Thursday, 16 July 2009

Economics expert writes for Global Nation


MANILA, Philippines—Dr. Bernardo Malvar Villegas, renowned economist and professor at the University of Asia and the Pacific-Manila, now writes for the Global Nation channel of

Villegas, who was among those who topped the board for certified public accountants in 1958, has a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University(1963). At Harvard, he was one of the youngest to be a teaching fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences at age 21.

His special fields of study are development economics, social economics, business economics, and strategic management.

He is the author of several economics textbooks widely used in Philippine schools and universities. He has also written a number of management best sellers like The Philippine Advantage, Book of Values, Productivity: Path to Global Competitiveness, The Filipino Phenomenon, and The Philippines at the Threshold of the Third Millennium.

He has received several prestigious awards such as the Ten Outstanding Young Men 1972, Fulbright, Johnson Foundation, Asia Foundation, and the Instituto de Cultura Hispanica.

He is currently a member of the boards of directors or advisory boards of leading national and multinational firms, such as the Benguet Corporation, Insular Life, Alaska Corporation, Phinma Property Holding Corporation, Rolls Royce, and Dupont. He served in the boards of Bank of the Philippine Islands, Globe Telecom, McDonalds, and IBM.

He is a consultant on management development and strategic planning for numerous leading firms operating in the Philippines and Asia Pacific. He serves in the boards of leading non-governmental organizations like the Makati Business Club, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Phinma Foundation, the Parents for Education Foundation, and the Dualtech Foundation.

Through his work at the University of Asia and the Pacific and the Center for Research and Communication, he is often asked to give advice to top government officials in many policy issues, especially in industrial policy and countryside development. He was a member of the Constitutional Commission that drafted the Philippine Constitution under the government of former President Corazon Aquino.

He is very often on road shows briefing international audiences on the Philippines and the Asia Pacific region. In July 1992, Dr. Villegas was appointed member of the Council of Economic Advisers of President Fidel Ramos. In July 1998, he was asked by President Joseph Estrada to help promote the Philippines among local and foreign investors.

He continues to focus on investment promotion as a major activity in the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and sits as a private sector representative in the Philippine Infrastructure Corporation. He served in the Pacific Board of Economics of Time Magazine and writes regularly for both local and international newspapers, such as the International Herald Tribune and the Asian Wall Street Journal.

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