Head of the National Advisory Council
Mr. Zobel is a member of various business and socio-civic organizations, including the JP Morgan International Council and the Mitsubishi Corporation International Advisory Committee. He is Chairman of the Harvard Business School Asia-Pacific Advisory Board, member of the Harvard University Asia Center Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation, Chairman of the World Wildlife Fund Philippine Advisory Council and member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. Mr. Zobel was a Philippine TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Men) Awardee in 1999, was awarded Management Man of the Year by the Management Association of the Philippines in 2006, and was a recipient of the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award in 2007. He was honored with the Presidential Medal of Merit by the President of the Republic of the Philippines in 2009.
Mr. Zobel studied at Harvard University with a BA in Economics (with honors) in 1981 and an MBA in 1987. He is married to Ms. Elizabeth Eder Zobel de Ayala and has four children.
From 1952-1989, he taught Biology at Silliman University. Upon his retirement, he became Deputy Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development from 1989 to 1991, was Silliman President from 1991 to 1992, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary from 1992 to 1995 and the first Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education from 1995 to 1999. He went back to Silliman University after his posting at the CHED and has been with the institution since.
An expert in his field, Dr. Alcala has served as consultant to several marine and development projects since the 1980's, the more recent of which are the "National Program Support for Environment and Natural Resources Management in the Philippines" (2006) and the "Integrated Coastal Resource Management Program" (2009), both under the DENR. He was also consultant to the Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Component of the Mindanao Rural Development Project which established two marine protected areas (Bongo Island, Maguindanao and Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat) and a Chief Scientist of the Maritime and Ocean Affairs Center (DFA) which led marine expeditions in southern Mindanao and the Spratly Islands.
He has received a number of awards for his extensive research and development in the areas of herpetology, tropical rainforest, marine science and terrestrial/marine conservation. The awards include Outstanding Sillimanian, Outstanding Negrense Award, Outstanding Manilan Award, Fulbright Awards in Ecology, Biodiversity Awards, Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service and the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation.
Dr. Alcala obtained his degree in Biology, magna cum laude, from Silliman University. He finished his Ph.D and M.A. degrees in Biological Sciences at Stanford University in California. He also received honorary doctorates from Xavier University and University of Southwestern Philippines.
Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala
Honors include: Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France, 1980, Comendador al Mérito Civil, Spain, 1968, Doctor of Laws (honoris causa), University of the Philippines, 1991, "Management Man of the Year", Management Association of the Philippines 1986, Doctor of Business Management (honoris causa) De La Salle University, Manila, 1985.
He was Philippine Ambassador to the Court of St. James's in London and the Scandinavian countries from 1970 to 1974.
He graduated from Harvard College in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Sciences and attended the Advancement Management Program in the Far East conducted by the Faculty from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in Baguio City, Philippines in 1963.
He has held several positions under the Arroyo Administration namely, Presidential Adviser for Regional Affairs, Senior Consultant for Mindanao and Special Envoy to Brunei Darrussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University. In 1999, he was awarded a Doctorate degree in Humanities, honoris causa, by the Ateneo de Davao University.
Before joining ALI, Ms. Gil was a Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company. She was previously associated with Avon Cosmetics, Smith Kline and Beecham, Amrop Hever and AC Neilsen Philippines.
In 2004, she led a Strategy and Visioning workshop for the Board of Trustees of WWF to identify its strategic direction and priorities and key capabilities required. In the same year, she also worked as a consultant for a high end eco-tourism resort in the Philippines where she conducted a diagnostic of organizational capabilities, developed a performance management system and directed a sales and marketing capability improvement program.
Ms. Gil obtained her Masters in Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School, Ermory University in Atlanta, Georgia and her BS in Business Administration from, the University of the Philippines in Diliman.
Some of the companies under JG Summit Holdings are Digital Telecommunications Philippines and Cebu Pacific Air. He is also President and CEO of Universal Robina Corporation, JG Summit Petrochemical Corporation and Cebu Air, Inc. Concurrently, he holds various board and executive positions in several other family-owned companies.
In 2000, Mr. Gokongwei was selected as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Young Men (TOYM). He earned his double degree in Finance (Wharton) and Applied Science (Penn Engineering School) from the University of Pennsylvania, Summa cum laude.
Dr. Cielito Habito
He was the youngest member of the Cabinet as Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning and NEDA Director-General throughout the term of President Fidel V. Ramos. Concurrently, he chaired the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development from 1992 to 1998, and in this capacity was elected Chair of the Sixth Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in New York in 1997 to 1998. Before joining government in 1990, he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Economics at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB) and had also worked at Kyoto University and the World Bank.
Dr. Habito holds a Ph.D and M.A. in Economics from Harvard University, a Master of Economics from the University of New England (Australia) and a B.S. Agricultural Economics, Summa cum laude, from UPLB.
Atty. Lorna Patajo-Kapunan
She is acknowledged as an expert both in the region and internationally for intellectual property law. She has served as President and Chairman of the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines and founding President of the Intellectual Property Alumni Association of the Philippines. Her reputation in the field of intellectual property has made her Country Head and President of ASEAN Intellectual Property Association, Council Member of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association and Chairman of the APAA Copyright Committee for the Asia-Pacific Region.
She currently sits in the Board of Licensing Executive Society of the Philippines. In 1995, she became an awardee of the Outstanding Women in the Nation's Services )TOWNS) in the field of Corporate Law and was Bar Examiner in 1988 in this field law. She was President and is now Vice-Chairman of the Women's Business Council. She Chairs the National Issues Committee of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP). She is professional lecturer at the European-based International Center for Legal Studies. She sits in various boards and voluntary organizations and foundations.
Leandro Y. Locsin, Jr.
Formerly, he served as an Independent Director of Ayala Land Inc., and a Trustee of De La Salle University – Canlubang, The Asian Cultural Council Philippines, Museo Pambata ng Maynila, and Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas Foundation (WWF-Philippines).
He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and a Masters of Architecture Degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He was executive Director of the Makati Business Club (MBC) from 1987 to 2006. While at MBC, he concurrently served as executive director of Philippines-United States Business Council, Philippine-British Business Council, Philippines-France Business Council, Philippines-Singapore Business Council and Philippines-Malaysia Business Council. As MBC executive director, Mr. Luz participated in the government's E-Commerce Council and was a member of the NEDA Medium Term Development Plan Committee. He has served as the private sector representative on the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council and the Secretary of Agriculture's Technical Working Group.
He was also Managing Director of the Knowledge Institute (an affiliate of SGV & Co.) from 1999 to 2005. He is currently a member of the Philippine Coffee Board as well as a member of the National Advisory Council of WWF-Philippines.
Mr. Luz was the Secretary General of NAMFREL from 1992 to 2006, overseeing preparations for its Operation Quick Count and poll watching in the 1992, 1995, 1998, 2001 and 2004 elections.
Mr. Luz graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a bachelor's degree in social sciences (sociology and political science). He was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) and an Aquino Fellow for Public Service in 1999. He was conferred the Chino Roces Freedom Award in 2002.
She holds an MBA in International Management with distinction from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) and a BS in Business Administration with high distinction from the University of Arizona. She has traveled extensively with conservation programs in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the U.S.
Concurrently, he is the CEO of the Century Pacific Group (CPG). CPG is his family's food and dairy enterprise based primarily in the Philippines but conducting business in China, the U.S., Europe, Japan and the Middle East.
Previously, Chris was the head of Corporate Planning and Development at the JG Summit Holdings, a publicly-listed Philippine-based Asian conglomerate majority owned by the Gokongwei family with US$ 4.5 billion in assets and interests in food and beverage, banking, telecommunications, airlines, petrochemicals, real estate, hotels and textiles.
He formerly also worked as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company's Hong Kong and Manila Offices and was involved primarily in corporate finance, financial strategy, and mergers and acquisitions.
He earned his M.B.A from Harvard Business School and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.S.E in Finance from the Wharton School, and a B.A.S. majoring in Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
He serves as Chairman of CF Foundation, a non-profit that supports the educational needs of underprivileged youth in the Philippines as well as Advisory Board member of Bantay Bata Children's Village, a shelter for abused children.
She is also actively involved with Hands On Manila Foundation as one of its trustees and Chairperson of the Committee for Fundraising. She is also one of its founding members. Hands On Manila recruits, educates and coordinates a network of volunteers for diverse community projects within Metro Manila.
In 2008, Ms. Romualdez was selected as on of the finalists for the first Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. In 2002, she received the Aurelio Periquet Leadership Award (Pear Award). She was also selected as one of The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardees for Public Service in Print Media and Advocacy in 2001. In 1999, the Filipino-Chinese Federation of Business and Professional Women of the Philippines honored her as the Best Woman Achiever in Business.
She holds a Master's degree in Development Management from the Asian institute of Management. She graduated with honors from the college of Notre dame in California where she obtained a degree in AB Sociology. She is a member of the Kappa Gamma Pi Honor Society. While in college, she opted to study for six months at the University of Nairobi, Kenya spending days of "immersion" in tribal villages and reservations.
On her leisure hours, she enjoys sports such as golf and badminton. She holds the 2004 Women's Open Champion title of the Manila Golf Club Tournament, A title that she also won in 2001 and held from 1997 to 1999. An active badminton player, Ms. Romualdez was a national non-ranking champion in 1983 and was a Philippine National Badminton team member from 1984-1986. She was a part of the team which won for the Philippines in 1985 its first international award in badminton.