Our Founder

Oscar M. Lopez

Mr. Lopez is the Chairman Emeritus of EDC. Prior to his election as Chairman Emeritus, he was the company‘s Chairman since its full privatization in 2007. He is also the Chairman Emeritus of both the Lopez Holdings Corporation (formerly Benpres Holdings Corporation), the holding company for major investments in broadcast, telecoms and cable, power generation and distribution, and road infrastructure; and First Philippine Holdings Corporation (FPHC), the specific associate holding company for power generation and distribution. He has been elected as Chairman Emeritus of the different First Holdings group of companies and First Gen and First Gas group of companies.

Mr. Lopez is one of the most respected and admired business leaders in Asia. He was Management Association of the Philippines‘ Management Man of the Year in 2000 and one of the top 20 finalists for CNBC and TNT International‘s Asia Business Leader Awards in 2004. He was the first Filipino businessman to be awarded the most prestigious Officer‘s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2005. In 2006, he was honored in Monaco with the IMD-Lombard Odier Hentsch Distinguished Family Award for “an outstanding commitment on philanthropy for the family‘s achievement in excellence such as the clarity and sustainability of their social endeavors, exemplary corporate governance, a focus on family values, and the involvement of multiple generations”.? He is a recipient of The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award in the field of business for the year 2009. Named by Forbes Magazine as among the “Heroes of Philanthropy”? in Asia, he is involved in several social and environmental concerns, among them the Eugenio Lopez Foundation and Lopez Group Foundation. He has been conferred the Honorary Degree of Humanities, honoris causa by De La Salle University in Oct. 2010 and by the Ateneo de Manila University in Nov. 2010. He was the 2011 Ramon del Rosario, Sr. Awardee for Nation Building.

Mr. Lopez has a master‘s degree in public administration from the Littauer School of Public Administration in Harvard University (1955), where he also earned his bachelor of arts degree, cum laude (1951).

Our Team

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Directors

Rodel D. Lasco, PhD, Scientific Director

Dr. Rodel Lasco is a pioneering and multi-awarded scientist with more than 35 years of experience at the national and international level. The author of over 80 technical publications, his work focuses primarily on natural resources conservation, climate change, and land degradation. He is an author of several reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the 2007 co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as a member of the National Academy of Science and Technology in the Philippines. He also serves as the Philippines Coordinator of the World Agroforestry Centre and as an affiliate professor at the University of the Philippines Los Baños.

Marianne G. Quebral, Executive Director

Mayan Quebral came on board in 2015 with several years of fundraising experience and a strong, diverse network. She has served as a trustee of several institutions, including the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation. Today she remains a trustee of Children’s Hour, Let’s Save the Brain Foundation, and Venture for Fund Raising, of which she is a co-founder. Prior to this appointment, she served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement of the Asian Institute of Management, which raised over 340 million pesos in over two years under her leadership, and as the Philippines Resource Development Officer of UNICEF, where she raised over 85 million pesos in under four years by developing the largest non-profit direct mail campaign in the Philippines.

Research and Innovation

The Research and Innovation arm, the Center’s largest unit, is tasked with planning and implementing our climate science programs. It is primarily focused on the collection and curation, analysis, and dissemination of existing climate information. In addition to this, it works to transform such climate data into the Center’s own user-driven knowledge products, such as the Climate, Disaster and Development Journal, the Philippine Climate Change Assessment reports, and the annual State of the Philippine Climate reports, among others. In order to carry this out, the team is further divided into three sub-units, namely Translations, Research Curation and Development, and Knowledge Production.

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Operations

The Operations unit serves as the backbone of our institution. In charge of overseeing human resources, finance, and overall administration, it provides and fortifies the infrastructure for all other units and their individual programs.

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Grants

The Grants team oversees each phase of the Resilience Grants program. Drawing from the scientific agenda of the Research and Innovation arm of the Center, it implements the grants program from marketing through to proposal screening and project monitoring.
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Partnerships

The Partnerships unit is the networking arm of the Center. With the aim of establishing external support systems for our programs and activities, it is tasked with cultivating strategic relationships with likeminded individuals and institutions that can ultimately help us forward our organizational goals.

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Communications

The Communications unit is tasked with elevating the Center’s profile among our target publics and partners. Working closely with each of the other units, it seeks to deliver our technical material to specific audiences in ways that will make them easily digestible and user-centric.

Our Board

Oscar M. Lopez

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS

Federico R. Lopez

CHAIRMAN

Elpidio Ibanez

VICE CHAIRMAN

Richard B. Tantoco

PRESIDENT

Arthur de Guia

BOARD MEMBER

Edwin Coseteng

BOARD MEMBER

Francis Giles Puno

BOARD MEMBER

Eugenio Lopez III

BOARD MEMBER

Jonathan Russell

BOARD MEMBER

Nestor Padilla

BOARD MEMBER

Our Officers

Oscar M. Lopez

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS

Federico R. Lopez

CHAIRMAN

Elpidio Ibanez

VICE-CHAIRMAN

Richard B. Tantoco

PRESIDENT

Emmanuel P. Singson

TREASURER

Emelita D. Sabella

ASSISTANT TREASURER

Nestor H. Vasay

COMPTROLLER

Atty. Maria Jasmine Medina-Almogino

CORPORATE SECRETARY

Atty. Princessita M. Yulde

ASSISTANT CORPORATE SECRETARY