Being notable figures in premier educational institutions and industry leaders, the Board of Trustees provides guidance and direction to the numerous policy studies and advocacies that the Institute advances.

Ambassador Albert del Rosario
Chairman of the Board

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Ambassador del Rosario, was born in the Philippines. He attended Xavier High School in New York City and subsequently graduated from New York University with Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics.

He was the former Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines from February 2011 to March 2016. He also served as Philippine Ambassador to the United States of America from October 2001 to August 2006.

Prior to entering public service, Ambassador was on the Board of Directors of over 50 firms. His business career for over four decades has spanned the insurance, banking, real estate, shipping, telecommunications, advertising, consumer products, retail, pharmaceutical and food industries.

Ambassador del Rosario is Chairman of Philippine Stratbase Consultancy, Inc., Gotuaco del Rosario Insurance Brokers, Inc., Stratbase ADR Institute, Inc., and a director of First Pacific Company, Indra Philippines, Inc., PLDT Inc., Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Cavitex Infrastructure Corporation, Sarimonde Foods Corporation, Two Rivers Pacific Holdings Corporation, Metro Pacific Resources, Inc., Metro Pacific Holdings, Inc., Metro Pacific Asset Holdings, Inc., Philippine Telecommunications Investment Corporation, and Enterprise Investments Holdings, Inc. He is also a trustee of the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation for Peace & Development.

Ambassador del Rosario received numerous awards and recognition for his valuable contributions to the Philippines and abroad.  In September 2004, Ambassador del Rosario was conferred the Order of Sikatuna, Rank of Datu, by H.E. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for his outstanding efforts in promoting foreign relations for the Philippines. He was a recipient of the EDSA II Presidential Heroes Award in recognition of his work in fostering Philippine democracy in 2001 and the Philippine Army Award from H.E. President Corazon Aquino for his accomplishments as Chairman of the Makati Foundation for Education in 1991. He was awarded as 2013 Professional Chair for Public Service and Governance by Ateneo School of Government and the Metrobank Foundation. He was elevated to the Xavier Hall of Fame in New York City in 2006. Ambassador del Rosario received the AIM Washington Sycip Distinguished Management Leadership Award in 2011 and Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) for “principled commitment to democracy, integrity and the rule of law both at home and around the globe” conferred by the College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York City in September 2015. He was conferred the Order of Lakandula with a Rank of Grand Cross (Bayani) for acting as Co-Chair of the 2015 APEC in December 2015.

Ambassador del Rosario is married to Gretchen de Venecia. They have five children and five grandchildren.

Manuel V. Pangilinan

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Age 70, Mr. Pangilinan graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He received his MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In Manila, he worked for Philippine Investment Management Consultants Inc. (PHINMA) in the Philippines, and in Hong Kong with Bancom International Limited and American Express Bank. Thereafter he founded First Pacific in May 1981.

Mr. Pangilinan served as Managing Director of First Pacific since its founding in 1981 until 1999. He was appointed Executive Chairman until June 2003, after which he was named Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He holds the positions of President Commissioner of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk in Indonesia. In the Philippines, Mr. Pangilinan is the Chairman of PLDT Inc. (PLDT), Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), First Coconut Manufacturing Inc. (FCMI), Manila Electric Company (Meralco), ePLDT, Inc., Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures, Inc. (formerly named Pilipino Telephone Corporation), Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Manila North Tollways Corporation, Philex Mining Corporation, PXP Energy Corporation, Landco Pacific Corporation, Medical Doctors, Inc. (Makati Medical Center), Davao Doctors, Inc. and Colinas Verdes Corporation (Cardinal Santos Medical Center), Mediaquest Holdings, Inc. and Associated Broadcasting Corporation (TV 5), and the Vice Chairman of Roxas Holdings, Inc. On 1st January 2016, he assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of PLDT and Smart.

In 2006, the Office of the President of the Philippines awarded Mr. Pangilinan the Order of Lakandula, rank of Komandante in recognition of his contributions to the country. He was named Management Man of the Year 2005 by the Management Association of the Philippines. Mr. Pangilinan was awarded the First Honorary Doctorates Degree in Management by Asian Institute of Management in 2016, Honorary Doctorates in Science by Far Eastern University in 2010, in Humanities by Holy Angel University in 2008, by Xavier University in 2007 and by San Beda College in 2002 in the Philippines. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ateneo de Manila University and was a member of the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School.

In civic duties, Mr. Pangilinan sits as Chairman of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), PLDT-Smart Foundation Inc., One Meralco Foundation, Inc., and Co-Chairman of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), and is a Director of the Philippine Business for Education (PBED). He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of San Beda College, as well as Co-Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute. He is Co-Chairman of the U.S.-Philippine Society.

In sports, Mr. Pangilinan is Chairman of the MVP Sports Foundation Inc., Chairman Emeritus of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Chairman of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP).

Edgardo G. Lacson

Former President, Employers Confederation of the Philippines
Honorary Chairman, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Board Member, Philippine Stock Exchange

Benjamin Philip G. Romualdez

Former President, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines
Former and Vice President for Industry, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Former Chairman of the Mining Committee, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Former President and CEO, Benguet Corporation

Ernest Z. Bower

Former President, US-ASEAN Business Council
Former Senior Adviser and Sumitro Chair for Southeat Asia Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies
President and CEO, Bower Group Asia

Renato C. de Castro, Ph.D

Chairman, De La Salle University, Department of International Studies
Fullbright Fellow, Ph.D International Relations, University of South Carolina

Raul C. Pangalangan, Ph.D

Judge, International Criminal Court
Director of Studies, The Hague Academy of International Law
Former Dean, College of Law, University of the Philippines
Former Fellow of US Institute of Peace
Publisher, Philippine Daily Inquirer
S.J.D. Law, Harvard Law School

Epictetus E. Patalinghug, Ph.D

Professor Emeritus, Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business, Univesrity of the Philippines
Professor of Business and Finance, Graduate School Program,University of the Philippines
Former Director, Graduate School Program, College of Business
Administration, University of the Philippines
Former Commissioner, Tariff Commission

Francisco A. Magno, Ph.D

Former President, Philippine Political Science Association
Executive Director, Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance
Fellow, East West Center
Ph.D. Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Carlos Primo C. David, Ph.D

Faculty Member, National Institute of Geological Sciences, Unviersity of the Philippines
Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Geology, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University
M.Sc. in Geology, National Institute of Geological Sciences, University of the Philippines