Dr. Uriarte has over 40 years of experience in the academe, private sector, ASEAN, United Nations, and the Philippine government serving in various senior level positions.
In the Philippine government, he served three Presidents. Under President Joseph Estrada, he was a member of the Cabinet, as Secretary (Minister) of Science and Technology; under President Corazon Aquino as Undersecretary (Deputy Minister); and under President Ferdinand Marcos, as Director of the National Institute of Science and Technology, the oldest and largest government research institute.
He held senior level positions at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific: as Regional Adviser in Environmental Management (1989-1991), Special Assistant and Secretary of the Commission (2003-2004); Principal Officer, Office of the Executive Secretary (2004–2005); Director, Information, Communications and Space Technology Division (2005-2006). He also served as an expert, resource person or consultant for ESCAP, UNEP, WHO, and UNESCO.
In ASEAN, Dr. Uriarte served as member or head of the Philippine Government’s delegation to numerous ASEAN intergovernmental meetings at the ministerial, senior official, and committee levels. He also served as a senior official at the ASEAN Secretariat, first as Director of the Science and Technology Bureau (1986-1989), and then as Director of the Functional Cooperation Bureau (1993-1999), managing and coordinating ASEAN cooperation in the fields of social development, labor, drugs, youth, culture and information, environment, and science and technology.
Dr. Uriarte is an Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology, a lifetime appointment awarded to a limited number (maximum 60) of outstanding scientists and professionals. He was Director, Center for Engineering and Sustainable Development Research, De La Salle University; and Chairman, Department of Chemical Engineering and Vidal A. Tan Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of the Philippines.
In the private sector, he was Chairman and CEO of LAUDS Technologies, Inc., a technology-oriented company specializing in clean energy and cleaner production technologies. He was for many years President of the TEST Consultants Inc., an engineering and management firm, and Vice President of Philippine Vinyl Consortium Inc., a petrochemical firm.
Dr. Uriarte holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of the Philippines, and a PhD from the Carnegie-Mellon University in the United States. He is a multi-awarded engineer, scientist and manager, and has written numerous technical and scientific papers. He is married to Genevieve Pacis and blessed with five children. He and his wife are active in charitable and religious work.