EARTHQUAKE RESILIENCE CONFERENCE:
Collaboration and Coordination in Preparedness and Response
20-21 May 2015
Plenary Session I
Ambassador Roberto R. Romulo is the Chairman of the following organizations: AIG Philippines Insurance, Inc., PETNET Inc., MediLink Network Inc. and Nationwide Development Corporation (NADECOR). He holds board memberships in the following corporations: A. Soriano Corporation, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co (PLDT); Equicom Savings Bank; Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc., Maxicare Healthcare Corporation and McLarty Associates (formerly Kissinger McLarty Associates). He is also chairman of other non-profit foundations: Foundation for IT Education and Development (FIT-ED), Philippine Foundation for Global Concerns and Asia-Europe Foundation of the Philippines. He is a trustee of the US-Philippines Society.
He began his professional career with IBM Corporation in New York City in 1965. During his IBM career, he held various marketing and management positions in New York, Thailand (Managing Director) and the Philippines (President and GM).
He joined government service in June 1989 when he was appointed Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the Commission of the European Communities. In 1992, he was appointed Secretary of Foreign Affairs. As a diplomat, he has been decorated by the governments of Belgium, Thailand, Spain, Chile, France and the Philippines.
Father Jose Ramon T. Villarin, S.J., more commonly known as “Fr. Jett”, is the Ateneo de Manila University’s 30th president. Before his election as University President, Fr. Jett was President of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan since 2005.
He was born in Manila on January 30, 1960. He started formal education at Lourdes School and was introduced to Jesuit education when he entered Ateneo High School in 1976, and later on received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, graduating magna cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1980. A year after graduation, he entered the Society of Jesus and at the same time studied in the Juniorate program in English and Filipino literature and composition then later on completed Philosophy studies in 1985. He later pursued a Master of Science degree in Physics from Marquette University in 1987 and in 1992 earned his PhD in Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology.
His works as a scientist earned him the National Outstanding Young Scientist in 2000 by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). His work on greenhouse gas emissions made him a part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a team of climate scientists that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize together with Al Gore. He is also an active member of several local and international environment and climate groups. Internationally, he is lead reviewer of the UN Convention on Climate Change and has worked with UN Consultative Group of Experts for Developing Countries. He also currently chairs the board of the Manila Observatory.
Served 25 years in various senior positions at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Vienna and the United Nations in New York. Retired in 2010 as Director of Strategic Planning, UNIDO. Holds a Ph.D. in International Studies (1976) and M.A. in Economics (1974) from the Josef Korbel Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, and M.A. Diplomacy and World Affairs (1972), Occidental College in Los Angeles. Did his B.S. in Foreign Service (1969) at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. Current activities include consultancies with the UN, the Zuellig Family Foundation and the National Security Council. He is an active member of Regnum Christi, a lay Catholic movement, and supports a number of development and philanthropic projects in the Philippines.
As Executive Director of the Manila Observatory, Ms. Yulo Loyzaga oversees its collaboration on climate and disaster risk reduction with the International Development Research Center, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and other organizations. She is a member of the Science and Technology Committee of the UNESCO National Commission and recently served on the International Council for Science’s Future Earth Secretariat Selection Committee. She represents the Manila Observatory on the Department of Science and Technology’s Committee on Space Technology Applications and works to advance scientific research in climate and disaster resilience through public private partnerships. In 2013, she was given special recognition by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for her contribution to the military emergency disaster response operations in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. At the request of the AFP she also designed and implemented a pre-disaster risk assessment-training program for the units of the Civil-Military Unified Command Forces nation-wide. She likewise co-developed a climate and disaster science executive training program for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD). She has an MA in Government from Georgetown University and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ateneo de Manila University.