Bernardo Malvar Villegas is a Visiting Professor of IESE Business School in Barcelona, Professor at the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) and Research Director of the Center for Research and Communication, Manila. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University (1963).
His special fields of study are development economics, social economics, business economics and strategic management. He is the author of several economics textbooks widely used in Philippine schools and universities. He has also written a number of management best-sellers like The Philippine Advantage, Book of Virtues and Values, Productivity: Path to Global Competitiveness, The Filipino Phenomenon, and The Philippines at the Threshold of the Third Millennium.
He is currently a member of the boards of directors or advisory boards of leading national and multinational firms, such as the Benguet Corporation, Insular Life, Alaska Corporation, PHINMA Property Holding Corporation, Rolls Royce and Dupont. He is a consultant on management development and strategic planning for numerous leading firms operating in the Philippines and Asia Pacific.
Under the present Administration of President Benigno Aquino III, he helps government agencies—both at the national and local levels—to promote investments in the Philippines. He served in the Pacific Board of Economics of Time Magazine and writes regularly for both local and international newspapers, such as the International Herald Tribune and the Asian Wall Street Journal.