessa Tanco
President and CEO

Vanessa holds a Bachelor's degree in Legal Management from the Ateneo De Manila University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. In 2007 she entered in iACADEMY as head of the Marketing department and doubled the enrolment for that year. Since then she has been at the forefront of expanding the college by offering new courses under the School of Design and steered iACADEMY’s partnership with Project Runway Philippines, WACOM and IBM, as well as having the college awarded as an IBM Center of Excellence. She also led the creation of iACADEMY School of Continuing Education. Vanessa is currently the President and CEO of iACADEMY and vows to make iACADEMY the top design and technology school in Asia.

Raquel Perez-Wong
Chief Operating Officer

Raquel is a Public Administration graduate from the University of the Philippines. She obtained her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Catholic University of Korea. She began working in the Senate in 2009 under the Office of Senator Edgardo J. Angara where she headed Media Relations and Operations, which provided her rich experience in managing and promoting the Senator’s advocacies, projects, initiatives and legislative plans. In 2014 Raquel joined iACADEMY and became Vice President for Corporate Communications. She spearheaded milestone events for the school such as the first student exhibition in Rockwell, 24 hour gaming and development competition - Battle League, Creative Camp, TEDx and the 15th year anniversary program. Raquel is now iACADEMY's Chief Operating Officer.

Mitch Andaya
VP for Institutional Planning and Accreditation, Dean Emeritus, Dean of School of Computing

Mitch began his work in the education industry as an instructor in the Electronics and Communications Engineering Department of the De La Salle University in 1985 and became the Dean of the College of Computer Studies in 1991. He has also been an integral part of various prestigious colleges around the Metro – Asia Pacific College, FEU-East Asia College, and STI. In 2013, he became the dean of The School of Computing at iACADEMY and now serves as iACADEMY’s Dean Emeritus.

Cyril Cunanan
Vice President for Finance

Cyril is an alumnus of Don Bosco Technical Institute of Makati and Colegio de San Juan de Letran where he took up Accountancy and graduated with honors. He was also cited as a pre-board topnotcher by the CPAR Review School of the Philippines. Cyril is a Certified Public Accountant and served as the Finance and Administrative Head for Global Resource for Outsourced Workers, Inc. from 2003 to 2009 and spent six years as the Assistant Vice President for one of the biggest educational institutions for computer studies in the country. Bringing with him years of experience in the field of finance and business integration, Cyril joins iACADEMY as Vice President for Finance.

Francis Jacob Aragon
Vice President for Academics

Jake is a former administrator at Xavier School, where he designed student activities and learning experiences in the Philippines and in China. Having obtained his bachelor's degree in Development Economics from San Beda College - Manila and Master of Arts in Education from the Ateneo de Manila University, he has also taught graduate and undergraduate Education and Economics courses in college. Since the year 2001, he has conducted leadership, team building, creativity, and social awareness workshops for professionals and students all over the Philippines. He was previously the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Services at iACADEMY and he currently serves as the Principal for iACADEMY’s Senior High School.

Mark Meily
Dean of School of Design

Mark is an award-winning independent filmmaker; producer; educator; key opinion leader for arts and design; animation consultant to international animation companies, and co-founder of KindMind (a Manila-based design thinking lab). His works have received positive reviews from the New York Times, The LA Times, and The Village Voice. His film, “Baler,” was also shown at New York’s MoMA in 2009 while his film, “Donor,” won Best Picture at the Brussels Independent Film Festival in 2010. In 2013, his film, “El Presidente,” won the SoHo International Film Festival’s Best Film in New York. He has also received multiple awards in the field of advertising, film, and television including a Silver Lotus for the Asian Advertising Awards, Best Comedy Award at the Asian Television awards. He is currently the Dean of the School of Design.

Shieradel Jimenez
Dean of School of Business and Liberal Arts

Shieradel is both a Magna Cum Laude graduate of BA Political Science and a Master’s degree holder of Business Management from the University of the Philippines Manila. She is also a licensed financial advisor and completing her Doctoral degree in Business Administration from De La Salle University. Teaching enables her to create and execute effective pieces of training for her students, while her passion for research enables her to design, conduct, write and present qualitative researches in business geared towards solving business problems. She now holds the position as the Dean of iACADEMY's School of Business.