Ibrahim ‘Ibba’ Bernardo has been working with marginalized and underprivileged groups by giving them access to relevant technology. An IT entrepreneur since he was 22, he is the founder and CEO of Sari Software Solutions, a platform, systems, and mobile applications company that aims to leverage technology to empower the largest, underserved socio-economic sectors of society known as the base of the pyramid (BOP). His passion lies in bringing technology to the BOP with projects like the Solar Energy Foundation’s Ride for Light which brought solar energy to far-flung off-grid areas, E-Dalaw which enabled virtual visit of inmates by their indigent families, and Buhayko.org for teaching blogging to underprivileged students living in slum areas.
Ibba also wears other hats as a technology and motorcycle journalist, entrepreneur and IT lecturer. He represented the Philippines as an ASEAN Young Leader at the 2012 World Economic Forum in Bangkok. Among his most recent notable accomplishments, Ibba was selected to be part of the 2013-14 batch of the Asia Society, Asia 21 Young Leaders initiative. Winner of best in ICT at the 2015 Global Entrepreneur Summit GIST and alumnus of the MITx Entrepreneur Bootcamp 2016.
Ibba is currently the COO/President of DSCVR, a Virtual Reality startup based out of Hong Kong.