Niklas Reese is a social scientist working on the Philippines. He grew up in Southeast Asia and was managing director of the Philippinenbüro e.V., a Germany-based NGO informing about the Philippines. It was with the Philippinenbüro that he published the “Handbook Philippines: Society, Politics, Economy, Culture”. After having taught Southeast Asian Studies in Passau and Bonn, he is now back in the Philippines working from Manila. Over the years Niklas has become a good friend and supporter of IPON.