Founder of Batang Bayani International Inc.
Director at the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm Innovations Inc.
Fabien Courteille was born on January 29, 1989 to a middle class family in Cherbourg-Octeville, Basse-Normandie, France. After graduating in science in High School, he decided to take up his bachelor in business administration in a public business school before migrating to the south of France to take up his Master in Entrepreneurship. At the age of 21, still looking for a real concrete business idea to start with, he was questioning the role of businesses in the society (ethic, social and environmental) and seeking for his purpose beyond making profit as a future entrepreneur when he heard about Gawad Kalinga’s social entrepreneurship vision.
In 2011, he decided to fly to the Philippines to learn more about social entrepreneurship and looking for answers and ideas to bring home but eventually he fell in love with the country and the vision and did not go back to France. He is now part of the team building the Enchanted Farm Village University platform in the Philippines and in 2013, he founded his own social enterprise called Batang Bayani International Inc, offering socially responsible toys Plush & Play providing livelihood opportunities for women in the countryside. Plush and Play became the first brand of Filipino toys to be sold in the major retail toy store chain in the Philippines Toy Kingdom in 2015 and became the first Filipino brand to join de Toy Expo of Manila in 2016.
Fabien represents the GK Enchanted Farm Innovations Inc. and Gawad Kalinga in various events and universities, locally and abroad.