Dr. Gilberto M. Llanto is the President of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, the government’s policy think tank. He is the Regional Coordinator of the East Asian Development Network under the Global Development Network (GDN), a network of research institutions in developing countries of East Asia.

He is also the LeadConvenor of the Philippine APEC Study Center Network, a consortium of Philippine universities and research institutes engaged in research on free trade and economic cooperation in the Asia Pacific region. He is a member of the Committee of the Konrad Adenauer Medal of Excellence Award that gives awards to outstanding local governments, Associate Editor of the Philippine Review of Economics, and member of the Technical Committee for Economics of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education. He was formerly Deputy Director General (Under Secretary/Deputy Minister) of the National Economic and Development Authority, Vice-President of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, and Executive Director (rank of Assistant Secretary/Assistant Minister) of the Agricultural Credit Policy Council.

He was also formerly President of the Philippine Economic Society, Associate Editor of the Philippine Journal of Development, and member of the Governing Board of the Agricultural Guarantee Fund Pool. His research interests include local finance, public finance, infrastructure, regional integration, and growth economics. He has a PhD in Economics from the School of Economics, University of the Philippines.

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