The Executive Director

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Manuel J. De Vera (MDV) is the Executive Director of the AIM-TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Leadership. Professor De Vera is on the core faculty of the Center for Development Management. Prior to his appointment, he was on AIM's adjunct faculty roster. He teaches Negotiations across the degree and non-degree programs and Leadership in the Master in Development Management (MDM) and Master in Management program. He also teaches sessions in the Asian Business Systems course of the MBA program.

Prof. De Vera served as Undersecretary-designate of the Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic of the Philippines. He was also, as various times, the Chief of Staff of the Chairmen of the Committees on Appropriations, Economic Affairs, Oversight, and Trade and Industry of the House of Representatives. He has developed expertise in policy design in the areas of fiscal and trade reform, competition policy, and infrastructure and regulatory reform.

Aside from his extensive public service management record, Prof. De Vera has a decade of publishing experience in different industries. He has delivered conference papers for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). As editorial consultant for the House of Representatives, he developed the core values and policy direction of the legislative reports of the Committees on Economic Affairs and Oversight. He was also a consultant for the University of Asia and the Pacific, where he wrote papers on anti-trust and capital account liberalization for the Economics Policy Paper Journal of the then Center for Research and Communications. For Business Focus, Philippines, he served as a contributing editor and wrote articles on key economic issues of the country such as the anti-trust law, deregulation and privatization. Prof. De Vera’s current research interests include competitive strategy in public-private partnerships and business integrity measures.

Prof. De Vera graduated from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government with a Master in Public Administration and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He also received training on the evaluation of social programs from the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) of the Department of Economics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2011, he received a scholarship from the Central European University (CEU) and Tiri Integrity School to study Leadership and Management for Business Integrity in Emerging Markets. In 2012, he was selected as a Global Salzburg Fellow by the Salzburg Freeman Foundation.