Thank you for participating as a China Conference: Southeast Asia (CCSEA) delegate, scheduled for February 18-19, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. We would like to share updates about our event with you.
We have been carefully monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus, the recommendations by the World Health Organization, as well as health and international travel advisories. In the interest of your safety, we are postponing the event. We will be in touch shortly with a new conference date.
We appreciate your patience and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. We look forward to having you join our conference later this year.
Thank you very much.
Founder, Managing Director, Stratbase Group; President, policy think-tank, Albert del Rosario Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ADRi); Philippine Country Head, BowerGroupAsia (BGA)
Prof. Victor Andres “Dindo” C. Manhit is the Founder and Managing Director of the Stratbase Group and President of its policy think-tank, Albert del Rosario Institute for Strategic and International Studies or ADRi. Concurrently, he is Philippine Country Head of the renowned BowerGroupAsia (BGA), a strategic advisory firm that specializes in the Asia-Pacific. BGA applies unmatched experience and expertise to help its clients navigate the world’s most complex and dynamic markets, providing actionable insights and analysis to implement strategies, mitigate risk, expand business, and do great things in Asia. He was a former Chair and retired Associate Professor of the Political Science Department of De La Salle University-Manila. He has authored numerous commentaries and papers on geopolitical issues, governance and political reforms.
He obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Bachelor’s Degree in Philippine Studies, Major in Political Science and History from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. A member of Phi Gamma Mu International Honors’ Society Beta Chapter, he specializes in Strategic Studies and Management, Legislative Research, and Public Policy Analysis. His research interest and field of specialization had led him to pursue active involvement in legislation, bureaucratic work, and civil society advocacy. Among the government positions he held include Undersecretary for External Affairs and Special Concerns of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports and Deputy Secretary for Administration and Financial Services of the Philippine Senate. Meanwhile, his legislative experience encompasses the 8th, the 9th, 10th and the 12th Congress as the Chief of Staff of the late Former Senate President Edgardo Angara and senior policy research adviser in key senate committees, such as Education, Agriculture, Economic Affairs, Social Justice and Electoral Reforms, and Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Laws. Since 1987, he has been involved in all national elections in different capacities, from policy consultancy to campaign strategy. After his stint in government, he became involved with many different consortiums and networks of civil society groups—as Lead Convenor of citizen- led initiative, Democracy Watch Philippines, and Convenor of pro-industry group Philippine Business for Environmental Stewardship. He is also a Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Freedom, a public advocacy organization dedicated to advancing economic and political liberty and other market-oriented reforms, and is a Regular Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), a non-stock, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the professionalization of Philippine corporate directorship. Similarly, his involvement with the distinguished Philippine Trade Foundation is aligned with the group’s commitment toward building a strategic and reformed business environment. His international reach is evident in his key role in the establishment of the U.S.-Philippines Strategic Initiative (USPSI) with the Philippine Eminent Persons Group, and is also an advisor to the Board of Asia Society Philippines, another cooperative organization, this time in the area of education.
Moreover, he was appointed as one of the ASEAN Regional Forum Experts and Eminent Persons (ARF EEPs) by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Today, he regularly contributes articles and columns to leading newspapers,
Philippine Daily Inquirer and BusinessWorld.