Planning to make business investments in the near future?

Keep abreast of market trends and gain a better insight into the Philippine economy with renowned Harvard economist Dr. Bernardo Villegas, in a lunch briefing this coming May 18, 2018. The event, entitled “The Best Businesses to Invest on in the Next Ten Years”, will be hosted by the Young Entrepreneurs of Pampanga (YEP), in partnership with Universitas. It will be held at the Fortune Restaurant, San Fernando – Pampanga, from 11 am to 2 pm.

The guest speaker for the briefing, Dr. Bernardo Villegas, has a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and is a topnotcher of the CPA board exam. At the age of 21, he was one of the youngest ever teaching fellow at Harvard. In addition, he is a recipient of prestigious awards such as the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM), Fulbright, Johnson Foundation, Asia Foundation and the Instituto de Cultura Hispanica.

At present, he is a consultant on management development and strategic planning for numerous leading firms operating in the Philippines and Asia Pacific. Likewise, he serves as a member of the boards of directors or advisory boards of leading national and multinational firms, such as the Benguet Corporation, Alaska Corporation, PHINMA Property Holding Corporation, AES and Transnational Diversified.

He has served in the boards of Bank of the Philippine Islands, Globe Telecom, Insular Life, McDonalds and IBM, as well as those of leading non-governmental organizations like the Makati Business Club, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, PHINMA Foundation, the Parents for Education Foundation and the Dualtech Foundation.  On top of these, he has worked with the Philippine government in different capacities and under different administrations, with the aim of helping to promote investments in the country.

Currently, he 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.

Apart from numerous textbooks in economics, Dr. Villegas has also authored a number of best-selling books on management such as The Philippine Advantage, Book of Virtues and Values, Productivity: Path to Global Competitiveness, The Filipino Phenomenon, The Philippines at the Threshold of the Third Millennium, and the Positive Dimensions of Population Growth. He has 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.

The economic briefing to be held on May 18 is a joint initiative between Universitas and YEP. The Young Entrepreneurs of Pampanga or YEP is a group of young men and women in the province of Pampanga who own and operate their respective businesses, or actively participate in the businesses of their families.

YEP was founded in 2016 by Gab Hipolito and Paolo Carlos, with the aim of creating camaraderie and building good relationships among the young businessmen and women in Pampanga. In light of the goal of extending support to its members as well as providing them an avenue for exchanging ideas and learnings, YEP has been organizing monthly dinner meetings where its members discuss about matters and experiences relating to their business.

Just this past month (March 2018), YEP has conducted a workshop on the newly enacted Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN). YEP has also conducted fellowship seminars for its members, and co-organized a charity event with Charis Foundation, Inc. The upcoming economic briefing is intended to form part of YEP’s celebration of its second anniversary as an organization.

Universitas’ participation in this project is prompted by  its goal of forming future leaders with the necessary competence and right values.  Dr. Villegas has been one of Universitas’ key speakers in many of its activities, and has now offered to bring him to Pampanga to orient future business leaders there through YEP and other key business men and women of the place.

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