Michael Cañares

Senior Research Manager, Digital Citizenship

Miko is the Senior Research Manager for Digital Citizenship at the Web Foundation. He has more than ten years of research and development work experience at a progressive pace — from community-based project management to regional development, with most of his work rooted mainly in Southeast Asia. He delves in different programmatic themes, such as health, child-focused development, natural resource management, financial management, forestry, economic development, and poverty reduction.

Miko is a graduate of law and accountancy at Holy Name University and also took a masters course in business education at the University of San Jose Recoletos. He also has an M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Miko previously led research at the Web Foundation’s Open Data Lab in Jakarta, and prior to that, taught for over ten years, served as a monitoring and evaluation specialist for infrastructure governance and local economic development, and managed various open data research projects in the Philippines.