FEU Public Policy Center

Board Members


Seasoned experts in education and other fields make up the FEU Policy Center’s Board of Directors. They determine the Policy Center’s direction and ensure every initiative aligns well with its vision.

Dr. Edilberto C. De Jesus


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 of the 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 FEU Cavite and FEU Institute of Technology; and a member of the Board of Advisers of the Philippine Business for Education. He 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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Dr. Michael M. Alba

President, Far Eastern University (FEU)

In the FEU Group of Schools, Dr. Michael M. Alba is President concurrently of East Asia Computer Center, Inc.; Far Eastern College Silang, Inc. (“FEU Cavite”); FEU Alabang, Inc.; FEU High School, Inc.; Roosevelt College, Inc.; East Asia Educational Foundation, Inc.; and Nicanor Reyes Educational Foundation, Inc. He is also the Chairman of Edustria, Inc., a governor of the Nicanor Reyes Memorial Foundation, and the President of the Foundation for Information Technology Education and Development. His affiliations include, among others: FEU Public Policy Center (President); Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (Board Member); Coordinating Council of Philippine Educational Associations (Trustee, 2020‒2022); Southeast and South Asia and Taiwan Universities (Member, Steering Committee); Philippine Economic Society (Lifetime Member and President, 2007); Action for Economic Reforms (Fellow); Management Association of the Philippines (Member); and Leadership Council of Sustainability Development Solutions Network, Philippines (Member 2020‒2023).

He obtained his AB (Economics) degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1978, MA (Economics) degree from the University of the Philippines (Diliman) School of Economics in 1987, and Ph.D. (Applied Economics) degree from Stanford University in 1993.

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Atty. Gianna R. Montinola


Atty. Gianna R. Montinola is currently the SeniorVice President for Corporate Affairs of the Far Eastern University.

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 Co-founder of Hands on Manila Foundation, Inc., a foundation dedicated to the advocacy of volunteerism in the Philippines. She is also Co-founder of PeaceTech Inc., a non-profit organization which promotes the use of information and communications technology for building respect and understanding between groups of people. She is also a director of Robinsons True Serve Hardware Philippines, Inc. which manages and operates the True Value stores in 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 Master’s degree in Public Administration.

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Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno


Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno is a Filipino historian, academic and former Chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. Dr. Diokno is currently the Professor Emeritus 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 Commission as a consultant on curricular matters and the assessment of universities’ academic performance. She served as a member of the CHED Technical Subcommittee on History and at present is evaluating CHED Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development in the field of teacher education.

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Dr. Emmanuel de Dios


Dr. Emmanuel S. de Dios is a Professor of Economics at the University of the Philippines School of Economics (UPSE), a position he has held since 1989. 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 UPSE from 2007 to 2010 and a trustee of Pulse Asia Philippines, Inc. since 2008.

Dr. de Dios received his AB Economics degree from the Ateneo de Manila University, cum laude in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Economics from UP in 1987.

He pursued post-doctoral studies in the Universitat Konstanz from 1987 to 1988. He is the author of various books, monographs, articles and reviews in the field of economics.

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