CambaAlvin A. Camba

Alvin A. Camba is a Doctoral Candidate in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. He uses mixed-methods approaches to derive the determinants of [Chinese] foreign direct investment, the dynamics of elite competition, and the political-economic effects of capital mobility on the developing world. He has been awarded the Terence K. Hopkins Best Graduate Student Paper Award (honorable mention) from the American Sociological Association (ASA), the Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Publication Research Award (honorable mention) from the Critical Realism Research Network, and the pre-Dissertation fellowship from the Southeast Asian Research Group (SEAREG).

Some of his works have appeared in Journal of Agrarian Change, Palgrave Communications, Extractive Industries and Society, Everyday Political Economy of Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press), and New Directions in the Study of China and Africa (Routledge).


ChanceAlek Chance

Alek Chance is a non-resident Fellow at ADRi and an international affairs and political risk consultant. His research focus is on US-China relations, international order, and the role of ideas in international politics. Dr. Chance was formerly Research Fellow at the Institute for ChinaAmerica Studies in Washington and Resident Fellow at the US Naval Academy’s Stockdale Center. He received his PhD in political science from Boston College and his BA from St. John’s College, and has taught international relations and political theory at Boston College and Loyola University Maryland.


CustodioJose Antonio A. Custodio

Jose Antonio A. Custodio is a security and defense consultant.  He has served as a consultant for the Office of the National Security Adviser and the Office of the President. He specializes in military history and has post-graduate studies in history from the University of the Philippines. He also occasionally teaches history and political science at several universities in Metro Manila.


DomingoFrancis C. Domingo

Francis C. Domingo is Assistant Professor of International Studies at De La Salle University and concurrently a PhD candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations at University of Nottingham. His research explores the intersection between technology and strategic affairs and has been published in several peer reviewed journals including Comparative Strategy, Defense & Security Analysis, and Military and Strategic Affairs.

Before joining academia, he briefly worked as a research analyst with the Office of Strategic and Special Studies (OSS), Armed Forces of the Philippines. In the private sector, he coordinated nationwide field operations involving brand protection for several multinational clients as the Associate Managing Director of RVDBic, a pioneering business risk and intelligence consultancy based in the Makati City, Philippines.


HeydarianRichard Javad Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian is an academic, columnist and author of “Asia’s New Battlefield: US, China and the Struggle for Western Pacific” (Zed, London). He is a regular contributor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C. and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. He has written for or/and been interviewed by Aljazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, among other leading global publications.


LagmanPNGDr. Ma. Carmen A. Lagman

Dr. Ma. Carmen Ablan Lagman is a Full Professor with the Biology Department of the De La Salle University – Manila. She is a member of the Center for Natural Science and Environment Research (CENSER), where she is also the Coordinator of the Technologies for Biodiversity Use and Utilization Unit. She has previously been the head of the Practical Genomics Laboratory and head of CENSER’s Biodiversity Unit.

Her career started by working on the physiology and genetics of giant clams and genetic connectivity and adaption of reef fish for her Ph.D. at the University of the Philippines’ Marine Science Institute, where she also received her Masters’ in Marine Biology.

She also had research positions at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute and the International Centre for Living Aquatic Resources Management in Manila and in the World Fish Center located in Malaysia. In addition, she has had visiting researcher positions at the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Thailand and the National Research Institute for Aquaculture in Japan.

In 2016, Dr. Lagman received the Newton Agham Leadership in Innovation Fellowship (LIF) from the British Government and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) in Cambridge, UK. The year prior, she won 1st Prize in the Outstanding Research and Development Award (Emerging Technologies Category) from the Philippine Council for Industry Energy and Emerging Technologies Research and Development (PCIEERD) under the Department of Science and Technology.

She is an alumna of the Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Scholarship Program (2013 – 2014) and also a recipient of the USAID Science Technology Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) program on its first year of implementation last August 2014.


OplasBienvenido “Nonoy” Oplas, Jr.

Bienvenido Oplas, Jr. is the President of Minimal Government Thinkers (MGT), a free market, non-government think tank in Manila registered in 2008. He is also a Columnist of BusinessWorld, Weekender section from April-September 2015, then the Opinion section, “My Cup of Liberty”, from October 2015 to present. Before that, he was a columnist of InterAksyon, “Fat-Free Economics” column from March 2012 to July 2014.

MGT is a member-institute of Economic Freedom Network Asia (EFN Asia) based in Bangkok, Thailand, and the Property Rights Alliance (PRA) based in Washington DC, USA.

He is a non-resident Fellow of the Stratbase-Albert del Rosario Institute (ADRi) from 2015 to present. He is also a lifetime member of the Philippine Economic Society (PES) and the UPSE Alumni Association (UPSEAA).

He graduated from Cadiz City High School, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, class valediction in 1980. Then he went to the University of the Philippines School of Economics (UPSE) and finished AB Economics in 1985. He went back to the school and obtained the Diploma in Development Economics (DipDE) in 1998.

Before forming MGT, he worked for a labor federation from 1985-86, then in a tv public affairs program, “Public Forum” in IBC-13 hosted by Prof. Randy David and directed by the late Marilou Diaz-Abaya, 1987-1990. He also joined the cast of a political satire program in IBC-13, “Sic o clock News”, also directed by Ms. Abaya in the last year of the program, mid-1989-1990.

He worked as a Junior economist then Senior economist at the Congressional Planning and Budget Office (CPBO), House of Representatives, 1991-1999. Then he joined Think Tank, Inc., a research and consulting firm headed by former DOF Secretary Gary Teves, 2000-mid-2005.

So far he has published two books, Health Choices and Responsibilities (2011) published by Central Books Supply (Manila), and Liberalism, Rule of Law and Civil Society (2014), published by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) Philippines Office.

He was also a Chapter contributor of two books, Free Trade and Markets for Healthcare: Lessons from Asia (2013) published in Delhi, India; and Why Liberty (2010) published in the US. Currently he is  preparing three  books for publication in  2018, on Liberal Political Economy,  Free Trade and IPR in East Asia, and Energy economics.


PaqueoDr. Vicente B. Paqueo

Dr. Vicente B. Paqueo is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), a Fellow of the Social Weather Station (SWS) and the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF), and a World Bank Consultant. Dr. Paqueo was a Lead Economist at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and a Professor at the University of the Philippines School of Economics. Until recently, he was Lead Consultant of the ADB Social Protection Support Project for the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps). He was also consultant at various times of other organizations like the ILO, WHO, UNICEF, UNESCAP, NEDA, DSWD, POPCOM and Population Center of the Philippines.

Dr. Paqueo finished his AB (cum laude) at the University of the Philippines School of Economics and got his Ph.D. from the same institution. He was appointed visiting post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University in New Jersey with a grant from the Population Council. He has since then published numerous articles and books and presented papers in local and international conferences. As a young man, he received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award for Human Resources Economics from the Philippine National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).