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William Kovacic

Global Competition Professor of Law

The George Washington University

 

William E. Kovacic is the Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy at the George Washington University Law School and Director of its Competition Law Center.   He is also a Visiting Professor at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London. Since August 2013, he has served as a non-executive director on the board of the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority.  With Ariel Ezrachi, he edits the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement.  From January 2006 to October 2011, he was a member of the Federal Trade Commission and chaired the agency from March 2008 until March 2009.  He was the FTC’s General Counsel from 2001 through 2004.

Sherwin Gatchalian

Senator

Republic of the Philippines

Senator Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian was Valenzuela City’s Mayor from 2004 to 2013 and the representative of its 1st District from 2001 to 2004 and from 2013 to 2016. As Congressman, he filed House Bill No. 5905 or the Free Higher Education Act that would radically expand access to college education for millions of Filipinos. The measure eventually became known as Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, which was signed into law in August 2017.

In the Senate, he has authored or sponsored several key measures such as the Recoverable System Loss Act, the Energy Virtual One Stop Shop (EVOSS) Act, the Philippine Innovation Act, Benham Rise Development Authority Act and the Mobile Number Portability Act.

He was the former Chair of the Committee on Energy and currently sits as the Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, where he advocates for greater competition within critical industries, efficiency of services, and lower costs to the general public. Senator Win graduated with a degree in Finance and Operations Management from Boston University in 1995.

Ioannis Kokkoris

Professor of Law and Economics
Dean for International

Queen Mary University of London

 

Professor Ioannis Kokkoris holds a Chair in Competition Law and Economics at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, UK. He is also the Dean for International for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

 

Professor Kokkoris has formerly served as Principal Case Officer/Economic Advisor in the Mergers branch at the Office of Fair Trading, UK where he dealt with leading cases such as NASDAQ/LSE, NYSE/Euronext, Global/GCap and was a member of the drafting team of the UK Merger Guidelines. He has also worked on abuse of dominance cases as well as cartels and other anti-competitive agreements cases. He has previously served as an Economist in the Merger Task Force at the DG Competition-European Commission. He was the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation, Vice President of the International Think-Tank on Innovation and Competition and has worked as a Consultant at the Federal Trade Commission, USA.

Professor Kokkoris has led and worked on funded projects by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, World Bank, the European Commission, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and other international institutions. He is a special advisor to a number of competition authorities and frequently advises companies on competition enforcement issues in a number of jurisdictions and delivers training programmes for companies, competition authorities and courts. He holds a BSc Economics (Essex), MPhil Economics (Cantab), LLM (Warwick) and PhD in Competition Law (Kings College London) and has conducted research at Harvard Law School. He has authored and co-authored more than 15 books, more than 60 articles and 20 chapters. He is on the editorial board of various international journals.

Calla Wiemer

Editor-in-Chief

Journal of Asian Economics

President

American Committee on Asian Economic Studies

 

Calla Wiemer is the current Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Asian Economics and the President of the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies. She held several professorial positions from universities such as the University of the Philippines, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Claremont McKenna College, National University of Singapore, and University of Hawaii at Manoa. She finished her undergraduate studies at Drury’s Breech School of Business and received her M.S and Ph.D in Economics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Sakon Varanyuwatana

Chairman

Office of Trade Competition Commission of Thailand

 

Prof. Sakon Varanyuwatana is currently the chairman at the Office of Trade Competition Commission and the former Vice Minister of Commerce in Thailand. He was a professor and the Dean of the Faculty of Economics at Thammasat University with specialization in public finance, fiscal decentralization, public program evaluation, and macroeconomics analysis. He received his Ph.D. and M.A from Syracuse University. 

Stella Luz Quimbo

Representative

House of Representatives, Republic of the Philippines

 

Representative Stella Luz Quimbo is a newly-elected public official representing the 2nd District of Marikina City, Philippines. She served as Commissioner of the Philippine Competition Commission from 2016-2018. Representative Quimbo is an academician who also served as a Professor and the Department Chair of the University of the Philippines School of Economics prior to her appointment in the PCC. From 2011 to 2013, she was a Prince Claus Professorial Chair Holder at Erasmus University of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

 

She has an extensive research portfolio in the field of Health Economics, Industrial Organization, Microeconomics, Education, Poverty, and Public Policy and Regulation. This includes her attendance in a succession of both international and local academic conferences, and authorship of numerous scientific and technical publications, one of which was acclaimed 2015 Outstanding Scientific Paper Awardee by The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). Later, NAST also conferred on her the Outstanding Youth Scientist Award.

Ng Ee Kia

Assistant Chief Executive
Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore

Ee Kia is the Assistant Chief Executive (Policy, Business & Economics) at the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS). Ee Kia is trained in both competition economics and law, and has private as well as public sector experience in competition policy, economics and law. Prior to CCCS, Ee Kia co-headed the competition and regulatory practice at one of the largest law firms in Singapore for seven years. She has also spent eight years at the telecommunications regulators in Singapore and Hong Kong, working on a wide range of competition and regulatory issues.

She has Postgraduate College Diplomas in EC Competition Law and Economics for Competition Law, and Masters of Laws. She was recognized as a leading competition economist in Singapore by The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists 2010-2013 and the Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers/Economists 2010 and 2012.

Gwen Grecia-De Vera

Professor

College of Law, University of the Philippines

 

Atty. Gwen Grecia-De Vera is a professor at the College of Law, University of the Philippines. She is a member of the International Technology Law Association and an accredited arbitrator at the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center. She was the former Executive Director at the Philippine Competition Commission and served as Dean at the Manuel L. Quezon University School of Law. She obtained her Master of Laws from Northwestern University and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines.

Hassan Qaqaya

Senior Fellow

Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne

Hassan Qaqaya is a Senior Fellow in the Melbourne Law Masters and contributes to the MLM online Global Competition and Consumer Law program of the University of Melbourne. He joined United Nations Conference in Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 1981 where he served as Head of the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch from 2006-2015. He established the UNCTAD Research Partnership Platform, which brings together research institutions, universities, competition authorities, business and civil society, and provides a platform for joint research and other activities with UNCTAD.

 

He specializes in competition and consumer policy, financial regulation, international trade and anti-dumping. In these areas, he has advised governments, public and private entities, and young competition and consumer agencies in more than 60 developing countries and economies in transition. He holds a Master of Laws in International Law from the University of Lausanne and a MSc in economics from the London School of Economics.

Henry Schumacher

President

European Innovation, Technology and Science Center Foundation

Mr. Henry Schumacher is President of the European Innovation, Technology and Science Center Foundation—an initiative of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, the German Development Cooperation and the Asia-Europe Foundation of the Philippines. He is formerly the Executive Vice President of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.

 

Mr. Schumacher has held various positions in several European-based companies, most notable of which include being the Chef Executive Office of the Hoechst Group of Companies in the Philippines. He has served the Hoechst Group for over 24 years. Mr. Schumacher’s affiliations include being a member of the Makati Business Club, Manila Polo Club and the Alumni Organization if the INSEAD Business School. He participated in various executive program courses in Giessen University in Germany and the prestigious INSEAD Business School in France.

Lito Villanueva

Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

 

Chairman
FintechAlliance.Ph

Lito Villanueva is Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC). He was former Managing Director of Voyager Innovations’ FINTQ, a fintech business subsidiary of the PLDT Group.

Villanueva has won several awards for his pioneering work in “sachet banking” initiatives for the unbanked and underserved Filipinos. Villanueva is the founding chairman of FinTech Alliance.ph, an industry group representing more than a third of the country’s registered fintech companies. He was the first and only Filipino included in the list of top 100 Asian FinTech Leaders. He earned two graduate degrees, a Master’s in Public Administration with Magna Cum Laude honors at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), and a Master’s in National Security Administration at the National Defense College of the Philippines.

Rafaelita Aldaba

Undersecretary

Competitiveness and Innovation Group,
Department of Trade and Industry, Republic of the Philippines

 

Dr. Rafaelita “Fita” M. Aldaba is Undersecretary for Competitiveness and Innovation Group of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Prior to her appointment, Dr. Aldaba served as Senior Research Fellow and Acting Vice President of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). She has extensive research experience and authored various publications on development issues in the Philippines and ASEAN. She has also conceptualized and managed research projects with various international organizations, including The World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the United States Agency for International Development.

Rizalina Mantaring

Former President

Management Association of the Philippines

 

Ms. Rizalina Gervasio Mantaring, was the former President of the Management Association of the Philippines and former Chair of Sun Life Financial Philippine Holding Co., Director at Sun Life Grepa Financial, and the Chair of Sun Life Foundation. She received the Asia Talent Management award at the 2017 CNBC’s Asia Business Leader Awards. She was also recognized at the 2011 CEO Excel Award from the International Association of Business Communicators-Philippines and regarded as one of the 12 Most Influential in Personal Finance by Moneysense Magazine. Ms. Mantaring holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Philippines and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the State University of New York.

Tetsushi Sonobe

Vice President

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Tetsushi Sonobe is Vice President of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). Previously, he was an executive advisor to the GRIPS President and a professor of Economics at Tokyo Metropolitan University. Born in Tokyo, he received his BA in economics from the University of Tokyo and his MA, MPhil, and PhD in economics from Yale University. His research focuses on industrial development in developing countries in Asia and Africa and is concerned with the process of industrial-cluster development, interaction between the market mechanism and the community mechanism, and the impacts of managerial capacity building on economic development. He has been appointed as the new Dean and CEO of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) based in Tokyo and will assume office on April 1, 2020.

Graciela Miralles Murciego

Lawyer and Senior Economist

Competition Policy Cluster of The World Bank Group

 

Graciela Miralles Murciego, PhD, LLM, is a Senior Economist at the Markets and Comppetition Policy Team of The World Bank Group. She has been involved in a wide variety of operational and analytical projects to promote competition policy reforms across countries in Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Latin America (LAC), East Asia Pacific (EAP) and Europe and central Asia (ECA). She has led/supported several projects focusig on increasing the effectiveness of competition policies in Latin America, Africa, and Asia including the Philippines. Graciela has been the main author in a wide variety of implementing instruments for competition authorities around the world including fining guidelines, leniency guidelines, a public procurement guide to design more pro-competitive tenders and model protocols with a number of sector regulators.

 

Additionally, she is leading the outreach agenda of the Competition Policy Team regarding the relations with the OECD, UNCTAD and the International Competition Network. Prior to joining the Bank, Graciela held the position of legal advisor and Head of International Relations at the Council of Spanish Bars (2005-2008), where not only she advised on a variety of issues related to competition applied to regulated professions within the framework of the EU, but was also at the frontier of international and European policy-making as well as at the intersection of public and private sector development.

 

Graciela holds a PhD in Competition Law and Economics from the European University Institute (EUI, Florence, Italy) and graduate degrees from the College of Europe (Bruges) as well as the EUI. Her research and expertise mainly concerns the field of abuse of dominance where she has published in top American and European Academic Journals and presented her work at Harvard University (2009); the University of Michigan (2010); and Pompeu Fabra University (2011), among others. Dr. Miralles is a member of the Academic Society for Competition law (ASCOLA) and a qualified lawyer since 2003.

Thomas Cheng

Deputy Director
Asian Institute of International Financial Law, University of Hongkong

 

Prof. Cheng was an associate at the New York office of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, where he focused on antitrust litigation. His research interests include competition law and policy issues, especially comparative competition law and competition law in East Asia.

Mr. Cheng received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College, and his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where he was a co-President of Harvard Asia Law Society, the Executive Editor of Harvard Asia Quarterly, and an Articles Editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. He then furthered his studies at the University of Oxford, where he received his Bachelor of Civil Law degree in European and Comparative Law.

Christine Qiang

Practice Manager

Global Investment and Competition Unit, The World Bank Group

Christine Zhenwei Qiang is Practice Manager for the Global Investment and Competition Unit of the World Bank Group’s Macro, Trade and Investment (MTI) Global Practice. She joined the World Bank Group in 1998. From 2011 to 2017, she was manager for the investment climate team that worked on legal, policy, regulatory and institutional reforms in the areas that are key to private sector development, including investment policy and promotion, business regulation, indicator-based reform, trade facilitation and business taxation. In 2012, she launched the Impact Program focused on strengthening the design and measurement of investment climate interventions, and in 2017 she and her team published the first Global Investment Competitiveness Survey and Report.

 

Prior to that, Christine was Lead Economist at the Policy Division of the Global ICT Department of the World Bank Group. She also led and supported operations and policy dialogue in East Asia, South Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, helping governments introduce competition, privatize incumbent operators, establish regulatory frameworks, and build regulatory capacity.

 

Christine has published many journal articles, book chapters and reports on private sector development, economic growth and productivity. She has a PhD in Economics and a M.S.E. in Computer Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in German Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University in China.

Jaeho Moon

Director
Market Structure Division of Korea Fair Trade Commission

Atty. Jaeho Moon is Director of Market Structure Division of the Korea Fair Trade Commission. His main role is reform of competition restrictive regulations.

He has been working in the KFTC for 20 years. Prior to the current position, he was Director of several Divisions in the KFTC including International Cartel, Distribution, Competition Policy Advocacy. Also he was a Bureau Member of Consumer Policy Committee of the OECD.

 

He graduated Graduate School of Public Administration in Seoul National University and received his Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law.

Mochammad Hendry Setyawan

Head of Borneo Regional Office

Indonesia Competition Commission

 

Mr. Mochammad Hendry Setyawan is the Head of Regional Office in Borneo for Indonesia Competition Commission (ICC). He has been with the ICC for more than twelve years. He started as an administration staff in Surabaya (2007-2011), and has dealt with two monopoly practices.

He became the Head of Prevention Sub Section in Regional Office of Surabaya. He has recommended four opinion letters to local governments regarding competition policy. Since 2016, he has contributed in ICC Regional Office V in Borneo as Head of Law Enforcement, and is actively involved in the Food Task Force with National Police where he handled nine bid rigging cases.

He earned his post-graduate degree in Economics from Airlangga University and Mathematics Degree from Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology.

THE Commission

Arsenio Balisacan

Chairman

Philippine Competition Commission

 

Chairman Arsenio M. Balisacan is an economist with extensive high-level policymaking practice and a well recognized expert in Asia on economic development, poverty and inequality, and political economy of policy reforms.

 

Prior to his appointment as the first Chairman of the Philippine Competition Commission in January 2016, he served as the Economic Planning Secretary in the Cabinet of President Benigno S. Aquino III and, concurrently, the Director-General of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) where he carried out policies and programs to facilitate inclusive economic growth, employment creation, and poverty reduction. In his capacity as NEDA Director-General, he served as the first Chairperson of the Boards of the Philippine Statistics Authority and the Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines.

 

Previous to his appointment in NEDA, he was the Dean and Professor of the University of the Philippines School of Economics and Executive Director of the Philippine Center for Economic Development. Before joining the UP faculty in 1987, he was a Research Fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu and Economist at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

 

His professional practice included periods of leadership roles in poverty reduction campaigns and agricultural sector. These involved appointments as Undersecretary for Policy and Planning of the Department of Agriculture in 2000-2001 and 2003, Director-Chief Executive of the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), and President of the Human Development Network in 2003-2009.

 

He has authored and co-edited seven books, published over 100 academic papers and book chapters on various development issues, particularly on the Philippines and East Asia, and won numerous academic and professional awards. He is a lifetime member of the National Academy of Science and Technology, the country’s peer-elected group of select individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and technology.

 

Chairman Balisacan holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Hawaii and an MS degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Philippines Los Baños.

Amabelle Asuncion

Commissioner

Philippine Competition Commission

 

Commissioner Amabelle C. Asuncion joins the roster of the decision-making panel of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC), replacing erstwhile Commissioner Menardo Guevarra.

 

Commissioner Asuncion boasts of a diverse experience that spans the public and private sectors. In the public sector, she has served as executive director for the Senate Oversight Committee on Climate Change, Senate legislative officer, and adjudication chief of the National Water Resources Board. She also served as law and policy reform consultant for the Asian Development Bank.

 

In the private sector, Commissioner Asuncion has extensive experience in commercial and corporate practice. She advised top local and foreign businesses in various capacities, including as chief legal counsel and as a corporate partner of a law firm.

 

Immediately prior to joining the PCC, she was advocacy adviser for the European Chamber of Commerce.

 

Commissioner Asuncion received her law degree from the University of the Philippines and pursued her Master of Laws (with distinction) in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. She is also admitted to the New York bar. She finished her BA English Studies from the University of the Philippines where she graduated magna cum laude. She was editor of the Philippine Law Journal and has published works locally and internationally, including in the European Journal of International Law.

Johannes Bernabe

Commissioner

Philippine Competition Commission

 

Commissioner Johannes Benjamin R. Bernabe served as a Senior Fellow at the Geneva-based International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, where he contributed on formulating and analyzing policy reforms to international trade system. He was also an Of Counsel at Ocampo-Manalo Law Office.

 

His breadth of experience in trade regulation and economic law includes seat as the Commercial Attaché and Trade Negotiator of the Philippines to the United Nations and World Trade Organization from 1999 to 2005. He specialized in competition law and trade facilitation, among other economic policies, as a Research Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Trade and Integration and Facilitation.

 

During the 16th Congress, he served as the lead adviser to the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives on key economic legislations, which includes the Philippine Competition Act or R.A. 10667.

Commissioner Bernabe graduated cum laude with a degree in Economics at the University of the Philippines, where he also subsequently finished his law degree. He pursued his studies as a Chevening Fellow in University of London. In 2002, he completed an Executive Programme on Public International Trade Law at the International Development Law Institute in Sydney, Australia.

Macario de Claro Jr.

Commissioner

Philippine Competition Commission

 

Commissioner Macario R. de Claro, Jr is a CPA lawyer and has worked in companies in the fields of manufacturing, mining, telecommunications, real estate and banking and finance prior to his appointment to the Philippine Competition Commission.

 

He started his career as a senior accountant in a mining company and later as a budget systems analyst at San Miguel Corporation. After passing the bar exams, he worked as a litigation and corporate lawyer in various companies before he was tapped by the Philippine National Bank as technical assistant to the President and CEO in 1995.

 

After his retirement from PNB in 2003, he resumed his legal and accounting profession as a consultant to real estate companies and various startup companies; and at one time served as a legal consultant to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (“DENR”).

 

Commissioner De Claro, Jr. earned a Bachelor of Laws degree (magna cum laude) from the Ateneo De Davao Law School. Prior to that, he graduatedmagna cum laude from the De La Salle College with a Bachelor of Science (magna cum laude) in Commerce, Major in Accounting.

Kenneth V. Tanate 

Executive Director

Philippine Competition Commission

 

Executive Director Kenneth V. Tanate has been with the government service for more than twenty-eight years.  Prior to joining the Philippine Competition Commission, he used to be the Assistant Director-General of the National Economic Development Authority.  Executive Director Tanate took his Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City.  He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering and Technology Management at the University of Queensland in Australia.  He finished his Master in Environmental Sciences and PhD in Policy and Planning Sciences at the University of Tsukuba in Japan.  In 2013, he was one of the pioneering graduates of the Master in Development Management- Public Management Development Program (Senior Executive Class) facilitated by the Development Academy of the Philippines wherein he was awarded with the Most Innovative Re-entry Project. 

The PCC is an independent quasi-judicial body mandated to implement the national competition policy and enforce Republic Act No. 10667 or the Philippine Competition Act (PCA), which serves as the primary competition law in the Philippines for promoting and protecting competitive markets.

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