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.
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Amelia P. Guevara, Ph.D., is the Undersecretary for Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).She is on secondment as Professor at the Institute of Chemistry, University of the Philippines where she also earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1988. Prior to holding her current position, she served as Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of the Philippines.
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Dr. Rafael D. Guerrero III graduated with the B.S. in Zoology from the University of the Philippines (Diliman), Master of Science in Applied Zoology (U.P. Los Banos) and Ph.D. in Fisheries Management (Auburn University, USA). He served as Dean of the College of Inland Fisheries, Central Luzon State University; Director for Extension and Training, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center; and Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Marine Research and Development.
For spearheading the commercialization of the artificial sex reversal technology for tilapia which is considered a “milestone” in world aquaculture, he was awarded the Presidential Rizal Pro Patria (1976), one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (1978), Outstanding Young Scientist (1981), IBM Science and Technology (1986) and Msgr. Heine Memorial Award of the International Tilapia Foundation (1996). For exemplary public service, he was conferred the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award in 1994 by the Civil Service Commission. In 2008, he was recognized as one of The Outstanding Filipinos (TOFIL) for his pioneering work on vermiculture in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
Dr. Guerrero is currently an Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology and Professorial Lecturer of the School of Environmental Science and Management of the U.P. Los Banos.
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Dr. Panlasigui is presently Director for Research, Development & Extension Services and Dean of the College of Engineering of FEATI University.
Dr. Panlasigui earned his bachelor's and master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of the Philippines. He attended Iowa State University where, as a Ford Foundation Fellow, he earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering.
A licensed chemical engineer, Dr. Panlasigui was a member of the faculty of the UP College of Engineering where he also served a term as chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department. He was visiting professor of the University of Toronto. He was a member and later chairman of the Board of Chemical Engineers of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). He is a member and a former President of the Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers (PIChE).
Before joining FEATI University, Dr. Panlasigui was Undersecretary for Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology where he also served as the first Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development and Director of the Industrial Technology Development Institute. He was a member and later Head of the Philippine Delegation to the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST) for several years; and, a member and Lead Shepherd of the APEC Industrial Science and Technology Working Group.
Dr. Panlasigui was on the board of a number of private and government agencies as consultant and as executive. He was a consultant for San Miguel Corporation, the National Environment Protection Council, the Ministry of Human Settlements, the ASEAN Secretariat, APEC and the IAEA. He was the Director for R&D and later AVP for Technical Services of Permaline Metals, Inc.
Dr. Panlasigui was Most Outstanding Chemical Engineer of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association, Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers Outstanding Chemical Engineer in 2000, and the Philippine Regulatory Commission Outstanding Professional in the Field of Chemical Engineering in 2001.
Dr. Panlasigui is married to Dr. Leonora Panlasigui, Dean of the School of Nutrition of Philippines Women’s University. They are members of the Christian Family Movement of the Philippines where they served a term as National President. They have 4 children and presently, 7 grandchildren.
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