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PH Start-up on Energy and Artificial Intelligence Positions Itself as Tech Company in Southeast Asia
Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph Del Mar Yap (center), together with First Secretary and Consul Gonaranao B. Musor (rightmost), received Ms. Nina Marie Hernandez, a Filipina scientist who founded Iraya Energies.

13 March 2018 – Ms. Nina Marie Hernandez, Founder and Managing Director of Iraya Energies Pte Ltd, a geoscience start-up that applies artificial intelligence (AI) to understand the earth, called on Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph Del Mar Yap last 08 March to introduce her company.

Started a year ago, Iraya Energies specializes in the application of AI techniques to unlock earth’s energy resources that can also be applied cross-functionally to disaster management.

Iraya Energies was recently featured by Philippines local English news dailies on its work in understanding Mayon Volcano and its recent eruption. Sentinel satellite data were used to monitor the volcano in 3D and fast-track mapping of potential affected areas.

The start-up, which currently has a team of six young Filipino geoscientists, is registered in Singapore to position itself as a technology company in Southeast Asia while maintaining focus on the energy exploration needs of the Philippines.

“Ventures, such as Iraya, will hopefully encourage more Filipino scientists to come back to the country as more investments in the country’s so-called Deep Technology are made through local and foreign-sourced public and private funds,” Hernandez said.

Ambassador Yap congratulated Iraya as “a trailblazer that will encourage more technology start-ups in the Philippines.”

Ms. Hernandez separately met with Commercial Counsellor Maria Cynthia B. Ricafort to further explore how the Philippine government could support ventures, such as Iraya, in line with the country’s thrust of promoting innovation and entrepreneurship among Filipinos, including its local scientists.

For more information on Iraya Energies, please visit their website –

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