FEU Public Policy Center

Board Members


Our strategic direction is determined by our Board of Directors, composed of leaders in the FEU community, academics, and practitioners.

Dr. Michael M. Alba

President, Far Eastern University (FEU)

Dr. Michael M. Alba is an economist by training and an educator by profession. He is currently President of the Far Eastern University, a post he has held since 2014. Prior to this, he served as the University’s Chief Operations Officer. Before his stint at the Far Eastern University, Dr Alba served as Dean of the School of Economics at De La Salle Univesity and an exchange professor at the Waseda University. Dr Alba also served as a professor at the University of the Philippines’ School of Economics, and held economic and education consultancies at the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and the US Agency for International Development. Dr Alba holds a PhD in Economics from Stanford University, an MA in Economics from the University of the Philippines, and an AB in Economics from Ateneo de Manila University.

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Dr. Edilberto C. De Jesus

President, Asian Institute of Management
Former Secretary, Department of Education

Dr. Edilberto C. de Jesus is a former Secretary of Education and former President of Far Eastern University. Immediately after his stint in government, Dr De Jesus served as Secretariat Director, Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization in Bangkok. He was also President of the Asian Institute of Management from 2009 to 2012 and the University of the Cordilleras from 2008 to 2009. Currently, Dr. de Jesus serves as Independent Director of Philippine Investment Management, Inc.; Independent Trustee of The Far Eastern University, Incorporated; a Director of Centro Escolar University; and a member of the Board of Advisers of the Philippine Business for Education. Dr. de Jesus obtained a BA Honors Degree in the Humanities, cum laude at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1962 and received his M. Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University, in 1969 and 1972, respectively.

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Atty. Gianna R. Montinola

Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs,
Far Eastern University

Atty. Gianna R. Montinola is the Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs of Far Eastern University.

She is also the Treasurer of the FEU Public Policy Center Foundation, Inc., where she manages the financial affairs of the organization.

A lawyer by profession, Atty. Montinola previously worked as an associate lawyer of the Quisumbing & Torres Law office until her assignment abroad as Philippine Honorary Consul to the Republic of Peru. Upon her return to the Philippines, she assumed the post of Business Development Manager at Rockwell Land Corporation.

Atty. Montinola is a Co-founder and Board Member of Hands On Manila Foundation, Inc., a foundation dedicated to the advocacy of volunteerism in the Philippines. She is also the co-founder and President of PeaceTech Inc., a non- profit organization which promotes the use of technology and dialogue in building understanding and respect between groups of people. She is a member of the Heritage Conservation Society, The Asia Society, and the Museum Foundation of the Philippines.

Atty. Montinola earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Mt. Holyoke College in the United States and her Bachelor of Laws degree, with honors, from the Ateneo College of Law. She recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School where she obtained a Masters in Public Administration.

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Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno

Professor, University of the Philippines
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy

Maria Serena I. Diokno is a Filipino historian, academic and former Chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. Dr. Diokno is currently a professor at the University of the Philippines’ Department of History and faculty affiliate of the PhD Philippine Studies Program and the Center for International Studies at the same University.
Dr Diokno has served the University of the Philippines in various positions: Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (1992-1998), Director of the UP Third World Studies Center (1995-1999), Director of the Program on Peace, Democratization and Human Rights of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (1995-1999), University Council Executive Committee (mid 1990s to 1999; 2008-2011), and Vice President for Academic Affairs (1999-2005).
Dr Diokno is also actively involved in the Commission of Higher Education, collaborating with the CHED as a consultant on curricular matters and the assessment of universities’ academic performance. She served as a member of the CHED Technical Sub-committee on History and at present is evaluating CHED Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development in the field of teacher education.
She is a member of the International Advisory Committee of Sojourn, a refereed bi-annual journal of the Regional Social and Cultural Studies Program of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.
Dr. Diokno was one of twelve Centennial Fellows named by UP President E. Roman. Other awards include UP International Publication Awards (2006, 2005, 2002, 2000, 1999); Outstanding Professional in Education by the UP Alumni Association (2000); UP (Diliman) Outstanding Book Award for the three-volume series on Democracy and Citizenship in the Philippines (1998); and the Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace Award (1995).

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Dr. Emmanuel de Dios

Professor Emeritus, University of the Philippines
School of Economics

Dr. Emmanuel S. de Dios is Professor Emeritus at the University of the Philippines School of Economics. He is also the President of Human Development Network (Philippines) since July 2012. He has been an Independent Director of ABS-CBN Corp. since April 23, 2013.
He was the Dean of the University of the Philippines School of Economics from 2007 to 2010 and a member of the Board of Trustees of Pulse Asia (Phils.), Inc. since 2008.
He received his AB Economics degree from the Ateneo de Manila University, cum laude in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of the Philippines in 1987.
He pursued post-doctoral studies in the Univeritat Konstanz in Germany from 1987 to 1988.
He is the author of various books, monographs, articles and reviews in the field of economics.

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