is a New York entrepreneur. A co-founder of Maison Hugo and Event by Hugo,
an innovative event production, catering, and experience management business serving a storied list of corporate, non-profit, government and private clientele in New York City and around the world.
Previously, Michelle had many years of experience in the corporate world. She worked for a Saudi-owned boutique investment firm where she managed a port- folio of multi-million dollar property investments in the U.S. Michelle also worked for the Italian Trade Commission, a government agency based in New York, where she led the Trade department teams in the promotion and growth of Italian businesses in America.
An avid global traveler and a "foodie," Michelle grew up with a passion for the culinary arts from a young age and would later translate her passion for the humanities into her global work. Michelle was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, the daughter of a politician-journalist father and a business-driven mother who came from a family of educators.
A women's rights activist at the age of 18, Michelle has since continued her dedication with various non-profit organizations around the world on issues such as women and girls' education, social justice, sustainable development programs for refugees, the protection of women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo and other African countries. Michelle
is currently a member of the Women's International Forum associated with the United Nations. An adviser to a number of non profit organizations with climate change, food and agriculture sustainability, to name a few. In addition, Michelle is regarded as a key member of the diplomatic community at both The Philippine Consulate General in NY and the Philippine Mission to the United Nations. Michelle's
dedication to great service be it hospitality or humanitarian work is born of love and commitment.