Thomas G. Aquino

Position: Independent Director

Dr. Thomas G. Aquino, Filipino, 71, Independent Director since March 12, 2012 to present. He has professional expertise in several fields namely business strategy, trade, investments and technology promotions, industrial policy and international trade negotiations.

He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Research and Communication of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P). He specializes in economic policy related to reinvigorating manufacturing for regional and global competition.  He is Chairman of NOW Corporation, a publicly listed firm engaged in telecommunications, media, and technology, and an Independent Director of Alsons Consolidated Resources Inc., also a publicly listed firm involved in property development and power generation in Mindanao. He is Chairman of the REID Foundation, a provider of economic solutions experts to partners on reform packages to facilitate inclusive economic growth and development.

Dr. Aquino was formerly Senior Undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry. He managed international trade promotions by assisting exporters to the country’s trade partners and led the country’s trade policy negotiations in the World Trade Organization and ASEAN Economic Community and representation in Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. He was the lead negotiator for the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, the first modern bilateral free trade agreement for the Philippines. He was conferred the Presidential Service Award (or Lingkod Bayan) for the extraordinary contribution of national impact on public interest, security, and patrimony and was a recipient of the Gawad Mabini Award with the rank of Grand Cross (or Dakilang Kamanong) for distinguished service to the country at home and abroad by the President of the Republic of the Philippines. He is a member of the Philippines APEC Vision Group 2020.

He obtained a Doctorate in Management from IESE Business School, University of Navarre (Spain) in 1980, an MS in Industrial Economics from the Graduate School of CRC (now UA&P) in 1972, and an AB in Economics from the School of Economics, University of the Philippines in 1970.