Fernando (Nandy) Aldaba is Dean at School of Social Science, Ateneo de Manila University. Prior he was professor of economics at the Ateneo de Manila University. Dr. Nandy is a senior fellow of Eagle Watch, the school’s macroeconomic forecasting unit.
Jesus L. Arranza is Chairperson of the Federation of Philippine Industries. Mr. Arranza is best known for his efforts to combat smuggling in the Philippines. He was Vice President of the International Oil Factory (IOF) from 1970 to 1980. In 1982, Mr. Arranza served as a Consultant at the United Coconut Planters Bank’s (UCPB) Marketing and Advertising Department, a post that he held up to 1986. He went on to organize Agana Circle Enterprises, Inc. serving as Chairman and President for four years. The following year he became Chairman of the United Coconut Association of the Philippines (UCAP), which he served for two consecutive terms. Mr. Arranza graduated from the UE College of Arts and Sciences-Manila with the degree of AB Economics.
Leonor Magtolis Briones heads the Alternative Budget Initiative of Social Watch which critiques the national budget and proposes an alternative budget for social development. She also chairs the Peoples’ Public Finance Institute. Moreover, she is Professor Emeritus of the U.P. National College of Public Administration and Governance where she continues to teach. She is also Chair of the Board of Trustees of Siliman University. Prof. Briones has spent her entire professional life doing research, teaching and advocating for good governance, accountable public finance, and sustainable development. She has held positions in the academe, government and civil society. She was formerly Secretary to the Commission on Audit and Treasurer of the Philippines. In the academe, she has served as Vice-President for Finance and Administration of the University of the Philippines. Professor Emeritus Leonor Magtolis Briones is best known for her work as Lead Convenor of Social Watch Philippines, which is part of Social Watch International. Earlier, she served as President of Freedom from Debt Coalition and led its national and international campaigns.
Mary Jean A. Caleda is Associate Dean for Research and Governance Practice at the Ateneo de Manila University-School of Government. She is an Environmental Planner by profession, and has extensive work experience on environment and natural resources planning, development and management in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. Dr. Caleda earned her Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of the Philippines-Diliman, her MSc in Forestry: Forest Biological Science from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños and her BSc Degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Edgar O. Chua is the Chairman of Philippine Business for the Environment. He is the Country Chairman of the Shell Companies in the Philippines and President of Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. Mr, Chua has more than 30 years of experience in the business fields of chemicals, auditing, supply planning and trading, marketing and sales, lubricants, corporate affairs and general management. He held senior positions outside the Philippines as Transport analyst in Group Planning in the UK and as General Manager of the Shell Company of Cambodia. From July1999 to August 2003, he held various regional positions in Shell Oil Products East including GM for Consumer Lubricants covering all countries East of Suez Canal including Saudi Arabia, China, India, Korea, ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Mr. Chua earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from De La Salle University and attended various international seminars and courses including the senior management course in INSEAD in Fountainbleau, France.
Solita Collas-Monsod is Professor Emeritus at the School of Economics of the University of the Philippines. She is the founder of the Philippine Human Development Network and was Chairperson for 11 years. Her international involvement includes having been a member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy (UNCDP) and the South Commission and serving Advisory Board of the South Centre in Geneva, Switzerland and of the Board of Trustees International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington, D.C. She is frequently asked to serve on the Advisory Board of the UNDP Human Development Report. She served as Minister and later Secretary of the Socio-Economic Planning in the Philippine Government. She served as Vice-Chairperson of the Department of Agriculture Senior Scientist Advisory Committee and is currently Chairperson of the SEAMEO SEARCA Advisory Board. She is also currently a member of the high level task force on the implementation of the right to development. She was given the Most Outstanding Alumna Award for 2005 by the UP Alumni Association. Mrs. Monsod is co-host of “UNANG HIRIT”, an early morning TV show dealing with current socio-political and economic issues.
Emmanuel S. de Dios is Oscar M. Lopez Sterling Professor of Law and Economics in the University of the Philippines School of Economics, where he previously served as dean. He is currently president of the Human Development Network, which publishes the Philippine Human Development Report, and is editor-in-chief of the Philippine Review of Economics. He has written on institutions and development, the history of economic thought, international economics, and the theory of individual choice. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of the Philippines in 1987.
Francisco “Popoy” Del Rosario Jr. is the President of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP). He has had extensive experience in both government and private entities. Mr. del Rosario has held senior executive positions in San Miguel Corporation, La Tondeña, Coca Cola, Anscor, HSBC and Roxas Holdings. He has also held various government positions such as president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), chair and president of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and undersecretary in the Department of National Defense (DND).
In the field of education and service, he was executive vice president of the De La Salle University Professional Schools and chair of the Habitat for Humanity Philippines. In his current semi-retired status, he is an independent director of Metrobank, Omnipay, Mapfre Insular Insurance Corp. and DMCI Homes. He is also a senior adviser of Mabuhay Capital and a trustee of ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.
Edwin Gariguez is the current Executive Secretary of National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), the advocacy and social development arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), which also serves as Caritas Philippines. He was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2012, for his voicing of protests on behalf of indigenous communities against large scale mining projects in the Philippines.
Dr. Francisco Magno is Director of the Jessie M Robredo Institute of Governance. He is a faculty member of the Political Science Department at the De La Salle University. He has conducted research in the areas of social capital, environmental movements and local governance. The National Academy of Science and Technology named him Outstanding Young Scientist in 2000 in the field of Political Science.
Manuel V. Pangilinan is Chairman of Philippine Business for Social Progress. Mr. Pangilinan founded First Pacific in May 1981. He is currently First Pacific Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He is the Chairman numerous companies including of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), Manila Electric Company (Meralco), ePLDT, Inc., Smart Communications, Inc., PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures, Inc., Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Manila North Tollways Corporation, Philex Mining Corporation, Philex Petroleum 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. In May 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 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.
Rosalinda Pineda-Ofreneo is currently Dean of the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD) at the University of the Philippines Diliman. She has been active in the women’s movement for four decades, and is currently President of Homenet Philippines and Regional Coordinator of Homenet Southeast Asia. Dr. Ofreneo has numerous publications on social protection, globalization and women’s work, and gender and the environment, among others. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics, a Master’s Degree in Communication, and a Ph.D. in Philippine Studies, all from the University of the Philippines in Diliman.
Isagani Serrano is PRRM trustee since 2003 and served as the acting president of the Philippine Rural and Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) since August 2008. He has authored numerous articles on development, environment, governance and civil society. Mr. Serrano is co-convenor of Social Watch-Philippines, Philippine Greens, and Earth Day Network Philippines. He is among the founders of several coalitions, like the Congress for a People’s Agrarian Reform, Green Forum Philippines, and Convergence for Community-Centered Area Development. Mr. Serrano earned a MSc in Environment & Development Education from South Bank University-London.
Filomeno Sta. Ana III is Action for Economic Reforms Coordinator. Action for Economic Reforms (AER) is a non-government organization engaged in research and advocacy.
Wigberto “Ka Bobby” Tañada, Sr. Ka Bobby had a long political life in various functions. He was a former member of the Philippine Senate from 1987 to 1995 and Philippine House of Representatives representing the Quezon’s 4th District from 1995 to 2001. Ka Bobby received his Bachelor of Arts at Ateneo de Manila University and his Bachelor of Laws degree at Manuel L. Quezon University. He earned his Master of Law degree at Harvard Law School.
Arsenio (Pepe) Tanchuling is Alyansa Agrikultura President. Alyansa Agrikultura, an alliance of fisherfolk and farmers from the agricultural sector. They are at the forefront of helping address issues and challenges facing the agriculture sector. Pepe is Executive Director of the Tambuyog Development Center. He holds various positions in government and CSO networks. To name a few: Chairman of the Budget Committee National Agriculture and fisheries Council (NAFC) and Chairman, Aquaculture and fisheries Committee, and Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF). Pepe is the Regional Spokesperson and Convenor of the Southeast Asia Fish for Justice Network (SEAFISH). He has a diploma in Social Development and certificate courses on Management and Development of Coastal Fisheries and on Social Enterprise. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration of the National College.
Philip Arnold Tuaño served as the Director III of the Macropolicy Unit of the National Anti-Poverty Commission from 2001-2004. He represented NAPC in inter-agency meetings with the National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Budget and Management, United Nations Development Program, World Bank and other policy and aid organizations. He also coordinated with the Social Weather Stations in the use of social surveys for poverty measurement and anti-poverty planning and programming. Currently, he is a part-time lecturer at the School of Arts and Sciences and School of Government of the Ateneo de Manila University, a researcher for Caucus of Development NGO Networks, and a Board Member and Research Coordinator and Consultant for Foundation for Media Alternatives.
Alfredo M. Yao is Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry President. Mr. Yao founded and chairs Zest-O Corporation. His other businesses include Semexco Marketing, Inc., Harman Foods, Amchem Marketing, Inc., American Brands Philippines, Inc., SMI Development Corporation, Philippine Business Bank and Zest Airways. He also served as the Special Envoy to China for Tourism and Cooperation. He was conferred as the Most Admitted ASEAN Enterprise Award in the Innovation Category for his Zest-O Corporation. Mr. Yao was the awarded 2005 Master Entrepreneur by Ernst and Young. He earned his Engineering degree from the Mapua Institute of Technology and secured his doctorate degree in Business Administration Honoris Causa from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.