CIELITO F. HABITO, PhD
Chief of Party
USAID Trade-Related Assistance for Development (TRADE) Project
Dr. Habito, one of the most highly regarded economists in the country and author of the award-winning weekly column “No Free Lunch” in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, holds a PhD and Master of Arts in Economics from Harvard University, Master of Economics from the University of New England in Australia, and Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics, Summa cum Laude from the University of the Philippines.
He was Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning and head of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and served as chief economic planner in the Cabinet of President Fidel V. Ramos from 1992 to 1998.
Currently on leave as professor of Economics at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, he had served as Director of the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development for 11 years.
A Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors, he has held board directorships in several private corporations and has worked closely with prominent civil society groups. He was Chair of Operation Compassion Philippines, and Board Member of the Philippine Economics Society, Galing Pook Foundation, Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Philippines, BPI Foundation, Manila Water Foundation, and Ramos Peace and Development Foundation (RPDEV).
Dr. Habito continues to help guide policy directions of several Philippine government entities, and has been tapped by international development institutions, such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, USAID, and AusAID, to advice Asia-Pacific and Latin American governments on sustainable development and good governance.