Mr. Alfredo E. Pascual is the 20th President of the University of the Philippines (U.P.), a system consisting of seven constituent universities and an autonomous college. Founded in 1908 and declared as the national university in 2008, U.P. currently has over 50,000 students and close to 14,000 faculty and staff.
Just before his appointment as U.P. President, Mr. Pascual was the President of the U.P. Alumni Association and a member of the U.P. Board of Regents. He was also lead convener of the Automated Election System (AES) Watch, an independent, multi-sector coalition of citizens’ groups that monitored the country’s first ever nationwide poll automation in 2010.
For more than three decades, Mr. Pascual contributed to progress in the Asia-Pacific region as a finance professional and educator. He worked at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for 19 years until 2008, serving in such positions as Advisor for Public-Private Partnership, Director of Infrastructure Finance, and Director of Private Sector Operations. At ADB, he pursued pioneering projects and institution-building initiatives that helped the bank’s efforts to respond to the emerging financing needs of Asia and catalyze investments in the region’s developing economies, particularly in the infrastructure and financial sectors.
Prior to ADB, Mr. Pascual spent nine years as professor of finance at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). At AIM, he also served as the Director of its advanced bank management program for Asian bankers. Very early in his career, he served as an instructor at the U.P. Department of Chemistry for about a year and as a part-time lecturer for four years at the Department of Management Engineering and Department of Business in the Ateneo de Manila University.
For eight years in the 1970s, Mr. Pascual was among the pioneers of investment banking in the Philippines, holding executive positions in Bancom Development Corporation, Philippine Pacific Capital (now RCBC Capital), and First Metro Investment Corporation.
Mr. Pascual obtained his MBA and BS Chemistry (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines. In his college days, he was a government science scholar and a student leader.