MAD Courses is the product of years working on-ground with local marginalized communities and social innovators who inspire positive change in these communities. Having worked closely with a diverse range of local partner communities to organize meaningful experiences for educational institutions around the world, our team has developed the expertise needed to bring these lessons to life online.


To inspire life-changing positive action within university, high school and even younger students, our programs focus on sustainability, social innovation, and good enterprise. Our big mission is to raise a new generation of global citizens who are empowered to make a difference in their own lives and in others.

Our MAD Team

Having formed a deep connection to the Philippines through a year of living with local communities and writing about his experience in The Genius of the Poor, Tom has dedicated the last decade in creating a wider network of changemakers and inspiring the youth through meaningful education through his inspired work as the chief leader of MAD Courses.

Tom Graham

Program director

An international educator for the past 25 years, Suji’s real passion lies in democratizing education for the underserved. Her extensive experience in library building, refugee education training, and impact learning has taken her to parts of the world where education is needed most. Today, she takes this expertise online as one of MAD Courses’ founding partners.

Suji DeHart

Founding partner

With a degree in Business Administration and an MBA in CSR, as well as having years of experience working with local communities in the Philippines, Aline’s wealth of knowledge on the issues we tackle is extensive. Her deep passion for creating social change and inspiring local action shows in the programs and curriculums she creates for MAD Courses.

Aline Thuault

Curriculum Manager

An International Business graduate with plenty of hands-on experience in social entrepreneurship in Brazil and the Philippines, Sophie is a French native who can pass off as a local Filipina. The combination of her local knowledge and foreign perspective allows her to manage our partner schools and universities, offering a valuable take on international issues from a local lens.

Sophie Peccaud

Account Manager

Our Impact

To ensure that we are achieving the intended learning outcomes of the schools and universities we partner with, we are conducting an evaluation study of our online programs in partnership with evaluation researchers at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Findings will be used to inform, improve and optimize our programs to ensure that we achieve our mission of raising a new generation of global citizens. The evaluation will consist of research, based on evaluation science, to assess the quality of program design and delivery, and measure the immediate impact of our programs on participants.


Impact investigation survey

in partnership with the University of Sydney and Claremont University


Our Approach

We use an exciting combination of live interactions, real-life case studies and automated video content to enable students to connect to leaders for social innovation, local communities, indigenous tribes and fellow students.

We believe that we all have something to learn from each other, so students will be encouraged to self-reflect on the impact of this course on their personal and professional choices.

Why go MAD?

We believe that in order to truly make a difference, we need to better understand the root of the problems we tackle; and to better understand the root of these problems, we need to know the faces of the people who deal with them everyday. 


Our work is founded upon long-lasting relationships and mutual respect with the local communities we partner with. Every interaction we inspire between students and our partners carries the same goal of forming long-lasting partnerships.

Raf established multiple social entreprises : MAD travel and MAD Market. The plastic solution and the Circle Hostel. He is also a TEDx Speaker. He helps MAD developing immersive programs with the local communities.

Raf Dionisio

Program mentor

 Now a student at University of Sydney for marketing and education, Katie is from and was raised in the Philippines for most of her life.There, she has graduated from the IB Program. She has participated in numerous activities that have made her familiar with design, film, and service opportunities.

Katie Hadaway

Social Media manager

Having spent most of her career working on-ground with underprivileged communities around the Philippines and educational institutions around the world, Andrea believes in the power of meaningful collaboration. Her passion for community building, social support, and the environment is very evident with every interaction

Andrea Legaspi

Program manager

Ruth is an experienced tour guide and an expert in facilitating authentic connections.

Ruth Juico

Program Manager

TEDx Speeches by Our Founders

Our Team Featured on

China Daily

Our sister branch "MAD Market"


Our Advisory Board

The Chief Risk Officer at CIMB Bank, a board member at International School of Kuala Lumpur, and an experienced startup mentor for Endeavor Malaysia, Dave Thomas is a seasoned senior risk professional with over 25 plus years of experience in Asia Pacific, including emerging markets. He is a valued contributor to MAD’s mentorship programs.

Dave Thomas

The Chief Risk Officer at CIMB Bank, a board member at International School of Kuala Lumpur, and an experienced startup mentor for Endeavor Malaysia, Dave Thomas is a seasoned senior risk professional with over 25 plus years of experience in Asia Pacific, including emerging markets. He is a valued contributor to MAD’s mentorship programs.

An esteemed professor of entrepreneurship at EM Lyon University in France and a founder of a social enterprise in his native country Brazil, Saulo Barbosa contributes his expertise in new venture creation and his passion for social innovation to our programs at MAD Courses.

Saulo Barbosa

She has a collective 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, education, and consulting in Asia and the United States. She lends MAD Courses her expertise in Positive Psychology — a valuable resource in allowing our students to reflect meaningfully about their experiences.

Victoria Cabrera

An experienced psychotherapist with a demonstrated history of working in the health and wellness industry, Aura Antonio is an advocate, fundraiser, and parent mentor for the Gawad Kalinga High School Club at Singapore American School. She offers our organization a very distinct and valuable take on high school students and the active role of parents.

Aura Antonio

Our Organisation Partners

The local enterprises and organizations we work with in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Vietnam bring to life what it means to tackle the issues we face today. From ocean pollution to responsible consumption, our programs examine a wide range of relevant, interconnected topics.


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Social enterprise Platforms we have partnered with


Innovation for Social impact Partnership


The GK Enchanted Farm


QBO Innovation Hub

Supported Australia Aid, UNDP, Phildev Manila, Philippines

Gawad Kalinga

Bulacan, Philippines

Manila, Philippines

Our Social enterprise and NGO partners

Our talents are tackling various global issues through local innovative solutions.

Check our full Entrepreneur Catalogue here

Messy Bessy is a manufacturer of natural, chemical-free household and personal care products made by at-risk youths in the Philippines.

Messy Bessy

Equal Access to Quality Education

MAGWAI is a locally produced reef-safe sunscreen made of natural ingredients to respect for the beauty of the coral reefs in the Philippines.


Responsible Consumption

Born within the poorest communities of Manila, Gawad Kalinga is a non-government organization in the Philippines whose name means « to give care » in Filipino. GK Europe helps the NGO to connect with Europe-based organisations towards creating positive change via collaborating with local communities & Entrepreneurs

GK Europe

Equal Access to Quality Education

Using technology, Pure Oceans creates value in the sustained retrieval of low-value plastics from the ocean, and works with communities to become committed defenders of the purity of our reefs and seas.

Pure Oceans

Plastic polution

Native is on a mission to see a Malaysia where people from all walks of life are represented, protected and valued for their distinctive identity - redefining what it means to be a native through community based travel opportunities.


Indigenous Culture

EVG takes responsibility as a bridge of trust between volunteers, sponsors and disadvantaged communities in remote areas, including ethnic minority.

Eco Vietnam Group

Indigenous Culture

Dignity for Children is a non-profit organisation in Malaysia, with associated social enterprises, whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty in the lives of poor and underprivileged children through the provision of holistic, child-centered, quality education.


Equal Access to Quality Education

VIRTUALAHAN is the pioneering and globally awarded virtual school for Persons with Disabilities to develop skills and mindset to become competitive employees and entrepreneurs.


Decent work

PeoplePods Philippines provides dignified and professionally managed dormitory communities for female factory workers.

People Pods

Decent work

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Gawad Kalinga is a non-profit organisation, with related social enterprises, whose mission is to build caring and sharing communities, dedicated to eradicating poverty and restoring human dignity.

Gawad Kalinga

Sustainable communities

RAGS2RICHES is a globally acclaimed fashion and design house empowering community artisans in the Philippines.


Responsible consumption

Ferrer created iFarms Inc. with the intent to improve the agri-value chain and to dignify agriculture in the Philippines through the means of technology.

I Farm

Food security

Our Community partners

For the past few years, we have been building close partnerships with seven different communities in the Philippines.

For more information on our community partners, click here!

We invite your to travel around the world forging partnerships with communities in Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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MAD partners with Gawad Kalinga, a well-established NGO in the Philippines, to help communities. This is how we encountered the locals of Silver Heights 3 years ago.

Silver Heights

Gawad Kalinga


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What started out as a dream to improve the standards of living for the community became reality when Daniel and Faizul provided travellers with the first immersive cultural experience hosted by the indigenous community members themselves.

Orang Asli



Set off on your own or with your friends and stay in a riverside village surrounded by nature, create a true connection with those born and raised in the forest, discover their customs and experience the delights and challenges of living in the Amazon!




Visit neighborhoods outside the touristic zone to engage with families of local artisans in their open air workshops and patios. Through translated conversations, develop deeper insights into the livelihoods of these artisans, and experience the vibrant cultural richness within Bucerías. 


Human Connections